Vacancies at Future Earth
Future Earth is seeking two Science Officers to respectively develop the Research Enabling and Synthesis & Foresight functions.
See the attached profiles.
More information on Future Earth is available here:http://www.futureearth.org/
Children and Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Education
Children and sustainable development: a challenge for education
In November 2015 the Pontifical Academies of Sciences held the workshop . The objective was to discuss “the role of education in the changes to come, and making proposals for action in this direction”. This is essential to reach the goal of building, through education, an inclusive society in which all people can have the resources to develop a life project in harmony with their culture and beliefs, transcultural universal values and respect for the environment.
World Wetlands Day
Celebrating the World Wetlands Day
On February 2, in more than 80 countries worldwide, we celebrate the World Wetlands Day. The event commemorates the historical adoption of the Ramsar Convention (Iran) on 2 February 1971, that for the first time put the basis for a shared management of wetlands, aimed to their conservation.
Wetlands, which are by definition swamps and marshes, bogs and ponds or dams, are indeed an incredible source of biodiversity. A floristic biodiversity but also of wildlife, composed of species of water birds typical of these environments.
Wetlands also provide extremely important ecosystem services since they perform control functions (pollution, salinity of coastal waters, erosion, nutrient intake), support to agricultural activities as well as being a hub of cultural and touristic interest.
It is now more important than ever, to celebrate this day to raise awareness among citizens and institutions to take care and protect these environments, which are essential for the maintenance of biodiversity and tackling climate change.
Below the cartoon made by MedWet.org to celebrate the day.
Célébration de la Journée mondiale des zones humides
Malheureusement, les zones humides sont souvent considérées comme des espaces perdus et plus de 64% d'entre elles ont disparu depuis 1900.
Permettre aux populations de vivre décemment et garantir que les zones humides continuent de fournir leurs avantages essentiels ne doivent pas être des objectifs contradictoires! - See more at: http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/fr/#sthash.6e5d24lz.dpuf
Les moyens d'existence dépendant de la pêche, de la riziculture, des voyages et du tourisme, ainsi que l'approvisionnement en eau: tout cela dépend des zones humides. Et pour nous, les zones humides sont vitales à bien d'autres égards. Elles abritent des formes de vie extrêmement diverses, protègent nos littoraux, agissent comme des éponges naturelles pour absorber les crues des rivières et stockent le dioxyde de carbone pour réguler les changements climatiques.
Malheureusement, les zones humides sont souvent considérées comme des espaces perdus et plus de 64% d'entre elles ont disparu depuis 1900. Permettre aux populations de vivre décemment et garantir que les zones humides continuent de fournir leurs avantages essentiels ne doivent pas être des objectifs contradictoires!
Ci-dessous la bande dessinée faite par MedWet.org pour célébrer cette journée.
COP21 2015. The Paris Agreement recognizes the education
A Thematic Day on Education and climate has been held on December, 4th, at the 21st Conference on climate change in Paris.
This Day and the Article 12 of the final agreement (‘Parties shall cooperate in taking measures, as appropriate, to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information, recognizing the importance of these steps with respect to enhancing actions under this Agreement’) are a bottom up initiative and a success of the Paris-Education2015 Collective, a group of educationalists, organizational leaders and politicians working for the integration of education into the Paris Climate Conference 2015.
It is the first time that the education is recognized as mean for fighting against the climate change. A ‘Manifesto’ - titled ‘Ten billion human beings: to live together, let’s change the education!’ - calls for a global citizenship education.
Now the group would like to confirm the initiative at the COP22 in Morocco and to design a three years action-research project between Africans and Europeans researchers and educators.
People interested in collaborating to the Marrakech environmental education meeting in 2016 and/or a action-research action can contact the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.
Links to documents on the Thematic Day/Liens aux documents du Thematic Day:
Ministries meeting/Pour la partie avec les ministres : Thematic Day Education au développement durable - COP 21 - Ouverture de la conférence
First round table/Pour la 1ère table ronde: Thematic Day Education au développement durable - COP 21 - Table ronde 1
Second round table/Pour la seconde table ronde : Thematic Day Education au développement durable - COP 21 - Table ronde 2 et clôture de la conférence
Download the youth speech (French only)
European Manifesto EEDD - Educating for the Environment and Sustainable Development - 2015
Environmental education towards Sustainable Development (EESD) is a necessity. Several European and international official texts recognize it from a long time and encourage l member countries to take action.
The very recent United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in 2015 (25-27 / 9/2015) further states this in its Objective 4, on Education: "By 2030, ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development ".
More than 150 actors, associations and institutions involved in EESD, from different countries participated in drafting the Manifesto "Educating for the Environment and Sustainable Development". They start from the observation that the commitments taken by the gouvernments are still too few visible on the ground and collected in this manifesto, 20 proposals for an ambitious EESD in Europe.
Indeed, while the challenges are growing and becoming more complex, EESD requires more than ever the implementation of voluntary and consistent policies at the EU level.
This document is intended to be distributed in all countries to Europe,in particular to european deputees, to the European Commission, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
It has been presented at the Pan-European Days of environmental education towards sustainable development, 1st and 2nd October 2015 in Barcelona.
Ready for WEEC2017? Save the date
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in September 9-15 2017.
The title will be Culturenvironment: Weaving new connections
The International Organizing Committee is the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, based in Italy, the Local Organizing Committee is the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Their members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.
First Annual FLARE Network Conference
27-30, November 2015 - Musee de l'Homme (Paris, France)
In early December, Paris will host the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. The Musee de l'Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution, the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network (coordinated from the School of Natural Resource and Environment at the University of Michigan), and Program on Forests of the World Bank (PROFOR) announce the first annual conference of the FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network.
FLARE aims to advance cutting edge knowledge and practices regarding forest-based livelihoods, biodiversity, and climate change. The meeting will help improve our understanding of the approaches, methods, tools, and indicators to assess how, where, and why governance of forest and forest mosaics for improving livelihoods works, and how it can be strengthened.
The focus is on the relationship between forests and livelihoods, the different ways in which forests are imagined, accessed, used, and governed. In particular, the interest is in the work of practitioners and scholars who work at the interface of forest conservation and livelihoods with the goal of sharing knowledge about their experiences and findings. The organisers expect papers to: use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods and evidence to report on findings; examine tradeoffs and synergies in forest management and outcomes; and generate a conversation to promote greater visibility and use of key findings, methods, data, and experiences of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers alike.
The conference aims to produce a summary document on the state of impact assessment and monitoring efforts, and the impacts of forestry interventions on livelihoods and biodiversity.
Abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2015. Notification of acceptance/decline will be given by August 7, 2015.
Proposals for oral presentations, lightning talks, posters, and workshops can address one or more of the following six sub-themes related to forests and livelihoods: 1) Governance and Landscapes; 2) Agricultural Commodities; 3) Social and Biological Aspects of Forest Dependence; 4) Impact Evaluations; 5) Pathways to Prosperity; 6) Climate
For more information on the FLARE network, conference themes, submission guidelines, limited financial support for participants from lower income countries and students from any university, and to submit your abstract, please visit the FLARE network website