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First RIU Call for Proposals - Innovation Challenge Fund: Phase 1 Asia

The Research into Use (RIU) programme is a new initiative funded by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID). RIU will fund initiatives designed to maximise the investments already made in the RNRRS programmes in collaboration with existing initiatives, which contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth. The current funding call is for projects targeting Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Application deadline is September 30, 2007. For more information on the fund, please read the Guidance Note [PDF] and visit the RIU website.

Concessions to Poverty. The environmental, social and economic impacts of industrial logging concessions in Africa’s rainforests

Edited by Simon Counsell, Cath Long and Stuart Wilson, The Rainforests Foundation: London and Forests Monitor: Cambridge, 2007. Evidence for the economic benefits of industrial tropical logging is very scant. The study also demonstrates that industrial logging is very harmful in tropical forests is harmful to the environment. Where logging is undertaken in situations of conflict or corruption it exacerbates these, and tends to be particularly environmentally and socially damaging. This experience also shows that industrial logging has severe impacts on local livelihoods, cultures and health. The document is available online, please follow this link.

Community Based Natural Resource Management

New Technical Note from the Technical Advisory Service (BFT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 2007. This technical note is the product of a long process of consultation with a wide range of resource persons who have over the years been involved in the Danish support to Community Based Natural Resource Management. It gives a brief introduction to community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and how this concept may be used as a development strategy.

The technical note is available online at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Job: 3 available positions as Senior Scientists at CIFOR in Indonesia

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for creative and visionary candidates to join its Research Team as Senior Scientists. The Scientists, who will work closely with other CIFOR research programmes, will help facilitate and identify strategic opportunities in the fields of forests and livelihoods (2 positions), and environmental services (1 position). The Scientists will undertake research, develop and maintain functional partnerships, support capacity-building initiatives, and assist in developing and maintaining donor relations.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Consideration of external and internal applicants will begin on 30 August 2007. Interviews will be held in Bogor, Indonesia. For further information, please visit the CIFOR website.

Job: Senior Scientist at Biodiversity International

Bioversity International is seeking a well qualified candidate for the position of: Senior Scientist, Forest Biodiversity. Biodiversity International undertakes and supports research and other activities aimed at improving the well being of present and future generations of people by enhancing conservation and the deployment of agricultural biodiversity on farms and in forests, with special emphasis on the needs of developing countries. The Senior Scientist will we located at Bioversity’s headquarters are located in Maccarese, near Rome, Italy.

Closing date for applications is September 30, 2007. For further information, please read announcement on the Biodiversity website [PDF].

Legal Aspects of Exchange, Use and Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources

This report, produced by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2007), includes two main topics: a) a look through the existing legal regulations that apply to Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR); and b), an analysis of the options for how the challenges in exchange, conservation and sustainable use of AnGR can be dealt with by the use of regulatory means. The report aims at providing points of departure for further detailed studies and work.
The report is available online. Please follow this link.

Biodiversity and Poverty Reduction: The importance of biodiversity for ecosystem services

This report, produced by UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, reviews existing scientific knowledge regarding the links between biodiversity and the sustainable provision of ecosystem services, and considers the implications of these links for development policy. The links between biodiversity and ecosystem services presented in this report underpin the
relationship between the environment and development, and as such contribute towards an understanding of the most effective national, bilateral, and international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and towards an improved understanding of the true values of biodiversity.

The report is available online. Please follow this link.

International Workshop on Forest Governance and Decentralisation in Africa

The workshop will bring together diverse stakeholders, policy makers and international experts to share experiences and explore opportunities for generating concrete gains from governance reforms and decentralised forest management. This initiative in support of the United Nations Forum and Forests (UNFF) will provide a platform for bringing lessons from other international and national processes.
The workshop is organised by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Federal Office for the Environment, DFID, CIFOR and UNFF.

Date: April 8-11, 2008
Venue: Durban, South Africa
For further information, please see the workshop announcement [pdf] and the UNFF website.

Is Participatory Forest Management working?

A special edition of the Arc Journal focusing on experiences gained so far across Tanzania in the implementation of Participatory Forest Management (PFM). It touches on a range of issues such as progress to date, obstacles and opportunities as well as impacts achieved. 

The report is available online at the website of the Forestry and Beeking Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourins, Tanzania. Please follow this link.

WWF/Novozymes Forskningslegat (in Danish)

WWF Verdensnaturfonden og Novozymes har oprettet et forskningslegat, hvis formål er at styrke dansk forskning i verdens biologiske mangfoldighed (biodiversitet) ved at give højt kvalificerede forskere mulighed for at samle teams af studerende om større, samlede forskningsopgaver.

Ansøgningsfristen er 20. november 2007.
For nærmere detaljer se venligst annoncen [PDF].

Participatory Forest Management in Tanzania: history, lessons learnt and future visions

Lecture by Professor Iddi Saidi Iddi from the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania and the former Director of Forestry and Beekeeping Division (FBD) at Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania (1996-2005). With a background in both policy and academia Professor Iddi is in a unique position to give a lecture about the implementation of PFM in Tanzania and how it has affected and been affected by the forest governance system.

Date: October 23, 2007 at 2 PM
Venue: Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning Forest Library, Rolighedsvej 23, Frederiksberg C.
Registration is NOT required.

Handling the stick: practices and impacts of participation in forest management - Case study analyses of Finnish forestry assistance in Tanzania, Mozambique, Laos and Vietnam

PhD defence by Irmeli Hannele Mustalahti.
Opponents: Senior Researcher Tove Enggrob Boon, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning; Professor Said Iddi, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; Senior Researcher Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Date: October 24, 2007 at 1 PM
Venue: Room 1.01, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Bülowsvej 17, Frederksberg C.
Registration is NOT required.
If you are interested in having a copy of the PhD thesis, please send your postal address to irm@life.ku.dk.

Job: Senior Scientist and Coordinator, Biodiversity Informatics Project

Bioversity International is seeking a Senior Scientist and effective coordinator to sustain and strengthen their innovative Biodiversity Informatics project and strengthen critical areas of informatics research including scientific standards and the development and adoption of tools to support information management by genebanks around the world. Under the supervision of the Director, Programme on Understanding and Managing Biodiversity (UMB), based at Bioversity’s headquarters in Italy.

Closing date: November 2, 2007. For further information see the vacancy announcement [PDF].

20th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage - Participatory Integrated Water Resources Management: From Concepts to Actions

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organising the 20th ICID Congress, which will help to recognize the multi-disciplinary and multi-functional roles required while providing an ideal plat form in the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Development and Management (IWRDM).

Date: October 13-19, 2008
Venue: Lahore, Pakistan
For further information, please visit the event's website.

Nature's Benefits in Kenya: An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

Report by WRI; Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya; Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning and National Development, Kenya; International Livestock Research Institute, 2007. 

This report provides a new approach to examining the links between ecosystem services (the benefits derived from nature) and the poor. Through a series of maps and analyses the atlas provides information on population and household expenditures with spatial data on ecosystems and their services (water availability, wood supply, wildlife populations, and the like) to yield a picture of how land, people, and prosperity are related in Kenya.
The report is available online at the World Resources Institute website.

International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2007

This symposium, organized by Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, is a forum for researchers in the field of Natural Resource Management to present their research findings, and network with policy makers and industry. The Symposium includes parallel sessions on e.g.: Sustainable Management of Natural Recourses; Forest Resources Utilisation & Sustainable Management; Biodiversity Conservation and Management; Waste Management & Pollution Control, and more.

Date: November 30 - December 1, 2007
Venue: Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Registration: Before November 1, 2007. For further information, please visit the event's website.

Call for evidence on the economics of biodiversity loss

Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the European Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss.

The Commission is asking interested stakeholders in Europe and worldwide, including government, academic, private sector, scientific, NGO and other experts, to submit evidence to the Review.

Closing date is December 31, 2007. For more information, please follow this link.

First Global Summit On Sustainable Development and Biodiversity 2008 (Gloss 2008)

This summit aims to bring together academicians, administrators, policy makers, corporate executives and social activists on a common platform to initiate meaningful dialogue relating to sustainable biodiversity conservation, climate change and global warming, environmental governance and sustainable development.

Date: December 10-12, 2008
Venue: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
For information and registration, please visit the website of the event

Conference report: Ecosystems and people - biodiversity for development – the road to 2010 and beyond 

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, October 29 - November 2, 2007. The conference focused on the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and people — and in particular on trying to understand the synergies and tradeoffs between conservation and development. The recently released Chairman’s Report provides a useful summary of the main discussion points during the meeting and the conclusions reached.

To read the report and view the presentations from the conference, please visit the website of the conference.

Biodiversity Informatics and Climate Change Impacts on Life

Conference organised by DanBIF - Danish Biodiversity Information Facility; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus; Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.
The conference will address one of the most pressing scientific questions related to 21st century global warming: To what extent will global warming affect Earth's biodiversity including the natural systems that sustain human societies?

Date: April 5-6, 2008
Venue: University of Aarhus, Denmark
For more information, please visit the website of DanBIF.

Stakeholders in community management of natural resources: cooperation, contradictions, conflicts

This international workshop aims at a double objective. On the one hand to consider the usefulness of the Gelose community management tool, notably its ability to penalise and/or exclude. On the other hand the seminar invites comparative studies of approaches, methodologies and experiences: between different activities conducted in Madagascar, but also with experiences of management transfers in other countries (ex. India, Thailand, Indonesia, and southern Africa).

Date: July 1-3, 2008
Venue: School of Agronomy (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
For more information and contact details, please read the call for papers [pdf]. 

BiosafeTrain News Issue 4, January-April 2008

The first 2008 newsletter from BiosafeTrain, Trainig for Biosafety, is now available online on the project's website

Business and Biodiversity

International conference organised by the environmental foundation Global Nature Fund (GNF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH on the question of how companies can contribute to realize the internationally recognized objective to slow down the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and to successfully implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Date: April 2-3, 2008
Venue: Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Closing date for conference registration:  March 15, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of GNF.

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau.

Date: May 19-30, 2008
Venue: Bonn, Germany.
For more information, please visit the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity

World Conservation Congress: A diverse and sustainable world

This Congress organised by the World Conservation Unit (IUCN) will include the following themes: 1) a new climate for change; 2) healthy environments - healthy people; and 3) safeguarding the diversity of life.

Date: October 5-14, 2008
Venue: Barcelona, Spain
For more information, please visit the website of IUCN.

Perspectives of Increased Utilisation of Lesser Used Wood Species form Bolivia

The abstract of this Master's thesis by Martin Schiøtz, Department of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, January 2008, is available on the DDRN website.

A future for the tropical forests. For whom?

Seminar arranged by Forest and Landscape Denmark on the economic, social and environmental importance of the world's tropical forests and the challenges facing them. Speakers:
Niels Elers Koch, David Kaimowitz, Carsten Smith Olsen, Anders Ræbild, Jesse Ribot, Lukas Van der Watt, Ulla Tørnes Jan Heino, Roger Sedjo, Peter Tygesen.

Date: Thursday May 8, 2008 - 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Auditorium 1.01, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Bülowsvej 17.
Registration: By e-mail to Isabelle Skarvig Kafé, as soon as possible and at the latest April 30, 2008. Fore more information, please vitis the website of Forest and Landscape.

Local Participation in Protected Area Management - Opportunities and constraints, Part II

Seminar No 4 of the seminar series on Poverty & Environment launched by DDRN and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) to exchange experiences and new knowledge on poverty-environment related issues, with a particular emphasis on cross-fertilization between practice, research and other forms of knowledge.

Date: October 28, 2008 - 13:30–16:30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen.
For more information, please read the description of the seminar.

Governing shared resources: connecting local experience to global challenges

12th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons.

Date: July 14-18, 2008
Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England
For further information, please follow this link

Call for Expression of Interest: Partners to Organise Jointly a Scientific Conference for the Committee on Science and Technology of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – 2009

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification during its eighth session in Madrid, Spain last year decided that the next session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) scheduled to take place during the last quarter of 2009 should be held in a scientific conference format. This would enable the international scientific community to bring on board wider scientific and technological expertise to the CST and the Convention process.

The priority issue selected by the COP for the 2008/2009 biennium is "Biophysical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation to support decision making in land and water management". This is the theme to be addressed by the CST scientific conference.

Key stakeholders having knowledge and keen interest on the above thematic topic would be mobilised for the preparation and delivery of a successful CST Conference. Organisations that are prepared to play a key role in assisting the CST to realize its goal are called upon to express their interest to collaborate with the Bureau of the CST in organising the Conference.

The CST Bureau has set the deadline for submissions to be received by April 30, 2008. For more information, please read the Call for Expression of Interest [pdf].

Climate Change and Forests

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) are organising a seminar on the role of forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Date: April 15, 2008 - 9:30-12:00
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, 1448 Copenhagen K.
For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry.

Restoring natural habitats in Myanmar. Press statement by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), May 23, 2008.

Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme

The Programme aims to provide problem-focused training in Europe for mid-career African scientists.

The purpose of the programme is to assist in capacity building, institutional strengthening and knowledge transfer in order to find relevant solutions to the problems of achieving sustainable agricultural production, as well as improving rural development and conservation of biodiversity.

Deadline for pre-proposals: August 6, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of Rothamsted International

Assessment of Wetland Mitigation and Mitigation Banks

35th Annual Conference on Ecosystems Restoration and Creation. The Conference provides a broad forum for exchange of results of the latest research and experience with restoration, creation, and management of ecosystems. 

Date: November 6 - 8, 2008
Venue: Plant City, Florida
For more information, please visit the website of the Institute of Florida Studies

Agroforestry - The Future of Global Land Use

The 2nd World Congress on Agroforestry will assess opportunities to leverage scientific agroforestry in promoting sustainable land use worldwide. The Congress will serve as a forum for agroforestry researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to:
1) Share new research findings, lessons, experiences, and ideas that will help influence decisions that impact on livelihoods and the global environment;
2) Explore new opportunities and cement exiting partnerships in agroforestry research, education, training, and development; and
3) Form new networks and communities of practice, and nurture old ones.

Date: August 23-28, 2009
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Fore more information, please follow this link.

Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review of Science, Policies, and Practices

The conference will focus on the current state of knowledge of ongoing changes in climatic conditions in different regions of the world, and the implications of these changes for forest management and conservation. Presentations and discussions will emphasise research, policies and practices that are needed to enable us to plan for and manage healthy, productive forests to meet future societal needs for forest products and the full range of forest goods and services.

Date: August 25-28, 2008
Venue: Umeå, Sweden
For more information, please visit the website of the conference.

MSc and PhD in Plant Ecology (Biosafety and Ecological Risk Assessment of GMOs)

The BiosafeTrain Project in the School of Biological Sciences, Chiromo Campus, University of Nairobi, invites applications
for September 2008 admission to the programmes listed above for self paying students.

Application deadline: July 7, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.

Biosafetrain News Issue 5, May-August 2008

The second 2008 newsletter from Biosafetrain, Trainig for Biosafety, is now available online on the project's website.

Job: Senior Scientists positions available at CIFOR

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for creative and visionary candidates to join its research teams as Senior Scientists. CIFOR is currently recruiting scientists to be affiliated to the following programmes: Trade and Investment; Forests and Livelihoods Programme; Forests and Governance Programme; Climate Change, Forests & Governance Programme; Climate Change, Forests & Livelihoods Programme.

Applications will be accepted until the suitable candidates are identified. To read more, please visit the website of CIFOR.

Elite Erasmus Mundus MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)

SUTROFOR is a two-year outstanding Elite European MSc programme offered by a consortium of five top European universities. It qualifies graduates to deal with the growing challenges in sustainable tropical forestry and integrates theory and field work.

Application deadline: August 15, 2008. Apply now and get your result within 14 days. To read more about the programme view the brief description [pdf] or visit the website of SUTROFOR.
For more information please contact associate professor Carsten Smith Olsen: cso@life.ku.dk, Tel: +45 35331763.

Second Research Into Use (RIU) Call for Proposals - Innovation Challenge Fund: Phase 2 Africa

The purpose of the African Innovation Challenge Fund (African ICF) is to provide financial support to teams so they can take promising research, funded by DFID, to the next stage of use. The selected initiatives will contribute to RIU’s purpose by delivering significant use of RNRRS and other natural resources research outputs for the benefit (direct or indirect) of poor men and women in different contexts. The call focuses on 1) novel communication methods and 2) public-private partnerships.

Closing date for submission of Concept Notes: September 1, 2008, 12 noon (GMT+1). For further information, please visit the RIU website.

Job: Director for ILRI Biotechnoloty Research  

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks  a Director to lead its Biotechnology research theme. This is a senior leadership position within ILRI, as part of the senior management team of the institute. The Director will be a scientist of outstanding vision who will lead the multi-disciplinary team in the achievement of bioscience research outputs that will contribute to livestock development for the poor.

Closing date: August 31, 2008. To read the position announcement, please follow this link.

Forest Governance Learning Group - Update June 2008. By James Mayers, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), June 2008.

The Annual Global Development Awards and Medals Competition - 2008
The Global Development Network (GDN) is now accepting submissions for its annual competition for development research proposals/papers and development projects.

To bring greater focus to environmental issues the world over, the competition theme this year is on Natural Resource Mangement and Development. The competition is open to researchers from developing and transition countries.

September 12, 2008 for the development project;
September 26, 2008 for research proposals/papers. 
For more information, please visit the GDN website.

Job: Senior Research Scientist - Economics (WorldFish Center)

The WorldFish Center is recruiting a Senior Research Scientist to lead the quantitative economic analysis components of the Center’s program of social science research on fisheries and aquaculture for poverty reduction and food security.

The initial screening of applicants will close on August 26, 2008, but the position will remain open until filled. Fore more information, please visit the website of the Center.

Job: Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetic Resources Management and Enhancement (WorldFish Center)

The WorldFish Center is recruiting a Post Doctoral Fellow to, among other tasks, develop and employ appropriate methodologies for surveying and assessment of genetic diversity within and between aquatic animal populations in relevant ecological systems.

The initial screening of applicants will close on August 26, 2008, but the position will remain open until filled. For more information, please read the full announcement.

Job: Senior Researcher - Forestry and Land Use Programme, Natural Resources Group (IIED)

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is looking for an inspiring forestry leader to develop and manage a programme of research and partnership building to improve the sustainability and local livelihood benefits of forestry.

Closing date for applications: September 19, 2008, 5pm. For more information, please visit thewebsite of IIED. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

Understanding Dynamic Resource Management Systems and Land Cover Transitions in Montane Mainland Southeast Asia

Guest lecture by Dr. Jefferson Fox, Senior Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Date: August 18, 2008 at 14.00 - 16.00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen K.
For more information, please follow this link.

Linkages between Biodiversity Management and Indigenous Peoples Right

The Technical Advisory Services (TAS) of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is inviting for the 2nd dialogue meeting, which will focus on lessons learnt from many years of development cooperation focusing on biodiversity and IPR.

Date: September 3, 2008 - 13:00- 17:00
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2, 1448 Copenhagen K.
More information is available on the website of the Ministry.

Pre-Announcement: 1st Coordinated Call for a Transnational Research Activity under the ERA ARD Net: Bioenergy – an opportunity or threat to the rural poor

The official launch of the Coordinated Call will be: September 1, 2008. The major objective of the call is to contribute to exploring the opportunities and threats that bioenergy production poses for the rural poor in terms of food security, poverty alleviation and rural development and to investigate how bioenergy production influences land use and affects natural resources.

This pre-announcement is to provide you with an opportunity to begin to think of the possibilities of a research proposal and building a research consortium. You can address suggestions for improvements or questions of clarification to Alex Percy-Smith, ERA ARD CAll Secretariat.

For detailed information, please read the Pre-Announcement and the related email from Mr. Percy-Smith.

Pre-Announcement: 1st Coordinated Call for a Transnational Research Activity under the ERA ARD Net: Bioenergy – an opportunity or threat to the rural poor

The official launch of the Coordinated Call will be: September 1, 2008. The major objective of the call is to contribute to exploring the opportunities and threats that bioenergy production poses for the rural poor in terms of food security, poverty alleviation and rural development and to investigate how bioenergy production influences land use and affects natural resources.

This pre-announcement is to provide you with an opportunity to begin to think of the possibilities of a research proposal and building a research consortium. You can address suggestions for improvements or questions of clarification to Alex Percy-Smith, ERA ARD CAll Secretariat.

For detailed information, please read the Pre-Announcement and the related email from Mr. Percy-Smith.

1st ERA ARD Call on Bioenergy

The major objective of the call is to contribute to exploring the opportunities and threats that bioenergy production poses for the rural poor in terms of food security, poverty alleviation and rural development and to investigate how bioenergy production influences land use and affects natural resources.

Researchers and research consortia are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more of the topics and objectives below.

  1. Bioenergy production and food security
  2. Bioenergy production and poverty alleviation and rural development
  3. Bioenergy production and natural resources (land, water, ecosystems, biodiversity)

Deadline for Submission to Call Secretariat: October 31, 2008. For more information, please visit the ERA ARD website.

Seminar: Achieving sustainable natural resource management in the Sahel after the era of desertification - Research findings, policy issues and communication strategy

The seminar will review and discuss factors that enable or constrain pathways of sustainable and pro-poor natural resource management (NRM) in the Sahel, and what Sahelian governments, NGOs and foreign donors might do to assist rural people in achieving more sustainable NRM while reducing poverty and vulnerability.

Date: October 6, 2008 - 9:15-12:00
Venue: Department of Geography and Geology, meeting room, 2nd floor, 5.2.527, staircase E, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K
For more information, please follow this link.

WOCAT Symposium: Promoting Sustainable Land Management (SLM) for its Local and Global Impacts

The symposium is organised by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Techniologies (WOCAT) and will bring together various partners and donors, and those interested in SLM and natural resource management. International development and agricultural professionals and institutions as well as the public are invited.

Date: October 20, 2008
Venue: Bern, Switzerlad
Registration deadline: October 6, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of WOCAT.

International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2008

Thirteenth Annual Symposium organized by Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. The symposium is a forum for researchers in the fields of Natural Resources Management, to present their research findings, and networking with policy makers and industry.

Date: December 27-28, 2008
Venue: Kalutara, Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit the website of the event.

Eldis key issues page: Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

This key issues page provides an overview of PES schemes (also called Payments for Environmental Services), their potential and possible pitfalls, and links to further reading from a range of sources.

To read more, please follow this link.

Information and discussion meeting: Eco-business as a driver of sustainable development in Central America?

In occasion of his visit to Denmark, Danida advisor Søren Borch has offered to share his experiences from the eco-business component of Premaca, Danida's Regional Environment Programme in Central America, with members of DDRN.

Date: Wednesday December 17, 2008 - 14:00-15:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Geography and Geology
For more information, please follow this link.

BiosafeTrain News Issue 6, September-December 2008. The third 2008 newsletter from BiosafeTrain, Trainig for Biosafety, is now available.

Regional Conservation Science - Policy Conference

Conference organised by the African Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Date: January 28-30. 2009
Venue: University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
For more information, please visit the website of the event.

International Roundtable: Sustainable Utilisation of Energy and Biodiversity - Resources for Wealth Creation and Development

This international roundtable aims at bringing together different stakeholders in the developing countries in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, bio-energy and maintenance of ecology and biodiversity to deliberate on various aspects for better utilization of energy and biodiversity resources.

Date: March 10-13, 2009
Vanue: Kampala, Uganda
Deadline for applications for participation: February 2, 2009. For more information, plaese follow this link.

Online conference: Capacity-building for integration of biosafety into national development plans, strategies and programmes

This conference provides an opportunity to exchange views and share experiences in order to develop strategic measures and guidance to strengthen the capacities of developing countries and countries in transition to integrate biosafety into their national development plans and programmes.

Date: January 19 to February 6, 2009 - ONLINE
For more inromation, please visit the website of the Biosafety Capacity-Building Forum.

Impact Assessment and Human Well-Being

The theme of this conference organised by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is how to promote human well-being and protection of ecosystems when evaluating proposed development Policies, Plans, Programs, and Projects (PPPPs).

Date: May 17-22, 2009
Venue: Accra, Ghana
For more information, please visit the website of IAIA.

Call for Proposals: ACP Science and Technology Programme

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP - Secretariat) has launched a Call for Proposals of the “ACP Science and Technology Programme” and invites interested parties to participate herein.

One of the focus areas of the programme covers: Environment research activities addressing climatic variability, loss of biodiversity deforestation, desertification and rising sea levels as well as issues associated with upgrading and mainstreaming of appropriate indigenous technology and establishing efficient mechanisms for access to and the adaptation of appropriate foreign technology.

Application deadline: February 27, 2009 at 16:00 hours (Brussels time). For more information, please follow this link

Call for Applications: Robert Bosch Junior Professorship "Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources"

Each year the Robert Bosch Stiftung invites applications for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship, granting up to one million euros for independent research over a period of five years. For this year's call, applications from the area of research: "Global Environmental Change and Health" are especially welcome.

Application deadline: June 10, 2009. For more information, please follow this link

International Community Forestry Workshop

This will be the first International Community Forestry Workshop ever held in Nepal. The workshop is an opportunity to meet new colleagues and to learn from the experiences of others engaged at local, national and international levels in community forestry. The workshop will be of interest for scientists, researchers, people utilising natural resources, other civil society leaders and professionals working in the field of participatory forestry.

Date: September 15-18, 2009
Venue: Pokhara, Nepal
For more information, please visit the website of the event.

Training course to build African capacity in access and benefit sharing

Short course presented by the Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town, and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa. Training fees, accommodation, breakfast and lunch will be covered by the ABS Capacity Building Initiative for Africa. However, participants are urged to seek support to cover their travel costs, additional meals, and incidental expenses.

Date: January 25-29, 2010
Venue: The Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa.
Application deadline: August 31, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Global Biosecurity 2010 conference

The Global Biosecurity 2010 is an international conference with focus on agricultural and environmental biosecurity. Effective biosecurity measures are vital to keeping agricultural industries, environment and community healthy, and enhancing market access for food and feed exports. Abstracts should relate to the sub-topics of drivers, threaths and impacts, knowledge and systems.

Date: February 28-March 3, 2010
Venue: Brisbane, Australia

New: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change (APN) research grants

APN is calling for proposals under the ARCP programme for regional global change research, and the Capable programme for capacity development. APN supports activities with focus on the Asia-Pacific region in relation to climate; ecosystems, biodiversity and land use; changes in the atmospheric, terrestrial and marine domains; use of resources; cross-cutting issues and science-policy linkages. The call is for nationals of the Asia-Pacific region.

Deadline: August 14, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Job: Science Officer Position at DIVERSITAS International

DIVERSITAS, the international biodiversity science programme, is seeking a Science Officer for its International Secretariat located in Paris, to lead the implementation of its bioDISCOVERY core project on “Assessing, monitoring and predicting biodiversity change”.

Location: Paris, France
Closing date: September 15, 2009

Wetlands in a Flood Pulsing Environment 

The Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC) is hosting an international symposium on inland wetlands to be held in Botswana. Focus will be on the importance of pulsing in carbon and nutrient cycling, biological productivity, biodiversity and human livelihood, history and culture.

Date: February 1-5, 2010
Venue: Maun, Botswana

The Gateways Partners Symposia on Biosafety

This conference hosted by GenØk – Centre for Biosafety in Norway will explore the frontiers of social, biological, economic, legal and cultural implications of the movement of transgenes. The conference will feature research on evaluating risks to human health and the environment, the legal and socioeconomic impacts of transgene flow in agriculture and perspectives on GMOs from researchers, regulators, civil society and farmers.

Venue: Tromsø, Norway
Date: August 23-26, 2009
For more infromation please follow this link.

2010 International Conference on Forestry Applications and Development (CFAD 2010)

CFAD is an annual International Conference on Forestry Science sponsored by Food and Agriculture Society of IACSIT and Environment Science Society.

Date: February 26-28, 2010
Venue: Singapore

Plants, Livelihoods and Climate Change: how can Kew and its partners help?

Kew is hosting this workshop to review aspects of its work with useful plant species, with a particular emphasis on the use of locally appropriate plant species to benefit livelihoods, improve nutritional status and reduce vulnerability to climate change.

Date: November 2, 2009.
Venue: Wakehurst Place, UK.

Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change - Integrating Marine Biodiversity Datasets for Improved Understanding of Climate Change Effects on Marine Biodiversity

The 7th annual science symposium of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) held in conjunction with Geocenter Denmark at the University of Copenhagen will focus on the impact of climate change on marine biodiversity and opportunities for adaptation.
For more information on the symposium and other events please visit the website of GBIF.

Date: October 7, 2009
Venue: Geocenter Denmark, Festsalen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K

Danish Research Themes 2010

Within the framework of Danish development assistance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby announces the following strategic themes for development research in 2010:

  1. Climate, Energy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  2. Agriculture, Growth and Sustainable Development
  3. Fragile States Conflict and Civil Society

Applicants have the opportunity to apply for support for two types of projects: 1) Larger strategic projects above DKK 5 mill. and; 2) Individual PhD and post-doc projects. All larger strategic projects will go through a pre-qualification round with a deadline with in week 50 of 2009 and the individual projects will have a deadline with in week 6 of 2010.

Forest Day 3

To coincide with the COP 15 conference, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Government of Denmark will host Forest Day 3. Forest Day 3 will build on the success of Forest Day 1 and 2 in helping to ensure forests are high on the agenda for future climate outcomes, and will pave the way forward in making these outcomes work beyond Copenhagen.

Date: December 13, 2009
Venue: Radisson SAS Falconer Hotel, Copenhagen

Small-Scale Mining and Development Aid in Africa

The objectives of this seminar are to examine the nature of small-scale mining in Africa, assess international support initiatives targeting the sector, and investigate the impediments for effective and sustainable development aid to Africa’s growing small-scale mining populations.

Date: November 13, 2009 - 9:00 -15:30
Venue: Department of Geography & Geology, University of Copenhagen. Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen
Registration deadline: November 4, 2009

Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa – Lessons Learnt from COMPETE

This international conference is organised to identify cooperation opportunities between stakeholders and policymakers from European and African countries to contribute to the exploitation of bioenergy resources for sustainable development in African countries.

Date: November 24-25, 2009
Venue: Brussels, Belgium

International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2009

This symposium is a forum for researchers in the fields of Natural Resources Management, to present their research findings, and networking with policy makers and industry.

Date: December 18-19, 2009
Venue: University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries (CoCooN) - integrated projects

The aim of the programme Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries - CoCooN is to contribute to sustainable development;poverty reduction and the realisation of the MDGs. The objective is to add to evidence-based policy development and practice in the field of conflict and cooperation over natural resources; and to manage adequately; resolve and learn from conflicts over natural resources.

Application deadline: November 3, 2009 

Call for Pre-Proposals for Postdoctoral Junior Fellowships for African Researchers on “Resources, their Dynamics, and Sustainability – Capacity Development in Comparative and Integrated Approaches”

Call within the 'Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa' initiative of the Volkswagen Stiftung that aims at providing sustainable support for research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application deadline: December 15, 2009

Symposium: Linking biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction

There is a variety of opinion as to the nature and scale of biodiversity conservation–poverty reduction links. At this sumposium, the current state of knowledge will be explored and key research gaps and practical needs that will really maximise the synergies between these two challenging international policy objectives will be highlighted.

Date: April 28-29, 2010
Venue: Zoological Society of London, UK 

NEW: Job opportunity: Senior Scientist, Genetic Diversity at Bioversity International. Bioversity International undertakes, encourages and supports research and other activities aimed at improving the well being of present and future generations of people by enhancing conservation and the deployment of agricultural biodiversity on farms and in forests, with special emphasis on the needs of developing countries.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Organisation: Bioversity International
Closing Date: November 29, 2009

Global Land Project Open Science Meeting 2010 - Land Systems, Global Change and Sustainability

The aim of the GLP 2010 meeting is to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.

Date: October 17-19, 2010
Venue: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

First call for research proposals under the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA)

ESPA brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and seeks to generate knowledge on ecosystem services, their value and links to sustainable poverty reduction. In relation hereto ESPA has issued its first call for proposals from organisations and individual researchers.

Deadline for submission of application: March 3, 2010 - 16:00

6th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: Getting the biodiversity targets right - working for sustainable development

The 6th Trondheim conference on biodiversity, hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will consider status and lessons learned from the 2010 Biodiversity Target, which aims at achieving a significant reduction of the current rate of global biodiversity loss by 2010.

Date: February 1-5, 2010
Venue: Trondheim. Norway

Kathryn Fuller Doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships (WWF-US)

This year the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund under WWF-US will support doctoral and post-doctoral research in ecosystem services, measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in forests, climate change impacts on and adaptation of freshwater resources.

Deadline for submission of application: January 31, 2010

Mining, People and the Environment

Canadian Mining Environmental Management (MEM) is hosting this conference, which will gather industry, government and civil society experts and address questions related to governance and conflict, environment and climate change, and small-scale artisanal mining.

Date: March 6, 2010
Venue: Toronto, Canada

Call for Applications: “Afrique One” Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ecosystem and Population Health

The African Research Consortium for Ecosystem and Population Health is seeking to appoint eleven post‐doctoral research scientists to its prestigious 4‐year fellowship program. The fellowship program seeks to support the next generation of African science leaders in the field of ecosystem and population health.

Closing date: February 1, 2010.

'10 messages for 2010' to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity. To celebrate the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity on 11 January, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is commencing a series of concise, thematic assessments of biodiversity. The first of these '10 messages for 2010' presents the interaction between climate change and biodiversity.

Revealing the Appeal and Potential of Agricultural Biodiversity for Africa: Status, Trends and Outlook for Future

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in partnership with its four sub-Regional Organizations (CORAF/WECARD, ASARECA, SADC-FANR, NASRO), and Bioversity International will be organizing a conference on agricultural biodiversity in Africa. The overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, raise the appeal and generate support for research and development in relation to agricultural biodiversity for development in Africa.

Date: July 19-24, 2010
Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Center for Tropical Forest Science grants

The CTFS Grants Program provides opportunities for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to use existing CTFS plots to conduct research with scientists affiliated with them. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.

Grants are awarded annually. Submissions will be accepted yearly. The next deadline for applications is April 1, 2010.

ESEA's 3rd Scientifc Conference - Climate Change and Natural Resource use in Eastern Africa: Impacts, adaptations and mitigation

The Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA) proposes a forum to bring scientists, climate change experts, policy makers and implementers, communication agents, vulnerable communities and the general public together. The meeting will address a wide range of climate change topics with the aim of increasing awareness of vulnerabilities, impacts and targeted adaptation measures that can be applied in the region.

Date: May 19-21, 2010
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

Job: Research fellow, International Governance of Biodiversity - IDDRI. In order to strengthen its biodiversity programme, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is seeking an outstanding candidate for the position of Research Fellow on the International governance of biodiversity. Closing date: January 31, 2010.

APLU/ICA Doctoral and postdoctoral professional development in agricultural and life sciences - Challenges for the next decade

Problems and issues in agriculture and life sciences are becoming increasingly global and multi-disciplinary as proven by the recent food crisis, climate and other environmental problems, the globalization of food standards etc. The goal of the conference is to learn from shared experiences of institutions in the EU and US on how to engage in the professional development of doctoral graduates and post doctoral staff. The conference will provide innovative ideas and models for inclusion in university strategic plans.

Date: April 7-9, 2010
Venue: Gent, Belgium
Deadline for registration: April 1, 2010

Call for manuscripts - ICSU: Chemistry for Sustainable Development in Africa

For its second book project the Regional Office for Africa of the International Council for Science (ICSU) is calling for manuscripts related to the following topics - environmental chemistry, renewable energies, health & human well-being, food & nutrition, bioprospecting & commercial development. All entries must be chemistry focussed.

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2010

Terra Viva Grants Update February 2010

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from Febraury to May 2010.

Fellowships at the Technische Universität Dresden in climate change, conservation and environmental and urban management

The Technische Universität Dresden together with UNEP/UNESCO/BMU is offering six month postgraduate training courses in the field of climate change, conservation and environmental and urban management. The courses target decision-makers from developing and emerging countries.

Application date: June 1, 2010

Taking stock on smallholder and community forestry - where do we go from here?

This conference hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the French International Research Center for Agricultural Development (CIRAD) will provide the frame for sharing and evaluating global patterns in forest resource use and management by smallholder and community groups, in order to outline the current state of knowledge and identify a course for future research.

Date: March 24-26, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France
Deadline for registration: March 10, 2010

Call for Expression of Interest: Development of FARA’s Capacity Strengthening Strategy in Agriculture and Natural Resources for Africa

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is seeking to engage consultants for the following; A) Undertake targeted Key Informant Interviews and coordinate the development of a continental strategy for Capacity Strengthening for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Africa, and B) Undertake E-consultation for the development of a continental strategy for Capacity Strengthening for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Africa.

Job: Postdoctoral fellow in Field Hydrology at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The IWMI in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work in an interdisciplinary team on the impact of rain water management technologies and strategies on catchment hydrology at different locations within the Nile Basin.

Deadline for application: March 31, 2010

Job: Postdoctoral fellow in Agro-Ecosystems at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The IWMI is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work in an interdisciplinary team that will consider the impact of rain water management technologies and strategies on catchment hydrology, livelihoods and landscape functioning at different locations within the Nile Basin, with the ultimate aim of upgrading water and system productivity in mixed farming landscapes.

Deadline for application: March 31, 2010

Strategisk Forsknings 2010 - Sundhed, fødevarer og velfærd [in Danish]

Det Strategiske Forskningsråd indkalder fase-1 ansøgninger til forskning indenfor sundhed og fødevarer, inklusiv biologisk produktion, bioressourcer og GMOs mm., i både national og international kontekst.

Ansøgningsfrist: 27. april 2010

The Great Escape

The International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) in the Netherlands is hosting this two day conference, which will focus on the inextricable relationship between humans, development and biodiversity. The conference will have sessions on biobased economies, payments for environmental services (PES) and emergency aid operations and ecosystems.

Date: April 26-27, 2010
Venue: Nature Artis Magistra, Plantage Middenlaan 41a-43, Amsterdam, Netherlands

NEW: Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability 2010

The conference will provide up-to-date analysis of the latest developments in policy, economics and financing of biomass and forestry projects, looking at different case studies and forestry projects, as well as discussing carbon markets.

Date: May 13-14, 2010
Venue: Hallam Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom

NEW: Robert Bosch Junior Professorship - Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources

The Robert Bosch Foundation has launched this year's call for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship, granting independent research on sustainable use of natural resources over a period of five years at a German university or research institute. Research areas may include agriculture, forestry, fisheries, use of biodiversity, water, health and social stability, with focus on developing and emerging countries.

Application deadline: May 12, 2010

Job: Senior Researcher in Natural Resources and Poverty at DIIS

A permanent position as senior researcher with focus on governance of natural resources in the context of poverty and inequality is available at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) from September 1, 2010.

Application deadline: June 21, 2010 - 12.00 noon

XXIII IUFRO World Congress - Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and Environment

This year's International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) World Congress will amongst many other themes address forests and climate change and forest environmental services.

Date: August 23-28, 2010
Venue: Seoul, Korea

The 12th Annual BIOECON Conference - From the wealth of nations to the wealth of nature: rethinking economic growth

This year's Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation (BIOECON) conference will focus on the identification of effective and efficient instruments for biodiversity conservation. Particular attention will be paid to analyses of the impacts and dependencies of businesses on biodiversity and ecosystems, and the potential contributions of corporations to a more resource-efficient economy. Moreover, ecosystem services and biodiversity will be discussed in relation to poverty alleviation.
Ten grants are available for researchers from the South.

Date: September 27-28, 2010
Venue: Venice, Italy

Call for papers: Environmental Conservation - 'Payment for Ecosystem Services in Conservation: Performance and Prospects'

The journal Environmental Conservation is producing a themed issue on 'Payment for Ecosystem Services in Conservation: Performance and Prospects'. Papers may take the form of case studies of individual schemes, comparative studies, or thematic or geographical reviews; the editors will prioritise strong empirical studies.

Deadline for submission af papers: October 31, 2010

Lindbergh Foundation: research grants

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation invite applications for the 2011 grants cycle for research and education within areas pertaining to environment and technological developments, such as agriculture, conservation of natural resources, waste minimisation and management etc.

Application deadline: June 10, 2010

UNESCO-L'OREAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences

The UNESCO-L'OREAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships Scheme seeks to promote the contribution of young women from all over the world in research developments in the field of life sciences. Candidates for the fellowship must already be engaged in pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.

Application deadline: June 30, 2010

MacArthur Foundation grants: Albertine Rift

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announces its next cycle of Conservation and Sustainable Development (CSD) grants for 2011, which geographically will focus on the Albertine Rift - a region encompassing highland forests in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, western Tanzania, and northern Zambia. Grants support biodiversity conservation activities and research. In order to apply for the grant a Letter of Inquiry has to be formulated.

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: September 1, 2010

Terra Viva Grants Update May 2010

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from May to October 2010.

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows - University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is searching for  postdoctoral candidates to fill four new Global Environmental Leadership Fellows positions for research on global issues such as land use and ecosystem management and change, agriculture and food security, freshwater resources and water security, climate change adaptation, links between population & development.

Application deadline: August 1, 2010

Terra Viva Grants Update June 2010

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from June to November 2010.

PhD positions and fellowships in Agrobiodiversity at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

The PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy, is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources. 6 PhD positions with fellowships are available.

Application deadline: July 15, 2010 - 12:00

Environment and Natural Resources Management in Developing and Transition Economies

This conference is intended to share research and gather feedbacks on works in progress and completed papers as well. It will bring together theoretical and / or applied papers relying either on theoretical and / or econometric modelling, and putting forward policy implications posited in international and national agendas.

Date: November 18–19, 2010
Venue: Centre of Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI), Clermont Ferrand, France

NEW: 1st Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium

The symposium aims to reach a large cross-section of businesses and help business to understand how the role it can play in how we manage,  safeguard and invest in our natural investment. Thus, the symposium focuses on the role of business in relation to adressing the global loss of biodiversity. 

Date: July 13, 2010
Venue: New International Conference Centre, London, England

10 PhD scholarships in sustainable forest and nature management  - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Forest and Nature For Society (FONASO)

Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) is a three-year world-class Joint Doctoral Programme. The main objective is to educate researchers, teachers and management staff working with sustainable forest and nature management, in both tropical and temperate regions, to ensure wider societal benefits. Within forest and nature management, the programme is focused on the scientific fields of (i) economics and policy, and (ii) ecology and silviculture. The emphasis is on applied research.

Application deadline: October 1, 2010

3rd International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration

The conference brings together experts, officials and lay people concerned about land degradation and development. The presentations consider practical solutions for sustainable and prosperous livelihoods in the drylands.

Date: November 8-11, 2010
Venue: Sede Boqer Campus, Israel

Biodiversity and the UN Millennium development Goals: Challenges for Research and Action

The conference will bring together researchers and other stakeholders from natural sciences, social science, economy, humanities, technology and related fields to discuss the major components of biodiversity, and to discuss possible contributions of biodiversity conservation and management to achieve the new targets under development.

Date: December 1-3, 2010
Venue: Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Biomass: Sustainable Natural Resource and Innovation for a Greener Future

4th USM-JIRCAS Joint International Symposium is one of the series of programs organized by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in collaboration with Japan International Research Center of Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). This symposium is aimed at providing a forum for high quality technical discussion on current issues relating to the utilization of biomass as a sustainable natural resource and innovation for a greener future.

Date: January 18-20, 2011
Venue: Parkroyal Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

International Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism    

The aim of the conference is to provide tourism scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders with an opportunity to explore and debate issues related to sustainable practices in tourism.

Date: November 15-19, 2010
Venue: Bundu Country Lodge, Mbombela, South Africa

Pathways to Sustainability: Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice

This conference hosted by the STEPS centre will focus on social science perspectives on environmental sustainability questions. The aim of the conference will be to discuss questions such as how pathways to sustainability – that link environmental integrity with social justice – might be conceptualised and built, what ideas, concepts and agendas can best inform effective action towards the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit in 2012 and how one can move towards a new politics of environment, development and social justice.

Date: September 23-24, 2010
Venue: Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, England

CEESP Sharing Power Conference

The conference 'Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development' focuses on the need for policy and decision makers in Governments and Corporations to accommodate a greater level of inclusion of indigenous peoples and all citizens, in national and international policies on the management and governance of bio-cultural resources, and advocates the rights of mother earth - the planet.

Date: January 10-15, 2011
Venue: Whakatâne, New Zealand

NEW: Funding Opportunities for Small Scale Initiatives

The Small-Scale Initiatives Programme run by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) is designed to support civil society organisations in Africa that are actively working on biodiversity protection and climate change action. The programme has been set up to help civil society organisations to: undertake field projects in West and Central Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique, strengthen their technical, training, management and project monitoring capacities, strengthen a small-scale projects monitoring network in West and Central Africa, strengthen their capacities for influencing environmental policy choices in the countries concerned, share and disseminate their experiences and successes.

Application deadline: September 5, 2010

10th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity

This meeting will take place during the International Year for Biodiversity (IYB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 61/203. COP 10 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from 27 to 29 October 2010. Strategic Issues for Evaluating Progress and Supporting Implementation of the Convention will be considered and it is anticipated that the negotiations to conclude an International Regime on Access and Benefit-sharing will result in the adoption of an instrument on Access and Benefit-Sharing.

Date: October 18-29, 2010
Venue: Nagoya, Japan

International Conference on Environmental Science and Development (ICESD) 2011

The aim of the ICESD conference series is to provide a forum for laying the foundations of a new principled approach to Environmental Science and Development. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between different research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications.

Date: January 7-9, 2011
Venue: Mumbai, India

NEW: Water Conflict and Cooperation in the South – The Local Dimensions

The seminar will consist of six presentations on selected key aspects of local water conflict and cooperation. The presentations will draw on the emerging findings from the Competing for Water research programme, which has mapped and explored local water conflict and cooperation in five districts in Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

Date: September 14, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: Valuing Water and the Environment in Practice

This conference will explore the emerging lessons on the use of economic decision support tools in water and environmental management and consider this in the light of the emerging practice from projects using ecosystem services. It will aim to identify and clarify important issues in order to inform the development of these tools for future project and planning appraisal.

Date: September 22, 2010
Venue: SOAS London, London, England

World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2011

The World Environmental & Water Resources Congress is an important opportunity for professionals in the environmental and water fields to convene and focus on topics of the day. This year's technical program focuses on “Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability”.

Date: May 22-26, 2011
Venue: Palm Springs Convention Centre, Palm Springs, United States

ACES 2011: Conservation Conflicts: strategies for coping with a changing world

This conference, arranged by the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, will investigate how we can understand and deal with conflicts in conservation by exploring links between academic disciplines, policy makers and practitioners, and between theory and practice.

Date: August 22-24, 2011
Venue: Aberdeen, Scotland

1st International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Services & 8th International Workshop on Geographical Information Systems

These jointly held events aim to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers , and practitioners to share experiences and research results, and to exchange ideas about all aspects of geo-information science and technology.

Date: June 29 - July 1, 2011
Venue: Beijing, China

2nd World Biodiversity Congress (WBC-2)

The Second World Congress on Biodiversity, organized by Century Foundation, Bangalore, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Government of Sarawak and University of Technology Mara ( UiTM), will provide a forum for reorienting policies and programs in more productive and sustainable biodiversity utilization and conservation.

Date: September 8-12, 2011
Venue: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Forest Day 4

The theme for Forest Day 4 is "Time to Act", highlighting the urgency of ensuring the survival of the world's forests, the biodiversity they embrace and the hundreds of millions of people who depend on them. The event will serve as a bridge between the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and the 2011 International Year of Forests.

Date: December 5, 2010
Venue: Cancún Centre, Cancún, Mexico

Call for applications 2011 - Development Research

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark invites applications for research grants related to development research. The objective of the support is to generate knowledge in order to promote the overall objective of the Danish development assistance to reduce poverty and support sustainable development. Grants will be awarded to research projects generating new knowledge relevant to the needs and strategies of the developing countries and relevant to Denmark’s development assistance. Furthermore, it is important that the research contribute to the research capacity building in developing countries.

Applications are accepted within the following themes:
1) Climate, energy and sustainable use of natural resources;
2) Economic growth, employment and property rights;
3) Fragile states, conflict and civil society 

Deadline for individual PhD and post-doc applications: February 11, 2011

Job: Associate Expert: Conservation and Use of Forest Genetic Resources in Latin America

Bioversity International seeks an Associate Expert (AE) to participate in ongoing research and networking on forest genetic resources (FGR) activities in the Americas. Research activities consist in carrying out innovative research in collaboration with key regional partners such as the partners of the Latin American Forest Genetic Resources Network (LAFORGEN), the active platform of regional experts on FGR conservation and use.

Deadline for submission of applications: November 26, 2010

NEW: 2011 International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering (ICESE 2011)

ICESE 2011 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Environment Science and Engineering, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Date: April 1-3, 2011
Venue: Bali, Indonesia

2011 International Biodiversity Conference

The organisers invite researchers to submit papers for presentation at the conference. In the past, the conference has featured papers on the interaction of species with human environments, discovery of new species, and environmental projects that protect species. It has also featured papers on the interrelationships between endangered and threatened species with adverse elements in their environments or conditions.

Date: July 29 - August 4, 2011
Venue: Baños, Ecuador

Job: Scientific Coordinator, Identification of Tree Species and Geographic Origin

Bioversity International seeks a Scientific Coordinator to coordinate research, information management and development of international standards for use of DNA markers and stable isotopes to identify timber species and origin under the supervision of the Global Coordinator, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest and other Wild Plant Resources.

Deadline for submission of applications: December 10, 2010

Terra Viva Grants Update December 2010

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from January 2011 to May 2011.

NEW: African Union Research Grants: Open Call for Proposal 2011

The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa. The programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the ACP Group of States under the ACP Research for Sustainable Development Program of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Envelop.

Deadline for submission of proposals: April 31 2011 at 17:00h (+3GMT)

The 2012 World Conservation Congress

Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues. The 2012 Congress aims to put nature and conservation at the top of the global agenda.

Date: September 6-15, 2012
Venue: Jeju, Republic of Korea

Midler til forskningstemaet 'Bæredygtig Energi og Miljø' i 2011 - Det Strategiske Forskningsråd [in Danish]

Det Strategiske Forskningsråd udbyder i 2011 midler til forskningstemaet 'Bæredygtig Energi og Miljø' med undertemaerne 'Energi og miljø', 'Miljøteknologi' og 'Klima og klimatilpasning'.

Tidsfrist for fase 1-ansøgninger: 10. maj 2011

Call for Applications: Pilot Research Cooperation Program (PRCP) between Ghana and Denmark 2011-2013

Research institutes and universities in the private and public sectors throughout Ghana are invited to forward applications for joint research projects under the Ghana-Denmark 2011 Pilot Research Cooperation Program (PRCP). The topics of research are:
1) Growth and Employment
2) Climate Variability and Natural Resource Management
3) Governance
The specific topic selected for research must take as a point of departure, and be relevant for, the bilateral development cooperation between Ghana and Denmark.

Application deadline: March 15, 2011

4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

The SER2011 World Conference on Ecological Restoration is a critical forum for addressing the global challenges of endangered species and ecosystems, climate change, and equitable and sustainable development.

Date: August 21-25, 2011
Venue: Mérida, Mexico

Call for proposals: Fondation Ensemble - Sustainable Development and Job Creation

In supporting this call for proposals, the Foundation wishes to encourage innovative initiatives capable of responding to the human and environmental needs expressed locally and which will foster the emergence of local economic structures to create jobs.

Application deadline: February 11, 2011

Small Scale Initiatives Programme

The Small-Scale Initiatives Programme run by the French Global Environment Facility is designed to support civil society organisations in Africa which are actively working on biodiversity protection and climate change action. Available in French.

Application deadline: February 15, 2011

Job: Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

The Centre for International Forestry Research seeks a Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP6). The position involves management of CRP6 planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

Application deadline: January 31, 2011

Workshop on Exploring the Forest-Poverty Link: New Research Findings

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)-Poverty Environment Netvork (PEN) and its partners are organising a two-day science workshop. The aims are to critically review up-to-date research findings, gather papers from which a submission to a high-level international journal can be made, identify policy implications, and to provide a forum for discussion of research methods and key priorities.

Date: June 13-14, 2011
Venue: Norwich, United Kingdom

Counting on the Environment: The contribution of forests to rural livelihoods

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)’s Poverty and Environment Network project (PEN) will host this conference on research policy  with the aim to increase awareness about the critical links between poverty and the environment.'

Date: June 15, 2011
Venue: London, United Kingdom

Job: Senior fellow - hydrogeology/groundwater management

International Water Management Institute (IMWI) seeks a senior fellow to promote and lead its work on improved utilization and management of groundwater.

Application deadline: March 21, 2011

Course: Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: short course 2011

The course aims to provide policy-makers with comprehensive background knowledge relevant to the increasingly important policy challenge of ‘water security’. The course will explore how the multiple levels of water security – human, community, state, international and global – require broad but considered policy inputs. The course is designed for entry and mid-level water and development policy-makers and professionals in government, donor, NGO or implementing agencies.

Date: May 23-27, 2011
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom

Tropentag 2011: Development on the margin

The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

AGRINATURA will grant 8 students from its member institutions (excluding German universities) travel grants for the conference.

Date: October 5-7, 2011
Venue: Bonn, Germany

Call for proposals: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Support Programme to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP-FLEGT Support Programme)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) calls for proposals for either pilot projects or technical assistance from eligible stakeholders. Proposals must address one of the 9 FLEGT thematic areas in an ACP Country or Group of Countries. Special consideration will be given to proposals that support three underrepresented thematic areas: private sector organisation initiatives, domestic or regional market issues, and information or knowledge of FLEGT. Proposals that encourage multi-stakeholder processes or build partnerships are encouraged.

Deadline for submission of proposals: May 20, 2011

NEW: Call for Papers: The Global Energy Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Mountain Areas

The international journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) suggests investigating the implications of the “energy transition” for mountains. It seeks to publish well-validated practice‐ and policy‐oriented insights in its MountainDevelopment section, and sound analyses of the natural‐resources‐energy nexus in its MountainResearch section in an issue to be published in November 2011.

Deadline for submission of working title and general line of argument: April 15, 2011

NEW: Call for Workshop Scholarships for PhD students from developing countries for 'Reverse Degradation by Innovation: New Pathways of Sustainable Natural Resource Management'

The thematical focus of this workshop will be innovative practical solutions to limit or reverse environmental degradation in the nexus between local human development, national policies and global environmental challenges.

Invited are PhD students from developing and transition countries from all disciplines who do empirical research related to one of the following topics: use, management and conservation of natural resources, instruments of environmental protection and conservation, climate change, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, and sustainable agriculture. Scholarships will cover all costs for international and national travel, hotel accommodation, catering, and working materials.

Date: May 29-30, 2011
Venue: Bonn, Germany
Application deadline: April 20, 2011

Course: Responsible forestry and timber trade: Linking production to changing market requirements

This course which is part of the 10th Proforest Summer Training Programme aims to provide comprehensive training on the initiatives and policies to tackle illegal logging and promote responsible forest management and purchasing of timber products.

Date: July 18-20, 2011 - 9:00-17:30
Venue: Harris Manchester College, Oxford, United Kingdom

NEW: Job: Recruitment of Associate Researcher for Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Natural Resources Management Group (yearly contract)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Natural Resources Management Group seeks an Associate Researcher to analyse and report on the development of selected national REDD+ systems, demonstration activities and the international REDD+ negotiations, contribute to the development of a national governance standard for guiding and assessing REDD+ plans and activities, assist with preparing, facilitating and reporting on REDD+ workshops, and work closely with other Team members to ensure high quality research products and activities across the Team’s work program. 

Application deadline: April 20, 2011

NEW: Job: Regular researcher position

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Group calls for applicants for a researcher position with a  focus on forests and climate link in developing countries, conducting strategic policy research and developing policy recommendations.

Application deadline: April 20, 2011

NEW: Justice in the forests - live webinar

Join International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) members for a live webinar to discuss a series of short films that show how small teams can have a big impact in tackling forest governance, and the work of the FGLG more broadly.

Date: May 4, 2011 - 13:00-14:30 BST (British Summer Time)
Venue: online

NEW: Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability 2011  - Investment opportunities and carbon reductions

The 2nd Annual Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability conference aims to provide a full update on – and analysis of – the developments in policy, economics and financing of biomass and forestry projects, and to identify new investment opportunities and risks in these rapidly growing markets.

Date: May 12-13, 2011
Venue: Dexter House, London, United Kingdom

NEW: European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) 2011 Congress: Change and Uncertainty; Challenges for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The triennial EAAE congress will cover important topics such as Agriculture and Food Policies, Risk and Uncertainty, Market and Demand Analyses, Agriculture and Climate Change Risk Management, Environment and Sustainable Resource-use, Trade and Globalisation, Agriculture and Rural Development, Technology, Innovation and Communication.

Date: August 30-September 2, 2011
Venue: Zürich, Switzerland

16th International Forestry and Environment Symposium

This symposium is a forum for researchers in the fields of Natural Resources Management, to present their research findings, and networking with policy makers and industry. Key objectives: Forest and Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation and  Management, Socio Economics of Natural Resources, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Waste Management and  Pollution Control.

Date: October 28-29, 2011
Venue: Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

2011 International Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Conference

The conference theme “Synergy at the Interface:  Integrating Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and Behavior Change” is designed to bring together participants from multiple disciplines responding to the UN Millennium Development Goals of bringing water and sanitation to emerging regions.

Date: October 24-25, 2011
Venue: Oklahoma, United States

NEW: A global partnership for plant conservation – Supporting the worldwide implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Organised by: the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

Date: July 5 - 7, 2011
Venue: the Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A

NEW: Biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together the latest science and evidence for conserving biodiversity beyond protected areas. Topics will include modelling complexity, persistence of biodiversity, restoration of ecological processes to degraded lands, marine conservation, cultural landscapes, governance, and business and community connections in conservation.

Date: September 21-22, 2011
Venue: Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Tools & Methods for Monitoring & Evaluating in NRM

This conference will discuss projects in light of the need for consistency and integration, with the objective of enabling NRM programs to report more effectively about the impact of the investment they make.

Date: November 29-30, 2011
Venue: Citigate, Sydney, Australia

NEW: PAEPARD: ARD funding opportunities October 2011, overview of funding sources for agriculture, biodiversity and climate change blogpost.

6th World Water Forum

The tri-annual World Water Forum, organised since 1997, places water on the international political agenda. The forum mobilises thousands of water stakeholders over the 5 continents in a process combining dialogue, action and monitoring of the results.

Date: March 12-17, 2011
Venue: Marseille, France

NEW: International Foundation for Science research grant application process is re-opened

New applicants wishing to apply for a research grant to IFS are invited to submit their research application form to the second session.  Eligible projects must be related to the sustainable utilisation of the biological and/or water resource base.

Deadline for applications: January 29, 2011

NEW: Bangalore World Water Summit

Bangalore World Water Summit will bring focus, exchange thoughts and ideas and showcase trends and technologies to sustain and improve water resources and their efficient and effective management; thereby finding answers towards solving some of the pressing, Indian, and at large, Global issues, related to Water.

Date: February 1-3, 2012
Venue: Bangalore, India
Deadline for submission of papers: November 30, 2011

World Biofuel Markets 2012

The World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition brings together the entire value chain of the biofuels industry to do business. The conference will bring together leading experts from the following sectors: aviation biofuels, advanced biofuels, biorefinery platforms, finance & investment, biodiesel production, bioethanol production, automotive futures in bioenergy, biogas in transportation and more.

Date: March 13-15, 2012
Venue: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

NEW: World Future Energy Summit

The World Future Energy Summit is an annual meeting committed to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy. WFES includes a world class summit, an international exhibition, the Project Village, Round Table Discussions, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, and much more.

Date: January 16-19, 2012
Venue: Abu Dhabi

Africa Energy Forum 2012

The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the established meeting place for the African power sector. AEF unites government and power utilities of Africa with the energy industry to focus on delivering power infrastructure projects in Africa. With massive demand for power in Africa, and international investors keen to fund power projects, this is the established event that African governments and private sector attend year on year. As a result AEF has become the place to do business and meet new and prospective clients.

Date: June 26-28, 2012
Venue: Berlin, Germany

NEW: Addressing Climate Change and Conflict in Development Cooperation – Experiences from Natural Resource Management

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invites to a seminar adressing  issues of climate change as an multplier and intensifier of conflicts, and how development cooperation should address this challenge. Experiences from past efforts at addressing conflict over natural resources at the local, national and transboundary levels will be explored through presentations from East Africa, the Sahel and the Nile Basin by three prominent international speakers, Kennedy Mkutu, Marie Monimart and Ana Cascao, who will discuss root causes of conflicts and efforts to address them in relation to pastoral conflicts in Kenya, ‘Peace Wells’ in Niger, and transboundary water management in the Nile basin.

Date: 12 April 2012 - 9.30-12.00
Venue: DIIS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline for registration: 11 April 2012 - noon

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