Monday, September 30, 2013

 

VIDEO: CIFOR on Who owns the rights to the world's common resources?

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has produced a video featuring Andrew Wardell, Director of CIFOR's Forests and Governance research portfolio, on what is meant by the "commons" and the challenges surrounding the common management of resources.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PLAAS Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a research institute within the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  The key focus areas are poverty, inequality and vulnerability; land, water and resource rights; farming, agro-food systems and agrarian reform; and social dimensions of fisheries and ecosystem management.

Those who seek to progress in their careers and improve their knowledge and skills in the following sectors, are invited to apply for this postgraduate programme, which is aimed at professionals working in government, NGOs or the private sector in poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural development, natural resources and gender issues.

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? The conference will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on 4-6 June 2014. Deadline: October 14, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: XXIV IUFRO World Congress: “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research”. The congress will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on 5-11 October, 2014, and welcomes submission of abstracts for presentations in sub-plenary, technical and poster sessions. Deadline: October 15, 2013

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR: New partnerships for building impact assessment capacity. Concept notes from any organization or individual interested in undertaking an activity or a set of activities aimed at building capacity within the CGIAR for conducting ex-post impact assessment of agricultural research are invited. Deadline: October 15, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW). The GrOW research program aims to strengthen the evidence base to inform social and economic policies that enhance women’s economic empowerment, close gender gaps, and simultaneously promote economic growth. Deadline: October 25, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Cornell University Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Development Sociology. The Department of Development Sociology is seeking applicants for a 9 month tenure track position focusing on population and environment. Deadline: October 1, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Project Manager, Going to Scale with Bottom-Up Agricultural Innovations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. ICRAF is recruiting a Project Manager/Agent of Change to be based in Bamako, Mali. The project is “Going to Scale with Bottom-Up Agricultural Innovations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa”. Deadline: October 15, 2013

PUBLICATION: Optimum fisheries management under climate variability: Evidence from artisanal marine fishing in Ghana. A UNU-WIDER working paper by Wisdom Akpalu, Isaac Dasmani and Ametefee K. Normanyo.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Online Courses on Climate Change and REDD+. The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund have released three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+. The courses are freely available to anyone who is interested.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential?

the third International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on 4-6 June 2014. The conference – held in English – will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development, to share information and to network.

Innovative technologies have a central role to play in the effort to alleviate poverty in this world. Innovative technologies should also mean appropriate technology in the sense that they should be socially, culturally, environmentally and economically accepted by the stakeholders. However, what are the key factors that will determine whether or not a technology succeeds in its intended role to reduce poverty?

It has been argued that success depends on developing an entire value chain from the technical design to the deployment business model, including manufacturing, logistics, commissioning, usage, maintenance, waste and recycling. This requires an interdisciplinary approach and partnerships with global and local players in the private sector and with public authorities and civil society. However, it is inevitable that a compromise will have to be found between the adaptation of a technology to a specific local context and the objective of large-scale deployment. This leads us to the key question of the third UNESCO Technologies for Development Conference: What is Essential? Is it the invention and development of appropriate technologies? Is it the creation of value chains? Is it local capacity building? Is it the partnership between key stakeholders? Or most likely a combination of several factors?

The conference – held in English – will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development, to share information and to network.

The UNESCO Chair invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil society to submit their abstracts under one of the announced conference sessions (http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2014Tech4Dev/Sessions). The abstracts can either offer good examples and pilot experiences of concrete applications or provide reflections on these issues. Abstracts need to be based on North-South or South-South collaborations.

More information.

Deadline: October 14, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Optimum fisheries management under climate variability: Evidence from artisanal marine fishing in Ghana

A UNU-WIDER working paper by Wisdom Akpalu, Isaac Dasmani and Ametefee K. Normanyo:

In most coastal developing countries, the artisanal fisheries sector is managed as a common pool resource. As a result, such fisheries are overcapitalized and overfished. In Ghana, in addition to anthropogenic factors, there is evidence of rising coastal temperature and its variance, which could impact the environmental carrying capacity of the fish stock. This study investigates the effect of climate variation on biophysical parameters and yields. Our results indicate that the rising temperature is decreasing the carrying capacity. As a result, an optimum tax on harvest must reflect climate variability, as well as the congestion externality.

Available here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW)

The GrOW research program aims to strengthen the evidence base to inform social and economic policies that enhance women’s economic empowerment, close gender gaps, and simultaneously promote economic growth. The ultimate goal is to enhance economic outcomes and opportunities for poor women in low-income countries. GrOW focuses on women’s economic empowerment — in labour markets, entrepreneurship, and the care economy — and the connections between women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and patterns of economic growth in low-income contexts.

With an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the program aims to generate rigorous empirical evidence and new, cutting-edge knowledge that addresses the following questions:

The call for outline research proposals invites proposals on themes 1 and 2.

More information.

Deadline: October 25, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Project Manager, Going to Scale with Bottom-Up Agricultural Innovations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

ICRAF is in the process of recruiting a Project Manager/Agent of Change to be based in Bamako, Mali. The project is “Going to Scale with Bottom-Up Agricultural Innovations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa”.

The successful individual, acting as an accomplished agent of change, would manage the ‘Regional Programme in the Sahel and Horn of Africa on Enhancing Food and Water Security for Rural Economic Development’. This will involve leadership, vision, consummate communication, negotiation and facilitation skills to deal with a diversity of partners; the ability to span boundaries of very different kinds to ensure development is informed by research, but also to ensure that research is embedded within development; boundless ambition and commitment to make the most of a unique opportunity for the benefit of people across five African countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Key Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: October 15, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Online Courses on Climate Change and REDD+

The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund have released three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+.

The curriculum, Introductory Curriculum on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+), provides an introductory level of understanding on climate change, deforestation, forest degradation, and REDD+. This new version contains up-to-date information on policy and implementation as well as a cool new facelift and improved interactivity. It is divided into three courses:

The course is freely available to anyone who is interested. Available here.

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR: New partnerships for building impact assessment capacity

The CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council‘s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is soliciting brief concept notes from any organization or individual interested in undertaking an activity or a set of activities aimed at building capacity within the CGIAR for conducting ex-post impact assessment of agricultural research. This call falls under Objective 4 of a new program on “Strengthening Impact Assessment in the CGIAR” (SIAC) which seeks to enhance the capacity within the CGIAR, at both Center and CRP levels, to conduct highly credible ex post impact assessments across a range of research areas. Interested parties should review the attached link which describes the major objectives of the 3-year SIAC program of work.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: October 15, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: XXIV IUFRO World Congress: “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research”

The XXIV IUFRO World Congress, “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research,” will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on 5-11 October, 2014.

The Congress Scientific Committee (CSC) welcomes submission of abstracts for presentations in sub-plenary, technical and poster sessions. Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following Congress themes:

More information.

Deadline: October 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Cornell University Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Development Sociology

The Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9 month tenure track position focusing on population and environment. Responsibilities: This position has 50% teaching and 50% research responsibilities. Qualified applicants must have a demonstrated record of scholarship that focuses on the interrelationships of population dynamics and the changing bio-physical environment. Ability to participate in and contribute to inter-disciplinary projects is expected. Appointees will be expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program on the connections and interactions between population dynamics and various aspects of environmental change such as understanding, mitigating and adjusting to climate change, ecosystem deterioration, and transformations of land use and ownership. Teaching will consist of 2.5 courses per academic year (2 courses one year; 3 the next). The appointee will be expected to teach a course on population and environment, and one on GIS and spatial statistics. Other courses might include population dynamics, graduate-level quantitative methods, or/and other specialized courses focusing on spatial population processes.

More information.

Deadline: October 1, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The New Demography of Development--ISI World Congress of Sociology. The International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology on “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology” will take place in Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014. Deadline: September 30, 2013

COMPETITION: Good Practices to Improve Tenure Security in the Muslim World. The Competition on Good Practices to Improve Security of Tenure in the Muslim World aims at documenting and deepening the global knowledge on approaches, initiatives and projects that increased security of tenure in Muslim contexts, with special consideration to the poor, the women, and the youth. Deadline: October 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Poverty Specialist. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The Senior Poverty Specialist will be responsible for providing support to ICIMOD’s efforts to enhance social dimensions and enhance poverty focus in ICIMOD’s work. Deadline: September 26, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+. The aim of the research is to identify how opportunities and potential barriers related to governance, institutions and the political economy of forests in national REDD+ policy arenas, can be addressed through policy design and implementation. Deadline: September 30, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: UNRISD Research Coordinator, Gender and Development. The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) seeks to recruit a researcher in the field of gender and development to coordinate its programme of work in this area. Deadline: October 13, 2013.

PUBLICATION: What kind of goods are plant genetic resources for food & agriculture? Towards the identification & development of a new global commons. A new paper by Michael Halewood in the International Journal of the Commons.

PUBLICATION: Legal Empowerment of the Poor in the Context of Sustainable Development. The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) published a special issue in the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law on this topic.

ARTICLE: Land Matters for the Environment—Especially the Commons. Last week we mentioned the Land Matters discussion being hosted on the DevEx website. Executive Director of the Foundation for Ecological Security (India) and longtime CAPRi collaborator Jagdeesh Puppala contributed a recent piece to the discussion on why land—and especially the commons—matters for the environment.

 

 

PUBLICATION: What kind of goods are plant genetic resources for food & agriculture? Towards the identification & development of a new global commons

A new paper by Michael Halewood in the International Journal of the Commons:

Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) were once widely considered to be global public goods. Recently, however, access to subsets of PGRFA has been subject to various forms of exclusive technological and legal restrictions. In reaction, numerous voluntary pooling initiatives – from local to global scales – are being experimented with, in an attempt to re-strike a balance more supportive of agricultural research and development. The first part of the paper argues that different subsets of PGRFA can now be accurately described as public goods, private goods, club goods and common pool resources, but that these categories do not fully interrogate important ‘exogenous variables’ concerning PGRFA. As the products of complex interactions between crops breeding systems and natural and human selection, PGRFA occupy a middle ground between natural resources and human-make cultural resources. The paper identifies which subsets of PGRFA are (or could be) included in an evolving global plant genetic resources commons. The paper uses Elinor Ostrom’s eight design principles for long enduring commons to analyze the extent to which the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) supports or undermines this evolving global commons. The paper concludes by identifying options for policy reforms to provide better tailored institutional support for the plant genetic resources commons.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The New Demography of Development--ISI World Congress of Sociology

The International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology on “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology” will take place in Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014. As part of this conference, the Research Committee on Social Transformations & Sociology of Development (RC09) is calling for abstracts on “The New Demography of Development”:

Development, a complex and contested concept, often refers to notions of progress and improvement that are conditioned by class, culture, geography, history, relations of power, and demography.  Population composition and change are central to development processes. This session will explore the role of demography in a changing, and increasingly global, context of development.  We welcome papers that investigate new, multiple and variegated interactions between development, population change, mortality, fertility, and migration. Papers using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods are welcome, and papers employing a comparative, or multi-sited, framework are especially encouraged.

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+

In 2009, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) started a multi-donor funded Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) in 13 countries. This GCS REDD+ is a 6-year global comparative research project on first and second-generation REDD+ activities in selected countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. The project is designed in several modules, i.e., national initiatives around policy processes and strategies (Module 1), sub-national demonstration activities, monitoring and reference levels, carbon management at the landscape level (incl. adaptation and mitigation synergies and multi-level governance) and knowledge sharing. The overall goal of the project is to provide REDD+ policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits such as poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation – the ‘3E+’ criteria.

The aim of the research in Module 1 is to identify how opportunities and potential barriers related to governance, institutions and the political economy of forests in national REDD+ policy arenas, can be addressed through policy design and implementation. The project will use comparative research to analyze the country specific circumstances and factors that explain varying 3E outcomes from the national policy processes.

CIFOR is accepting candidates for the following positions related to this project:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Legal Empowerment of the Poor in the Context of Sustainable Development

The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) announces the publication of a special issue in the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law on legal empowerment of the poor in the context of sustainable development.

The special issue provides a range of perspectives that address the nature, potential, and limitations of legal empowerment initiatives in the context of sustainable development and advances understanding of legal empowerment, access to justice, and the rule of law. The entire special issue is available in open-access pdf format, at the following address: http://www.povertylaw.ca/

The contents of the special issue include:

 

COMPETITION: Good Practices to Improve Tenure Security in the Muslim World

The Competition on Good Practices to Improve Security of Tenure in the Muslim World aims at documenting and deepening the global knowledge on approaches, initiatives and projects that increased security of tenure in Muslim contexts, with special consideration to the poor, the women, and the youth. Papers that document experiences that provided a positive impact on the communities and that could be replicated and institutionalised are of particular interest, as it is the intention of the organisers to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The objectives of the
competition are:

The overall theme is 'how specific land projects, practices and approaches used in Muslim contexts (including Muslim communities in non-Muslim majority countries) have proven effective in providing security of tenure to the poor, the women and the youth'. The linkages with the satisfaction of housing and livelihood needs, as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction, economic prosperity and sustainable development in Muslim Communities are aspects clearly liked with this topic. GLTN is particularly interested in the following sub-themes:

More information.

Deadline: October 15, 2013

 

ARTICLE: Land Matters for the Environment—Especially the Commons

Last week we mentioned the Land Matters discussion being hosted on the DevEx website. Executive Director of the Foundation for Ecological Security (India) and longtime CAPRi collaborator Jagdeesh Puppala contributed a recent piece to the discussion on why land—and especially the commons—matters for the environment.

Forests and other commons need to be maintained for the ecological functions and services they provide, the biodiversity they harbour, and to absorb harmful greenhouse gases. We believe that the major problem in forest conservation is in viewing forests in isolation; instead, our efforts are concentrated at locating forests and other commons within the larger ecological, social and economic setting, which offers scope to institute arrangements that balance the interests of preservation, conservation and exploitation of natural endowments.

Another important dimension that needs to be reinforced is the thinking that local communities can capably manage their resources. Instead of relying on big government apparatus undertaking what local communities can capably manage, or transferring such vital resources to private interests, the government machinery should ideally be playing a larger adjudicatory role that would secure the interests of the local communities.

Read the whole piece here.

Monday, September 09, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: UNRISD Research Coordinator, Gender and Development

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) seeks to recruit an outstanding researcher in the field of gender and development to coordinate its programme of work in this area.

UNRISD is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

The Institute has long been recognized for its high-quality research on gender and development. Its research has had significant influence on academic debates in the field, and is widely used within the UN, policy making and advocacy communities. Within the context of the institute’s overall research agenda, which focuses on the social dimensions of economic and sustainable development, the Gender Programme addresses the gendered content and impacts of economic and social policies and processes, the gendered politics of policy making, including the role of women’s movements and organizations, and gender and sustainable development.

The Research Coordinator will join a small team committed to producing high-quality research that contributes to the realization of equity and social justice. Building on prior and ongoing research, s/he will lead the development of new research projects, identifying critical areas of concern for the UN system within the framework of the overall research strategy of the Institute.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in conceptualizing, developing and implementing research programmes, with field research experience in developing countries. S/he will have a record of high-quality research outputs and experience in communicating research to diverse audiences, particularly in policy communities. S/he should be familiar with UNRISD research; some knowledge of the UN system would be an advantage.

More information.

Deadline: October 13, 2013.

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Poverty Specialist

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Livelihood Theme Leader, the Senior Poverty Specialist will be responsible for the following tasks: 

Provide support to ICIMOD’s Thematic Areas and Regional Programmes and Initiatives to enhance social dimensions and enhance poverty focus in ICIMOD’s work. 

More information.

Deadline: September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Working Groups for Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5). Planning is underway for the WOW5 conference, to be held at Indiana University Bloomington, June 18–21, 2014. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Gates Foundation Program for Emerging Agriculture Research Leaders. The Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Deadline: September 30, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Congress on Agroforestry. The 3rd World Congress on Agroforestry will be held in Delhi, India, 10 - 14 February 2014, co-hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Deadline: September 30, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Post-Doctoral Fellow, BIODEV Program. ICRAF’S Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV) Programme aims to demonstrate the multiple developmental and environmental wins that result from a high value biocarbon approach to climate change and variability in large landscapes principally in Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Deadline: September 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Lead Researcher, Colombia Land-Use Strategy. The researcher will contribute to the development of a low-emission land-use strategy in Colombia through outreach and consultation, synthesis of existing knowledge, and new analysis. Deadline: September 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: International Land Coalition Administration and Planning Officer. This position is responsible to manage the ILC administrative functions, including the development and  administration of the ILC budget. Deadline: September 16, 2013

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Land Matters on DevEx. The international development news and  business site Devex has launched a new campaign called Land Matters, showcasing innovative solutions to land issues.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Essay on Ostrom, Hardin, and the Commons. A very readable piece in the Financial Times magazine by Tim Harford summarizes and compares the legacies of Garret Hardin and Elinor Ostrom.

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Working Groups for Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5)

Planning is currently underway for the fifth “Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop” (WOW5) conference to be held at Indiana University Bloomington, June 18–21, 2014. The WOW conference is an event held every five years by The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. The Ostrom Workshop will also be celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2014.

WOW5 will be organized around “Working Groups,” as has been done for the past two WOW events. (A conference theme is currently under development.) Each working group will plan and organize what they want to accomplish during these sessions. The aim is to facilitate the plans of each of the separate working groups. Working group submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2013.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please see the information on the WOW5 website. Information about submitting abstracts related to any (or none) of the working group themes will be released in a future announcement and the deadline for those abstracts will be December 6th.

More information.

Deadline for working group submissions: September 30, 2013.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

 

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Land Matters on DevEx

The international development news and  business site Devex has launched a new campaign called Land Matters, showcasing innovative solutions to land issues and advancing a conversation that now involves smallholder farmers across Africa and other parts of the world as well as land experts, social entrepreneurs, business executives and government officials.

Through September, Land Matters will explore how land matters for food security, women, the environment, economic development, conflict resolution, and transparency. Authors from IFPRI and CAPRi will be among the contributors, especially on the “Land Matters for Women” and “Land Matters for the Environment” themes.

Visit the Land Matters site here, or participate in the conversation by tweeting #landmatters or by sharing, liking, and commenting on the coverage via the Devex LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ pages.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Essay on Ostrom, Hardin, and the Commons

A very readable piece in the Financial Times magazine by Tim Harford summarizes and compares the legacies of Garret Hardin and Elinor Ostrom:

In his essay, Hardin explained that there was no way to manage communal property sustainably. The only solution was to obliterate the communal aspect. Either the commons could be nationalised and managed by the state – a Leviathan for the age of environmentalism – or the commons could be privatised, divided up into little parcels and handed out to individual farmers, who would then look after their own land responsibly. The theory behind all this is impeccable and, despite coming from a biologist, highly appealing to anyone with an economics training.

But Lin Ostrom could see that there must be something wrong with the logic. Her research on managing water in Los Angeles, watching hundreds of different actors hammer out their messy yet functional agreements, provided a powerful counter-example to Hardin. She knew of other examples, too, in which common resources had been managed sustainably without Hardin’s black-or-white solutions.

The problem with Hardin’s logic was the very first step: the assumption that communally owned land was a free-for-all. It wasn’t. The commons were owned by a community. They were managed by a community. These people were neighbours. They lived next door to each other. In many cases, they set their own rules and policed those rules.

Read the whole essay here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Lead Researcher, Colombia Land-Use Strategy

The “Lead Researcher, Colombia Low-Emission Land-Use Strategy”, will contribute to the development of a low-emission land-use strategy in Colombia through outreach and consultation, synthesis of existing knowledge, and new analysis. Outreach and consultation will include agricultural sectors (e.g. producer federations), governments (e.g. Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment; departments, municipalities, and foreign donor countries), private companies (e.g. producers, processors and buyers), and non-governmental organizations that are part of the transition. He/she will also synthesize existing knowledge of Colombian land-use and conduct new analyses necessary for strategy development. This work is part of an initiative called “Forests, Farms and Finance” that seeks to build bridges between agricultural and livestock supply chains, domestic policies & finance, and jurisdictional REDD, and includes partnerships with commodity roundtables (RSPO, Bonsucro, RTRS, GRSB), companies (Unilever) and NGOs (WWF-US, Forest Trends, Solidaridad, ProForest). Similar efforts are underway in Indonesia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: Position requires master’s‐level or PhD training in environmental management, sustainability, agronomy, law, policy, or other environmental related field, or equivalent experience.

Experience: Position requires a minimum of 3 years of experience working in or living in tropical forest regions (preferably in Colombia). Experience in sustainable agriculture and climate change policy (including REDD) is required. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including evidence of diplomatic skills in interacting with an array of stakeholders). Ability to write for technical and non-technical audiences, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Strong time management skills: ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Must be fluent in Spanish and English. Language skills in any of the following languages are highly desired: Portuguese, French, Bahasa (Indonesia).

THE ORGANIZATION

The Amazon Environmental Research Institute, International Program (IPAM-IP) is an independent research institute, established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2010 in the US that conducts research, policy analysis, and capacity‐building in support of low-emission rural development and sustainable natural resource use in developing countries. IPAM IP was born as the international arm of IPAM (the Amazon Environmental Research Institute), a Brazilian research institute. In 2013, it will become fully independent of IPAM, taking on the new name of Earth Innovation Institute. Our goal is to support large-scale transitions to low-deforestation, low-emissions, sustainable and equitable rural development (called “LED-R”). We support regional transitions to LED-R by conducting rigorous policy and technical analyses and by leading or supporting pragmatic, multiple-stakeholder processes that engage farm sectors, businesses, government, indigenous peoples, and civil society. We work to align markets to favor jurisdictions that are succeeding in slowing deforestation and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

Location: Bogotá, CO

Desired start date: ASAP

Duration: this position is for a full-time consultancy for the period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension

Compensation: Based on qualifications and experience

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter referencing Job# 03307CHDN, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to ip-jobs@ipam.org.br. Please reference Job# 03307CHDN in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: September 15, 2013 or until filled