In November 2016, QUNO’s (Quaker United Nations Office) Food & Sustainability Programme hosted an expert consultation on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity. One of the outputs of this consultation is the recently published a call to action paper entitled The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]