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Internationale Konferenz „Ökologisch verträglich, sozial gerecht und ökonomisch zukunftsfähig – Strukturwandel für eine Green Economy“ (7./8. Februar 2012)

  1. Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung

Organisation/Location: Hotel Aquino, Tagungszentrum Katholische Akademie, Hannoversche Str. 5b, Berlin, Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), Berlin
Dates: Termin: 7./8. Februar 2012
Anmeldungen: http://www.forumue.de/projekte/rio-20/internationale-green-economy-konferenz
oder per Mail an Frau Susanne Graf: rio+ 20
Website: http://www.forumue.de/projekte/rio-20/internationale-green-economy-konferenz

  1. » SLE Training for specialized staff in international development cooperation (August/September 2012)
    SLEplus is now called SLE TRAINING

Organisation/Location: SLE / Humboldt Universität Berlin
Dates: The Online Registration period is from 1 March to 30 April 2012.
Website: http://www.sle-berlin.de/index.php/en/training-2

  1. » Volkswagen Foundation Winter School “Limits to Growth” (November 24 to December 1, 2012)
    Call for Applications

Organisation/Location: Sonnentau Academy, Visselhoevede, Germany, Germany
Dates: November 24 to December 1, 2012
Participants: 60 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows
Deadline and Application: Applications are to be submitted as a pdf file before April 30, 2012 toltg.
For queries, please contact Anorthe Kremers at the Volkswagen Foundation at +49 511 8381-260
Website: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/service/veranstaltungen/limits-to-growth.html

  1. » Internationale Konferenz „Ökologisch verträglich, sozial gerecht und ökonomisch zukunftsfähig – Strukturwandel für eine Green Economy“ (7./8. Februar 2012)
    Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung

Organisation/Location: Hotel Aquino, Tagungszentrum Katholische Akademie, Hannoversche Str. 5b, Berlin, Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), Berlin
Dates: Termin: 7./8. Februar 2012
Anmeldungen: http://www.forumue.de/projekte/rio-20/internationale-green-economy-konferenz
oder per Mail an Frau Susanne Graf: rio+ 20
Website: http://www.forumue.de/projekte/rio-20/internationale-green-economy-konferenz

Details:

Zwanzig Jahre nach dem ersten Nachhaltigkeitsgipfel in Rio, wird das zentrale Thema der UN Konferenz zu Nachhaltiger Entwicklung (UNCSD, Rio+20) die „Umweltverträgliche Wirtschaft im Kontext von Nachhaltiger Entwicklung und Armutsbekämpfung“ sein. Wir möchten dies zum Anlass nehmen, die Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten des dafür notwendigen Strukturwandels auf die politische Tagesordnung in Deutschland zu setzen.

Die Verhandlungen in Rio werden darüber entscheiden, ob die Ergebnisse des Gipfels lediglich alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen sein werden oder, ob das Konzept einer „Green Economy“ neue Impulse für den notwendigen Strukturwandel hin zu einem zukunftsfähigen Wirtschaftsmodell zu geben vermag. Wir möchten mit Ihnen diskutieren, was von Rio+20 erwartet werden muss und was konkret getan werden kann, damit der Umbau einer auf Übernutzung natürlicher Ressourcen und sich verschärfenden sozialen Gegensätzen aufgebauten Weltwirtschaft auch in Deutschland vorankommt.

Die Fragen von Rio 1992 sind heute noch so aktuell wie damals. Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrisen treiben die Politik vor sich her. Weiter so ist offensichtlich keine Option. Nicht nur Deutschland und andere traditionelle Industrieländer, sondern auch die aufstrebenden großen Schwellenländer stehen vor der Entscheidung, wie sie ihre Wirtschaftsmodelle auf eine zukunftsfähige Basis stellen können. Schon heute ist der »ökologische Fußabdruck« der Menschheit zu groß – wir übernutzen die Ökosysteme und die natürlichen Ressourcen. Wer mit möglichst wenig Energie und Rohstoffen und mit möglichst wenig Umweltbelastung wirtschaftet, hat bereits heute einen immer wichtiger werdenden Wettbewerbsvorteil.

Wie aber kann eine »Green Economy« verwirklicht werden? Auf dem Kongress sollen Chancen und Risiken, Interessens- und Zielkonflikte, Instrumente und Strategien für die Gestaltung des Strukturwandels anhand von ausgewählten Beispielen diskutiert sowie konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen an die Politik für die nötigen Weichenstellungen für eine »Green Economy« erarbeitet werden.

Im Mittelpunkt der Diskussion der Konferenz stehen folgende Leitfragen:

  • Welche Chancen und Risiken ergeben sich aus einem konsequenten wirtschaftlichen Strukturwandel? Welche Auswirkungen haben verpasste Chancen in Zeiten wirtschaftlicher Umbrüche?
  • Welche wirtschaftlichen, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Interessens- und Zielkonflikte verhindern oder verzögern die Transformation der Wirtschaft? Wie viel Nutzung auch einer „Green“ Economy verträgt die Biosphäre?
  • Wie kann Armutsbekämpfung umgesetzt werden? Wie viel Wachstum ist dafür notwendig?
  • Wie kann mehr Energie- und Ressourceneffizienz erreicht werden? Reicht mehr technische Innovation dafür aus?
  • Wie kann eine globale Transformation vorangebracht werden (Instrumente, Strategien, Akteure, Ebenen)? Welche Impulse kann Deutschland geben bzw. aus anderen Ländern bekommen?

Website: http://www.forumue.de/projekte/rio-20/internationale-green-economy-konferenz

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  1. » SLE Training for specialized staff in international development cooperation (August/September 2012)
    SLEplus is now called SLE TRAINING

Organisation/Location: SLE / Humboldt Universität Berlin
Dates: The Online Registration period is from 1 March to 30 April 2012.
Website: http://www.sle-berlin.de/index.php/en/training-2

Details:

For the last fifty years, SLE has provided practice-oriented training for experts and management staff in international development cooperation. This includes post-graduate studies, advanced courses for international experts and management staff, and advice on how best to qualify specialized staff in developing countries. Our link to the Humboldt University in Berlin maximizes the synthesis of theory and practice.

Whether you are dealing with Management of Development Projects, Conflict Management and Conflict Transformation, Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Aid or Outcome Oriented Monitoring, SLE TRAINING offers customized courses in English for specialized personnel active in international development cooperation worldwide. SLE provides you with first-class, practice- and experience-based training, introduces you to practical tools and methods, and gives you individual support.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Linking Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation: 6-17 August 2012
  • Management of Development Projects: 20-31 August 201
  • Conflict Management and Conflict Transformation: 3-14 September 2012
  • Results-Based Management and Outcome Oriented Monitoring (Scholarships not available for this course. Self-payment only!) 17-21 September 2012

THE COURSES ARE:

  • designed to meet the needs of young professionals from all fields and from all over the world in the area of development cooperation
  • learner- and practice-oriented
  • held by highly qualified trainers with a wide range of practical experience

TARGET GROUP
SLE TRAINING for International Development Cooperation is directed at young professionals from all fields working in development cooperation. By selecting participants with different professional and cultural backgrounds from all over the world, the programme pursues the intercultural and interdisciplinary approach so vital to development cooperation.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Learning by doing is the key element of our teaching philosophy at SLE. Case studies, exercises and/or role plays help to create an environment of common learning where participants can put the methods taught into practice. All courses are accompanied by a framework programme that
allows participants to become familiar with scholarly discussions in the area of development cooperation, and to meet representatives of German governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in this field.

Admission Procedure
Participants should hold a university degree equivalent to M.A. or M.Sc., likewise B.A. or B.Sc. plus relevant professional/practical experience. A good command of the English language is a prerequisite.
Our criteria to select participants are:
– Formal requirements as stated on the webpage
– Quality of your statement of motivation
– Quality of your statement of evidence on applicability of the course content

Please use our Online Registration Forms for your application!
The Online Registration period is from 1 March to 30 April 2012.

Humboldt-Universität
Hessische Str. 1-2
10115 Berlin / Germany
Tel. +49 30 209369-12
Fax: +49 30 209369-04
E-Mail: sletraining

Website: http://www.sle-berlin.de/index.php/en/training-2

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  1. » Volkswagen Foundation Winter School “Limits to Growth” (November 24 to December 1, 2012)
    Call for Applications

Organisation/Location: Sonnentau Academy, Visselhoevede, Germany, Germany
Dates: November 24 to December 1, 2012
Participants: 60 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows
Deadline and Application: Applications are to be submitted as a pdf file before April 30, 2012 toltg.
For queries, please contact Anorthe Kremers at the Volkswagen Foundation at +49 511 8381-260
Website: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/service/veranstaltungen/limits-to-growth.html

Details:

Background
The buzzword of our time, “sustainability”, is closely related to a book published 40 years ago, in 1972:
“The Limits to Growth” written by an MIT project team involving Donella and Dennis Meadows. Using computer models in an attempt to quantify various aspects of the future, “Limits to Growth” has shaped new modes of thinking. The book became a bestseller and is still frequently cited when it comes to analyzing growth related to finite resources. It seems that since then few things have changed. Stagnant growth in some countries, exponential growth in others, finite resources, and an unbroken depletion of the environment still pose pressing questions and should be issues of great concern for everyone. Again the various developments in different societies call for new matching modes of thinking that promise a secure future for everyone. Major questions are: What is smart or good growth? What are the limits of the future? Why are so many findings of the report still unresolved? Will there be solutions? And which ones could that be?

Objectives of the Winter School
In order to give fresh impetus to the debate, the Volkswagen Foundation aims to foster new thinking and the development of different models in all areas related to the “Limits to Growth” study at the crossroads of natural and social sciences. The Winter School “Limits to Growth Revisited” is directed specifically at 60 highly talented young scholars from related disciplines. The Foundation intends to grant this selected group of academics the opportunity to create networks with scholars from other research communities. At the end of the Winter School shall stand a position paper along with system models containing new hypotheses, ideas, and questions. These results will be presented at an international conference on “Limits to Growth” in Hanover held by the Volkswagen Foundation and Dennis Meadows together with highranking international experts from various disciplines on the “Limits to Growth” topics. Members of the Winter School will be presenting their ideas either as a group, as panel discussants, as chairs of a session, or during Q&A sessions. The following themes will be the starting point for discussion at this Winter School:
a) What questions have not been resolved since1972?
b) What are new questions that are not dealt with in the report?
c) How should one rewrite the “Limits to Growth” study at the beginning of the 21st century?

Website: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/service/veranstaltungen/limits-to-growth.html

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Organic Agriculture in Developing Countries

The debate continues about the sustainability of Organic agriculture as compared to conventional.

In the Express Tribune today there was an interesting article in Food for thought: ‘Pakistan should switch to non-organic crops’ Prof. Khan said that Europe was a food sufficient region and was now shifting to organic crops but the same model could not be applied for countries and regions with food shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

It is very important to offer the best forecasts and suggestions for policy from whatever perspective. However, this position is clearly an economic focused one. Supporting GM and conventional agriculture practices do not serve to help developing countries deal with food security issues.

The unsustainable yields of GM crops will not solve food shortage issues in Pakistan or elsewhere in developing countries. It seems that the best way to move forward is to spread the word and the science. We need to spread the word that unsustainable yields of GM crops will not solve food shortage issues. Organic is a much more sustainable solution for agricultural production in developing countries. Organic often out performs conventional and it creates opportunities within the development context . The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has a brief on food security and Organic agriculture which lays out the basic facts . The research clearly shows that Organic is a viable and sustainable solution. A study done in 2008 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-UNCTAD) Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development found that Organic has great potential and actually contributes to food security in Africa. The Environment and Natural Resources Service Sustainable Development Department found that organic is a viable solution for development as it contributes to to ecological health, international markets and local food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security in 2007 pointed out the many facets of the potential for Organic to contribute to food security around the world.

The following literature offers more support for Organic in a development context:

Environmental, Energetic, and Economic Comparisons of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0573:EEAECO]2.0.CO;2

Organic agriculture and the global food supply
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract;jsessionid=074967B89ABE4C117A1A0277F78B0F12.journals?fromPage=online&aid=1091304


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Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Development

The debate continues about the sustainability of Organic agriculture as compared to conventional.

In the Express Tribune today there was an interesting article in Food for thought: ‘Pakistan should switch to non-organic crops’ <> Prof. Khan said that Europe was a food sufficient region and was now shifting to organic crops but the same model could not be applied for countries and regions with food shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

It is very important to offer the best forecasts and suggestions for policy from whatever perspective. However, this position is clearly an economic focused one. Supporting GM and conventional agriculture practices do not serve to help developing countries deal with food security issues.

The unsustainable yields of GM crops will not solve food shortage issues in Pakistan or elsewhere in developing countries. It seems that the best way to move forward is to spread the word and the science. We need to spread the word that unsustainable yields of GM crops will not solve food shortage issues. Organic is a much more sustainable solution for agricultural production in developing countries. Organic often out performs conventional <> and it creates opportunities within the development context <>. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has a brief on food security and Organic agriculture which lays out the basic facts <>. The research clearly shows that Organic is a viable and sustainable solution. A study done in 2008 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-UNCTAD) Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development <> found that Organic has great potential and actually contributes to food security in Africa. The Environment and Natural Resources Service Sustainable Development Department <> found that organic is a viable solution for development as it contributes to to ecological health, international markets and local food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security in 2007 pointed out the many facets of the potential for Organic to contribute to food security around the world.

The following literature offers more support for Organic in a development context:

Environmental, Energetic, and Economic Comparisons of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0573:EEAECO]2.0.CO;2

Organic agriculture and the global food supply
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract;jsessionid=074967B89ABE4C117A1A0277F78B0F12.journals?fromPage=online&aid=1091304


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Sustainabilty Career Fair in TU-München

On March 5, 2012 TU-München will host the first Sustainability Career Fair of the Munich area.

The Fair aims at bringing together students with an interest in sustainability with companies, research institutions, and NGOs active in that field.

The Fair stands out for its multidisciplanarity. Exhibitors will be representing several different business sectors and areas of interest, from Environmental Management (waste and water management, EIA, LCA, emission reduction) to Corporate Social Responsibility and Climate Change Risk Analysis.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to apply in advance for one-on-one interviews with exhibitors. A series of presentations by exhibitors will also run throughout the day of the event.

Participation is free – the Fair is being organized by a group of students of the TUM International MSc in Sustainable Resource Management, and it is supported by the TU-München Studienfakultät Forstwissenschaft und Ressourcenmanagement.

Visit our website for more information, and to register: http://www.wix.com/sustainabilityfair/2012


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OCA will be in St. Louis for the 2012 Monsanto shareholders’ meeting on January 24!

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) will be in St. Louis for the 2012 Monsanto shareholders’ meeting on January 24!

You may be interested in joining the OCA, Pesticide Action Network, and Harrington Investments (a socially responsible investor’s group) in St. Louis to support a shareholder resolution to examine the financial risks associated with genetically engineered crops.

The plan goes like this: While an OCA representative is speaking inside the shareholders meeting, another group of us will be peacefully picketing outside.

Contact Mike Durschmid (mikedvegan AT gmail.com) to join in, or RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends.