Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow – Governance. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to work as Research Fellow for its research program on “Governance for Agriculture and Rural Development”. The goal of the program is to conduct cutting-edge research on the governance challenges of agricultural and rural development. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre Landscape Ecologist. This work will contribute to the new CG Consortium Research Programs, especially CRP5 on Water, Land and Ecosystems and CRP6 on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Deadline: April 30,2012

SCHOLARSHIPS: Doctoral Scholarships at ZEF Bonn. The Center for Development Research hosts the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program, which is currently looking accepting applications for doctoral scholarships for “valuation of ecosystem services in rural west Africa” and “forestry based carbon markets in rural west Africa”. Deadline: April 30, 2012

AWARD: The Georg Forster Research Award. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries. Deadline: May 15, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROJECTS: Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) conference 2012. The PEGNet conference 2012 on “How to Make African Economic Lions: Tapping Africa’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Potentials” will be held in Dakar, Senegal, September 6-7, 2012.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 22nd International Grasslands Congress. The 22nd International Grasslands Congress, “Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities,” will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 15 - 19 September 2013. The program will explore the current issues facing grasslands around the world and share the latest industry developments and solutions. Deadline: April 30, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Improving rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sustainable and climate-smart intensification of agricultural production. This first ERA-ARD II Transnational Research Call provides new opportunities for researchers and other stakeholders (farmers, farmer organizations, NGOs, policy makers, etc.) to take part in multilateral research cooperation in the field of sustainable and climate change resilient intensification of agricultural production. Deadline: May 22, 2012

PUBLICATION: Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa: From Concept to Practice. A new publication from IDRC, edited by Laura German, Jeremias Mowo, Tilahun Amede, and Kenneth Masuki.

PUBLICATION: Forest Management and Climate Change: a literature review. This publication has been released as FAO Forests and Climate Change Working Paper No. 10.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROJECTS: Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) conference 2012

The Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) conference 2012 on “How to Make African Economic Lions: Tapping Africa’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Potentials” will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in cooperation with the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) research network hosted in Africa by the Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES) September 6-7, 2012.

The conference will provide a platform for high-level dialogue between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The two conference days will feature parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers as well as project presentations. These sessions will be complemented by a debate, a round-table discussion, and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice. Confirmed speakers include Augustin K. Fosu (WIDER) for the main keynote, Hosaena Ghebru Hagos(IFPRI) for the young professional keynote and Mwangi S. Kimenyi (Brookings Institution) for the debate. In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award will be awarded for the fourth time to best practices in cooperation between researchers and practitioners. While plenary sessions will focus on the conference theme, parallel sessions and Best Practice Award projects are open to all topics surrounding PEGNet‘s core theme, i.e. the nexus between poverty, equity, and growth.

More information.

Deadline: April 10, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa: From Concept to Practice

A new publication from IDRC, edited by Laura German, Jeremias Mowo, Tilahun Amede, and Kenneth Masuki.

This book documents a decade of research, methodological innovation, and lessons learned in an eco-regional research-for-development program operating in the eastern African highlands, the African Highlands Initiative (AHI). It does this through reflections of the protagonists themselves—AHI site teams and partners applying action research to development innovation as a means to enhance the impact of their research. The book summarizes the experiences of farmers, research and development workers and policy and decision-makers who have interacted within an innovation system with the common goal of implementing an integrated approach to natural resource management (NRM) in the humid highlands.

This book demonstrates the crucial importance of “approach” in shaping the outcomes of research and development, and distils lessons learned on what works, where and why. It is enriched with examples and case studies from five benchmark sites in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya, whose variability provides the reader with an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of integrated NRM in agro-ecosystems that play an important role in the rural economy of the region. It is shown that the struggle to achieve sustainable agricultural development in challenging environments is a complex one, and can only be effectively achieved through combined efforts and commitment of individuals and institutions with complementary roles.

Download here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Forest Management and Climate Change: a literature review

FAO has released Forests and Climate Change Working Paper No. 10: “Forest Management and Climate Change: a literature review”.

This document summarizes knowledge and experiences in forest management as a response to climate change, based on a literature review and a survey of forest managers. This is part of an FAO-led process to prepare climate change guidelines for forest managers. It examines climate change impacts on forests and forest managers throughout the world. The document also reviews the main perceived challenges that climate change poses to forests and their managers. It summarizes experiences in preparing for and reacting to climate change in different types of forests. Finally, it indicates a number of gaps in enabling conditions (related to knowledge, institutional setting and culture) that hamper forest managers from responding effectively to climate change and its impacts.

Download here (pdf).

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Improving rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sustainable and climate-smart intensification of agricultural production

This is to inform that a transnational call for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) is now open. The theme of this ERA-ARD II Transnational Call is: “Improving rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sustainable and climate-smart intensification of agricultural production”.

This first ERA-ARD II Transnational Research Call provides new opportunities for researchers and other stakeholders (farmers, farmer organizations, NGOs, policy makers, etc.) to take part in multilateral research cooperation in the field of sustainable and climate change resilient intensification of agricultural production.

The main objective of the ERA-ARD II Transnational Research Call is to contribute to improved livelihoods of smallholders and rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through sustainable and climate-smart intensification of agricultural systems.

The call also aims to support and fund projects that will strengthen collaboration and networking with on-going projects and existing thematic networks.

Each research consortium must be transnational and consist of a minimum of 3 independent legal entities in partnerships from 3 different countries of which at least 1 is from the ERA-ARD II Consortium Member countries and 2 from countries on the “DAC List of ODA Recipients” (see http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/9/50/48858205.pdf). The research consortium must be led by an institution in an ERA-ARD Consortium member country. Consortia are also encouraged to include more than one European partner.

More information.

Deadline: May 22, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

 

AWARD: The Georg Forster Research Award

The Georg Forster Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.

Nominees must be nationals of a developing or transition country (excluding People's Republic of China and India; cf. detailed list of countries). Furthermore, at the time of nomination, they must have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

The award amount totals EUR 60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.

In addition, Award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague. The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments. In addition, further expenditures (such as travel or language courses) are covered in the context of the invitation to stay in Germany for research purposes. To support the collaboration, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may grant additional funding of up to EUR 25,000, particularly for participating in scientific conferences, additional material resources, e.g., specialist literature and scientific equipment for the nominee’s own institute, as well as for involving junior researchers.

More information.

Deadline: May 15, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 22nd International Grasslands Congress

The 22nd International Grasslands Congress, “Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities,” will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 15 - 19 September 2013. The program will explore the current issues facing grasslands around the world and share the latest industry developments and solutions.

The proposed Congress program will be delivered in three main streams:

  1. Improving production efficiency to revitalise grasslands
  2. Improving grassland environment and resources
  3. Grassland people, rights, policies, practices and processes

The Congress aims to present a program which is participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching by offering networking and learning opportunities to new and experienced, Grassland scientists, Extension workers, Postgraduate students and some undergraduate students, Agri-business professionals, policy makers and leading livestock producers and farmers from all over the world.

Abstract submission is now open for oral presentations and poster presentations.

More information.

Deadline: April 30, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre Landscape Ecologist

This work will contribute to the new CG Consortium Research Programs, especially CRP5 on Water, Land and Ecosystems and CRP6 on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

ICRAF has developed a land health surveillance conceptual framework and a standardized protocol for landscape level measurement and mapping of soil and vegetation conditions. The framework is being applied throughout sub-Saharan Africa under the Africa Soil Information Service (www.africasoils.net) as well as in an increasing number of land management projects.

The successful candidate will guide our work in the following ways: 

More information.

Deadline: April 30,2012

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Doctoral Scholarships at ZEF Bonn

The Center for Development Research is an international, English‐speaking research institute of the University of Bonn, Germany, which hosts the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program. For more information, please see www.zef.de.

The Center for Development Research is currently offering two interesting doctoral scholarships:

Deadline: April 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow - Governance

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to work as Research Fellow for its research program on “Governance for Agriculture and Rural Development”. The goal of the program, which is housed in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD), is to conduct cutting-edge research on the governance challenges of agricultural and rural development.

Examples of research topics include the political economy of food, agricultural and natural resource management policies; implications of rural-urban migration for political transformation, the impact of decentralization on rural service (agricultural extension, rural water supply, etc.) delivery; institutional structures and regulations affecting agricultural development; land governance and administration; and research-policy linkages.

The successful candidate is expected to work on governance challenges that affect agricultural and rural development in developing countries, provide leadership to IFPRI’s multi-disciplinary governance team, collaborate closely with research organizations in partner countries, and engage in policy dialogue.

More information.

Deadline: open

Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow for Eastern and Southern Africa Region. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline: April 7, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Agriculture Officer & Senior Agriculture Officer Positions. The successful candidates for these positions will provide technical support to the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC). Deadline: April 10, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral Positions for Social Scientists at the WorldFish Center. The WorldFish Center announces new post-doctoral positions for social scientists. Deadline: April 16, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Bellagio Center Residency Program. Residencies and conferences at the Center, located in Northern Italy, support work in the Foundation’s key issue areas: global health; climate change resilience; urbanization; social and economic security; as well as food, water, and housing. In addition, the Center welcomes proposals from all fields that advance the Foundations’ long-standing mission to promote the well-being of humankind. Deadline: May 1, 2012

AWARD: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards. IDRC offers these awards twice a year in April and November to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Deadline: April 1, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Africa-wide Young Professionals in Science Competition. The call for abstracts is on the topic of “Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation for Agricultural and Rural Development”. Deadline: May 14, 2012

ONLINE RESOURCE: Payments for Agrobiodiversity Conservation Services (PACS). Free resources from a CAPRi-supported project in Peru and Bolivia led by Bioversity International that is researching the potential of a particular kind of payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme aimed at conserving agricultural biodiversity.

PUBLICATION: World Bank Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems. The World Bank has published a sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems.

PUBLICATION: What Works for Women: Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security. Nine international development agencies have produced joint a report sharing lessons learned on promoting gender equality.

 

PUBLICATION: What Works for Women: Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security

A group of nine international development agencies have produced a report sharing lessons learned from their efforts to promote gender equality and working with women smallholders and rural women over many decades. The report is organized around the following main lessons, and also includes conclusions and recommendations.

  1. Collective action is key to economic and social empowerment
  2. Access to productive resources is essential
  3. Economic empowerment is not enough, underlying gender inequalities must be challenged
  4. Disaster resilience and risk management approaches must be gender-sensitive and integrated with development interventions

Download here (pdf).

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Africa-wide Young Professionals in Science Competition

This competition seeks to promote excellence and recognize and reward outstanding young professionals who are undertaking scientific and innovative research, technology and engineering related development activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance and socio-economic development in Africa.

The call for abstracts is on the topic of “Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation for Agricultural and Rural Development”.

More information.

Deadline: May 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Payments for Agrobiodiversity Conservation Services (PACS)

A CAPRi-supported project in Peru and Bolivia led by Bioversity International is researching the potential of a particular kind of payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme aimed at conserving agricultural biodiversity. The project tests the potential of competitive tenders in creating cost-efficient strategies to conserve priority endangered agricultural species and also improve indigenous farmer livelihoods. The project has made a number of interesting resources available on a project website, including the video below.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral Positions for Social Scientists at the WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center announces three new post-doctoral positions for social scientists. Working jointly with a team of senior scientists, these will provide cross-cutting support to a major new participatory research program on poverty and vulnerability in aquatic agricultural systems and in producing more animal source foods to reduce poverty and hunger. See the complete job announcements on their website at www.worldfishcenter.org.

The Innovation and Evaluation Specialist based at our headquarters in Penang will be responsible for:

The Targeting and Impact Assessment Specialist, also in Penang will be responsible for:

The Gender Specialist also in Penang will be responsible for:

The Value Chain Specialist also in Penang will be responsible for:

Candidates are sought with:

Apply here.

Deadline: April 16, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: World Bank Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems

The World Bank has published a sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems.

Managing the ability of agriculture to meet rising global demand and to respond to the changes and opportunities will require good policy, sustained investments, and innovation - not business as usual. Investments in public Research and Development, extension, education, and their links with one another have elicited high returns and pro-poor growth, but these investments alone will not elicit innovation at the pace or on the scale required by the intensifying and proliferating challenges confronting agriculture. Experience indicates that aside from a strong capacity in Research and Development, the ability to innovate is often related to collective action, coordination, the exchange of knowledge among diverse actors, the incentives and resources available to form partnerships and develop businesses.

The sourcebook is available for download in two parts. Part 1, Part 2.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Bellagio Center Residency Program

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center’s mission is to promote innovation, creativity, and impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems. Residencies and conferences at the Center, located in Northern Italy, support work in the Foundation’s key issue areas: global health; climate change resilience; urbanization; social and economic security; as well as food, water, and housing. In addition, the Center welcomes proposals from all fields that advance the Foundations’ long-standing mission to promote the well-being of humankind.

The Residency Program allows for focused work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life.  In addition to time for dedicated work on individual projects and for reflection during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with other residents is a defining characteristic of the Bellagio experience.  During a residency, people of diverse expertise and backgrounds come together in a thought-provoking, creative, collegial environment that helps create change and have impact on a wide range of world issues.  Residents include an international group of academics, writers, artists, scientists, journalists, non-governmental organization practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.  Meals and informal presentations of residents' work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement with each other.  The combination of quiet time for individual, focused work and connections with such a diverse community is unparalleled.

More information.

Deadline: May 1, 2012

 

AWARD: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards twice a year in April and November to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities and must ensure that their research project aligns with these priorities.

Since 1982, IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective.

Research proposals that include comparative research between a developing country and Canada or that have a Canadian component, even if it is not comparative research, will not be considered for this competition. For such research, candidates should apply for a Canadian Window on International Development Award.

More information.

Deadline: April 1, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow for Eastern and Southern Africa Region

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The responsibilities of the incumbent include conducting policy research, capacity strengthening, and communication and advocacy activities in the eastern and southern Africa region, and other regions of the world. This appointment is a two year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointment based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The final grade will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications.

The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office conducts scholarly research, capacity strengthening, and communication and advocacy activities with collaborators in IFPRI, regional organizations and national programs to improve food and nutrition security, reduce poverty, and improve the livelihood of the people of eastern and southern Africa, and to support IFPRI’s wider mission of providing sustainable solutions for ending hunger and reducing poverty.

More information.

Deadline: April 7, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Agriculture Officer & Senior Agriculture Officer Positions

The Senior Agriculture Officer will, under the general supervision of the Executive Director of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), provide technical support to ISPC and its Standing Panel(s), working groups, and task forces. In particular s/he will:

More information on the vacancy for Senior Agriculture Officer (pdf).

The Agriculture Officer will under the general supervision of the Executive Director of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) Secretariat and direct supervision of a Senior Officer, provide technical support to the ISPC Secretariat, backstopping the technical activities of the working groups and task forces of the ISPC. In particular, s/he will:

More information on the vacancy for Agriculture Officer (pdf).

Deadline (both positions): April 10, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoctoral/Research Fellow Positions with IFPRI in India. IFPRI seeks qualified candidates to serve as a Post Doctoral Fellows (PDF) or Research Fellows (RF) for two (2) year, fixed term, renewable, exempt appointments for its office in New Delhi. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Project Coordinator (Capacity Development for Investment). The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Capacity Development Project for Investment and Policy (CDPIP). Deadline: March 30, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for Developing Country members. Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank. Deadline: March 31, 2012

AWARD: International Thesis Award for "Appropriate Technology and South of the World" (ISF Firenze). The objective of the Award is to stimulate interest among students and international academics on the topic of sustainability in the global South. Deadline: March 23, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program. This program an innovative model for scholarly exchange and science informing policy, is currently seeking applications from early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector in the topics of Science, Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy. Deadline: open

FUNDING: Pastoralists Areas Resiliency Improvement and Market Expansion (USAID). This is a five year project aimed to increase household incomes and improve the resiliency and adaptive capacity of pastoral communities to climate change through market expansion. Deadline: March 27, 2012

TRAINING: Free Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons (UNITAR). The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is offering a free 4-module training course on the global commons. Deadline: April 20, 2012

PUBLICATION: Socioeconomic Impacts of Public Forest Policies on Heterogeneous Agricultural Households. A new paper in Environmental and Resource Economics analyzes impacts of the devolution of forest management in Nepal.

PUBLICATION: Water Security for Development–A Development Imperative. A publication from the Global Water Partnership

PUBLICATION: Institutions for Sustainable Development. A special issue from Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, is online and free to download.

 

PUBLICATION: Water Security for Development–A Development Imperative

A publication from the Global Water Partnership:

A continuation of a fragmented approach will be disastrous for our planet. More clarity is needed, however, on how Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) can best be implemented as a set of principles and as a process. This requires an expansion rather than a narrowing of views and approaches, argues the Global Water Partnership  in a new Perspectives Paper, “Increasing Water Security – A Development Imperative”. The paper draws on country experiences around the world and points out keys for success in moving forward with the adaptive process of IWRM for sustainable development.

The recommendations in the paper do not directly address the challenge of delivering services for water supply, sanitation, and irrigation. Rather, they focus on the fundamental process of improving the management of water resources that lies at the heart of increasing water security:

  • Ensuring the availability of adequate and reliable water resources of acceptable quality, to underpin water service provision for all social and economic activity in a manner that is environmentally sustainable;
  • Mitigating water-related risks such as flood, drought and pollution; and
  • Addressing the conflicts that may arise from disputes over shared waters, especially in situations of growing stress.

Available for download here.

 

PUBLICATION: Institutions for Sustainable Development

Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal has announced that the February 2012 (36:1) Special issue on institutions for sustainable development is now available online, and is free to download. See the issue’s table of contents below and access the articles here.

Introduction

Articles

Book Review

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

The 2012-13 Fulbright NEXUS Program, an innovative model for scholarly exchange and science informing policy, is currently seeking applications from early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector in the topics of Science, Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy. Applicants must be conducting current research relevant to these themes.

Projects focusing on climate change adaptation strategies, and/or public policy focused research ventures that examine strategies to cope with climate variability, including extreme events, are particularly welcome.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

TRAINING: Free Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons (UNITAR)

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is offering a free 4-module training course on the global commons.

In the latter part of the twentieth century, the term “commons” has expanded to include intangible resources such as the internet, open-source software, and many aspects of culture. The term “global commons” is more recent and has several meanings: those resources that are shared by all of humanity, such as the sky, the oceans, or even the planet itself; the sum of various local and regional commons across the world; and a philosophical position suggesting that humankind has both a right and a responsibility to steward the wise use of the earth for all living species, as well as for future generations.

There is a significant need for education that elucidates the paradigm of the commons and its relationship to issues of environmental sustainability and human development. In addition, it is essential that government officials and policy makers gain a working knowledge of the commons and the promise it offers for improving human conditions and supporting the Millennium Development Goals.

The aim of the Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons is to provide a general approach to the Commons, in order to facilitate the introduction of this concept into the work of the United Nations, various levels of governments and other entities.

The Introductory e-Course to the Global Commons will be conducted in English. The estimated time to accomplish the e-Course is 2 to 3 weeks, but to facilitate the completion of the course, participants are allotted 4 weeks from the moment they receive a valid login.

More information.

Deadline: April 20, 2012

 

FUNDING: Pastoralists Areas Resiliency Improvement and Market Expansion (USAID)

Pastoralists Areas Resiliency Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) is a five year project aimed to increase household incomes and improve the resiliency and adaptive capacity of pastoral communities to climate change through market expansion. PRIME will be implemented in selected districts (woredas) of Somali, Afar and Oromia Regions targeting 250,000 households as direct beneficiaries PRIME’s overall goal is to reduce hunger and poverty. The project objective is to increase household incomes and enhance resilience to climate change through market linkages. The design and implementation of the project is based on the interaction between ‘climate change, pastoralism/livestock and chronic vulnerability’ The attainment of these objectives is through a multiple approach; (a) fostering the growth and competitiveness of livestock value chains; (b) addressing the needs of the very poor and chronically food insecure households through reaching down to this population through value chain interventions and addressing their needs through interventions; (c) improving the policy environment through a continuous evaluation and learning process through collaboration and linkages.

More information.

Deadline: March 27, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Socioeconomic Impacts of Public Forest Policies on Heterogeneous Agricultural Households

A new paper in Environmental and Resource Economics analyzes impacts of the devolution of forest management in Nepal.

Nepal has a long history of returning public forests to local people as part of its community forestry programme. In principle the community forestry programme is designed to address both environmental quality and poverty alleviation. However, concern has been expressed that forest policies emphasise environmental conservation, and that this has a detrimental impact on the use of community forests in rural Nepal where households require access to public forest products to sustain livelihoods. To study the effect of government policies on forest use, an economic model of a typical small community of economically heterogeneous households in Nepal was developed. The model incorporates a link between private agriculture and public forest resources, and uses this link to assess the socioeconomic impacts of forest policies on the use of public forests. Socioeconomic impacts were measured in terms of household income, employment and income inequality. The results show that some forest policies have a negative economic impact, and the impacts are more serious than those reported by other studies. This study shows that existing forest policies reduce household income and employment, and widen income inequalities within communities, compared to alternative policies. Certain forest policies even constrain the poorest households’ ability to meet survival needs. The findings indicate that the socioeconomic impacts of public forest policies may be underestimated in developing countries unless household economic heterogeneity and forestry’s contribution to production are accounted for. The study also demonstrates that alternative policies for managing common property resources would reduce income inequalities in rural Nepalese communities and lift incomes and employment to a level where even the poorest households could meet their basic needs.

Available here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoctoral/Research Fellow Positions with IFPRI in India

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks qualified candidates to serve as a Post Doctoral Fellows (PDF) or Research Fellows (RF) for a two (2) year, fixed term, renewable, exempt appointment for its office in New Delhi. These positions are based at IFPRI –New Delhi located in India but would involve travel to any of the countries in which IFPRI carries out its research. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications.

One PDF/RF will make assessment of food, policy and its implications on poverty and nutritional security in South Asia. South Asia is the home of the largest number of poor and hungry people in the world. Research needs to be focused on the linkages between performance in agriculture and its impact on poverty. The initial focal countries would be India, Nepal and Bangladesh but will expand to other countries of south Asia. The researcher needs to develop a comprehensive conceptual framework, bring clarity in the methods to empirically map the linkages between agriculture, poverty and nutrition. [More information]

Another PDF/RF will work on the issues related to agribusiness in emerging modern value chains, especially those in fruits and vegetables, animal products, poultry, fishery and other high-value agricultural sectors. The PDF/RF will be responsible for developing projects related to the study of changing food systems in Asia, with focus on South and south-east Asia. The PDF/RF will study the implications of such fast changing food systems on small farmers and women, and other poor households, and designing policies that can help them to exploit these emerging opportunities. The work will involve developing a clear conceptual framework for understanding possible channels of impact, organizing field research in the region (including farm surveys and interviews with various participants in the food marketing channel), data analysis, preparation of research reports and dissemination of the results of policy makers and other stakeholders in the region. [More information]

Deadline: open

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for Developing Country members

Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank.

Now in its 25th year, the Regular Program has awarded 3,503 scholarships, selected from 63,397 applicants. In addition, 1,380 scholarships have been awarded in the various JJ/WBGSP Partnership Programs for a total of 4,883.

Since the inception of the Program, the Government of Japan has provided over 193.16 million dollars to the Scholarship Program. The Program's objective is to help create an international community of highly trained professionals working in the field of economic and social development. The World Bank and the Government of Japan require the scholars to return to their home countries on completion of their study Programs and apply their enhanced knowledge and skills to contribute to the development process in their respective regions and communities.

Starting in 1992, a number of Partnership Programs have been launched, largely to respond to the need for graduate study Programs which combine academic rigor with specialized training in the practical aspects of policy-making. The objective of these Programs is to prepare the participants for effective policy-making roles in their home countries and regions.

The World Bank administers the Program through the World Bank Institute (WBI). Policy guidance for the Program is provided by a Steering Committee comprised of three Executive Directors and five senior managers of the Bank. A Secretariat for day-to-day administration is maintained within WBI.

Eligibility

To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2012

 

AWARD: International Thesis Award for "Appropriate Technology and South of the World" (ISF Firenze)

The objective of the Award is to stimulate the interest of students and international academia community in sustainability topics in the “South of the World”, namely the realities where a group of individuals have no access to resources for their own realization within the social context of belonging.

In particular, Tattarillo Award aims to deepen and circulate the concept of “Appropriate Technology” as a mean for:

The Award is addressed to any student graduated in any University with a Bachelor Degree or a Master Degree or a PhD. The thesis may belong to any faculty; they are not limited to Engineering faculties. The defence of the submitted thesis must have been held between the closing date of the present Award (extended to 23rd of March 2012) and no earlier than 1st January 2009.

Participant theses have to deal with studies and/or applications of appropriate technologies in a context classifiable as South of the World, in the sense previously specified.

More information.

Deadline: March 23, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Project Coordinator (Capacity Development for Investment)

The successful candidate will be responsibile for the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Capacity Development Project for Investment and Policy (CDPIP). In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Stewardship Council Policy Manager, Ecosystem Services. The Forest Stewardship Council International Centre offers a position as Ecosystem Services Policy manager. Deadline: March 16, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IDS Research Fellow - Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction. The Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction (VPR) Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is seeking to appoint an experienced researcher who specialises in the quantitative analysis of vulnerability and poverty in developing countries. Deadline: April 10, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African Climate Change Fellowship Program. The ACCFP offers experiential learning, education, and training opportunities to African educators and graduate students to enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. Deadline: March 12, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2012 AGRODEP Membership Extension. The goal of AGRODEP is to position African experts to take a leading role in both (1) the study of strategic development questions facing African countries as a group and (2) the broader agricultural growth and policy debate, which traditionally has been dominated by external actors and concerns. Deadline: March 15, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. The Fund for Gender Equality announces the Call for Proposals for the second phase of its 2011–2012 grantmaking cycle. Proposals will be accepted for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. Deadline: March 23, 2012

AWARD: Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award. In preparation for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, Delta Alliance invites young Delta Professionals around the world to present their solutions to the challenges which river deltas are facing. Deadline: March 31, 2012

FUNDING: USAID-Zambia Economic Resilience Program for Improved Food Security. USAID Zambia is inviting applications for the implementation of the Zambia Economic Resilience Program for Improved Food Security (ZERS). Deadline: August 23, 2012

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Survey on “Future-oriented research pathways for food security in East Africa”. Please take a few minutes to participate in a survey prepared by scholars at the University of Hohenheim.

PUBLICATION: Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order? (RRI). The Rights and Resources Initiative’s 2011-2012 annual review on the state of rights and resources looks at the future for forest peoples and resources.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

The Fund for Gender Equality announces the Call for Proposals for the second phase of its 2011–2012 grantmaking cycle. Proposals will be accepted for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. The Fund will award multi-year grants ranging from USD 200,000 to USD 1 million for impact-oriented programmes around the world.

The Fund is currently inviting proposals from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. The online application database will be open from 12 to 23 March 2012, and grants will be announced in October 2012.

More information.

Deadline: March 23, 2012

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2012 AGRODEP MEMBERSHIP EXTENSION

The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium is an initiative led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The goal of AGRODEP is to position African experts to take a leading role in both (1) the study of strategic development questions facing African countries as a group and (2) the broader agricultural growth and policy debate, which traditionally has been dominated by external actors and concerns.

Building on more than three decades of research and capacity building activities in Africa, IFPRI aims to provide locally relevant solutions to agriculture-related development challenges. Through AGRODEP, IFPRI and its partners will equip African countries with the tools to perform science-based research that will enable them to formulate sound and effective policies.

AGRODEP is a collaboration among IFPRI; the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA); the West African Council on Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD); and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN).

The AGRODEP Modeling Consortium pursues three essential activities:

2012 AGRODEP MEMBERSHIP EXTENSION

AGRODEP has launched its third membership application round. To be considered for membership, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

Other factors considered in the selection process are the level and nature of applicants’ technical skills as well as publications.

More information.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IDS Research Fellow - Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

The Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction (VPR) Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is seeking to appoint an experienced researcher who specialises in the quantitative analysis of vulnerability and poverty in developing countries.

We will be particularly interested to appoint someone with an established reputation for research on either ‘the relationships between poverty, vulnerability and inequality’ or ‘poverty and vulnerability in urban contexts’.

Research connecting to other specialisms within the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team will be an advantage. The team already supports key research themes on social protection, human wellbeing, conflict and nutrition.

More information.

Deadline: April 10, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Survey on “Future-oriented research pathways for food security in East Africa”

Please take a few minutes to participate in a survey prepared by scholars at the University of Hohenheim.

A work group of the University of Hohenheim, spear headed by Prof. F. Asch, has been invited to develop a full proposal under the GlobE initiative of the German Ministry for Research and Education.

The projects aim, defined in the successful first stage proposal 'Future-oriented research pathways for food security in East Africa' is to develop scenarios for the major farming systems under the potential impact of expected climate and socio-economic change towards 2050. These scenarios are to serve for the identification of key research needs that must to be addressed to keep or improve productivity of the different  farming systems under the expected changes.

The scenarios are to be developed largely by informed East African stakeholders in order to reflect well the local appraisal of change. For this purpose we are organising a workshop in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia from 12th to 16th of March. To compare the results with a larger expertise  and geographical base we have prepared an online survey on threats and  chances expected to arise from socio-economic alterations and climate  change in the region.
We would like to invite the ATSAF members to participate in this short  survey. The answers will be valuable to focus agricultural research  towards 2050 and will latter be communicated the respondents.

The survey is accessible at: http://ww2.unipark.de/uc/380c/d48e/

 

PUBLICATION: Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order? (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released their 2011-2012 annual review on the state of rights and resources, TURNING POINT: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order? The full report is available for download here.

This report takes stock of the current status of forest rights and tenure globally, assesses the key issues and events of 2011 that shape possibilities to improve local rights and livelihoods, and identifies key questions and challenges that the world will face in 2012 and beyond.     

Worldwide, the use and management of natural resources and systems of trade and governance have been in flux for years. Yet 2011 may well be remembered as the year of definitive turning points: it was a year when the shift in global political and economic power to emerging economies became clear; it was a year when the conventional economic paradigm recognized the increasing scarcity of natural resources; and it was a year when it became clear that national and global development requires respect for local people and their resources.

2011 was dominated by a deepening economic crisis. Economists predict a long recession, even a “lost decade”. Western governments and multilateral institutions are seeing their primacy over everything—from global trade to negotiations on climate change—slipping away. In their places are new players from the developing world, their ascendancy accelerated by the decline of the West. Although the global population reached seven billion in 2011, the demographic outlook almost everywhere is for smaller families and a gradually stabilizing global population. A much greater long-term threat to resources than population is rising consumption, driven by the demands of burgeoning urban middle classes across the developing world.

The emergence of a new world order gives rise to new threats to natural resources, forests, and their traditional custodians. Soaring investment in infrastructure and mining in Asia and Latin America is spreading to Africa, potentially locking in unsustainable development for decades. The new developers often feel free of the environmental and social concerns that have lately constrained their Western counterparts.

But there is hope—derived largely from local communities and progressive private actors. The local custodians of the world’s remaining natural resources are becoming difficult to ignore. The recognition in 2011 of the importance of forest communities in maintaining vital forest carbon sinks is only one example. A rise of popular politics asserting more control over local resources is challenging business-as-usual and leading to political changes at the national level, which, in turn, is exerting an influence internationally.

The pushback from local communities that we noted in 2010 led to notable victories in 2011. Will the emerging world order recognize and respect community rights and support the sustainable use of their resources? At the global level, will there be a turn towards more inclusive governance? Or will we witness the same domination of local people and wasteful use of natural resources—but by different masters? Much hinges on whether the rights of rural and forest-dwelling people in the developing world will now be respected and whether they are able to organize and manage the natural resources that are critical for the survival and prosperity of humanity.

Download here.

 

FUNDING: USAID-Zambia Economic Resilience Program for Improved Food Security

USAID Zambia is inviting applications for the implementation of the Zambia Economic Resilience Program for Improved Food Security (ZERS). ZERS will enhance coping skills, build assets, and increase rural incomes for 50,000 vulnerable and poor households in Eastern Province. USAID may make multiple awards for a total of up to approximately $24,000,000 over 5 years to implement ZERS, where approximately $20 million is for economic resilience and nutrition activities, and approximately $4 million is for HIV/AIDS related components.

More information.

Deadline: August 23, 2012

 

AWARD: Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award

In preparation for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, Delta Alliance invites young Delta Professionals around the world to present their solutions to the challenges which river deltas are facing. Join the competition and present your sustainable and integrated Delta solution at Rio. The award is directed to young professionals up to an age of 35 years, counted from the time when the award is granted (i.e. who were born after June 21st 1976). Participants can be students or young professionals working in a wide range of fields.

In line with the 2012 Rio+20 theme: 'Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication', Delta Alliance is looking for innovative and creative solutions to deal with the acute challenges that deltas around the world are facing:

Proposed solutions should address two or more of these challenges in an integrated manner, which contributes to the reconciliation of social, natural and economic functions, and demonstrates the added value of integrated (spatial) planning.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Stewardship Council Policy Manager, Ecosystem Services

The Forest Stewardship Council International Centre (FSC IC) offers a position as Ecosystem Services Policy manager (m/f). the successful candidate in his/her position as Policy Manager will be responsible for managing assigned projects and activities to explore, pilot test, and adopt standards (indicators), systems (accreditation, database), reward mechanisms and methodologies (monitoring, impact assessment) for the certification of Ecosystem Services. The duty station will be Bonn, Germany.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 16, 2012

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African Climate Change Fellowship Program

The Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar Es Salaam (IRA-UDSM), in partnership with START and CCAA, announces the Call for Applications 2012 for the African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP). The ACCFP offers experiential learning, education, and training opportunities to African educators and graduate students to enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa.

This 2012 Call solicits applications for Adaptation Teaching Fellowships.

More information.

Deadline: March 12, 2012

Thursday, March 01, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Head of Capacity Development. The Head of Capacity Development will steer ILRI’s ongoing work in this area and ensure that capacity development is embedded in ILRI research themes and contributes towards accomplishing ILRI’s overall institutional strategy. Deadline: March 16, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Agricultural Innovation Scientist. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for an innovative, results-oriented scientist with excellent skills in agricultural innovation to facilitate technology adoption and maximize CIMMYT’s impact. Deadline: March 20, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Social Scientist / Adaptation Specialist. The successful candidate will help ICRAF identify current and future vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and develop scientifically sound and robust adaptation strategies in the context of agroforestry systems that mitigate climate impacts. Deadline: March 31, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: CAPRi/CCAFS Research Workshop on “Institutions for Inclusive Climate-Smart Agriculture”. CAPRi and CCAFS are accepting abstracts on the topic of “Institutions for Inclusive Climate Smart Agriculture” for presentation at an international research workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2012. Deadline: March 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference On Governance of Commons and Livelihood Security. Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) in association with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is organising an International Conference on “Governance of Commons and Livelihood Security” on17th and 18th August 2012 at XISS, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. Deadline for abstracts: April 30, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). CODESRIA invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes within the framework of the Council’s strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2016. Deadline: June 15, 2012

WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS: Mobilization for Change: Social Movements in the Developing World. The RLC Campus Bonn offers scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries to participate in the “Alternative Nobel Prize” workshop on “Mobilization for Change: Social Movements in the Developing World”, June 2 – 10, 2012, in Bonn, Germany. Deadline: March 15, 2012

EVENT: Global Conference on Women in Agriculture. The conference will take place from 13 to 15 March, 2012, at the National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex in New Delhi, India.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Vocabulary of Commons. As part of its ongoing “Initiative on Commons” in India, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) has published a Vocabulary of Commons.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: CAPRi/CCAFS Research Workshop on “Institutions for Inclusive Climate-Smart Agriculture”

The CGIAR research programs on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are accepting abstracts on the topic of “Institutions for Inclusive Climate Smart Agriculture” for presentation at an international research workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2012.

The international workshop will focus on the following question:

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the capacity of the CGIAR and partners to address institutional issues for inclusive CSA by (1) raising awareness and recognition of the most salient institutional issues related to CSA and (2) providing insight on how researchers and practitioners can best account for and address these issues in their activities.

The workshop will be an opportunity to present empirical and action research studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Papers should have a clear focus on institutions, and particularly institutions of collective action and property rights. Workshop papers will be edited for inclusion in the CAPRi Working Paper series, with selected papers submitted for a special issue of a journal.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2012

 

EVENT: Global Conference on Women in Agriculture

The conference will take place from 13 to 15 March, 2012, at the National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex in New Delhi, India.

Summary

Women farmers represent more than a quarter of the world’s population. Women comprise, on an average, 43 per cent of the agricultural work force in developing countries, ranging from 20 per cent in Latin America to 50 per cent in Eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet women have less access than men to agriculture related assets, inputs and services.  Had they enjoyed the same access to productive resources as men, women could boost yield by 20-30 per cent; raising the overall agricultural output in developing countries by two and a half to four per cent. This gain in production could lessen the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 per cent, besides increasing women’s income.

The goal of the Global Conference on Women in Agriculture is to empower women for inclusive growth in agriculture.

Objectives:

Conference Themes

  1. Assessing Women's Empowerment in Agriculture
  2. Agricultural Innovations for Reducing Drudgery
  3. Linking Women to Markets
  4. Role of Women in Household Food and Nutritional Security
  5. Access to Assets, Resources and Knowledge: Policies and Services
  6. Impact and Responses to Climate Change Related Risks and Uncertainties

In addition, there will be Working Group discussions to have a Framework for Action on Engendering Agricultural Research, Education and Extension.

Expected Outcomes

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EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Social Scientist / Adaptation Specialist

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

Position Description

Even the most ambitious mitigation policies will not prevent climate related impacts to rise over the course of the century. Appropriate adaptation strategies and risk reduction measures to climate variability and change will therefore be increasingly important. With agriculture’s strong weather dependence, smallholder farmers are especially vulnerable to weather extremes. Future changes in weather patterns and rising temperatures will likely be even more detrimental.

It is therefore necessary to identify current and future vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and develop scientifically sound and robust adaptation strategies in the context of agroforestry systems that mitigate climate impacts. It is also necessary to devise the limits of adaptation and identify complementary safeguards and transition pathways that allow for a ‘soft landing’.

The main purpose of the position will be to:

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2012