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Friday, 31 January 2014

Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Through the generous support of the Lalji family and the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Foundation, the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce that it is making available a significant scholarship fund to bright African students applying to the MSc Development Management or the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)  starting in the academic year 2014/15.  A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need.

As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc programme, all Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipients will participate in an additional programme of workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Successful candidates will also gain membership of the growing PfAL network of African leaders.
 

Eligibility


In 2014/15, the scholarships are open to applicants from across sub-Saharan Africa.  A minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.  Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.
 

How to apply 


Apply NOW! A fee waiver worth GBP£50 will be awarded to the first 50 successful Phase 1 applicants ONLY!

In order to be eligible for one of these awards, you must first complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form.  If your initial application is approved then you will be invited to apply for one of the two selected MSc programmes (Phase 2) and complete a financial assessment form (Phase 3).
 


Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Through the generous support of the Lalji family and the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Foundation, the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce that it is making available a significant scholarship fund to bright African students applying to the MSc Development Management or the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)  starting in the academic year 2014/15.  A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need.

As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc programme, all Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipients will participate in an additional programme of workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Successful candidates will also gain membership of the growing PfAL network of African leaders.
 

Eligibility


In 2014/15, the scholarships are open to applicants from across sub-Saharan Africa.  A minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.  Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.
 

How to apply 


Apply NOW! A fee waiver worth GBP£50 will be awarded to the first 50 successful Phase 1 applicants ONLY!

In order to be eligible for one of these awards, you must first complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form.  If your initial application is approved then you will be invited to apply for one of the two selected MSc programmes (Phase 2) and complete a financial assessment form (Phase 3).
 


Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Lalji PfAL scholarships for graduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Through the generous support of the Lalji family and the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Foundation, the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce that it is making available a significant scholarship fund to bright African students applying to the MSc Development Management or the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)  starting in the academic year 2014/15.  A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need.

As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc programme, all Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipients will participate in an additional programme of workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Successful candidates will also gain membership of the growing PfAL network of African leaders.
 

Eligibility


In 2014/15, the scholarships are open to applicants from across sub-Saharan Africa.  A minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.  Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.
 

How to apply 


Apply NOW! A fee waiver worth GBP£50 will be awarded to the first 50 successful Phase 1 applicants ONLY!

In order to be eligible for one of these awards, you must first complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form.  If your initial application is approved then you will be invited to apply for one of the two selected MSc programmes (Phase 2) and complete a financial assessment form (Phase 3).
 


Saturday, 25 January 2014

FAO BIOSECURITY TOOLKIT





Biosecurity is emerging as one of the most pressing issues facing developed,
developing and transition countries. Globalization, the increased movement of people,
agricultural and food products across borders, greater attention to biodiversity and the
environment, the emergence and spread of transboundary diseases, changes in the
way food, plants and animals are produced, processed and distributed, uncertainties
surrounding new technologies, as well as international legal obligations are some of
the trends driving this growing interest, and highlighting the importance of adequate
biosecurity capacity.
Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analysing and managing
relevant risks to human, animal and plant life
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and health, and associated risks to the
environment. It is based on recognition of the critical linkages between sectors.
Biosecurity hazards
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of various types exist in each sector and have high potential to
move between sectors. For that reason, inadequate controls in one sector can have
far-reaching consequences for other sectors.
Harmonizing and integrating national biosecurity systems and controls whenever
possible provides a means to take advantage of the synergies that exist across
sectors. This will considerably enhance the capability of countries to protect human
health, agricultural production systems, and the people and industries that depend on
them. In addition, there are likely to be other benefits. A harmonized and integrated
approach to biosecurity will help to safeguard the environment and protect against the
uncertainties associated with new technologies. It will further enhance the capacity of
countries to meet obligations under relevant international agreements and to take full
advantage of opportunities associated with the global trade in food and other
agricultural products.
PURPOSE AND SCOPE
This toolkit provides practical guidance and support to develop and implement
national biosecurity frameworks at the country level. It presents the benefits of a
harmonized and integrated approach to biosecurity and illustrates the experiences of
countries, including Belize, Norway and New Zealand, which have adopted such an
approach in recent times

The toolkit for measuring ecosystem services

An introduction to ecosystem services and this booklet

Ecosystem services are the benefits that people receive from nature—for example, the production
of food, the provision of clean water, and the regulation of climate, as well as opportunities for
cultural, spiritual and recreational experiences.
In recent history there has been a big decline in biodiversity as a result of human activities, and
species are becoming extinct much faster than at any time in the past. Ecosystem services have also
changed markedly, and many are in a reduced or degraded state.
Recognising that these changes affect us, there is a growing interest in ecosystem services, from
academics and conservationists to policy-makers, economists and finance ministries. This has led to
a rapid expansion of the literature seeking to define, measure and value ecosystem services.
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For example, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2001–2005), involving more than 1,360
experts worldwide, provided a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition of and trends
in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide.
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More recently, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a major international study,
drew attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, and highlighted the growing
costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.
In 2010, the world’s governments adopted a new strategic plan (2011–2020) for addressing
biodiversity loss, through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with 20 targets, including a
number that relate to ecosystem services (see examples in box).
In 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a new
global mechanism to support Governments and Multilateral Environmental Agreements like the
CBD, will be established, with the aim of bringing information together on biodiversity and
ecosystem services to inform decision-making



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