Thursday, April 19, 2007


JOB VACANCY: Post-Doctoral Associate Position in Economics and Ecology of Ecosystem Services

Post-Doctoral Associate Position in the economics and ecology of ecosystem services School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University to support the recently-formed ecoSERVICES group directed by Charles Perrings and Ann Kinzig, and the DIVERSITAS ecoSERVICES core project office. See and for information on current research programs, and the NSF funded project that part funds the post. See also for information on DIVERSITAS.


Application: Applicants should send a cover letter summarizing their qualifications, experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and up to three representative reprints. They should also have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Charles Perrings, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, P.O. Box, Tempe, AZ or to

The deadline for applications is May 15; and if not filled biweekly thereafter until the search is closed.



JOB VACANCY: Director, Division of Global Environment Facility (UNEP/ GEF)

This position is located in the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, at the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. The Director will report to the Executive Director through the Deputy Executive Director and will direct and manage the Division of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination of UNEP.

Application deadline is 18/05/2007

For more information go to: or



CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th Annual BIOECON Conference on Economics and Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation

The University College London (UCL) and REFGOV in association with UK-DEFRA, FAO, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC announce the Ninth International BIOECON conference on Economics and Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation. The conference will be held at Kings College Cambridge on 20-21 September 2007.

Deadline for Submission: 30 April 2007, more information:

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations

The organizational committee of II Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations welcomes the submission of papers in the following areas:

Important dates:

II RWIO will be held at University of Sao Paulo (FEA/USP) from September 2-4, 2007.

For further information, please visit our website or contact the executive committee (

Call for papers website:

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TRAINING: Market Access for Sustainable Development (Wageningen University)

The course aims to support policy makers, development organizations and professionals in their new role as market facilitators.

It is an introduction to how markets can be used as tools to alleviate poverty in a sustainable manner. The topic will be approached via two related questions, namely:

  1. How can the poor effectively engage in market development?
  2. How can the poor access markets better with their products?

A limited number of fellowships are available for nationals of selected countries at NUFFIC. Candidates who wish to apply for such a fellowship should begin the application procedure as soon as possible by applying for admission to Wageningen International. Upon provisional acceptance, candidates will be informed about the procedure to be followed. See also:,,, Fellowship application deadline: June 1st, 2007.

The admission deadline for application directly to Wageningen International, with funding other than an NFP fellowship, is October 5th, 2007. Further information and application forms can be obtained at



TRAINING: Summer School on ‘Managing Transitions to Adaptive River Basin Management’

The 2007 NeWater Summer School on ‘Managing Transitions to Adaptive River Basin Management’ will take place from 11 July – 21 July, 2007 in Bad Krozingen, near Freiberg and the Black Forest in Southern Germany. The Summer School is intended as a sequel to last year's Autumn School in Peyresq, France which introduced NeWater and non-NeWater researchers to concepts of and methods for adaptive river basin management. It is organised by the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Germany, in cooperation with the Global Water System Project (GWSP).

The Global Water System Project (GWSP) is able to offer funding (participation and travel costs) for up to 5 young researchers (PhD-Students and PostDocs). Please submit the application form including a CV, a letter of reference, and a letter of motivation to the GWSP IPO ( Deadline for applications is 23 April 2007.

For further information please click here:



ONLINE RESOURCE: Manual de juegos económicos para el análisis del uso colectivo de los recursos naturales

This handbook is designed for field practitioners, policy designers, analysts, and academia, interested in the analysis of the use and management of natural resources, local ecosystems and local public goods in general. The handbook resulted from more than seven years of experience conducting experiments in the field with thousands of villagers of Colombia who depend on cooperation and the use of local resources. Using tools from experimental economics, the handbook offers a set of games that can be applied in the field and the classroom for the study of human behavior and its interactions with institutions and social norms.

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ONLINE RESOURCES: ASB Policybriefs and Voices in French

Translations of several ASB Policybriefs and Voices are now available online:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Value chains and the rural poor in disadvantaged regions (IDRC/ODI)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has a Call for Concept Notes on action research on “Value chains and the rural poor in disadvantaged regions”. The research must be located in a disadvantaged region in one of the following four Rural Poor & Environment (RPE) priority regions: the Sahel Belt of West Africa; the Nile Basin; South Asia; the Mekong Delta; or the Philippines.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has been working with the RPE initiative within IDRC to develop a research agenda that supports poor, rural households to engage more successfully with global economic processes. On behalf of IDRC, ODI is now managing the implementation of this research agenda. Concept Note Forms shall be presented to ODI either electronically or by post by 16:00hrs (U.K. time) on June 29, 2007.

For more information visit the following link:

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TRAINING: Community-based natural resource management and adaptive co-management

Zuurberg Mountain Inn, Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa, 25-28 June 2007 Offered by Rhodes University

The course takes researchers and practitioners through the challenges associated with planning and implementing CBNRM through Adaptive Co-Management.

The course fee of R 5 200.00 (US$ 740) includes all course materials. The cost of accommodation (including breakfast) of R 450 (US$ 65) /day is NOT included in the course fee. A minimum of 25 participants is needed for the course to be viable, and a maximum of 30 participants can be accommodated.

The course brochure and application form can be downloaded from: or

Application Deadline is May 15, 2007.

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TRAINING: CROP Training 2007: Poverty & Human Rights

The course offers an opportunity to NGO workers, policy makers, researchers, and graduate students from around the world to gain in-depth knowledge about the relationships between poverty and human rights.

The course is designed to provide a critical, interdisciplinary, and intercultural exploration of global poverty and inequality from a human rights perspective, and to analyze historically the content and direction of the aspects of human rights that the world has seen since the 2nd World War to the present day.

The course will be held over two weeks (6-17 August) in Bergen, Norway, and will provide participants 5 ETCS credits + 2.5 credits for approval of a submitted paper.

The course brochure, application form and more information can be found on the CROP webpage:

Deadline for applying to CROP as a self-paying participant: May 30, 2007

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From Karen Hampson at ILEIA:

For more than 20 years, ILEIA (The Centre for Information on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture) has published a quarterly magazine, currently entitled LEISA Magazine, in pursuit of our mission "To contribute to the alleviation of poverty, to enhance ecological sustainability and to safeguard social and cultural integrity of smallholders in developing countries through the further development and promotion of low external input and sustainable agriculture." Subscription is free to individuals and organisations in the South, so maybe you know some people who might like to subscribe – this can be done via the website, by email or in writing to the address below. All past issues of the magazine are also available and fully downloadable at no cost, from our website On the website you can also find Calls for articles for upcoming issues, and Authors Guidelines. We have partner organisations in Brazil, Peru, India, Indonesia, China and West Africa all publishing regional editions of the magazine in their various languages, while we here publish a global edition in English. The total number of subscribers is approximately 42 000, and with an estimated 200 000 readers worldwide.

With our most recent issue ('How farmers organise') we also distributed a documentation manual developed by ILEIA - "Learning from Experience: A manual for organising, analysing and documenting field based information." Over the next four years, ILEIA will put more emphasis on the documentation and systematisation of experiences in sustainable agriculture. In our experience, knowledge on LEISA is often developed in the field, as a result of the work of millions of small-scale farmers and the organisations that support them. However, these efforts are very rarely written down and do not get publicised through conventional channels, therefore remaining largely unknown. This reduces the opportunities for learning from these experiences, as well as sharing the learnings and building a wider body of knowledge on LEISA related practices. Recognising this as a major bottleneck for the exchange and dissemination of LEISA information, ILEIA is starting a specific programme in 2007 for increasing the documentation of LEISA experiences. We are looking for partners who would be interested in using the manual, but we are also keen to look at other ways of documenting experiences, highlighting the options available and analysing these different possibilities and their results, creating a forum to share different experiences and draw lessons from them. Some of these have been presented on the web pages and we invite you to share your ideas and initiatives with us. The manual can also be downloaded from this link, in English and Spanish. Portuguese and French versions are under development. For more information please contact:

Read the articles of the current issue:[readOnly]=0&p[_id]=90648

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Equal in Rights

This website offers resources on human rights-based strategies and how they apply to your work. It contains online resources, a database of resource persons, an introduction to what human rights-based strategies are all about, related events, news, links and more.


Friday, April 06, 2007



The CAPRi CD-Rom has been updated and now contains:

For more information go to

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Monday, April 02, 2007


JOB VACANCY: Program Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa

Ecoagriculture Partners ( is a small, rapidly-growing international non-profit organization working to facilitate landscape management approaches that simultaneously enhance agricultural production, support rural livelihoods and conserve ecosystem services. EP seeks a Coordinator for our program activities in Eastern and Southern Africa, to join our committed team by July 1, 2007 or earliest available.

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JOB VACANCY: Executive Secretary, Mountain Forum Secretariat

The Mountain Forum is seeking an Executive Secretary, Mountain Forum Secretariat. The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 April 2007.

Mountain Forum is the premier global network for information sharing on issues of sustainable mountain development. The network has operations on most continents of the world, with support from a global secretariat office located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

For a complete description of the tasks of the Executive Secretary and details of the application process, please download the terms of reference at



CALL FOR EOI: CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) to lead ‘Basin Focal Projects’ (BFPs) in one or more of the following river basins: Nile; Limpopo; Indus-Ganges; Niger, Yellow and the Andean system of basins. Institutions can apply to lead projects in more than one basin, but must submit separate EOIs for each, identifying the team members within each EOI. It is anticipated that projects will be of two years duration, commencing in August 2007 and finishing in September 2009.

Enquiries about the project methodologies and expected outputs can be made to Requests for further information can be made up to March 30, 2007. The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest is Friday, April 6, 2007. More details and application guidelines can be found in

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Open Society Institute's Women's Program

The Open Society Institute's Women's Program seeks to increase successful advocacy campaigns, policy initiatives, strategic litigation, or action research that address different forms of discrimination against women. The program is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that link women's rights strategies with other rights strategies, raising awareness about women's multiple discrimination. The program invites proposals from groups operating at the local, national, regional, continental, or international level. Organizations can apply for a 1-year grant ranging from $25,000-$100,000. Proposals should be submitted no later than May 15.

For more detailed guidelines and application procedures, click on the following link:

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Transitions in Defining and Utilizing North American Commons

Second Call for Panels, Papers and Posters – April 13, 2007 deadline

Researchers, students, civil society practitioners, and managers from the public and private sectors with interests in North American public goods, common pool resources, and common property are invited to participate in the IASC 2007 North American Regional Meeting. The meeting is being hosted by Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University ( in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, from July 31 to August 3, 2007.

Go to for the full call for papers or for more information

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EVENT: 2007 EAAE PhD Workshop

The EAAE PhD Workshop (September 4-5, 2007 • Rennes, France) is an event at which 50-60 PhD students will be able to present their research and receive comments from their colleagues as well as experienced professionals.

The aim of the EAAE PhD Workshop is to promote scientific exchanges between the PhD students in economics and business where the focus is on agriculture, food, rural environment and national and international development issues.

The EAAE PhD Workshop is intended specifically for PhD students of various European agricultural universities and research centers who are in their 3rd or 4th year or who have just completed their PhD. Other researchers who are interested in discussing the scientific analysis of the issues related to agriculture, food, rural environment and development are welcome to attend.

Please have more information:



SCHOLARSHIPS: Education for Sustainable Development (AIT)

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) have agreed to carry put a programme on "Education for Sustainable Development" for the period of 2006-2009.

Similarly, the Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation and AIT have partnered to offer a program called "Human Resources Development (HRD) for Asian Partners Countries" covering the period from October 2006-December 2009. A large number of master's and a few (13) doctoral degree scholarships are available for the nationals of Asian countries under these cooperation programmes. More information about these scholarships at and

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TRAINING: Wageningen International courses

Wageningen International have put together an exciting programme of courses relevant to underutilised crops for 2007. Topics include: Food and nutrition security, Wetland Management, Integrated Pest Management and food safety, Conservation & sustainable use of plant genetic resources, Plant variety protection and others. Find more information and application guidelines on



ONLINE RESOURCES: Free Statistical Tools on the WEB

International Statistical Institute (ISI), Netherlands, offers an extensive list of free statistical tools and learning resources available on the web. Information includes data sets, general statistical textbooks, email lists, software, and websites related to special topics such as epidemiology, forecasting, data presentation, and data editing.

More at

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ONLINE RESOURCE: World Mapper - The world as you have never seen it before

Gyde Lund sent this interesting link which provides a unique new view of the world. It would be interesting to map local knowledge of underutilised plants that way.

An Application of this presenting a map of SINGER germplasm collections: