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Landesa Visiting Professionals Program

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COMMUNITY FISHERIES OFFICER

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The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization, working in all 50 states of the United States and 34 countries worldwide. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Programme Coordinator (UN-REDD Country Implementation)

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POSITION TITLE: Programme Coordinator  
(UN-REDD Country Implementation) 
GRADE LEVEL: P-5 
DUTY STATION:  Rome 
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:  FOREST ASSESSMENT, MANAGEMENT AND 
CONSERVATION DIVISION, FOM
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CCIKS 2011 - International Student Conference: Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)

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15th -17th August 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge (AYSICCIK)

IKS Centre of Excellence, North-West University, P/BagX 2046, Mmabatho 273South Africa, Tel/Fax: + 27-183892294, Fax: +27-86697579

E-mail: climateiks@gmail.comhttp://aysiccik.blog.com/

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, in collaboration with the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Centre of Excellence at the North-West University (South Africa), the National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Office in the Department of Science and Technology, the University of Hohenheim (Germany), the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), University of Namibia (Namibia) and Hanseo University (South Korea) are organizing an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The conference will be held in Johannesburg, 15th -17th August 2011.

The initiative to organize this conference is based on the realization that climate change is one of the major challenges that the world is facing in the 21st century and is adversely affecting sustainable development and community livelihoods. Climate change variability has been the centre of discussion during major international conferences on the environment and sustainable livelihoods. There has also been renewed interest among leaders in solving the climate change challenge as a means for promoting sustainable development and environmental management. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 7 seeks to promote the integration of the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources; and reduce biodiversity loss. The achievement of such targets with regard to environmental issues and climate change is very significant for Africa because it is the most vulnerable continent in spite of its rich biodiversity.

Despite being the most vulnerable continent to climate change, African countries are not effectively participating in the search for sustainable solutions against its adverse effects and their contribution to the global pool of knowledge is very minimal. Research on climate change adaptation and mitigation has not been informed by the existing wealth of indigenous knowledge nor has it focused much on validating/affirming indigenous knowledge systems. There have also been very limited concerted efforts to solicit the opinions and initiatives of students and the youth, especially from the south, as an important sector of the global academic community. It is in this recognition that the NEPAD Agency, in collaboration with its partners is organizing an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

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