November 2007: Vol.4 No.5
  EP Update   |   In the Scene   |    Resources   |   Call for Papers, Partners & Proposals   |   Upcoming Events

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ECOAGRICULTURE PARTNERS UPDATE:

  1. Community Knowledge Service Asia Launch, Bangalore, India
  2. Ecoagriculture Partners hosts Washington DC Working Group meeting: Local Foods, Growing Community
  3. Ecoagriculture Partners and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture sign a Memorandum of Understanding
  4. Ecoagriculture Partners featured in TIES EcoCurrents Newsletter on agrotourism

IN THE SCENE:

  1. Leaders of ten tropical countries issue a joint statement on climate change and forests
  2. North American Pollinator Protection Campaign's 7th Annual International Summit
  3. University of Yucatan Agroecology Conference
  4. The US National Academies hold first Federal Sustainability Research and Development Forum
  5. Summit on Landcare in the US
  6. International Symposium on Multi-Strata Agroforestry Systems with Perennial Crops
  7. International Forum on Soils, Society and Global Change

RESOURCES:

  1. Book: Practical Pollination Biology
  2. Book: Nature Friendly Garden – Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife and People
  3. Website: Drynet - A Global Initiative, Giving Future to the Drylands
  4. Issue Papers in People, Food and Biodiversity Series
  5. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society Journal: special double issue on Sustainable Agriculture
  6. Biodiversity and Conservation Journal: special issue on Biodiversity in Cocoa Production Landscapes
  7. World Bank launches website and report on Agriculture and Development

CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTNERS, AND PROPOSALS:

  1. Call for nominations: United States 2008 National Wetlands Awards
  2. Call for applications: International Women’s Environmental Entrepreneurs Fair
  3. Call for applications: Vavilov-Frankel Research Fellowships in conservation and use of plant genetic resources
  4. Call for essays profiling African women conservation biologists
  5. Call for nominations: The Society for Conservation Biology Awards for Young African Women Conservation Biologists

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. Forest Day: Bali, Indonesia, 8 December 2007
  2. International scientific conference: Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change, Bali, Indonesia, 5-9 October 2008
  3. DC Ecoagriculture Working Group meeting: Producing and Marketing Organic Olive Oil in the Mediterranean Region, 15 November 2007
  4. Slow Food Nation: An Exposition of American Food, San Francisco, California, USA, 1-4 May 2008
  5. Commercial Urban Agriculture Training Course, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, January – May 2008

Events announced in previous newsletters can be found on our website at http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/events/other.htm

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Ecoagriculture Partners' Updates
  1. Community Knowledge Service Asia Launch, Bangalore, India

    From October 26-31 2007, international guests and partners convened in Bangalore, India for the launch of the Community Knowledge Service (CKS) Asia initiative and to join a strategic planning meeting for the CKS International process. The six-day program was hosted by the Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), one of the community based organizations leading the development of CKS Asia.

    The aims of the CKS Asia are to strengthen community leadership to jointly achieve livelihood and natural resources management goals, and to foster opportunities for knowledge-sharing and collaboration to strengthen local action. Program elements included an introduction to the Community Knowledge Service, presentations and discussion by community leaders; a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges to support community-led action, and follow-up working group discussions on the role of knowledge-sharing and collaborative action to strengthen the achievement of locally-defined livelihood, health, production and conservation goals. The launch was attended by over 150 participants from across India, including representatives from community-based organizations, farmers' and watershed users' associations, traditional healers, as well as a representative from the office of the Governor of Karnataka state, His Excellency Shri Rameshwar Thakur.

    Prior to the launch, 20 international guests participated in the CKS International Strategic Planning meeting including representatives from Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe. International guests then had the opportunity to visit a number of the community-led initiatives being supported by FRLHT and partners in the region, including the community-based health practices and herbal home gardens; landscape restoration through medicinal agro-forestry development; enterprise development opportunities through traditional medicinal plant products processing and seri-culture.

    The secretariat of the CKS is jointly hosted by Ecoagriculture Partners and the UNDP equator initiative.

    For more information contact: Claire Rhodes at crhodes@ecoagriculture.org or Elspeth Halverson at elspeth.halverson@undp.org. Also look out for a workshop report and more details to follow on the Ecoagriculture Partners website.


  2. Ecoagriculture Partners hosts Washington DC Working Group meeting: Local Foods, Growing Community

    The Washington DC Ecoagriculture Working Group meeting on Friday, 19 October, focused on increasing community involvement in local food issues. Renee Brooks Catacalos, a local journalist, spoke about efforts to feed her family entirely on local food for a month, and the website she runs with Kristi Bahrenburg, www.realpeopleeatlocal.com. Renee is also the editor and publisher of Edible Chesapeake, a quarterly publication that celebrates the abundance of local and seasonal foods in the Chesapeake watershed. Elizabeth Falk, the Director of the 7th Street Garden (a local community food project), gave an overview of the availability of fresh local produce in DC, particularly in low income communities.

    Powerpoints and resources from the meeting are available under Washington DC Working groups at the Ecoagriculture website at http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/workinggroup/papers.php?folder=MzI=.


  3. Ecoagriculture Partners and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture sign a Memorandum of Understanding

    On October 17, Ecoagriculture Partners and The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects related to the development of socially and ecologically responsible production and markets for agricultural products and environmental services, as well as the management of landscapes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIAT has agreed to host Thomas Oberthur, Ecoagriculture Partners’ new Director of Markets, in their offices in Cali, Columbia. Thomas will be continuing many of the projects he has been involved in at CIAT in collaboration with Ecoagriculture Partners.

    For more information about CIAT see: www.ciat.cgiar.org/.


  4. Ecoagriculture Partners featured in TIES EcoCurrents Newsletter on agrotourism

    The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) profiled Ecoagriculture Partners in their third quarter newsletter of 2007. The feature by Sara Scherr provided a brief description of ecoagriculture itself, moving on to mission and strategies of Ecoagriculture Partners and then to the role agro-ecotourism can play in ecoagriculture landscapes. The EcoCurrents newsletter comes out four times a year, and is accessible only to members of TIES. This issue, however, is posted on the Ecoagricure Partners website at http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/documents/media/Q3_2007_EcoCurrents_NL.pdf. The mission of TIES is to unite communities, conservation and sustainable travel, promoting responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and improve the well-being of local people.

    For more information on TIES or the EcoCurrents newsletter, please contact Ayako Ezaki at aezaki@ecotourism.org


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In the Scene
  1. Leaders of ten tropical countries issue a joint statement on climate change and forests

    The leaders of ten tropical countries with high forest cover issued a joint statement to work cooperatively at a meeting on climate change in September convened by the United Nations. Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Peru resolved to promote sustained economic growth, sustainable development and eradication of poverty while intensifying their collective efforts for the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests along with internationally agreed development goals, including the Rio Conference’s Declaration on Forests, Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals. The statement was part of a broader effort to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    For more information see: http://web5.bernama.com/ssig/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13706&Itemid=88.


  2. North American Pollinator Protection Campaign's 7th Annual International Summit

    The Department of the Interior of the United States hosted several events focused on pollinator conservation during 24-26 October 2007 as part of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign's (NAPPC) 7th Annual International Summit. The group is working to address reported declines in pollinator populations. Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of many flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries that humans and wildlife rely on for food. The main conference opened Wednesday morning with a public seminar series, and included field trips and working group sessions. Ariela Summit of Ecoagriculture attended the event and will continue to explore connections between NAPPC and Ecoagriculture Partners.

    For more information see: http://www.fws.gov/.


  3. University of Yucatan Agroecology Conference

    In early October 2007, the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Livestock Sciences (CCBA by its Spanish acronym) of the Autonomous University of the Yucatan held a conference to kick off its new degree track in Agroecology, and to discuss the research themes and topics that the new track will explore, especially with regard to the integration of livestock systems and agricultural production systems within ecosystems. Sara Scherr, president of Ecoagriculture Partners, presented at the conference.

    The CCBA is a regional leader in agroecology studies. Some of the recent projects that have been carried out on campus are: “Pollination of horticultural cultivars by native bees;” “Beneficial fauna (parasitoids) in diversified agroecosystems;” “Interactions with native bees in the cultivation system of habanero chiles;” “Cover crops in integrated agricultural production;” “Soil microbiology in agricultural systems with cover crops;” among others. This emphasis is reinforced by the new degree track in Agroecology, which is aimed at training professionals with a background in sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation and promotion of food security at the local and regional level.

    For more information about the conference or about the Agroecology degree track at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, contact: Francisco J. Solorio at ssolorio@uady.mx.


  4. The US National Academies hold first Federal Sustainability Research and Development Forum

    The US National Academy of Sciences convened their first Research and Development Forum on the topic of “Transitioning to Sustainability through Research and Development on Ecosystem Services and Biofuels” during 17-18 October 2007. Federal agencies dealing with natural resources, agriculture, conservation, environment, energy and forests convened over two days to discuss ecosystem services and biofuels. The aims of the conference were to identify research and development gaps, and highlight opportunities for future action. At the conference, Sara Scherr of Ecoagriculture Partners spoke in a roundtable with Ann Bartuska of the US Forest Service and William C. Clark from Harvard addressing ecosystem services, research and development gaps, and opportunities for integration, coordination and partnerships.


  5. Summit on Landcare in the US

    The first Summit on Landcare in the United States was held in Blacksburg, Virginia, during 1-3 October 2007. The purpose of the workshop was to convene a group of local, state and national Landcare partners to learn from one another and develop strategies for advancing Landcare in Virginia and in the United States. The workshop included presentations from leaders in Grayson, Catawba, Land-Of-Sky and Montreat Landcare, as well as discussions on International Landcare, Forest Landcare and Green infrastructure. Participants ranged from a variety of government groups (extension agents, research councils, the US Forest Service, associations of Conservation Districts and the EPA) as well as private land trusts and environmental non-profit organizations. Louise Buck and Ariela Summit of Ecoagriculture Partners attended the workshop, and will continue to explore connections between Ecoagriculture Partners and Landcare.

    For more information contact David Robertson, program director of the Landcare Center at Virginia Tech at: davidrobertson@vt.edu.


  6. International Symposium on Multi-Strata Agroforestry Systems with Perennial Crops

    The Second International Symposium on Multi-Strata Agroforestry Systems with Perennial Crops, titled “Making Ecosystem Services Count for Farmers, Consumers and the Environment” was held September 17-21 in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Sessions focused on the impacts of trees on productivity and processes at the field level, quantification and valuation of environmental services, the scientific basis and economic implementation of certification schemes, and social and economic importance of products derived from perennial crops. Organizers included the Center for Tropic Agricultural Research and Higher Education, (CATIE by its Spanish acronym), the University of Wales-Bangor and the World Agroforestry Center. Many Ecoagriculture Partners collaborators participated, and Sara Scherr presented a keynote address on 'Mobilizing Payments for Ecosystem Services in Ecoagriculture Landscapes.'

    For more information see: web.catie.ac.cr/AFS/Symposium/english/overview.htm.


  7. International Forum on Soils, Society and Global Change

    On the occasion of its centenary, the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland held the International Forum on Soils, Society and Global Change in Selfoss, Iceland, from 31 August- 4 September 2007. Held in partnership with three Icelandic institutions and 18 international agencies, organizations and universities, the forum brought together approximately 130 participants, including scientists, policy makers, land users and private sector representatives. The forum, which had as its patron Iceland's President, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, aimed to explore the synergistic roles of soil conservation and vegetation restoration in meeting local, regional and global environmental and social challenges. It also aimed to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and ideas between the various sectors represented by the participants.

    The meeting consisted of presentations, plenary and working group discussions. The working groups addressed the following topics: soil stewardship and Landcare; soil management and multilateral environmental agreements; and carbon sequestration, carbon markets and land capacity building for legislative and policy development in soils management. Each of the working groups identified key issues and related recommendations, as well as accepted a unified program of action.

    For more information see: www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/ymbvol144num1e.pdf.


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Resources

  1. Book: Practical Pollination Biology

    The book "Practical Pollination Biology," edited by Amots Dafni, Peter G. Kevan, and Brian C. Husband and published by Enviroquest, was awarded the Bronze Medal in its class for publications and books at Apimondia, the world´s apicultural fair and meeting in Australia in October 2007. The book contains information on pollination, monitoring and pollinator conservation. It aims to provide practitioners of pollination biology with a broadly based source of methodologies as well as a basic conceptual background.

    To order the book online, see: www.nhbs.com/title.php?tefno=140540.


  2. Book: Nature Friendly Garden – Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife and People

    This book by Marlene A. Condon, published by Stackhole Press, outlines how to plan a temperate-climate garden in ways that attract wildlife and support native species diversity, while controlling invasive species and managing pests. The author includes an index of plants that attract wildlife, as well as tips on water management and advice on feeding and sheltering wildlife.

    To order the book online, see: http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Friendly-Garden-Creating-Backyard-Wildlife/dp/0811732614.


  3. Website: Drynet - A Global Initiative, Giving Future to the Drylands

    Due to current climate change and destructive land uses, land is rapidly degrading, increasing the surface area of drylands and deserts around the globe. Drynet, a new EU-funded NGO network aims to strengthen civil society networks, giving them the right knowledge and visibility to influence drylands development. Most recently, the Drynet network participated in the European DesertNet-Oasis side event at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Conference of Parties in Madrid, Spain.

    For more information see: www.dry-net.org.


  4. Issue Papers in People, Food and Biodiversity Series

    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), has recently published five new issue papers within their “People, Food, and Biodiversity” series. The papers deal with issues pertaining to the conservation of agrobiodiversity. Titles in the series are as follows:

    • Agrobiodiversity – an option for cushioning the consequences of HIV/AIDS
    • Partnerships for Agrobiodiversity – the example of potato diversity in the Andes
    • Promoting the diversity of useful plants and animals through marketing
    • Value chains and their sustainability for conserving biodiversity
    • Promoting the diversity of useful plant and animal breeds through marketing – the example of Argan trees in Morocco

    GTZ is implementing the sector project “Global Food Security and Agrobiodiversity” on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. To receive copies of the series in German, English, French, or Spanish please contact Annette Von Lossau at: Annette.Lossua-von@gtz.de.

    For more information on the GTZ see: www.gtz.de.


  5. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society Journal: special double issue on Sustainable Agriculture

    The journal Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society has published a double issue on sustainable agriculture, organized and edited by Chris Pollock, Jules Pretty, Ian Crute, Chris Leaver and Howard Dalton. As the journal intro summarizes, sustainable agriculture outcomes can be positive for food productivity, reduced pesticide use, and carbon balances. Significant challenges, however, remain to develop national and international policies to support the wider emergence of more sustainable forms of agricultural production across both industrialized and developing countries. Articles cover a wide range of issues including biodiversity conservation, integrated pest management, on-farm nutrient management, plant and animal breeding, water pollution and water management for agriculture, and drivers of change in global agriculture.

    Sara Scherr from Ecoagriculture Partners and Jeffrey A. McNeely from the World Conservation Union co-authored the article in issue I of the journal titled “Biodiversity Conservation and Agricultural Sustainability: Towards a New Paradigm of ‘Ecoagriculture’ Landscapes.” In the article, the authors’ asses the potentials and limitations of conserving biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, the feasibility of making such approaches financially viable, and the organizational, governance and policy frameworks needed to enable ecoagriculture planning and implementation at a globally significant scale.

    The issue is available online with a subscription, and articles can be ordered individually for purchase at: http://www.pubs.royalsoc.ac.uk/index.cfm?page=1425.

    To see the article on Ecoagriculture Landscapes in draft form on the Ecoagriculture Partners Website visit: http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/documents/reports/RoyalSocietyPaper-DRAFT-7-06.pdf.


  6. Biodiversity and Conservation Journal: special issue on Biodiversity in Cocoa Production Landscapes

    This special issue of the journal Biodiversity and Conservation highlights the topic of biodiversity in cocoa production landscapes, and is guest edited by Goetz Schroth and Celia A. Harvey of Conservation International. Articles deal with bird diversity in cocoa farms and fragmented forests, incorporating livelihoods in biodiversity conservation, a comparative study on ferns, frogs, lizards, birds and bats in two contrasting landscapes, and contribution of the cocoa plantation to native ant populations. The articles focus mainly on landscapes in Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil and Cameroon.

    The journal is available online at www.springerlink.com, under the reference Biodiversity Conservation (2007) 16:8


  7. World Bank launches website and report on Agriculture and Development

    The World Bank recently released the World Development Report 2008, which calls for greater investment in agriculture in developing countries and warns that the agricultural sector must be placed at the center of the development agenda to realize the goals of halving extreme hunger and poverty by 2015. Dealing mainly with the issue of agriculture and poverty reduction, the report examines what agriculture can do for development, effective instruments in using agriculture for development, and the question of how to best implement agriculture-for-development agendas. The last World Development Report on agriculture was completed 25 years ago.

    The website profiling the World Development Report also includes policy briefs, special reports, and background papers on Agriculture and Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change, Biofuels, and Agriculture and Poverty Reduction, among others. In addition, the site features a slideshow, as well as compilations of feature videos, press briefings and podcasts on the topic of agriculture and development. Papers of particular interest to an ecoagriculture audience include:


    For more information see: http://www.tiny.cc/Lerri
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Call for Papers, Partners, and Proposals
  1. Call for nominations: United States 2008 National Wetlands Awards

    The 2008 National Wetlands Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in wetland conservation The Awards are co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Highway Administration. The 2008 Awards will be given in six categories: Education and Outreach; Science Research; Conservation and Restoration; Landowner Stewardship; State, Tribal, and Local Program Development; and Wetland Community Leader. The awards are non-monetary, but offer a chance for awardees to meet other conservation leaders, and receive recognition at a national scale. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2008.

    For more information and to submit a nomination see: www.nationalwetlandsawards.org or contact: wetlandsawards@eli.org.


  2. Call for applications: International Women’s Environmental Entrepreneurs Fair

    The World Conservation Union is organizing an International Women's Environmental Entrepreneurs Fair at the World Conservation Congress, taking place from 5-14 October 2008, in Barcelona, Spain. Fifty women from around the world will have the chance to showcase their innovative "green enterprises" at the Congress and to form the basis of a worldwide network of women green entrepreneurs.

    The International Women's Environmental Entrepreneur Fair aims to: facilitate and strengthen women’s productive enterprises that produce or provide services that are environmentally friendly, and showcase women’s professional and business activities that go beyond regional borders and contribute to environmental conservation and the alleviation of poverty.

    If you are a woman who belongs to an environmentally friendly entrepreneurial group, if you can recommend one, or if you are sponsoring a group of this nature, please contact the organizers and send in an application. A team of experts and practitioners will select the 50 finalists. Submissions will be accepted from September 2007 through April 2008. Finalists will be announced in May 2008.

    The application is available at: genderandenvironment_application. Completed submissions should be sent to womenfair@iucn.org.
    For more information see: www.genderandenvironment.org/noticias/noticia.php?leng=ingles&id=63.


  3. Call for applications: Vavilov-Frankel Research Fellowships in conservation and use of plant genetic resources

    Bioversity International is offering two Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships to carry out research on conservation and the use of plant genetic resources. The Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship Fund encourages the conservation and use of plant genetic resources by enabling outstanding young scientists to carry out relevant, innovative research outside their own countries for a period of between three months and one year. Two fellowship opportunities will be available for 2008.

    One will be supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., United States, while the second is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Applications are invited from nationals of developing countries, aged 35 or under, holding a masters degree (or equivalent) and/or doctorate in a relevant subject area.The deadline for submission is 5 November 2007.

    For more information and the application form see: www.bioversityinternational.org/About_Us/Fellowships/Vavilov-Frankel_Fellowship/index.asp#2008_Call_for_Application.


  4. Call for essays profiling African women conservation biologists

    The Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology is currently soliciting profiles of successful African women conservationists working to conserve species, habitats and the environment on a local, national or continent wide scale. Essays are welcome in English or French from writers of any background.

    Interested people should submit a one-page concept note providing a background (the personal circumstances and experiences that shape the leader's life e.g. ethnic and social origins, upbringing, education, and research/work experience) and rationale (reasons why the writer thinks she is a conservation leader and deserves to be profiled and projected to the world). The editors will select concept notes by 30 January 2008 for the development of maximum 2000-word essays, illustrated by two or more high-quality photographs of the women at work, by 30 June 2008.

    The deadline for submission is 30 November 2007. Please send the concept note to the following three people:

    Phoebe Barnard at awoyemi@tc-biodiversity.org, and Camille Rebelo at camille.rebelo@yale.edu.

    For more information about Young Women in Conservation Biology Program see: www.conbio.org/sections/africa/ywcb.


  5. Call for nominations: The Society for Conservation Biology Awards for Young African Women Conservation Biologists

    This award aims to recognize the contributions of early- to mid-career African women in conservation. The nominee should demonstrate evidence of leadership, creativity, self-motivation and enthusiasm, service (educational, managerial, research etc.) to conservation, and ability to work with others across gender, social class and ethnicity. Self nominations are welcome. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2008.

    For more information and to submit a nomination see: www.conbio.org/sections/africa/ywcb/.


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Upcoming Events
  1. Forest Day: Bali, Indonesia, 8 December 2007

    Forests are now at the center of international debates on climate change and are likely to feature strongly during December’s Thirteenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP13) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fittingly, the Center for International Forestry Research and co-hosts will be holding the first ever Forest Day on 8 December 2007 as an event parallel to COP13. Speakers representing a broad range of forest stakeholders will present and discuss the current prominent forest issues central to the climate change debate.

    For more information see: http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/Events/COP-ForestDay/Introduction.htm or contact Rachel Carmenta at r.carmenta@cgiar.org.


  2. International scientific conference: Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change, Bali, Indonesia, 5-9 October 2008

    Tropical rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate, causing unprecedented losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services. Despite an increased recognition of the value of these goods at national and international levels, rainforests continue to be seriously threatened by human-induced global change such as agricultural intensification and climate change. Understanding these processes needs an integrated scientific approach linking ecological, economic and social approaches at different scales, from the household and village level to landscapes and regions.

    This conference will deal with these issues. It is being organized by the Collaborative Research Center for Stability of Tropical Rainforest Margins in Indonesia. Post conference field trips will include a visit to explore the tree diversity of primary forests of Lore Lindu National Park (Central Sulawesi), a visit to the Sulawesi Throughfall Displacement Experiment plots, and excursions in Bali (organic agriculture, coral reefs, National Park Management, etc.). The deadline for registration is 1 December 2007.

    For more information and to register see: www.globalchange-2008.org/ or contact
    Wolfram Lorenz at lorenz@gwdg.de.


  3. DC Ecoagriculture Working Group meeting: Producing and Marketing Organic Olive Oil in the Mediterranean Region, 15 November 2007

    At this event, which will be held at the Ecoagriculture Partners DC office, Professor Fabio Santucchi from Italy will report on an applied research project he is directing on the economic aspects of organic olive oil in Italy and in the Mediterranean region. Professor Santucci is a professor of agricultural economics and has worked as a consultant in rural development with the World Bank focusing on Central America. The working group meeting will be held from 3:30- 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to Ariela Summit at asummit@ecoagriculture.org.

    For more information on the organic olive oil project (in Italian only) see: www.olibio.it.


  4. Slow Food Nation: An Exposition of American Food, San Francisco, California, USA, 1-4 May 2008

    Slow Food Nation, a four-day exposition and celebration of food, will be held in San Francisco during 1 -4 May 2008. Its mission is to raise consciousness about how food is produced and distributed, through debates, lectures, tastings, demonstration, an international food film festival and a market of American artisanal foods. The event is part of a year-long campaign to change the way America produces and eats food, bringing together and amplifying the messages of related movements focused on organic food, local food, animal welfare, school food and childrens’ health. After the first event, Slow Food Nation will move to other US cities, each with a regional focus to address the specific challenges facing sustainable agriculture and aquaculture in various parts of the country.

    For more information on the Slow Food Nation Campaign see: www.slowfoodnation.org/
    or contact Sarah Weiner at sarah.weiner@slowfoodusa.org.

    For more information on Slow Foods International see: http://www.terramadre2006.org/terramadre/welcome_eng.lasso.


  5. Commercial Urban Agriculture Training Course, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, January – May 2008

    This intensive course, titled “Growing Power, Growing Farmers” is designed for individuals who want to learn how to succeed and profit in the profession of farming in the city. Growing Power’s Commercial Sustainable Urban Agriculture program will assist participants to manage their own farming business, covering topics such as financing opportunities, aquaculture, bee-keeping, livestock care, small farm equipment, and marketing and creating a business plan. The course is a series of five weekend seminars during January through May 2008 and will take place at Growing Power’s training facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The facilities include seven large greenhouses, a kitchen, training gardens, an aquaculture system, an anaerobic digester, and a food distribution facility.

    Workshop dates are as follows: 11-13 January; 15-17 February; 14-16 March; 18-20 April; and 9-11 May.

    For more information see: www.growingpower.org/urban_agriculture.htm or contact Jay Salinas at jay@growingpower.org


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