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March 11, 2009    

From the Editors

The Ecosystem Marketplace's Community Forum
Connecting people to ecosystem markets

It has been awhile since we have sent a newsletter, and we have many exciting things to report! 

First, the Forest Trends and Katoomba Group staff have been busy planning the upcoming workshop entitled "Avoiding Deforestation in the Amazon through PES Markets" which takes place April 1-2 in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil.  See the article under "Opportunities: Conferences, Events and Projects" for more information, or visit the website here for more information.

Also in this edition, an interview with Jacob Olander, manager of the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator, and an article by Rhett Butler discussing the effects of the current economic situation on rainforest conservation.

In the Tools section, we present a game developed to help you learn and think about ecosystem services, Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon Portal, and much more!  


Also, see the Opportunities section for a Indigenous Fellowship Program offered by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as other conferences, jobs and funding opportunities.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Community Forum!

— Karina Bennessiah, Community Forum

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Around the World

Ecologists Report Quantifiable Measures of Nature's Services to Humans

Ecological Society of America Press release, February 3rd, 2009

The idea of ecosystem services is a promising conservation concept but has been rarely put into practice. In a special issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, researchers use novel tools to report some of the first quantifiable results that place values on nature's services to humans. "The idea of 'ecosystem services' – identifying and quantifying the resources and processes that nature provides for people – gives us a framework to measure nature's contribution to human well-being," write authors Peter Kareiva, guest editor for this issue and the chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and Susan Ruffo, director of ecosystem services programs at TNC, in an editorial in the issue. "It provides a credible way to link nature and people that goes beyond emotional arguments and points us toward practical solutions." Some of the best described ecosystem services include pollination of crops, flood and storm protection, water filtration and recreation. The challenging part is translating these services into something with a measurable value. Economic valuation methods take changes in the supply of ecosystem services and translate these into changes in human welfare. "In this Special Issue of Frontiers, we have assembled pioneering examples of the quantification of ecosystem services and nascent steps toward turning that quantification into a framework for better land and water management," Kareiva and Ruffo write. The issue's authors draw on current ecosystem services projects ranging from ranches in the Everglades to North American shorelines to cultural lands in Hawaii.

  – Read the special issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment here.

PES for Coffee Producers in Costa Rica

CATIE Newsletter, no.33, September-October 2008

According to a study done by the Tropical Agricultural Research and Education Center (CATIE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) in Costa Rica, approximately 3,400 small scale coffee farmers could benefit from payments for environmental services.  The study, which was performed by both organizations, shows that shaded coffee plantations which implement sustainable practices, can reach a good level of biodiversity, protect water sources and soils and capture CO2.  Considering the shaded coffee plantations of the nine cooperatives affiliated with the Coffee Growers’ Cooperatives of Guanacaste and Montes de Oro R.L., and parameters such as water conservation and the reduction in agrochemical use, the study calculates that at least 603,158 tons of carbon are stored in the cooperatives’ farms.  The farms also provide benefits in keeping water clean and improving the biodiversity of the region.

  – To read the full article, click here (in English)

Productores cafetaleros beneficiarán de pagos por servicios ambientales en Costa Rica

Boletín Electrónico del CATIE, no. 34, Noviembre-Diciembre 2008

Según un estudio hecho por el Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) y el Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) en Costa Rica, unos 3.400 pequeños productores cafetaleros podrían beneficiarse del pago por servicios ambientales.  El estudio, realizado por las dos organizaciones, muestra que los cafetales arbolados manejados con prácticas sostenibles pueden mantener un buen índice de biodiversidad, proteger el agua y suelo y capturar CO2.  Considerando los cafetales arbolados de las nueve cooperativas afiliadas con los Cooperativas de Caficultores de Guanacaste y Montes de Oro R.L., y parámetros como la conservación del agua y la reducción en el uso de agroquímicos, el estudio calcula que al menos 603.158 toneladas de carbono se almacenen en las fincas de las cooperativas.  Además, las fincas de las cooperativas proveen beneficios en mantener agua limpia y mejorar la biodiversidad.

  – Para leer el artículo completo, haga clic aquí (en español)

Social Carbon Joins the Party

By Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace, October 31st 2008

An article by Steve Zwick in the Ecosystem Marketplace on October 31, 2008, discusses the Social Carbon Methodology (SCM), a set of procedures which are designed to promote carbon offset projects that contribute to sustainable development in local communities.  The SCM has been developed by the Ecológica Institute, a Brazilian non-governmental organization, over the past 10 years.  Social Carbon divides “sustainability” into six elements or ‘resources’ – biodiversity resource, natural resource, financial resource, human resource, social resource and carbon resource.  This methodology is not just focused on forestry, but also covers more technologies like energy efficiency, fuel-switching and small-scale hydro projects.  More than 80 Latin American projects had already been certified under this standard by October, but that was before SCM “went public” with its methodologies.  Early in 2008, Ecológica and CanorCO2e, a London-based project developer, launched the Social Carbon Company to develop projects using the SCM.  Also in October 2008, TZ1, a New Zealand-based environmental markets infrastructure provider, announced that it would act as the registry for Social Carbon Credits.  While there are some similarities between SCM and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard, there are also many differences.  More emphasis is placed on biodiversity in the CCB Standard, for instance.  Also, CCB is a standard which focuses on results while SCM is a methodology which focuses on procedures.  

This methodology may be of interest to communities considering developing a carbon project as a methodology to ensure that the community receives the benefits from the project.

  – Read the full article here.

Cattle-Ranching Drives 80% of Amazonian Deforestation

By R. A. Butler,, January 29th, 2009

Nearly 80 percent of land deforested in the Amazon from 1996-2006 is now used for cattle pasture, according to a report released in January 2009 by Greenpeace at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil. The report, Amazon Cattle Footprint: Mato Grosso: State of Destruction, confirms that cattle ranching is the primary driver of deforestation in Earth's largest rainforest: the Brazilian Amazon.  Over the past decade more than 10 million hectares of rainforest were cleared for cattle ranching as Brazil rose to become the world's largest exporter of beef. Now the government aims to double the country's share of the beef export market to 60% by 2018 through low interest loans, infrastructure expansion, and other incentives for producers. Most of this expansion is expected to occur in the Amazon were land is cheap and available The Greenpeace report calls on more aggressive measures to reduce deforestation in Brazil. It urges the federal government to reach a zero deforestation target by 2015 rather than its more modest goal to cut forest clearing to 5,586 square kilometers per year by 2015. Greenpeace says Brazil can reach zero deforestation by 2015 through stronger enforcement of its existing environmental laws, including its forest code which compels landowners to keep 80 percent of their land forested; redirecting investments that promote deforestation into sustainable development programs; increasing funding for monitoring and law enforcement; adopting a 5-year moratorium on deforestation; and supporting a strong climate protocol in Copenhagen that includes an international fund to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) that adheres to key principles on environment, transparency, and social equity. 

  – Read the full article here.

What is the impact of the economic recession on rainforest conservation?

Commentary by R.A. Butler,, January 26th, 2009

This commentary by Rhett Butler supports the view that the global economic downturn will lead to a reprieve on tropical forests.  The economic crisis has caused demand for many commodities to nose-dive which, in turn, has led to a decline in the price for timber, energy, minerals and agricultural products.  Many of these materials are found in tropical forest countries.  The economic upswing helped to trigger a land rush in these countries as these materials could easily be exploited and exported at a great profit, causing deforestation world-wide.  Now, however, many of these developers are retreating and abandoning projects, leading to a reprieve for the world’s forests.

  – Read the full article here.

From Forest Waste to Biochar

Based on an article in Science for Environmental Policy, January 29th, 2009, Issue 138

Farming and forestry offer a unique and valuable opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a new study by McHenry (2009). Agricultural and forest waste can be turned into the carbon-rich biochar, or charcoal, and used to sequester carbon, increase soil productivity or even as an alternative source of energy. The study analyzes several trial projects designed to offer environmentally sound ways to produce biochar, by using farming and forestry waste as wood sources. The study concludes that provided these methods are used, the problems associated with conventional production methods can be avoided. For example, the study claims that up to 12 per cent of global anthropogenic GHG emissions arising from land use change could be offset each year by replacing 'slash-and-burn' agriculture with 'slash-and-char' systems. Biochar also offers financial opportunities for agricultural business, including energy generation. For example, it could provide farmers with the opportunity to invest in a plant on their own farm. It can also be used to produce biofuels or activated carbon - a highly absorptive material with many commercial uses, including water and gas treatment. Incentives for farmers could be built into environmental and agricultural policy, the study suggests. They could be compensated for the carbon they sequester, based on the market price for carbon emissions. Any associated gains in productivity from soil treatment would be a direct benefit. Additionally, farmers who owned a share in biochar and renewable energy production facilities could profit from their investment. However, there are issues surrounding the use of biochar which need to be carefully considered. Biochar is only suitable for improving soil if it is produced under the right conditions. 

  – Click here to read the full article.

Estimating carbon payback time for biofuels

Based on an article in Science for Environmental Policy, December 18th, 2008, Issue 134

Rising demand is spurring production of biofuel crops in tropical areas including Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia. Tropical forests are up to 400 times more valuable in reducing global GHG by acting as net carbon sinks than as areas for biofuel production. Tropical ecosystems store 340 billion tonnes of carbon, more than 40 times than the amount of emissions arising from global fossil fuel combustion. The carbon stored in these ecosystems is released when forests and grasslands are cleared, burned and converted to agricultural land. The study defines ecosystem carbon payback time (ECPT) as the number of years needed to produce carbon savings from burning biofuels instead of fossil fuels, to compensate for carbon emissions incurred by clearing land to grow biofuel crops. Future scenarios of improvements in agricultural productivity and biofuel efficiency, as well as increasing difficulty in extracting fossil fuels, are also evaluated. The findings suggest that the ECPT is longest when low-yielding crops, such as cassava, maize and soybeans, replace carbon-rich land sources such as tropical forests. In these situations, it can take 300-1500 years to compensate for the loss of carbon stocks. The greatest carbon savings are provided by growing the highest yielding tropical biofuel crops, sugarcane and oil palm, on previously cultivated land. In some cases, immediate carbon savings can be made. However, the authors warn that in other cases, switching from food to biofuel crops can have a knock-on effect and result in increased overall emissions, as in southeastern Brazil where smallholders are being pushed further into highland forests to grow food crops. The study concludes that no foreseeable changes in agricultural or energy technology will be able to achieve meaningful carbon benefits if crop-based biofuels are produced at the expense of tropical forests. Careful consideration of ECPT is needed for any expansion in crop-based biofuels in tropical regions.

  – To read the full article, follow this link.



An interview with Jacob Olander, manager of the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator

By Karina Benessaiah, Community Forum (CF) Editor, January 2009

In the last edition, we interviewed Almir Surui, a Surui leader and project developer for the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator. This month, we are talking to Jacob Olander, manager of the Incubator and director of Ecodecisión, about his experiences running the Incubator. The Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator was launched in late 2007 to help bring more innovative ecosystem services projects to market.

CF: How was the Incubator initiated?

We launched the incubator because we were seeing lots of promising ecosystem services payment ideas and interest out there but still relatively few projects being successfully financed and implemented.  In the last few years we’ve really seen interest in payment for ecosystem services, or PES, take off.  The international negotiations are looking to establish mechanisms and ground rules for REDD by the end of the year at the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties and carbon markets transacted over $100 billion last year.  But we’ve still got only a relative handful of REDD projects up and running that we can look at to help us figure out how these mechanisms can work best and what the rules should look like.

It’s particularly frustrating that carbon markets have pretty much bypassed forestry and particularly projects that create strong benefits for the rural poor.  The Incubator was set up to help build more practical experience on the ground and particularly to help communities and small producers access the market.  The Incubator draws on the Katoomba network to link promising projects with the technical expertise they need.  It was a logical extension of other work that Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group have been doing.  Ecosystem Marketplace makes information about these markets transparent and accessible.  The Katoomba Group brings together stakeholders and builds capacity.  But after learning about ecosystem markets many project developers are looking for additional project-specific support.  And that’s what the Incubator was set up to provide.

CF: Do you have a geographical focus?

There was an initial focus on Latin America because it’s probably the region with the greatest interest and successful PES schemes and projects.   The idea of a vehicle to provide technical support clearly resonated with different stakeholders and we had a strong response from donors and investors that increasing the supply of carbon projects was a valuable thing. We’ve received a lot of interest in Africa and have now started activities in Uganda and Tanzania in East Africa and in Ghana and Liberia in West Africa.  In Ghana, the work is done in partnership with a local partner NGO, the Nature Conservation Research Centre. So, this is growing quickly and we may well expand in Asia in 2010.

CF: How does the Incubator work?

The Incubator aims to provide a suite of services that can help partners get their projects to market.  We focus on the design phase of projects, which in the case of carbon projects would typically be through having a validated PDD and engaging with potential investors and buyers.  What we generally look for are solid local partners with strong capacity to deliver results on the ground, but with limited experience and expertise in carbon or other ecosystem services markets.  The Incubator provides technical and business development assistance, either directly through our program or by making connections with other expert people and organizations through the Katoomba network.  The core Incubator team is small, intentionally, and we want to work through links with strategic partners as much as possible and help contribute to creating more capacity locally.  

We generally start with an initial screening and assessment process. It’s important to remember that carbon markets and other ecosystem services schemes are not necessarily always the right tool for the job, and not all projects are going to be able to, or should, use these kinds of finance to meet their development or conservation objectives. For strong, promising projects we work together to develop a road map, work plans and budgets to get them to implementation.  Different partners have different needs, but projects generally need to have strong technical design that responds to what the markets and standards are looking for, a solid business model and financial structure and a clear plan and capacity for implementation and managing risks.

Our primary focus is on carbon markets, because I think we’re at a crossroads where the rules are being written that can make a huge difference for forests and the people who depend on them for the years ahead.  But we are also interested in more nascent ecosystem markets, like payment for hydrological services.  For example, we’re working with a project in Ecuador with a local NGO, Fundación Cordillera Tropical, that’s linking a downstream hydropower producer with incentives for farmer-based conservation in the upper catchment.  This actually provides a great potential arrangement for integrating, or “stacking” REDD payments as well.   The more we can get the whole range of ecosystem services recognized, the better.

Other key challenges that we’re focusing on with our projects are how to develop cost-effective, replicable methodologies, how to link subnational carbon projects with emerging national strategies and how you can aggregate lots of small producers to create the scale you need to tap into these markets.  If it’s been possible for microfinance, it should be possible for something like carbon.  Work we’re starting in Ghana with smallholder cocoa producers will need to address how you can do this.


CF: In your opinion, how can risks for local communities be minimized?

Being informed and having access to information is essential.  The process leading to the agreement is extremely important; people have to take an informed decision given that many times these are long term and relatively rigid commitments. With a project we’re supporting, of the Surui indigenous people in Brazil, the key non-technical element is making sure that the project is designed in full, participatory fashion with understanding of these mechanisms and the commitments involved.  

I think these mechanisms are going to work best when carbon finance is an enabler of what communities want. The Surui project’s a good example of this:  Almir Surui, the Surui leader, approached us looking for ways to support their reforestation efforts that they’d already been carrying out for years – it was a question of using carbon as a tool to support the community’s objectives, not as an end in itself.

Flexibility in the design process and the agreements is also going to be key.  These are long-term commitments, often with implications across generations.  We’re still learning because these markets are so new.  It’s unclear what markets, economies and societies may look like in 30, 60, 100 years’ time and projects and agreements need to account for that uncertainty in some way if they’re actually going to be built to last.

 CF: Can you tell us a bit about your own trajectory?

I’ve worked for years in conservation and rural development- and have lived for nearly 20 years now in Latin America.  Unfortunately, conservation projects, though they’re important, frankly haven’t been able to deliver the results we want and need.  Part of the solution has to be realigning the economics to make forests worth more alive than dead, and payments for ecosystem services can be powerful tools to support that. I set up Ecodecisión with my wife Marta Echavarría and have been working with carbon and hydrological services for about a dozen years now, very much in line with the focus of the Katoomba Group.


What can ecosystems do for you? Beyond the Frontier interviews Peter Kareiva, from the Nature Conservancy

Ecological Society of Americas, Beyond the Frontier monthly podcast, February 2009

What do storm protection, pollination, and clean water have in common? They are but some of the many benefits provided by the environment (collectively referred to as "ecosystem services") that – either directly or indirectly – improve human well-being. In the latest installment of Beyond the Frontier, listen to Peter Kareiva explain the importance of these services, describe how "value" may be assigned to them, and reveal what he would like President Obama to know about them.

  – Listen to the podcast here.


Resources and Tools

New Forest Monitoring Methodology Soon Improved

A new and improved tool to monitor deforestation and degradation in tropical forests has just gotten a huge boost. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology with a $1.6-million grant to expand and improve CLASLite (The Carnegie Landsat Analysis System Lite), a new, user-friendly method that enables even the smallest governments and non-governmental organizations to map tropical forests from their desktops. The technology will rapidly advance deforestation and degradation mapping in Latin America, and will help rain forest nations better monitor their changing carbon budgets.

  – For more information, please follow this link.

Play and learn how ecosystem market works!

Have you ever imagined you would Buy, Sell, Trade ecosystem services? If you think conversations about ecosystem markets are often quite technical or complex, you are not the only one.  The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, along with input from key stakeholders (Earthwatch Institute, World Resources Institute, Katoomba Group/Forest Trends, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and Fundación Entorno) have developed a free, interactive and fun game about how ecosystem markets work. 

  – Read more & download the game here.

Forest Carbon Portal

The Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Portal is a clearinghouse of information, feature stories, event listings, project details, ‘how-to’ guides, news, and market analysis on land-based carbon sequestration projects—from forest to farm. Deforestation and land-use change are responsible for over 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity decline, and an incredible loss of ‘ecological capital.’  Discussions of how to incorporate forestry and agriculture more fully into cap-and-trade schemes and voluntary carbon markets are moving at a rapid pace, and the quick evolution of the discourse– combined with data gaps and a lack of knowledge of the capacity-building activities being organized around the world– has called for a centralized hub of information to which stakeholders can turn. For these reasons, we have created the Forest Carbon Portal.  Launched at the December 2008 UN Climate Conference of the Parties in Poznan, Poland, this satellite site to the Ecosystem Marketplace exists to fill knowledge and ‘market intelligence’ gaps with the goal of stimulating progressive land-based carbon market offset projects policy in the regulated markets, and successful pilot projects in the voluntary markets. It is designed for the investor, the student, the policymaker, the project developer, the analyst, the broker, the retailer, and the conservationist. In other words, if you have an interest in land-based carbon sequestration, these resources are for you. We welcome you to submit feedback as well as resources and events for posting. 

  – Visit the Forest Carbon Portal.

Carbon Biodiversity Atlas

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre produced an atlas illustrating the potential value of spatial analyses as a tool to assist countries in maximizing biodiversity benefits whilst reducing carbon emissions from land use change. The atlas uses global datasets on carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems and areas of high priority for biodiversity conservation to provide regional overviews of the spatial overlap of these important values in the tropics. National-scale maps for six tropical countries draw, where possible, on finer scale nationally developed biodiversity datasets, and show where existing protected areas coincide with high carbon and biodiversity areas. A variety of statistics are drawn from the national-scale maps to demonstrate the different types of information that these maps can provide. These maps are intended solely as demonstrations of how combining spatial data can help to identify areas where the opportunities for carbon and biodiversity benefits coincide. REDD-related decision-making at the national scale will need to be based, if at all possible, on nationally developed data for both carbon stocks and biodiversity. In order to reduce emissions effectively, and realize other co-benefits of reducing deforestation, such decisions will also need to incorporate information on the country-specific pressures causing land use change. 

  – Follow this link to visit the Atlas.

Forests and Climate Change explained by FAO video

This 17-minute video presentation, produced by FAO and the Forestry Commission of the United Kingdom, shows how much forests can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, stressing the importance of reversing forest loss.  Forests store more carbon than all the world’s remaining oil stocks. Continuing deforestation and forest degradation account for almost one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire global transport sector. The presentation explains how society can combat climate change by conserving and managing existing forests, by tackling causes of deforestation and by planting new forests. It stresses the use of wood as a renewable energy source and as a raw material, pointing out that wood products store carbon for their entire lifetime, until they decay or are burned. A section on adaptation notes how the world’s changing climate will affect the health and composition of forests and stresses the importance of adapting and planning ahead for the changes.  With striking imagery and simple language, this informative presentation is suitable for classroom, conference hall and individual viewing by all who care about the future of the planet.  A multilingual DVD is available free of charge and includes the presentation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Italian.  

  – Download the DVD (215 MB).

Digital Map of Africa's Depleted Soils To Be Produced

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture, a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, will produce a detailed digital soil map of 42 sub-Saharan countries. The project, named the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS), will provide information necessary to overcome soil depletion and improve crop production through better soil management. AfSIS is supported through a four-year grant of US$18 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. The project will use innovative technologies such as remote sensing via satellite and infrared spectroscopy to analyze the chemical and physical properties and organic matter of soil samples. This information will be made available via the Internet and ultimately will become part of a global soil mapping initiative called

  – Read the press release here.


Opportunities: Conferences, Events and Projects

Avoiding Deforestation in the Amazon through PES Markets

Location: Centro de eventos do Pantanal, Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil | Dates: April 1-2, 2009

Tropical deforestation accounts for 20 percent of heat-trapping gas emissions worldwide. In Brazil alone, 70 percent of greenhouse gases emissions come from deforestation in the Amazon region.  Forest-based carbon sequestration and REDD are gaining international attention, with Brazil on the center stage, to reduce global emissions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change. More broadly, ecosystem service payments in carbon, water and biodiversity are also becoming a key solution to ensuring the continued provision of nature's services through forests, aquatic systems, biodiversity, and carbon and nutrient cycles. This Katoomba meeting in Brazil will focus on the latest developments in carbon, water and biodiversity markets and discuss how they are being created and utilized to help solve some of our most critical environmental challenges. Specific Meeting topics include: The latest initiatives to control deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon; Amazonian governors’ presentations on the Global Climate Summit; Launching of Mato Grosso State Forum on Climate Change; A discussion on REDD options for the Xingu Park; The Brazilian Amazon Fund to control deforestation and the country’s official position on REDD; How water quality trading markets can contribute to the conservation in the Amazon; The emergence of biodiversity markets and how they can be applied in Brazil; and How to bridge the gap between current challenges and future economic and environmental solutions.

  – Learn more about the conference and register here.

Global Change in Africa - Projections, Mitigation and Adaptation

Location: University of Cologne, Germany | Dates: June 2nd-5th 2009

“Global change in Africa- Projections, Mitigation and Adaptation” will be held from June 2 to 5, 2009 at the University of Cologne. We also invite you to contribute to this conference by submitting abstracts. Deadline of abstract submission: 31st March 2009.

  – For further information, please visit the conference website.

Climate/Klima 2009 - Online

Location: Online | Dates: November 2-6th 2009

Let the conference introduce you to the latest findings on scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects. Enter this platform on 2-6 November 2009 and read about new projects and innovative initiatives being undertaken in both industrialized and developing countries by universities and scientific institutions, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders. "Climate 2009 / Klima 2009" will encourage more networking and information exchange among participants and hopefully catalyze new cooperation initiatives and possibly new joint projects. Besides the refereed scientific papers, we will offer you a chance to discuss the problems, barriers, challenges and chances and potentials related to climate and sustainability research. Special discussion fora and chat rooms will cater for direct interaction with the participant scientists. 

  – Please visit the conference home page.

Seed Awards 2009

Deadline: March 16th, 2009

Do you have an entrepreneurial and innovative idea that is locally-driven and has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in countries with developing or transition economies? Do you need support to help grow your business or project? If you meet SEED’s eligibility criteria, you could apply now for the 2009 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development. Award Winners receive a comprehensive package of tailor-made support services, worth up to $40,000, to help their venture to become established and to increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance. 

  – Further details and application forms can be filled in online or downloaded from the SEED Initiative website.

World Climate Change Survey of University Students

The faculty of Life Sciences in Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is undertaking the "World Climate Change Survey", a study meant to identify the current level of awareness, knowledge and information needs of university students, all over the world, on climate change. Please let university students know about it.

  – Details can be seen by following this link


Opportunities: Employment

Amazon Project Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund

Location: Washington, D.C. | Deadline: ASAP

The Amazon Project Coordinator for Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change project will inform and support Amazonian Indigenous leaders’ participation in the international climate negotiations, and national climate policy discussions. The Coordinator will draw on field experience in South America and understanding of international negotiations to prepare indigenous leaders to effectively advocate for their interests in national and international climate policy discussions, particularly in relation to incentives for reducing tropical deforestation. The Coordinator will be responsible for: 1) helping to organize, attending and participating in 9 country-level meetings of Amazon Indigenous organizations on REDD supported by EDF; 2) accompanying indigenous leaders to international climate change forums; 3) ensuring that indigenous leaders have access to key information on the climate negotiations in a comprehensible form. This full time position will report to the Director of Tropical Forest Policy. The successful candidate will have extensive field experience with Indigenous or rural communities in South America, and familiarity with grassroots organizations. Prior knowledge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations or the ability to quickly become conversant with key issues, and ability to explain them cross-culturally, is critical. Other important qualifications include an advanced degree; fluent spoken and written Spanish; Portuguese is a plus; experience working with indigenous or rural communities or grassroots organizations in South America; knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, key issues of international climate negotiations; ability to work in multidisciplinary, international team setting; and willingness to travel. 

  – More detailed information available here.

Forest Stewardship Council, Policy Manager

Location: Bonn, Germany | Deadline: Open until filled

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and complementing the functions of the Social Strategy Program Manager in relation to the implementation of the FSC Social Strategy and the achievement of the social objectives of the FSC Global Strategy, in particular the objectives identified under Goal 2 of the Global Strategy.

  – For the full term of reference go to the FSC website.

Indigenous Fellowship Program

Deadline for English version April 30th, 2009

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organizes every year an Indigenous Fellowship Program, which is an extensive training program aimed at strengthening indigenous representatives' knowledge of the United Nations system, general Human Rights mechanisms and other mechanisms more specifically dealing with indigenous issues. This program is exclusively for indigenous persons. It is implemented in close cooperation with University partners and other UN agencies. Trained participants are better equipped to assist their organizations and communities in using existing international instruments and mechanisms to protect their rights. This training program is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Russian.

  – For more information on the fellowship program, pleave visit the OHCHR website.

Programas de Becas para Pueblos Indígenas

Fecha límite para la versión en español 15 de Julio 2009

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) organiza cada año un Programa de Becas para pueblos indígenas cual finalidad es fortalecer los conocimientos de representantes indígenas sobre el sistema de las Naciones Unidas, mecanismos de derechos humanos, especialmente aquellos que analizan cuestiones indígenas. Este programa se desarrolla exclusivamente para representantes indígenas. Está organizado en estrecha colaboración con Universidades y otras agencias de las Naciones Unidas. Los becarios capacitados están en mejor situación para ayudar a sus organizaciones y comunidades a utilizar estos instrumentos y mecanismos para proteger sus derechos. El programa de formación existe en 4 idiomas: inglés, Español, Francés y Ruso.

  – Para más información sobre el programa de becas, visite la página de la ACNUDH.

Programmes de Bourses pour Représentants de Peuples Autochtones

La date limite pour la version française reste à confirmer et sera postée sur le site web dès que possible

Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme (HCDH) organise chaque année un programme de formation pour représentants de peuples autochtones qui a pour finalité de donner à ces représentants la possibilité de se familiariser avec le système et les mécanismes des Nations Unies relatifs aux droits de l'homme en général et plus spécifiquement aux droits des peuples autochtones. En fin de formation, les boursiers ont une meilleure connaissance de ces instruments et mécanismes et sont mieux à même d'aider leurs organisations et communautés à protéger leurs droits. Ce programme est exclusivement réservé à des personnes autochtones. Il est organisé en étroite collaboration avec des Universités et d'autres agences des Nations Unies. Il est délivré dans 4 versions linguistiques différentes: anglais, espagnol, français et russe.

  – Pour plus d'information sur le programme, veuillez visiter notre page web.


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