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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Accaparement des terres en Afrique

Accaparement des terres » ou opportunité de développement

La terre est essentielle à la subsistance, la sécurité alimentaire et l’identité de millions de personnes dans le monde en développement, en raison de leur dépendance directe à l’agriculture et aux ressources naturelles. Il n’est donc pas surprenant qu’une récente vague d’acquisitions foncières à grande échelle dans les pays les plus pauvres ait suscité un débat important



Un projet de biocarburant fait deux morts dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal



Les acquisitions de terres en Afrique posent des risques pour les ruraux pauvres
La première étude détaillée du phénomène met en garde contre ses effets sur les communautés rurales mais évoque aussi les bénéfices possibles


Accaparement des terres arables en Afrique : efficacité ou respect des droits ?



Achat/accaparement des terres en Afrique: Opportunités ou menaces ?
Cas du Bénin en Afrique de l’Ouest


L’ACCAPAREMENT DES TERRES EN AFRIQUE, Un coup fatal dans la lutte contre la pauvreté





Afrique: Désertification et activité économique

La désertification affecte 70 pour cent de l’activité économique en Afrique, déplore Jean Ping - Le phénomène de la désertification affecte 70% de l’activité économique en Afrique, a déploré ce lundi à Addis-Abeba, le président de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), Jean Ping. 'En Afrique, le phénomène de la désertification affecte 43% des terres productives soit 70% de l’activité économique et 40% de la population du continent', a déclaré  M. Ping dans le cadre de la réunion ministérielle africaine préparatoire à RIO+20, destinée à définir la position commune du continent dans le cadre de cette conférence internationale. 'La situation des forêts du Bassin du Congo demeure inquiétante, faute d’engagements suffisants de la communauté internationale, la biodiversité sur notre continent ne cesse de se réduire.


Sommet des trois bassins : déclaration conjointe des chefs d’État et de gouvernement

Déclaration conjointe des chefs d’État et de gouvernement à l’occasion du premier Sommet sur les écosystèmes forestiers tropicaux des bassins de l’Amazonie, du Congo et de l’Asie du Sud-est. Brazzaville (Congo), le 3 juin 2011.


Changements climatiques: Fixer des objectifs qualitatifs

L’Afrique invitée à se fixer des objectifs qualitatifs pour contrer les changements climatiques - Le secrétaire exécutif de la Convention des Nations unies sur la lutte contre la désertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, a invité l’Afrique à se fixer des objectifs qualitatifs pour contrer les changements climatiques. S’exprimant dans une interview accordée à la PANA en marge de la réunion ministérielle préparatoire de la Conférence de Rio+20, l’ancien ministre béninois de l’Environnement a souligné la nécessité pour l’ensemble des acteurs, aux niveaux local et mondial, de s’entendre sur des objectifs qualificatifs à atteindre.

http://www.afriquejet.com/environnement-afrique-2011102626001.html

L’Afrique et ses ressources naturelles : le paradoxe de l’abondance

L'Afrique est généreusement pourvue en ressources, terres productives
et richesses naturelles précieuses (chapitres 2 et 3), renouvelables
(eau, forêts et poissons, notamment) ou
non (charbon, gaz, pétrole et autres minéraux). Les ressources
naturelles dominant l'économie de nombreux pays de ce continent et
représentent le plus important moyen
de subsistance pour des habitants majoritairement pauvres et vivant en
zone rurale. Elles constituent ainsi le fondement du revenu et de la
subsistance de larges pans de la population et l'une des principales
sources de recettes publiques et de richesse nationale.
http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Publications/AfricanDevelopmentReport2007_Chapitre04_L%E2%80%99Afrique%20et%20ses%20ressources%20naturelles%20-%20le%20paradoxe%20de%20l%E2%80%99abondance.pdf

Accaparement des terres : un projet de biocarburant fait deux morts dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal

A Fanaye au Sénégal, 20 000 hectares de terre doivent être cédés à un investisseur italien.
A Fanaye au Sénégal, 20 000 hectares de terre doivent être cédés à un investisseur italien.
Danita Delimont/ Getty Images

Par RFI
Deux morts et vingtaine de blessés, c'est le bilan des heurts qui ont opposé le mercredi 26 octobre 2011, les habitants de la communauté rurale de Fanaye, dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal. Les habitants se sont divisés autour d'un projet privé de biocarburant. Partisans et adversaires se sont retrouvés face à face armés de bâtons et d'armes artisanales. A l'origine de ces violences : 20 000 hectares de terres cédés à des investisseurs italiens sans que la population n'ait été véritablement consultée.

Cela fait déjà plusieurs mois que la colère monte à Fanaye. Plusieurs mois que les habitants s’opposent à ce projet italien d’investissement dans le biocarburant : les autorités locales ont en effet négocié avec les porteurs du projet l’attribution de 20 000 hectares de terres.
« C’est le tiers de toutes les terres cultivables de la communauté rurale », se lamente Ahmadou Thiaw, du collectif de protestation formé par les villages concernés. Et il poursuit : « 20 000 hectares c’est trop, ça va complètement étouffer la communauté rurale. C’est un projet qui n’est pas viable et pas acceptable par les populations ».
Les habitants de Fanaye que RFI a pu joindre se plaignent de l’attitude du président du conseil rural qui a agi, disent-ils, sans véritable concertation et qu’ils soupçonnent de ne défendre que son intérêt personnel.
Mercredi, ces habitants ont voulu profiter d’une réunion de l’instance locale pour manifester. Le mouvement a dégénéré en affrontement avec des défenseurs de l’élu local. Coups à l’arme blanche, tirs de fusils artisanaux : un premier homme est mort sur place, renforçant la colère des populations qui s’en sont prises à la maison communautaire. Selon le chirurgien chef de l’hôpital de Ndioum, un autre homme est mort dans la soirée des suites de ses blessures.
« Tout le monde attend que l’Etat intervienne pour stopper les travaux, explique Ahmadou Thiaw, la population défend son patrimoine. Les gens sont tellement attachés à leur terre ».

Source:

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20111027-accaparement-terres-projet-biocarburant-fait-deux-morts-vallee-fleuve-senegal

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Rapport 2010 sur les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement, Nations Unies

OBJECTIF 7: Assurer un environnement durable
CIBLES
1. Intégrer les principes du développement durable dans les politiques et programmes nationaux et inverser la tendance
actuelle à la déperdition des ressources environnementales
2. Réduire la perte de la biodiversité et atteindre d’ici à 2010 une diminution significative du taux de perte
3. Réduire de moitié, d’ici à 2015, le pourcentage de la population qui n’a pas d’accès de façon durable à un
approvisionnement en eau potable ni à des services d’assainissement de base
4. Améliorer sensiblement, d’ici à 2020, les conditions de vie d’au moins 100 millions d’habitants de taudis


 

Gestion communautaire des ressources naturelles en Afrique Impacts, experiences et orientations futures


Dans l’ensemble de l’Afrique subsaharienne, les ressources naturelles continuent de constituer un élément central des moyens de subsistance des populations
rurales. Les normes et coutumes locales influencent les formes quotidiennes d’utilisation des ressources par les populations. En revanche, les utilisations commerciales des ressources naturelles restent souvent très centralisées, conditionnées par des politiques gouvernementales qui datent des époques
coloniale et post-coloniale.


Promoting Education, Public Awareness & Training


Education, raising of public awareness and training are linked to virtually all areas in Agenda 21, and even more closely to the ones on meeting basic needs, capacity-building, data and information, science, and the role of major groups. This chapter sets out broad proposals, while specific suggestions related to sectoral issues are contained in other chapters. The Declaration and Recommendations of the Tbilisi Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education 1/ organized by UNESCO and UNEP and held in 1977, have provided the fundamental principles for the proposals in this document


Community management of natural resources in Africa Impacts, experiences and future directions

Across sub-Saharan Africa, natural resources remain central to rural people’s livelihoods. Local norms and customs shape people’s everyday forms of
resource use. In contrast, the commercial uses of natural resources often remain highly centralized, conditioned by government policies of the colonial
and post-colonial eras. During the past several decades, there has been a shift from this predominantly centralized natural resource management towards more devolved models known very broadly as Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). CBNRM models work to strengthen locally accountable institutions for natural
resource use and management, enabling local groups of people to make better decisions about the use of land and resources. Because it involves the transfer
of authority over natural resources to local communities, including of potentially valuable resources such as wildlife and timber, CBNRM is often about major
institutional reforms and fundamental changes in power.


AFRICAN CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF NATURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES


Enabling Environmental Justice: Assessment of Participatory Tools

Enabling Environmental Justice: Assessment of Participatory Tools

A growing body of literature points to the importance of public participation in enabling procedural justice in public decision making. Procedural justice, in turn, is a prerequisite
for distributive justice, which in environmental decision-making contexts, is the underlying tenet of environmental justice. Without the meaningful inclusion of those who
will be impacted by the outcomes of environmental decision-making, fair distribution of environmental benefits and harms is unlikely to result. This report sets out to test the extent to which various participatory tools have the potential to enable procedural justice in the environmental arena. The report synthesizes the findings of 59 case studies applying seven diffferent participatory tools to environmental decision-making contexts in developed and developing countries. Tools analyzed are: notice and comment, public hearings, focus groups, participatory workshops, citizen advisory committees, citizen juries and referenda.

How to put environmental justice into campaigns

How to put environmental justice into campaigns

The poorest people are most likely to live in bad housing, near the
busiest roads and in the shadow of the most polluting factories . but
green campaigners can do something about this. Environmental Justice
Programme Manager Stuart Parkinson helps you find ways to include
environmental justice in local campaigning


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

[ANFES] INVITATION TO EXHIBIT AT EYE ON EARTH SUMMIT

INVITATION TO EXHIBIT AT EYE ON EARTH SUMMIT

Hi everyone,

Please spread this in all relevant youth networks

This is an invitation for all youth who have any relevant projects showcasing best practices in the utilization of environmental data to get in touch for their projects to be showcased at the Eye on Earth Summit http://www.eyeonearthsummit.org/
(Please reply only to me and do not click Reply All)

Emerging Economies are at risk of losing valuable environmental assets as a result of inaccurate decision-making caused by the lack of useable, quality data.

The solution is an achievable one. Much of the world's growing wealth of data is held in incompatible standards, ‘protected’ by bureaucratic complexity, restrained by lack of open access or ignorance of its existence.

The Eye on Earth Summit http://www.eyeonearthsummit.org/  is convened to address these issues.

The summit will enable global leaders, innovators and decision-makers to focus on an issue critical to the wise decision-making upon which our planet’s future depends: how to ensure effective access to the world's expanding pool of environmental and societal data by all of those who need it.

Facilitated by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and hosted by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Eye on Earth Summit will strengthen existing efforts and inspire a search for unified, global solutions to the issues that preclude access to data


The Eye on Earth Exhibition will showcase ‘best-impact’ examples of geospatial and environmental data technologies, projects and innovations.

If there is anyone who is interested in showcasing any of the following, please get in touch.

1. Awesome application, web-based or otherwise, that promote utilization of environmental and societal data

2. Any areas where youth are using mapping and data technologies to address environmental  issues.

I know of projects like http://www.mapkibera.org/  in Kenya as an example. It would be interesting to get more of these.


Kind Regards


Kevin Ochieng

UNEP TUNZA

2011-10-16 NRMI: This Issue: Estimating Bamboo Biomass and Some Other Good Things


2011-10-16 NRMI: NATURAL RESOURCE MONITORING ITEMS OF INTEREST
This Issue: Estimating Bamboo Biomass and Some Other Good Things
Estimating Bamboo Biomass – Last month, Dr. Timothy Gregoire wrote, I need to come up with a way to assess bamboo biomass in Bhutan NFI. I know next to nothing about the topic! Tim was especially interested in anything that has been done in the past 10 years. He is also interested in rattan inventory as well. Here are some sites that may be of interest. If you know of others, please contact Tim at timothy.gregoire@yale.edu
Bamboo Carbon Credits Info & Links http://bamboocarboncredits.com/
Bamboo ecosystem and carbon dioxide sequestration. 8 p. [This excerpt is from the book “Sustainable Management and Utilization of Sympodial Bamboos" written by Fu Maoyi and is a recommended read]. http://www.bamboocarboncredits.com/userfiles/file/bamboo.pdf
Bambootech. 2003. Bamboo characterization for thermochemical conversion and feasibility study of bamboo based gasification and charcoal making. 18 p. http://www.bambootech.org/files/Bamboo%20Characterization%20For%20Thermochemical%20Conversion%20.pdf
Biomass Bamboo (Advertisement) http://www.biomassbamboo.com.au/
Chen, Xiangang et al. 2009. Changes of carbon stocks in bamboo stands in China during 100 years. Forest Ecology and Management 258(7): 1489-1496. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112709004745
Dhruba Bijaya G.C.. 2008. Carbon Sequestration potential, Spatial Distribution and Uses of Dendrocalamus strictus. Thesis abstract. http://www.forestrynepal.org/publications/thesis/4625
Du, Huaqiang et al. 2010. Spatial heterogeneity and carbon contribution of aboveground biomass of moso bamboo by using geostatistical theory. Plant Ecology 207(1): 131-139. Abstract. http://www.springerlink.com/content/h115576467100606/
Fan WL, et al. 2010. [Effects of atmospheric calibration on remote sensing estimation of Moso bamboo forest biomass]. [Article in Chinese]. Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao. 2010 Jan;21(1):1-8. Abstract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20387415 and http://www.mendeley.com/research/effects-atmospheric-calibration-remote-sensing-estimation-moso-bamboo-forest-biomass/
Guomo, Zhou et al. 2010. Accurate Estimation for Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) Biomass in Zhejiang Province Based on the Lowest Scale Technique. Abstract. http://lykx.csf.org.cn/qikan/epaper/zhaiyao.asp?bsid=7314
Janssens, Marc, et al. 2002. Allometric relations in tropical agroforestry. Student Seminar Work. To the winter semester course 2002/03: Tropical Agroforestry Systems. (PTS151) – ARTS B.IV-3. 114 p. http://www.tropen.uni-bonn.de/new_website/englische_seiten/Study/00-Manuscriptohnepdfallometrics.pdf
Kiyono, Yoshiyuk,i et al. 2007. Predicting chronosequential changes in carbon stocks of pachymorph bamboo communities in slash-and-burn agricultural fallow, northern Lao People's Democratic Republic. Journal of Forest Research 12(5): 371-383. Abstract. http://www.mendeley.com/research/predicting-chronosequential-changes-carbon-stocks-pachymorph-bamboo-communities-slashandburn-agricultural-fallow-northern-lao-peoples-democratic-republic-14/
Kumar, B.M. et al. 2005. Aboveground biomass production and nutrient uptake of thorny bamboo [Bambusa bambos (L.) Voss] in the homegardens of Thrissur, Kerala. Journal of Tropical Agriculture 43 (1-2): 51-56. http://www.jtropag.in/index.php/ojs/article/viewFile/145/139
Lobovikov, Maxim, et al. 2005. World Bamboo Resources. FAO Non-wood Forest Products 18. 87 p. ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a1243e/a1243e00.pdf
Meng, Bian. 2006. Mapping the distribution and biomass of bamboo in the forest under-story of Qinling Mountains, a remote sensing approach. ITC Thesis. 63 p. http://www.itc.nl/library/papers_2006/msc/nrm/bian_meng.pdf
Natha, Arun Jyoti et al. 2009. Above ground standing biomass and carbon storage in village bamboos in North East India. Biomass and Bioenergy 33(9): 1188-1196. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953409000907
Nelson, Bruce Walker et al. 2001. Modeling biomass of forests in the southwest Amazon by polar ordination of Landsat TM. 8 p. http://www.nybg.org/bsci/acre/pdfs/ModelingBiomassofforests.pdf
Nizalapur, Vyjayanthi et al. 2010. Estimation of above ground biomass in Indian tropical forested area using Multifrequency DLRESAR data. International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences 1(2): 167-178. http://ipublishing.co.in/jggsvol1no12010/EIJGGS1017.pdf
Oli, B.N.; Kandel, C.M. 2005. Biomass estimation of Bambusa tulda grown at Eastern Terai, Nepal. Forestry Nepal. http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/BANKO/article/viewFile/349/341
Salimon, Cleber I et al. 2011. Estimating state-wide biomass carbon stocks for a REDD plan in Acre, Brazil. Forest Ecology and Management. 262(3): 555 -560. Abstract. http://bibapp.mbl.edu/works/31325
Xu, Xiaojun et al. 2011. Estimation of aboveground carbon stock of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys heterocycla var. pubescens) forest with a Landsat Thematic Mapper image. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32(5): 1431-1448. Abstract. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01431160903551389#preview
Yen, Tian-Ming et al. 2010. Estimating biomass production and carbon storage for a fast-growing makino bamboo (Phyllostachys makinoi) plant based on the diameter distribution model. Forest Ecology and Management 260(3): 339-344. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112710002252-
SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS/URLS OF INTEREST
Corona, Piermaria et al. 2011. Contribution of large-scale forest inventories to biodiversity assessment and monitoring. Forest Ecology and Management 262(11): 2061-2069. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112711005366. From Piermaria Corona, University of Tuscia.
Dargavel, John; Simpson, Gary. 1985. Forestry: Success or Failure in Developing Countries. CRES Working Paper 1985/20. 95 p. E-copy available upon request from Sebastiao Kegen, skengen@terra.com.br
Schetter, T.A.; Root, K.V. 2011. Assessing an imperiled oak savanna landscape in northwestern Ohio using Landsat data. Nat. Areas J. 31(2):118-130. http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/biology/people/faculty/root/Schetter_Root_2011.pdf
Shvidenko, Anatoly et al. 2005. Chapter 21.2.1 Forest and Woodland Systems. In: Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends. 27 p. http://www.millenniumassessment.org/documents/document.290.aspx.pdf
Skole, D.L., et al. 1998. Global Observation of Forest Cover: Fine Resolution Data and Product Design Strategy, Report of a Workshop. CNES Headquarters. Paris, France. 23 - 25 September 1998. http://www.fao.org/gtos/gofc-gold/docs/GOLD_4.pdf
Solonen, T.; Jokimäki, J. 2011. The efficiency of three-visit square surveys vs. one-visit line transects in censusing sparsely distributed birds in managed forest landscapes. Bird Conserv. Int. 21(2):156-171. Abstract. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8277260
Tang, Z.Y., et al. 2011. Effectiveness of protected areas in maintaining plant production. PLoS ONE 6(4):e19116. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0019116
Tepe, T.L.; Meretsky, V.J. 2011. Forward-looking forest restoration under climate change - are U.S. nurseries ready? Restor. Ecol. 19(3):295-298. Abstract. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00748.x/abstract
Thompson, W.L., et al. 2011. Developing effective sampling designs for monitoring natural resources in Alaskan national parks: an example using simulations and vegetation data. Biol. Conserv. 144(5):1270-1277. http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/swan/Libraries/Reports/ThompsonW_etal_2010_SWAN_DevelopEffectSamplingDesigns_InPress.pdf
Thornton, D., et al. 2011. Passive sampling effects and landscape location alter associations between species traits and response to fragmentation. Ecol. Appl. 21(3):817-829. Abstract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21639047
Timberlake, J., et al. 2011. Coastal dry forests in northern Mozambique. Plant Ecol. Evol. http://www.tfcg.org/pdf/article_mozambique.pdf
Trebilco, R., et al. 2011. Mapping species richness and human impact drivers to inform global pelagic conservation prioritisation. Biol. Conserv. 144(5):1758-1766. http://www.fmap.ca/ramweb/papers-total/Trebilco%20et%20al%202011_Biological%20Conservation.pdf
KEEPING UP-TO-DATE – PRODUCTS, NEWSLETTERS, EMAIL LISTS, JOURNALS. See also http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/links.cfm, http://scholar.google.com/, and Directory of open access journals. http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=findJournals.
Forest Health Monitoring Program Monthly Update – you may access the latest issue at http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/fhm/monthly_updates/index.shtml
United forest – You may now access issue 29 at http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/1136787/2116288071/name/Issue%2029_September_2011_Final.opt.pdf. Contents include Orman 2011: Forests in a green economy - Outcome Stakeholder meeting and Water and Forest Week Workshops - Recent publications - Staff - Forthcoming meetings. From Nelson Wong, IFL list.
WORKING SMARTER - WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS, EVENTS, ETC. – See also: http://www.gfis.net/, http://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/ and http://www.iufro.org/info/discover/noticeboard/.
MOVING AHEAD – OPPORTUNITIES – See also: Scholarships-Positions - http://scholarship-positions.com/, Forestry, Arboriculture, Agriculture, Agronomy & Natural Resource Management Jobs at http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/forest.htm, Riley Guide to Agriculture, Forestry, & Farming Jobs http://www.rileyguide.com/agric.html, Finding Your Dream Job in Natural Resources http://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/, Naturesjobs.com http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html, The Job Seekers Guide for International and Environmental Careers http://ejobs.home.att.net/ and Scholarship Listing http://www.scholarshiplisting.com/.
Pay It Forward – Cheers, Gyde

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

World Bank kicks off social media climate campaign with photo/video competition for African youth






Connect4Climate is a campaign, a competition, and a community
that cares about climate change.
Share your thoughts, ideas, photos, or videos with us on Facebook and Twitter, and enter our photo/video competition for a chance to win fantastic prizes!


THE CAMPAIGN:


In an effort to raise awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world, the World Bank, in collaboration with more than 60 global partners, has just launched the Connect4Climate initiative which aims to kick start an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and social media users worldwide. With roughly 70% of Africa’s total population under the age of 30, the Connect4Climate campaign hopes to tap the rich potential of Africa’s youth as powerful agents of social change.
THE COMPETITION:

In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa this December, Connect4Climate has launched a photo and video challenge on climate change targeted to African youth. African youth from the ages of 13 to 35 are invited to share their personal climate change stories around six categories:

Agriculture, Energy, Forests, Gender, Health, and Water
Through photos and short videos (60 seconds or less), we invite youth to tell us how climate change is affecting their lives, families, communities, and countries in Africa. If they have innovative ideas for local solutions, we hope to see and hear these stories, too! The best entries will receive prizes at a high-profile awards ceremony and will be exhibited at COP17 in Durban. World leaders and prominent climate change thinkers will get a chance to look, listen, and learn about these youth-generated climate stories. You can enter the competition by clicking here or email us your submissions at c4cphotovideo@worldbank.org.
THE COMMUNITY:
With an ever-growing list of partners and collaborators, the Connect4Climate website and its associated social media platforms aim to act as a convener of all parties, big and small, with an interest in raising awareness about climate change issues and participating in an interactive, global dialogue on climate change. Our knowledge partners include international organizations, social media networks, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, public sector, and youth organizations.The website www.connect4climate.org is evolving into a digital hub for high-quality climate change communications, with both user-generated multimedia content and contributions from our partners.
Join us and Connect4Climate!
For more information and questions, please contact us at connect4climate@worldbank.org.

World Bank kicks off social media climate campaign with photo/video competition for African youth






Connect4Climate is a campaign, a competition, and a community
that cares about climate change.
Share your thoughts, ideas, photos, or videos with us on Facebook and Twitter, and enter our photo/video competition for a chance to win fantastic prizes!


THE CAMPAIGN:


In an effort to raise awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world, the World Bank, in collaboration with more than 60 global partners, has just launched the Connect4Climate initiative which aims to kick start an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and social media users worldwide. With roughly 70% of Africa’s total population under the age of 30, the Connect4Climate campaign hopes to tap the rich potential of Africa’s youth as powerful agents of social change.
THE COMPETITION:

In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa this December, Connect4Climate has launched a photo and video challenge on climate change targeted to African youth. African youth from the ages of 13 to 35 are invited to share their personal climate change stories around six categories:

Agriculture, Energy, Forests, Gender, Health, and Water
Through photos and short videos (60 seconds or less), we invite youth to tell us how climate change is affecting their lives, families, communities, and countries in Africa. If they have innovative ideas for local solutions, we hope to see and hear these stories, too! The best entries will receive prizes at a high-profile awards ceremony and will be exhibited at COP17 in Durban. World leaders and prominent climate change thinkers will get a chance to look, listen, and learn about these youth-generated climate stories. You can enter the competition by clicking here or email us your submissions at c4cphotovideo@worldbank.org.
THE COMMUNITY:
With an ever-growing list of partners and collaborators, the Connect4Climate website and its associated social media platforms aim to act as a convener of all parties, big and small, with an interest in raising awareness about climate change issues and participating in an interactive, global dialogue on climate change. Our knowledge partners include international organizations, social media networks, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, public sector, and youth organizations.The website www.connect4climate.org is evolving into a digital hub for high-quality climate change communications, with both user-generated multimedia content and contributions from our partners.
Join us and Connect4Climate!
For more information and questions, please contact us at connect4climate@worldbank.org.

[ANFES] 2011-10-09 NRMI: This Issue: Sustainable Forest Resource Management Planning and Some Other Good Things


2011-10-09 NRMI: NATURAL RESOURCE MONITORING ITEMS OF INTEREST
This Issue: Sustainable Forest Resource Management Planning and Some Other Good Things
BUT FIRST, WON’T YOU PLEASE HELP? Growth Models of Mountain Forests - Shiva S Pandey writes,I am PhD student at USQ, Australia. For my PhD research I am requesting you some information about growth model of mountain forests (stand level) to predict forest stock and time span to reach at the equilibrium stage in natural growth. Please forward me information about mountain tropical, sub tropical, lower temperate mix vegetation types that should fit to Nepal and north Indian forests. Please kindly inform me if you have specific literature, equations etc.” If you can assist, please contact Shiva at shivaspandey@yahoo.com
SUSTAINABLE FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANNING - In September Matteo Mura wrote, I am an Italian graduate in forestry and environmental science. I am searching scholarship to do a PhD in forestry focused on sustainable forest resources management planning and tools to implement it, mainly remote sensing, GIS, growth & yield modelling and so on. I find that much of the information I have access to is unclear, repetitive and outdated. Here are some sites that may be of interest. If you know of more, please contact Matteo at mur.teo@gmail.com.
Balaguru, B et al. 2008. Alternate landuse planning for sustainable management of dry tropical forests using IRS IC satellite data and GIS. Abstract. http://www.conferences.earsel.org/abstract/show/565
Charvat, Karel et al. 2002. Mobile forest management. 8 p. http://www.lesprojekt.cz/stazeni/mobile_forestsat.pdf
Goodenough, D.G. et al. 1998. An Improved Planner for Intelligent Monitoring of Sustainable Development of Forests. http://www.pfc.forestry.ca/aft/igarss98/improved_planner_e.html
Indrabudi, Hermawan et al. n.d. Forest resources monitoring and assessment in Indonesia. 6 p. http://www.dephut.go.id/informasi/unff/COP%2013/FRM_Paper.pdf
Kairo, J.G. et al. 2002. Application of remote sensing and GIS in the management of mangrove forests within and adjacent to Kiunga Marine Protected Area, Lamu, Kenya. Environment, Development and Sustainability 4: 153–166. http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/35111.pdf
Khali,A.H. 2001. Remote sensing, GIS and GPS as a tool to support precision forestry practices in Malaysia. Paper presented at the 22nd Asian Conference. 5 p. http://www.crisp.nus.edu.sg/~acrs2001/pdf/276HAMZA.PDF
Khan, Subhan et al. n.d. Remote Sensing and GIS for sustainable forest management plan - A case study of bichhua forest range, Chhindwara district (M.P.) http://www.geospatialworld.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15342&catid=124%3Aenvironment-conservation-monitoring&Itemid=41
Köhl, Michael, et al. 2006. Sampling Methods, Remote Sensing and GIS Multiresource Forest Inventory. 373 p. Book listing. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/forestry/book/978-3-540-32571-0?detailsPage=authorsAndEditors
McCall, Michael K; Minang, Peter A. 2005. Assessing participatory GIS for community-based natural resource management: claiming community forests in Cameroon. The Geographical Journal 171(4): 340-356. http://www.communitycarbonforestry.org/NewPublications/Assessing%20Participatory%20GIS%20-%20Minang.pdf
Meissner, Bernd et al. 2006. Application of remote sensing and GIS for sustainable forest management and capacity building in Mongolia. 6 p. http://www.a-a-r-s.org/acrs/proceeding/ACRS2006/Papers/F-3_F12.pdf
Sharifi, M. A.; Hussin, Y.2004. Remote sensing and GIS application to support effective monitoring and certification process of production forest in Indonesia 1012 25th ACRS 2004 Chiang Mai, Thailand. Abstract. http://osu.academia.edu/bsulistioadi/Papers/751802/REMOTE_SENSING_AND_GIS_APPLICATION_TO_SUPPORT_EFFECTIVE_MONITORING_AND_CERTIFICATION_PROCESS_OF_PRODUCTION_FOREST_IN_
Skidmore, Andrew K et al. 1997. Use of remote sensing and GIS for sustainable land management. ITC Journal 1997-3/4. 15 p http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy/HC270799/LM/SUSLUP/KeySpeakers/ASkidmore.pdf
Takao, Gen et al. eds. 2010. The operational role of remote sensing in forest and landscape management. Focus group discussion proceedings. 97 p. http://www.cifor.org/publications/pdf_files/Books/BTakao0101.pdf
Tejaswi, Giri. 2007. Manual on deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation using remote sensing and GIS. MAR-SFM Working Paper 5. 49 p. http://www.fao.org/forestry/18222-045c26b711a976bb9d0d17386ee8f0e37.pdf
Tumaneng-Diete, T. ; Dawson, S.J. n.d. Enhancing Sustainable Forest Land Use Decisions through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Social Assessment. 14 p. http://www.ruralfutures.une.edu.au/LF2/papers/dawson.pdf
World Bank. N.d. Monitoring and Information Systems for Forest Management. Chapter 7. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTFORSOUBOOK/Resources/07-FSB-Ch07.pdf

SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS/URLS OF INTEREST
Corona P. 2010. Integration of forest mapping and inventory to support forest management. iForest 3: 59-64. [online 2010-05-17] URL: http://www.sisef.it/iforest/contents/?ifor0531-003
Garcia, Oscar et al. 2011. A biologically-consistent stand growth model for loblolly pine in the Piedmont physiographic region, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 262(11): 2035-2041. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112711005494. From Oscar Garcia, UBC.
Lankau, R.A. 2011. Conflicts in maintaining biodiversity at multiple scales. Mol. Ecol. 20(10):2035-2037. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05077.x/pdf
Larrea-Alcázar, D.M., et al. 2011. Spatial patterns of biological diversity in a neotropical lowland savanna of northeastern Bolivia. Biodivers. Conserv. 20(6):1167-1182. Abstract. http://www.springerlink.com/content/r35116187r233082/
Lomborg, Bjørn. 2001.The skeptical environmentalist: measuring the real state of the world. Cambridge University Press, 515 p. Abstract.http://books.google.com/books?id=JuLko8USApwC&dq=FAO+forest+cover+data&source=gbs_navlinks_s
Lund, H.G., et al.1994. GLOVECOMPartners -GLObal VEgetative COver Mapping Partnerships. In: ISPRS Commission VII Symposium Proceedings Resource and Environmental Monitoring 30(7b):407-411. http://home.comcast.net/~gyde/1994glovecompartners.pdf .
Maxwell, S.M., et al. 2011. Using satellite tracking to optimize protection of long-lived marine species: olive ridley sea turtle conservation in central Africa. PLoS ONE 6(5):e19905. http://myweb.dal.ca/gbreed/gbreed_files/publications/Maxwell_et_al_2011_PLoS_One.pdf
McDonald-Madden, E., et al. 2011. Allocating conservation resources between areas where persistence of a species is uncertain. Ecol. Appl. 21(3):844-858. Abstract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21639049
McMahon, S.M., et al. 2011. Improving assessment and modelling of climate change impacts on global terrestrial biodiversity. Trends Ecol. Evol. 26(5):249-259. Abstract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21474198
KEEPING UP-TO-DATE – PRODUCTS, NEWSLETTERS, EMAIL LISTS, JOURNALS. See also http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/links.cfm, http://scholar.google.com/, and Directory of open access journals. http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=findJournals.
BCN - Biological Conservation Newsletter October 2011 - Issue No. 322 is now available at http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/issue/latest.htm
INFOSYLVA - INFOSYLVA is an information service of news clippings provided by the FAO Forestry Information Centre with news on forestry in English, French and Spanish. You may access the latest issue at http://www.fao.org/forestry/infosylva/71866/en/
NWFP-Digest-L - Welcome to FAO’s NWFP-Digest-L, a free e-mail journal that covers all aspects of non-wood forest products, issue No. 13/11 may be found on FAO's NWFP home page: www.fao.org/forestry/site/12980/en. You can take part in contributing to the continued success of this newsletter by sharing with the NWFP community any news that you may have regarding research, events, publications and projects. Kindly send such information to mailto:NWFP-Digest-L@mailserv.fao.orgb: We also appreciate any comments or feedback.
People and Forests E-News – The October issue is now available at http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a79eee76ce1869204bc04a12d&id=dd33d4c39c&e=73f2043cf8
SDI Regional Newsletters - The Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Regional Newsletters for October 2011 are now posted on the GSDI home page at http://www.gsdi.org/. You may also download them directly as follows:
SDI-Africa Newsletter - http://portal.gsdi.org/files/?artifact_id=927 (English)
SDI-Asia Pacific Newsletter - http://portal.gsdi.org/files/?artifact_id=928 (English). Chinese translations of the newsletter are posted as they arrive and may be downloaded at http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters.php
Past and current SDI Regional newsletters are also accessible in the archives at http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters.php
WORKING SMARTER - WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS, EVENTS, ETC. – See also: http://www.gfis.net/, http://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/ and http://www.iufro.org/info/discover/noticeboard/.
2012 - The Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program Course. Front Royale, Virginia, USA. See listing of all the 2012 courses at http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/issue/latest.htm#Courses
25-26 June 2012. IUFRO Meliaceae Meeting. Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2011 for the first meeting of the IUFRO working party 1.02.04 – Sustainable management and genetic resources in Meliaceae. The purpose of the meeting is to share the latest in research and applications for a global perspective on solutions for the tropical timber species of the Meliaceae (subfamily Swietenoideae). This meeting will be held in conjunction with the IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress in Africa (IUFRO = International Union of Forest Research Organizations; FORNESSA = Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa). For more information, see “Upcoming IUFRO Meetings” at: http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/10200/10204/activities/unit/1.02.04/ From Sheila Ward, University of Puerto Rico.
MOVING AHEAD – OPPORTUNITIES – See also: Scholarships-Positions - http://scholarship-positions.com/, Forestry, Arboriculture, Agriculture, Agronomy & Natural Resource Management Jobs at http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/forest.htm, Riley Guide to Agriculture, Forestry, & Farming Jobs http://www.rileyguide.com/agric.html, Finding Your Dream Job in Natural Resources http://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/, Naturesjobs.com http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html, The Job Seekers Guide for International and Environmental Careers http://ejobs.home.att.net/ and Scholarship Listing http://www.scholarshiplisting.com/.
Working with 15 YEARS OF SPOT-VEGETATION – A PhD Thesis topic - The SPOT/VEGETATION programme is the result of a space collaboration between various European partners: Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and the European Commission. The programme consists of two optical multispectral instruments in orbit, VEGETATION 1 and VEGETATION 2, respectively launched in 1998 and 2002, as well as the necessary ground infrastructures. In 2013 the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), will have been hosting the user segment of both SPOT-VEGETATION instruments uninterruptedly for 15 years. This activity includes the continuous processing, correction, archiving and distribution of the VEGETATION data and added-value products to scientific and commercial customers. We will, amongst other activities, organize a contest to employ a PhD student at our Institute to work on the extensive VEGETATION (VGT)-archive for a 4-year period. Since VITO, as part of an industrial consortium, is developing the user segment of the ESA PROBA VEGETATION (PROBA-V) mission, methods or improved products based on PROBA-V can also be part of the PhD research. The PROBA-V context is however not a prerequisite. The PhD candidate selected in this contest will be fully funded by VITO. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with a University, which will also act as promotor of the PhD thesis, whereas the Scientific Coordinator of the Remote Sensing Unit (TAP) at VITO will act as co-promotor. Please find more information, as well as a link to the application form, at: http://www.spot-vegetation.com/. A tentative timeline for the contest described is as follows: · December 2011: Deadline for proposal submission; March 2012: Contractual issues and start of the PhD activities at VITO; by mutual arrangement: start of the PhD. Taking part in this contest is exclusively possible via the VGT website. The process is self-explanatory, but if in doubt, please contact the VGT helpdesk at helpdesk@vgt.vito.be. From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.
GIS Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute - The Conservation GIS Lab (http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/ConservationGIS) at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start immediately. We focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research on and management of endangered species. Projects and tasks that interns assist with include: compilation of existing spatial databases on the distribution of endangered species and their habitats; development of new spatial data on these species and their habitat derived from satellite imagery, remotely sensed data, and satellite-tracking data; integration and analysis of data in GIS; statistical analysis of species and habitat data and the development of automated data processing and analysis tools; training of wildlife and conservation professionals in application of GPS, GIS and remote sensing.Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild. Examples are Asian elephants, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda. In addition to working on various projects, interns also assist with everyday lab management, enter data, and help with training courses. We seek interns with a good knowledge of computers, Windows operating systems, and standard office software. Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or ARC/INFO), remote sensing, and statistical software are a plus but not necessary. The internship includes a modest stipend and free dormitory-style housing. Internship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions are available immediately. Please send letter of interest and resume ASAP to Melissa Songer at songerm@si.edu. Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. From Melissa Songer, Applied GIS RS List.
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