No. 49, May/June 2001
Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification
compiled by Katherine Waser
Short course: Trees for Arid Lands
The program of "Trees for Arid Lands" flows from the conviction that trees need to be the prime tool for preventing desertification and poverty in regions where cultivation of annual crops is not reliable because rainfall is frequently insufficient, and/or poorly distributed within a season.
Hence the program has 2 main components: - presentations by the participants about how the projects they are involved with have used trees for sustainable development and/or environmental protection/improvement in their intervention areas - presentations (and field trips) focusing on the role of trees in the Israeli agricultural economy and in afforestation
In addition, a portion of the course will be devoted to learning about the African Market Garden, an integrated production system which combines trees and annual crops in a field irrigated by gravity-fed drip irrigation.
Deadline for applications: August 31, 2001
For further details on intended audience, cost, and scholarships, contact:
Energy & GHG Scenario software available free to qualifying organizations
The Stockholm Environment Institute-Boston Center has announced the availability of LEAP2000, a software tool for analyzing energy and greenhouse gas scenarios. Created by SEI-Boston and several leading research institutions (EDRC, ENDA-TM, ETC, and IDEE/Bariloche) with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the software is now available on-line and is free to non-profit and governmental organizations in developing countries.
LEAP2000 includes a new Technology and Environment Database that provides descriptions, technical characteristics, costs and emissions of a wide range of energy technologies. It can be used as a standalone database, or within LEAP2000 to calculate the emissions profiles of energy scenarios.
For more information, contact:
Upcoming conferences of interest
Third International Conference on Land Degradation
This conference is aimed at land and water conservation researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners and advocates throughout the world. Its intent is to promote both interchange of current information and networking; mid- and post-conference tours will also be available. For more information contact:
Dr. Beata Madari
Abstracts are due 30 November 2001.
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