International Day of Forest 21st March 2017

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game. Photo credit: Martin Scholler, National Geographic

In her message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 21 March 2017, the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, put emphasis on how forests can contribute to three pressing issues, in a complementary and sustainable way: securing sustainable energy globally, while at the same time being essential for biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, and climate change mitigation. Some points of this message are reported here.

Call for applications – Organic farming innovation award (OFIA)

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The call for the 3rd Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is open. You are invited to submit your own application or propose an innovator in the organic agriculture sector. The deadline for the application is 31 March 2017.  Winners receive a monetary prize (10,000 US$ for Grand Prize and 5,000 US$ for Science Prize). The award ceremony will be […]

Book Announcement and Call for Papers: Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific

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A trilogy of books has been designed as a sequel to the highly-acclaimed publication “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) that brought scientific attention to indigenous innovations in improved fallow management. The first volume of the trilogy is advertised online at https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Cultivation-Environmental-Change-Conservation/dp/ and the second (“Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability) […]

The 40th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology in Montreal, Canada May 10-13, 2017

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  The annual conference of the Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) is an opportunity to disseminate research, learn about field methodologies, and connect with fellow scholars. This year the conference theme is focused on “advocacy, ethics, and applications” and a wide range of scholars are encouraged to participate, who work with the relationships between culture, biology, and environments […]

Agrobiodiversity Perspectives in the Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for well-being

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The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this eek and next in Cancun, Mexico. Already prior to the event, The High Level Segment (attended by Ministers and senior government officials from around the world) has been held to issue a declaration – the Cancun Declaration on the […]

Call for Abstracts – ‘CROP DIVERSIFICATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: Mobilizing the green gold of plant genetic resources’

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The European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) Genetic Resource Section, in association with the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) will host a conference titled ‘CROP DIVERSIFCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: Mobilizing the green gold of plant genetic resources’, 8–11 May in Montpellier, France.Abstract submission is now open an will close on Monday […]