Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This Week's Posts

Tags: contents, CAPRi


FELLOWSHIPS: The World Forestry Institute (WFI) International Fellowship Program

The World Forestry Institute (WFI) Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center. In addition to projects, fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills and corporations. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector and to work with colleagues from around the world. Fellowships are open to all countries.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. [more information]

Tags: fellowships, calls

Via CGIAR G&D Funding News


PUBLICATION: World Resources 2008: Roots of Resilience

World Resources 2008: Roots of Resilience-Growing the Wealth of the Poor argues that income from sustainably managed ecosystems can act as a stepping stone in the economic empowerment of the poor. The report describes the ingredients to well-designed, community-based enterprises that improve economic well-being while restoring and enhancing the natural resources that generate income: creating a sense of ownership, developing the local capacity for resource management and entrepreneurship, and building dynamic networks and connections. Ultimately, these programs can make their communities more resilient to climate change and the other economic, social, and environmental challenges they will face.

The full report is accessible for downloading at WRI’s website:

Tags: publications, online_resources

Monday, April 27, 2009


ONLINE RESOURCE: Social Dimensions of Climate Change website

The Social Development Department of the World Bank is delighted to announce the launch of a NEW Social Dimensions of Climate Change (SDCC) website ( The website keeps audiences up-to-date on activities and publications focused on the social dimensions of climate change from the World Bank Group.

Additionally, the network is expected to provide critical inputs into shaping the SDCC team's future activities and products. If you have any questions about the SDCC website, please contact us at

[more information]

Tags: online_resource

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Research Officer, Climate Change and Development (IDS)

The Institute of Development Studies in the UK is seeking to recruit a Research Officer linking climate change, disasters and social protection in the Climate Change and Development Centre. You will be working closely with members of the Centre for Social Protection and the Climate Change and Development Centre, as well as with a variety of civil society, government and private sector partners globally.

Deadline: May 1, 2009. [more information]   

Tags: employment  

via PERN


CALL FOR PAPERS: Biofuels, Land and Agrarian change

The Journal of Peasant Studies, in collaboration with the International Development Studies (IDS) Program at Saint Mary’s University, is organizing a global academic workshop on ‘Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change’, to be held 16-17 October 2009 at Saint Mary’s University, Canada.

The deadline for the Call for Papers is 31 July 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, publications, events

via International Land Coalition

Friday, April 17, 2009


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Community Forestry Workshop

The Workshop Organising Committee and the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal invites you to join the for the first International Community Forestry Workshop, 2009, to be held in Pokhara, Nepal from 15-18th September 2009. The theme is Thinking globally –Acting Locally: Community Forestry in the International Arena.

Abstract submission closes on 15 July 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications


EMPLOYMENT: Global Water Partnership

The Global Water Partnership is launching its search for a new Technical Committee Chair. This is a globally prestigious and strategic position in the water and development world. They are looking for an eminent researcher, academic or sector professional with the ability to engage at international, regional and national levels, with multidisciplinary groups of people. The Chair is a part-time (up to 50%) appointment.

The closing date is 25 April 2009.   [more information]

GWP is also looking for a Senior Network Officer for Central & West Africa. GWP employs a number of Senior Network Officers (SNO) who are responsible for coordination of the GWP Network activities in one or more of 13 Regions.

The closing date is 30 April 2009. [more information]

Tags: employment, Africa

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

You are invited to the 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, to be held 2-4 December 2009.

This conference will be the ninth event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, begun in Berlin in 2001. This year's conference will also be the global launch event of the Earth System Governance Project, a new ten-year research programme under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

Deadline for paper abstracts: 15 May 2009 [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications


CALL FOR EVIDENCE: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative draws attention to the local and global benefits of biodiversity and to the social and economic costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. It is a cooperative effort of researchers from North and South, led by Pavan Sukhdev (UNEP) and funded by the EU and several governments.

They are looking for studies, case descriptions and personal accounts (both published and unpublished), that deal with the potential, the implications and the caveats of applying economic valuation tools at local and regional level. Your response will inform the TEEB D2 Report for Local and Regional Policy Levels which is intended to offer orientation for sub-national policy makers and stakeholders.

You find further information about the TEEB Initiative and its other Calls for Evidence here.

Please note that the deadline for contributions is June 30th 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, publications

Monday, April 13, 2009


This Week's Posts

Tags: contents, CAPRi



Resilience in the Face of Crisis: Why the Future will be Flexible

What will a post-crash, truly 21st-century world look like? For people 
thinking about global systems (economic, environmental, and social) 
one idea stands out: resilience.
 (...) read the full post at

Kevin Kelly on Property Rights

Kevin Kelly, the provocative tech commentator and futurist, offers a great meditation on the shifting meaning of property rights as more and more life migrates online. (...) read the full post at

Nonlinear produces management opportunites for ecosystem services

A new ecosystems service paper from Koch et al Non-linearity in ecosystem services: temporal and spatial variability in coastal protection has just come out in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. (...) read the full post at

Tags: blogs, online_resources


EMPLOYMENT: Cropping Systems Agronomist (CIMMYT)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) invites applications for the position of Cropping Systems Agronomist within the Conservation Agriculture Program. The position, at the Scientist level, will be based in South Asia but with responsibilities in other regions of Asia.

Please send your application no later than April 30, 2009 with Reference 2009/07.   [more information]

Tags: employment, CGIAR, SouthAsia

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


TRAINING: Understanding Global Environmental Change

This summer school on Understanding Global Environmental Change will focus on how global change affects principal processes, compartments, interactions of the earth system. The summer school will combine general principles of earth system science with cutting-edge scientific insights. The summer school will be held from Aug 30, 2009 - Sep 05, 2009.

Closing date for registration is June 30, 2009. [more information]

Tags: training, events

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: African Fellow Programme

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme is now inviting pre-proposals under its 9th Call.

The aim of the African Fellows Programme (AFP) is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing innovative solutions needed to achieve food security. Projects should focus on specific problems in agriculture with a researchable constraint. For this call, Fellowships will be for a maximum period of 6 months.

The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals under the current call is 19th June 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, fellowships, funding, Africa

Monday, April 06, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: Tropentag 2009

Tropentag 2009 is organised by the University of Hamburg, and will be held from October 6-8, 2009 in Hamburg. The theme is 'Biophysical and Socio-economic Frame Conditions for Sustainable Management of Land Resources and Water Bodies'.

The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is April 30th, 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications


CALL FOR PAPERS: Commission on Legal pluralism

The Commission on Legal Pluralism is holding its next congress in Zurich Switzerland, which shall take place between August 31 and September 3, 2009. The them of the conference is "Legal Pluralist Perspectives on Development and Cultural Diversity".

For those, who are interested to participate at the introductory course on legal pluralism, which shall be carried out between August 26 and August 29in the French speaking part of Switzerland, i.e. at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the University of Neuchâtel, please refer to this information.

The abstracts have to be submitted until May 30. Please, send your paper proposals to drmweilenmann [at] [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications

Friday, April 03, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2009 Development Marketplace on Climate Adaptation

The World Bank has launched the 2009 Global Development Marketplace call for proposals on Climate Adaptation. The 2009 global competition is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and additional DM partners. It aims to identify 20 to 25 innovative, early-stage projects addressing climate adaptation. The competition focuses on three sub-themes: 1) Resilience of Indigenous Peoples' Communities to Climate Risks 2) Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits 3) Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management

Please visit the website in three languages (English, Spanish and French) and download the Call for Proposals available in seven languages ( English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese) at

The application deadline is May 18, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST (22:00 GTM). [more information]

Tags: calls, funding

Thursday, April 02, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Country Directors for Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda

The Sasakawa Africa Association is seeking three dynamic agricultural development professionals to serve as its Country Directors in Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda. SAA Country Directors (CDs) work within a matrix management system that includes a number of staff in management-related positions – the two Executive Directors (Programs and Management); the Managing Directors (MDs) of SAA and SAFE; the five Program Directors (PDs) for Crop Extension, Post-harvest Extension, Public/Private Partnerships, Human Resource Development and ME&L; and the Director of Strategic Opportunities (DSO). CDs must respond to and collaborate with all these various actors, but they report administratively and are primarily responsible to the SAA Managing Director based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Closing date for applications is April 30, 2009. [more information]

Tags: employment, Africa

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women's Access to Land in Latin America

ILC is supporting the Platform on Women's Access to Land in Latin America. Within this framework, the ILC is launching a research contest in Latin America on the following issues:

Regarding the contest:

Deadline to submit proposals is May 12th, 2009.   [more information - en Español]

Tags: calls, funding, fellowships, LatinAmerica, Espanol