March 2008: Vol.5 No.2
  EP Update   |   In the Scene   |    Resources   |   Call for Papers, Partners & Proposals   |   Upcoming Events

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ECOAGRICULTURE PARTNERS UPDATE:

  1. Forest Trends organize workshop for new UNDP/GEF project on payments for ecosystem services
  2. Meike Anderson joins Ecoagriculture Partners as Program Assistant to the markets program
  3. Landscape Measures Resource Center receives feedback
  4. Ecoagriculture Partners at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity

IN THE SCENE:

  1. United States National Research Council to undertake study on 21stt century systems agriculture
  2. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/CARE workshop on payments for ecosystem services
  3. Release of the Environmental Performance Index at the World Economic Forum
  4. Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program, methodology meeting in Rome

RESOURCES:

  1. Ecoagriculture featured in biodiversity-themed latest issue of IUCN’s World Conservation magazine
  2. Pollinators in Natural Areas: A Primer on Habitat Management
  3. Web resource: the Protected Areas Management Effectiveness information module
  4. Reprints available for Working Trees for Agriculture and Working Trees for Water Quality brochure
  5. Informational CD: Poverty and Conservation Learning Group
  6. Article in Conservation and Policy Journal: Integrating Agricultural Landscapes with Biodiversity Conservation in the Mesoamerican Hotspot
  7. Paper in Ecological Economics: Institutional Incentives for Managing the Landscape: Inducing Cooperation for the Production of Ecosystem Services
  8. Paper in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment: Developing Incentives and Economic Mechanisms for in Situ Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes

CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTNERS, AND PROPOSALS:

  1. Call for Nominations: Equator Prize 2008, Celebrating Community Success in Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction.
  2. Call for scholarship, contacts regarding women’s role in biodiversity conservation in North Africa/the Middle East
  3. Call for e-Biosphere 09: The International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics, London
  4. Call for papers/ reviewers: African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  5. Call for proposals: The 2008 Global Development Marketplace
  6. Call for submissions: SEED awards 2008
  7. Call for information: examples of groundwater-related payments for ecosystem services in European Union member states

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Finance Summit, New York, USA, 27-28 March 2008
  2. The International Association for the Study of the Commons, 12th Biennial Global Conference, Gloucestershire, England, 14-18 July 2008
  3. World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 5-14 October 2008
  4. Second International Conference on Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment, Cadiz, Spain, 28-30 May 2008
  5. National Conference on Urban Ecosystems, Orlando, Florida, USA, 28-30 May 2008
  6. Conference: Resilience 2008, Resilience, Adaptation, and Transformation in Turbulent Times, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 April 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. Forest Trends organize workshop for new UNDP/GEF project on payments for ecosystem services

    This workshop on payments for ecosystem services (PES) took place in Washington DC on 28-29 January 2008. It was organized to initiate a new project led by Forest Trends for the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility’s Biodiversity Program. The 4-year project includes both global activities and support for PES projects and policies in Africa and Latin America. Ecoagriculture Partners will implement the component on PES in agricultural landscapes. Other components include expanded market information services by the Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace, support for the Katoomba Group networks in eastern and southern Africa and tropical America, and development of new PES models for biodiversity conservation in forest enterprises (through the Business Development Facility), biodiversity offsets (by the Business and Biodiversity Project), and coastal and marine ecosystems.

    The workshop was attended by representatives from the project implementing agencies as well as participants from 16 collaborating institutions. Participants revised program objectives and anticipated impacts, reviewed the current status of PES activities worldwide, updated work plans, and agreed on next steps. The main activities that Ecoagriculture Partners will undertake in the next year are the design and implementation of a global PES learning network for agricultural landscapes, the development of site selection criteria for case study sites, and the selection and characterization of selected sites in East Africa and Mesoamerica. Sara Scherr and Thomas Oberthur of Ecoagriculture Partners participated in the workshop.

    For more information contact Deborah McKay at dmckay@forest-trends.org.


  2. Meike Anderson joins Ecoagriculture Partners as Program Assistant to the markets program

    Meike Anderson will join the Ecoagriculture Partners Team in March 2008. Her responsibilities will include participation in the monitoring and evaluation component of the International Finance Corporation/GEF- funded project on “Biodiversity in Agriculture Commodities Program”. She will also assist EP’s project on New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships with the Rainforest Alliance, the Sustainability Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    Meike is a conservation biologist by training, and holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart Hohenheim, Institute for Plant Production and Agro-ecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany. She has a master's from the Department of Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany, with majors in nature conservation and minors in hydrobiology, and law. Meike will work directly with Thomas Oberthur and her base station will be Cali, Colombia. Ecoagriculture Partners extends her a warm welcome.


  3. Landscape Measures Resource Center receives feedback

    On January 16, 2008, Louise Buck of Ecoagriculture Partners presented the Landscape Measures Resource Center (LMRC) to a group of 15 invitees at the Ecoagriculture Partners office in Washington DC. Many of the invitees were representatives of the International Steering Committee on the LMRC. The presentation included a brief introduction, as well as an explanation of the background and vision for the LMRC, which is intended to be a vehicle and a process for communicating and learning about landscape level changes in the status of productive resources, biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation and livelihood security, and in institutional capacity for integrated landscape management. Louise took attendees through a brief tour of the site, and then opened up a discussion focusing on the needs, opportunities, and future directions of the LMRC. The participants gave valuable feedback, and emerged with a lot of enthusiasm about the site and ideas about how they might integrate it into their own programs.

    Contact Louise Buck at leb3@cornell.edu with any questions.


  4. Ecoagriculture Partners at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity

    The Thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in FAO, Rome, Italy from 18 - 22 February 2008. Included on the agenda was a discussion of the in-depth review of the implementation of the program of work on Agricultural Biodiversity. Ecoagriculture Partners used this opportunity to engage SBSTTA participants through a broad range of activities. Sara Scherr, Claire Rhodes and Seth Shames of Ecoagriculture Partners attended along with Community Knowledge Service leaders Benson Venegas Robinson, Asociación ANAI, Costa Rica; Donato Bayobay Bumacas, Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Communities and Youth Development, Inc, Philippines; David K Kuria, Kijabe Environment Volunteers Kenya; and Arturo Massol-Deya, Director, Casa Pueblo, Puerto Rico.

    Ecoagriculture Partners worked with Bioversity International, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, Fauna and Flora International, Landcare International, The Nature Conservancy, UNDP Equator Initiative, World Agroforestry Center, and the World Conservation Union to draft a policy brief on “Applying the Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes.” The brief was circulated widely among the Parties and other participants at SBSTTA. Ecoagriculture Partners also co-organized two side events, ‘Methods for Community-Based and Indigenous Farmers Organizations to Support the PoW on Agricultural Biodiversity’ and ‘Communities, Climate Change and Agricultural Biodiversity’. Ecoagriculture partners also co-hosted with Bioversity a lively and well attended book launch party for “Farming with Nature: The Science and Practice of Ecoagriculture,” and “Managing Biodiversity in Agriculture in Agricultural Ecosystems” by Devra I. Jarvis, H. D. Cooper and Christine Padoch.


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In the Scene
  1. United States National Research Council to undertake study on 21stt century systems agriculture

    Operating as part of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council (NRC) committee will produce a study that aims to increase environmental awareness, understanding and adoption of sustainable agriculture practices worldwide. The NRC Committee, which includes experts from a variety of universities and leading sustainable agriculture companies and think tanks, will build on an earlier report called Alternative Agriculture, which, upon its publication in 1989, led to the adoption of then unconventional farming practices such as integrated pest management, conservation tillage and crop rotations. The study is sponsored, in part, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

    The Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources is the major program unit of the NRC responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on issues of agricultural production and related matters of natural resource development, including forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and land and water use.

    For more information, visit the website at www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48873.


  2. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/CARE workshop on payments for ecosystem services

    This training workshop organized by FAO and CARE International took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 4-6 February. The objective was to provide information, networking and tools for linking PES programs with Sustainable Land Management initiatives. The 46 participants represented government and non-government organizations as well as private sector companies from the agricultural as well as environmental sectors. Participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi working with SLM projects in the Kagera and Kenyan pastoralist areas attended. The Katoomba Group, ICRAF and their Pro-Poor Rewards for Environmental Services in Africa (PRESA), with Ecoagriculture Partners helped in the preparation of the workshop and the selection of participants. During the workshop Ecoagriculture Partners presented the outline of a tool for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) opportunity assessment in landscapes. The tool is being developed through collaboration with TerrAfrica. Components of the tool were tested in small working groups who provided useful feedback.

    For more information contact Lesie Lipper at leslie.lipper@fao.org.


  3. Release of the Environmental Performance Index at the World Economic Forum

    The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was released on 23 January, 2008, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The EPI (http://epi.yale.edu/Home) is a report produced by Yale and Columbia Universities which ranks countries on their environmental performance based on a series of indicators. The 2008 EPI ranks 149 countries on 25 indicators tracked across six established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Water Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources, and Climate Change. The EPI identifies broadly-accepted targets for environmental performance and measures how closely each country comes to these goals. As a quantitative gauge of pollution control and natural resource management, the index provides a tool for improving policymaking and shifting environmental decision making onto firmer analytic foundations.

    Ecoagriculture Partners collaborated on the agricultural section of EPI (http://epi.yale.edu/Agriculture) to develop the first ever set of agricultural indicators used in the index. For a detailed description of present and future indicators, please see the complete paper at http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/documents/media/EPI%20Scherr%20Summit%201-23-08.doc. A white paper with further analysis will be released shortly on the EP website.


  4. Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program, methodology meeting in Rome

    The Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) is a partnership of some 40 companies, government agencies, conservation experts and financial institutions from many different countries whose goal is to develop, test and disseminate good practice on biodiversity offsets and show that offsets can play an important role in delivering more and better conservation outcomes and management of business risks than have resulted in the context of development projects to date.

    In Rome, from 20-23 February 2008, BBOP held a methodology meeting where they discussed the details of a ‘toolkit’ of methodologies and guidelines for biodiversity offsets for planners and a set of broad principles on which all biodiversity offsets should be based.

    For more information about BBOP, please visit http://www.forest-trends.org/biodiversityoffsetprogram/.


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Resources

  1. Ecoagriculture featured in biodiversity-themed latest issue of IUCN’s World Conservation magazine

    The latest issue of World Conservation magazine is dedicated to the question: How can we expect to tackle poverty and climate change if we don’t look after the natural wealth of animals, plants, microorganisms and ecosystems that make our planet inhabitable? The articles featured in the issue look at how biodiversity supports our health and physical security, food production, medical research, livelihoods, tourism, artistic expression and cultural life.

    Sara Scherr, President of Ecoagriculture Partners, contributed a piece for this special issue titled “A Taste of Paradise,” explores how ecoagriculture can both conserve biodiversity and help increase agricultural production.

    For the full magazine see: http://www.iucn.org/publications/worldconservation/docs/2008_01/00_world_conservation_2008_01.pdf.


  2. Pollinators in Natural Areas: A Primer on Habitat Management

    Pollinators in Natural Areas: A Primer on Habitat Management by Scott Hoffman Black, Nathan Hodges, Mace Vaughan and Matthew Shepherd provides a summary of how land and wildlife managers can provide and protect habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators in habitats through the United States, with implications for similar regions. This 8-page booklet reviews the potential impacts of fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides and insecticides, and provides a series of recommendations for how land managers can adjust the use of these management actions to benefit pollinators. More detailed guidelines related to habitat management will be released by the Xerces Society in March 2008.

    To download the primer or order a hard copy see: http://www.xerces.org/pubs_merch/Managing_Habitat_for_Pollinators.htm.


  3. Web resource: the Protected Areas Management Effectiveness information module

    The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Center and the World Conservation Union World Commission on Protected Areas have developed an online system to make information on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) assessments available online. This module is linked to the World Database on Protected Areas, which allows users to obtain further information to the protected areas assessed. It also provides a space for users to submit information on management effective methodologies and assessments as well as find further information on experts, publications and links related to PAME.

    For more information see: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/wdpa/me.


  4. Reprints available for Working Trees for Agriculture and Working Trees for Water Quality brochure

    The United State’s Department of Agriculture National Agroforestry Center’s popular series of Working Trees brochures serves as a great introduction to agroforestry in the US. These color publications each illustrate various agroforestry practices that landowners can apply to help meet their production and conservation objectives. Reprints are available of the “Working Trees for Agriculture” and the “Working Trees for Water Quality.” The entire series includes

    • Working Trees for Wildlife

    • Working Trees for Communities

    • Working Trees for Livestock

    To order up to 300 free copies of the Working Trees brochures, visit www.unl.edu/nac, or contact Nancy Hammond at nhammond@fs.fed.us.


  5. Informational CD: Poverty and Conservation Learning Group

    The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) Secretariat has produced a CD containing all the material from the 2007 PCLG Annual Symposium, 'Climate Change, Conservation and Poverty - What are the implications of climate mitigation and adaptation for conservation-poverty linkages?', which was held at the London Zoo, London (UK) on 7-8 November 2007.

    The CD was sent to everyone who attended the symposium, but the organizers have some copies left. If you would like to receive a copy of the CD, email pclg@iied.org.


  6. Article in Conservation and Policy Journal: Integrating Agricultural Landscapes with Biodiversity Conservation in the Mesoamerican Hotspot

    This article by Celia A. Harvey, Oliver Komar, Robin Chazdon, Bruce G. Ferguson, Bryan Finegan, Daniel M. Griffith, Miguel Martinez-Ramos, Helda Morales, Ronald Nigh, Lorena Soto-Pinto, Michiel Van Breugel, and Mark Wishnie addresses the challenge of meeting the ever-growing demand for agricultural products while conserving biodiversity, providing critical ecosystem services and maintaining rural livelihoods. This challenge is particularly acute in the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, a region of high conservation value for both wild and domesticated species that is undergoing rapid human population growth, ecological degradation, and loss of traditional farming systems. The authors provide an overview of the potential for agricultural landscapes and traditional smallholder farming to conserve biodiversity, propose an urgent action agenda to guide conservation in agricultural landscapes and stem the loss of biodiversity and traditional farming systems, and outline key socioeconomic, legal, and political conditions needed for successful implementation of the action plan. Although examples and recommendations focus on Mesoamerica, their approach is relevant to other regions where there are similar challenges to conserving biodiversity in human-modified landscapes.

    For more information see: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00863.x.


  7. Paper in Ecological Economics: Institutional Incentives for Managing the Landscape: Inducing Cooperation for the Production of Ecosystem Services

    This paper by Rebecca L. Goldman, Barton H. Thompson and Gretchen C. Daily, published in 2007, explores the institutional implications of using economic incentives in order to improve coordination among farms within agricultural landscapes. The authors explore how to achieve such coordination from an institutional perspective using voluntary incentives rather than regulation. They focus on three services operating at contrasting scales, from local to global: pollination, hydrologic services, and carbon sequestration.

    For more informations see: http://www.biodiversityeconomics.org/applications/library_documents/lib_document.rm?document_id=1135§ion_id=20.


  8. Paper in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment: Developing Incentives and Economic Mechanisms for in Situ Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes

    The main focus of this paper by Unai Pascual and Charles Perrings, published in 2007, is agrobiodiversity and its effects on agricultural production within agricultural landscapes. The paper focuses on the fundamental causes of agrobiodiversity loss by exploring the institutional and economic environment that mediates farmers’ decentralized decisions. Reasoning that farmers do not invest in agrobiodiversity due to a lack of incentives offered by markets and other institutions, the authors discuss the institutional issues involved in establishing market-like mechanisms for agrobiodiversity conservation.

    For more information see: http://www.biodiversityeconomics.org/applications/library_documents/lib_document.rm?document_id=1132§ion_id=20.


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Call for Papers, Partners, and Proposals
  1. Call for Nominations: Equator Prize 2008, Celebrating Community Success in Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction.

    Awarded biennially, the Equator Prize recognizes community-based initiatives that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in reducing poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the equatorial belt. Prize winners receive worldwide recognition for their work as well as an opportunity to help shape national and global policy and practice in the field. The Equator Prize will be presented in October 2008, in Barcelona, Spain, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. All winners will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the “Poble” Dialogue Space at the Congress.

    We encourage you to nominate qualified community initiatives that are active in environmental conservation and sustainable development within the equatorial region. Self-nominations are welcome. The Equator Prize 2008 nomination process will be open through 31 May 2008. Details on the criteria for the Prize, information on the award process, and the online nomination is available at the Equator Initiative website at www.equatorinitiative.org.


  2. Call for scholarship, contacts regarding women’s role in biodiversity conservation in North Africa/the Middle East

    Lorenza Quintaliani, an intern at Ecoagriculture Partners from the University of Bari, is looking for resources and/or contacts regarding the role of women in biodiversity conservation in the North African and Middle Eastern countries. Despite the increasing political and academic consciousness about the female contribution to viable livelihoods and sustainable production, there is still a lack of gender-differentiated data in the biodiversity arena. Ultimately, Lorenza would like to gather a significant amount of case studies as part of an effort to actively promote the value of farmer’s knowledge and skills.

    Please contact Lorenza at lorenza.quintaliani@yahoo.it with any relevant materials, contacts or case summaries.


  3. Call for e-Biosphere 09: The International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics, London

    Bio-Net, along with the Encyclopedia of Life and other leading organizations, is organizing e-Biosphere 09: The International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics, which will be hosted by the Natural History Museum in London from 1-5 June 2009. The new field of biodiversity informatics brings together data on species, higher taxonomic units, and their geographic distributions; specimens preserved in museums, herbaria and other repositories; and observations on organismal properties such as digital images and gene sequences. The conference will provide a platform for database developers and researchers to collaborate, as well as presenting an opportunity for officials from government agencies and NGO’s to learn how biodiversity informatics provides a new scientific basis for policy decisions in conservation, agriculture, sustainable development and land management.

    The conference Steering Committee has held its first meeting and is now forming subcommittees. They are inviting expressions of interest from other biodiversity initiatives and stakeholders who might be interested in:

    • Becoming a principal co-sponsor of the conference and joining the Steering Committee

    • Having a representative on one of the subcommittees organizing the Conference

    • Being an exhibitor at the conference

    • Demonstrating software systems in the exhibit/poster display areas
    • Sponsoring an event at the conference; and/or

    • Playing another role in the e-Biosphere 09 Conference

    Please send your expressions of interest to inquiries@e-biosphere09.org and also send a copy to Richard Smith at bionet@bionet-intl.org.

    For more information on Bio-net see: www.bionet-intl.org.


  4. Call for papers/ reviewers: African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

    The African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (AJEST) publishes monthly articles and serves as a resource for researchers and students across the globe. SJEST asks you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal and welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The following types of papers are considered for publication:

    • Original articles in basic and applied research

    • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

    One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. AJEST is fully committed Open Access Initiative by providing free access to all articles (both abstract and full PDF text) as soon as they are published. Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website www.academicjournals.org/AJEST. Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to ajest@academicjournals.org.

    AJEST also seeks qualified reviewers as members of the review board team. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, send your resume to: ajest@academicjournals.org.


  5. Call for proposals: The 2008 Global Development Marketplace

    The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition seeks innovative ideas with potential for high impact in promoting Sustainable Agriculture for Development. Proposals are welcome from all innovators: civil society groups, foundations and development agencies in the country of implementation. Other applicants – individuals, government entities and businesses – can also apply, but only if they work with a local partner.

    Development Marketplace 2008 is specifically focused on the agricultural challenges related to linking small-scale farmers to input and product markets; improving land access and tenure for poor farmers; and promoting the environmental services of agriculture in addressing climate change and biodiversity conservation. A total of US$4 million in awards is available, with a maximum award size of US$200,000 per project. The call for proposals closes on 21 March 2008.

    Competition guidelines and step-by-step instructions are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Proposals must be written in English and submitted through the DM website at www.developmentmarketplace.org.


  6. Call for submissions: SEED awards 2008

    The SEED Initiative is seeking submissions for the 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. Organizers welcome innovative ideas from any group in a developing country, which is working in partnership with others to generate environmental and social benefits in an entrepreneurial way.

    SEED Award Winners receive a tailored package of support services to help them to become established and to increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance. The deadline for application is 16 March 2008.

    For more information and to apply see: www.seedinit.org.


  7. Call for information: examples of groundwater-related payments for ecosystem services in European Union member states

    The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre in Bonn is currently starting a 6-month study on the economic value of groundwater in European forests in cooperation with the IUCN Regional Office for Europe in Brussels and the Confederation of European Forest Owners. One of the elements of this study is to develop case studies on Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) schemes that link forest and groundwater at regional, national or local level in European Union countries (with a strong interest in New Member States). Agriculture-related PES are not the focus of this study.

    If you have any relevant information or contacts relating to forest-groundwater related PES, please contact Thomas Greiber at thomas.greiber@iucn.org, phone: +49.228.2692.230.


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Upcoming Events
  1. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Finance Summit, New York, USA, 27-28 March 2008

    This two day conference will explore issues relating to the developing area of biodiversity finance. Day one of the conference will introduce the biodiversity finance challenge and biodiversity conservation finance and day two will focus more closely on the financial service sector and biodiversity. The conference will provide an opportunity to network with leading financiers, biodiversity and ecosystem experts and be fully updated on the business opportunities in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.

    To view the conference agenda, featured participants and to register see: http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/carbonmarkets/biodiversity_ny2008.html.


  2. The International Association for the Study of the Commons, 12th Biennial Global Conference, Gloucestershire, England, 14-18 July 2008

    The theme of this conference will be: 'Governing shared resources: Connecting local experience to global challenges'. The conference will focus on the exchange of ideas between the developing and the developed world, between practitioners and researchers, and between old and new conceptions of commons. The conference will provide a range of opportunities for those with the ‘hands-on’ experience of resource management to engage with researchers trying to understand, synthesize and develop new theories about the collective management of shared resources. The conference is organized around the following 6 themes:

    • Understanding the benefits of commons

    • Property rights: recognition, protection and creation

    • Community and governance

    • Analyzing the multi-functional nature of complex commons

    • Evolution and enclosure of commons

    • Social movements, networks and collective action

    For more information see: www.iascp.org/iasc08/2008themes.html.


  3. World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 5-14 October 2008

    The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is pleased to invite its members and partners to attend the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Spain and the Ministry of Environment and Housing of Catalonia in Barcelona. This year Congress theme is 'A diverse and sustainable world'. Thematic streams include: i) a new climate for change; ii) healthy environments - healthy people; iii) safeguarding the diversity of life. The Congress consists of a 4-day Forum run by our members and partners discussing cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice. The Forum leads into the 4-day IUCN Members’ Assembly, a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.

    A provisional list of accepted events and a provisional agenda are available at: www.iucn.org/congress/2008.


  4. Second International Conference on Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment, Cadiz, Spain, 28-30 May 2008

    This conference will address the topic of Investment Assessment and Environmental Economics in an integrated way in accordance with the principles of sustainability and considering social and environmental impacts of new investments. It is organized by the Wessex Institute of Technology, UK, University of Cádiz, Spain, and the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and sponsored by the Wessex Institute Transactions on Ecology and the Environment.

    For more information, contact: jsolanki@wessex.ac.uk, or see: http://www.biodiversityeconomics.org/events/blank_2.html.


  5. National Conference on Urban Ecosystems, Orlando, Florida, USA, 28-30 May 2008

    The Conference will bring together members of the business, government and conservation communities, to solidify and expand partnerships and assess progress and plan strategies for building communities of the future. The conference will begin by laying a foundation of Nature and the Human Network, exploring how each system evolved and how each functions today. The conference will address national, regional and local issues required to build this new framework. Conference sessions will provide forums for developing and articulating federal agency ideas for managing Nature and the Network, such as the redesign of the US Forest Service State and Private Forestry. Other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Economic Development and Department of Transportation will hold forums to discuss their new ideas and then share these ideas within the conference audience as a whole. Discounted registration is available until May 1.

    For more information and to register see: http://www.americanforests.org/conference/conf_08.ph.


  6. Conference: Resilience 2008, Resilience, Adaptation, and Transformation in Turbulent Times, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 April 2008

    The aim of “Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times - Preparing for Change in Social-Ecological Systems” is to bring together scientists working with the complex dynamics of interconnected social-ecological systems and to present, discuss, and if possible, summarize the current understanding of resilience, adaptability and pathways of transformation in such systems. Representatives from government, business and other major actors will discuss the challenges facing societal development, and together with scientists propose directions to go and pathways to avoid. To explore this further and to complement and enhance the scientific symposium, organizers are collaborating with the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and arranging a Resilience Art Exhibition in connection with the international science and policy conference. The last day to register is April 1 2008.

    For more information and to register see: http://resilience2008.org/resilience/?page=php/main.


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