Thursday, December 19, 2013

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-DFG Cooperation Visits

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists, possibly including some preliminary experiments, with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. TWAS will cover visa, health insurance and travel expenses, while DFG will provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

More information

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Thursday, December 05, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE). The event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 2, 2014. Theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics are invited. Deadline: January 15, 2014

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation in Africa and Latin America. The National Geographic Society is currently soliciting nominations for the 2014 Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation in Africa and Latin America. Deadline: January 15, 2014

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Foundation for Science -- Individual Research Grants 2014. The International Foundation for Science calls for applications from early-career scientists in the developing world for research in any of the themes of sustainable management of natural resources; water and aquatic resources; and food production, food security, and nutrition. Deadline: January 31, 2014

SCHOLARSHIPS: Opportunities in Forest Policy and Administration at Texas A&M. Forrest Fleischman at Texas A&M University is looking for one or more masters and/or PhD students to assist with projects on forest policy and administrative decision-making. Deadline: January 1, 2014

FELLOWSHIP: Africa’s Land and Food Fellowships, Royal Agricultural University. Fellowships are offered to Africans mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa who have experience in agriculture, food or natural resource exploitation and management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development. Deadline: January 3, 2014

FELLOWSHIP: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Deadline: January 15, 2014.

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Tenure and REDD+ Specialist. FAO is seeking a tenure expert interested in applying their expertise to REDD+. The consultancy will be based at FAO HQ in Rome with a duration of 11 months, extendable. Deadline: December 13, 2013

PUBLICATION: Assessing Forest Governance (WRI). A new publication from the World Resources Institute presents an indicator framework for forest governance.

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Tenure and REDD+ Specialist

FAO is seeking a tenure expert interested in applying their expertise to REDD+. The consultancy will be based at FAO HQ in Rome with a duration of 11 months, extendable.

There is a growing demand from countries for technical assistance and capacity building in order to develop tenure systems supportive of REDD+. Improving the governance of tenure for REDD+ may for example include assessing how to gain greater tenure clarity to reduce deforestation and degradation, undertake reforms for the legal recognition of tenure rights for local communities and indigenous peoples and registering tenure rights more efficiently. Tenure reforms are usually focused on more developed land of high economic value and population density rather than forestry areas, so there is a specific need to undertake REDD+ related tenure work to prepare for REDD+.

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, which were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012, provide the framework for FAO’s support to countries in the field of tenure and REDD+. The Guidelines promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: December 13, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Assessing Forest Governance (WRI)

A new publication from WRI presents an indicator framework for forest governance:

This publication presents a revised version of the Governance of Forests Initiative (GFI) Indicator Framework, a comprehensive menu of indicators that can be used to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in forest governance. It updates the original GFI Indicator Framework based on several years of field-testing of by GFI partners in Brazil, Cameroon, and Indonesia.

As a companion to this document, the GFI Guidance Manual provides supplementary materials to help users navigate decisions about how to design and implement a forest governance assessment using the GFI indicators. The manual includes detailed explanations of each indicator and worksheets to support the data collection process.

Available here.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

 

FELLOWSHIP: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2014. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Some of the most serious constraints to sustainable development lie in the interconnections among sectors: energy’s growing need for water; the impacts of water use on human health; the competition for land among food, energy and conservation initiatives; and the cumulative impact of all sectoral initiatives on climate and other key environmental services.  A central challenge is to develop an integrated understanding of how sectoral initiatives for sustainability can compete with and complement one another in particular regional contexts. The 2014-15 fellowship competition therefore focuses on regional initiatives pursing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China and Brazil. It also includes a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of Innovation for Sustainable Development. Preference in this year’s competition will be given to applicants whose proposals complement one or more of these four initiatives.  The Initiatives (see below), are led by Professors William Clark, Henry Lee, Paul Moorcroft, and Rohini Pande. The Program is also open, however, to strong proposals in any area of sustainability science.  In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy, Brazil, China, India or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply. For more information on the fellowships application process see http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/programs/sustsci/fellowships.

Deadline: January 15, 2014.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation in Africa and Latin America

The National Geographic Society is currently soliciting nominations for the 2014 Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation in Africa and Latin America. These awards honor the unsung heroes of conservation by celebrating the recipients' past achievements and supporting ongoing work in conserving nature or culture. Each award includes a $25,000 grant.

Awardees have demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing and protecting the natural resources in their countries and regions. They are each inspirational conservation advocates, who serve as role models and mentors. There are two awards presented each year: Africa (established in 2002) and Latin America (established in 2005).
The awardees are chosen from nominations submitted to the Committee for Research and Exploration, which screens them through a peer-review process. Each year’s recipients are honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. and receive a one-time grant of $25,000 to support their ongoing work.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE)

The 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 2, 2014. After Venice (1998), Monterey (2002), Kyoto (2006), and Montréal (2010), the profession will convene in this unique World Heritage city that straddles Europe and Asia.

Hosted by Istanbul Technical University (ITU), WCERE 2014 is jointly organized by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), in cooperation with the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAAERE).

You are invited to submit theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation at the World Congress. Papers are to be submitted through the conference website, www.wcere2014.org.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Foundation for Science -- Individual Research Grants 2014

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) calls for applications from early-career scientists in the developing world for research in any of the themes of sustainable management of natural resources; water and aquatic resources; and food production, food security, and nutrition. Applicants must be attached to a national research institute in an eligible developing country (IFS lists them), and they must meet the IFS criteria on age and educational level. The next period for applications (English, French) is 01 December 2013 through 31 January 2014.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Monday, December 02, 2013

 

FELLOWSHIP: Africa’s Land and Food Fellowships, Royal Agricultural University

The programme is specifically linked to the MSc International Rural Development and the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security courses at the Royal Agricultural University. This funding provides for leadership training; the development of professional networks and supporting industrial experience, together with study opportunities on the master’s programmes in agriculture, food and rural development at the Royal Agricultural University.

Fellowships are offered to Africans mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa who have experience in agriculture, food or natural resource exploitation and management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development.

Scholarships cover tuition fees, board and accommodation, flights to and from the UK and South Africa, provision for networking and a short industrial placement mainly in South Africa under the guidance of Stellenbosch University. Scholarships also cover incidental costs whilst in the UK and on placement in South Africa; however, applicants are advised that funding does not include provision for home and family costs.

More information.

Deadline: January 3, 2014

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Opportunities in Forest Policy and Administration at Texas A&M

Forrest Fleischman at Texas A&M University is looking for one or more masters and/or PhD students to assist with projects on forest policy and administrative decision-making.

I have funding available for one or more masters and/or PhD students to work as research assistants with me on several projects related to forest policy and administrative decision-making. Current projects focus on (a) comparative research on the impacts of forest policy in developing countries at the national level, and (b) comparative research on the decision-making of foresters employed in government agencies & the private sector in India, the US, and Mexico. Students with significant experience in the forest sectors of these three countries, or in other developing countries, are particularly encouraged to apply. Students who I accept will have to formally apply to either the masters or PhD programs in Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University. Students who are accepted will receive funding through a a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which will be sufficient to cover tuition fees and a basic cost of living.

More information.

Deadline: January 1, 2014