Institute workshops use a tested mix of mini-lectures, experiential role plays and exercises, stakeholder panel discussions and field trips on specific pressing public topics to build your competencies and:
• Enhance your conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving skills,
• Sharpen your personal and professional leadership skills and expand your network,
• Gain understanding of key emerging natural resource issues in Colorado.
The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition continues the strong work of individuals and organizations pursuing conservation, fuels reduction, and Community Wildfire Protection Plans in the Leavenworth area. Led by current elected Coalition Chair, Andrew Holm, participants include local landowners and residents, local fire district members, industry representatives, County Commissioners, as well as representatives from the United States Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Northwest, and more.
The global water system is inherently complex and faces increasing dynamic and sometimes unpredictable changes linked to global-to-local economic, social and environmental changes. Increased social and biophysical resilience will need to build on enhanced understanding of biophysical and social systems undergoing rapid change. Improved societal capacity to deal with these changes need to capitalize on for example strengthened cooperation across sectors.
This report provides input into the discussions at the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm, which is held under the theme of Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships. The editors of the report are Anders Jägerskog, Director, Knowledge Services, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI); Torkil Jønch Clausen, Chair, World Water Week Scientific Programme Committee, SIWI; Karin Lexén, Director, World Water Week & Prizes, SIWI; and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI.
Local knowledge is proving a valuable starting point in adapting Ethiopian farming systems to climate change and ensuring greater productivity to combat food insecurity.
A new technical paper by the World Agroforestry Centre analyses what farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia currently know about ecosystem processes and the interactions between trees, crops and livestock. The aim is to use this information to guide interventions that will build more intensive and climate-resilient systems.
"The change starts from those who are affected by the problem being around the table with those who want to experiment research and deliver options for development, sitting as equal partners." (Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda)
The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.