February 2007


Dear Katoomba Members,

Greetings and welcome to the third edition of the East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group e-newsletter.

In this edition, we, feature, for the first time, “PES News from Across the Ocean”. These news items have been compiled by our colleagues from the Tropical America Katoomba Group.

We again include stories from Africa that have featured on the Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace – www.ecosystemmarketplace.com, and we continue to share with you news from the region and news from our partners.

We are currently documenting cases in which PES has contributed to poverty alleviation. If you have any articles/stories, please send them to us at aruhweza@forest-trends.org

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions on how to make the newsletter better for you.

Yours sincerely

Alice Ruhweza
Coordinator, East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group.

 

1. ESA KATOOMBA NEWS

2. NEW PES-RELATED INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES IN THE REGION

3. A FRICA NEWS FROM THE ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE www.ecosystemmarketplace.com

4. PES FROM ACROSS THE OCEAN

5. OTHER RELATED NEWS

6. UPCOMING EVENTS

7. RESOURCES


Malawi Katoomba members host fellow members from South Africa and Argentina

On 25th January 2007, Malawi Katoomba members hosted John E.Earhart, Director of Global Environment Fund and Trevor Thompson of Global Forest Products (Pty) Ltd., The two are Katoomba members based in Argentina and South Africa, respectively. Malawi Katoomba members were represented by Prof. Sosten Chiotha and Dr. Dennis Kayambazinthu.

Among the many issues discussed, was a potential capacity building partnership whereby Global Environment Fund would collaborate with the Malawi Katoomba members to develop a training module of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) to be spearheaded by LEAD – which is one of Katoomba’s institutional partners in Malawi. There potential partnership would also include research, consultancies (e.g. EIA), staff and student exchange in the relevant postgraduate programmes. Capacity building in this context was observed as a vital precursor to the establishment and implementation of an effective and vibrant PES programme in Malawi.

Earhart and Thompson also visited the seat of government in Capital Hill in Lilongwe and the massive Chikangawa Forest (with 53,000 hectares of softwood plantation), where they held discussions with government officials on potential investments in the forestry sector. They also met The University of Malawi-Chancelloer College Vice Principal (Dr.E.Sambo), Head of Biology (Mr.W.Chitaukali), and Mrs. M.Kalindekafe (LEAD Fellow).

For more information contact Sosten Chiotha at schiotha@chanco.unima.mw

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A Joint CARE-WWF-IIED-PREM Programme in Tanzania

CARE International in Tanzania, in partnership with WWF, IIED and PREM programme, is initiating a new project entitled “Equitable Payment for Water Services (EPWS)” in the Uluguru and East Usambara Mountains focusing on Ruvu and Sigi River basins which are the major sources of water to the cities of Dar es Salaam and Tanga respectively. These two cities are important industrial centres and contribute significantly to the country’s GDP. In addition, a large proportion of communities resides adjacent to these watersheds and depends on them for their livelihoods. Various activities conducted by the upland communities contribute to the deteriorating quantity and quality of water in Dar es Salaam and Tanga. These problems are largely attributed to: unsustainable farmland expansion and irrigation practices; deforestation; and Illegal mining activities in river systems and within forest reserves.

The EPWS project aims to establish long term financial investment (FI) in modifying land use to conserve and improve “watersheds” for reliable flow and quality of water; to establish a compensation mechanism that recognizes the needs and priorities of the marginalised and poor people; to improve quality of life of the communities through substantial benefits to the rural poor hence contributing to poverty reduction
So far key preliminary work has been undertaken, including: (1) a watershed services market assessment, (2) A profiling of potential buyers and, (3) a study on hydrologic and land use/cover change assessment. Additional background studies are in process, including a livelihood assessment; potential sellers’ cost / benefit analysis; legal and institutional framework analysis, and cost / benefit Analysis for buyers.
The EPWS project is financed by Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS), and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

More information can be obtained from PWS Project Officer, CARE Tanzania, P.O. Box 10242, Tel: +255 2668048, 2666775 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Email: DLopa@care.or.tz or Iddi Mwanyoka, Assistant Policy Officer for WWF IMwanyoka@wwftz.org. You can also visit www.pwstanzania.blogspot.com.

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Forging Partnerships with Businesses for Sustainable Ecosystem Management in Kenya

Current ecosystem services degradation trends have the potential to adversely affect the profitability of businesses. Yet, at present, few businesses seem concerned. Do businesses recognize the risks associated with degrading ecosystems? If so, what response measures have been put in place to address such risks? If not, can business adequately link the health of ecosystems and that of their businesses? To what extent has science-based evidence been used to enhance the strategic planning of businesses?

In an attempt to address some of these questions, the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) organized a dialogue business and ecosystem management at its headquarters in Nairobi. The dialogue brought together private business, public parastatals, government departments, research and community-based organizations to share information and ideas on how to sustain ecosystems which businesses rely upon for their daily needs. Some of these questions are also addressed in a publication entitled “Business and Ecosystems”--by the Earthwatch Institute, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute (WRI)--which was launched as part of the dialogue activities.

The dialogue hoped to catalyze new partnerships between businesses and research organizations and provide opportunities for collaboration between private business, ICRAF and other stakeholders for sustainable ecosystem management in Kenya. A survey undertaken towards the end of the dialogue indicated that businesses would like: i) to learn more about good business practice from the international experience, and ii) actively participate in future dialogues seminar topics on compensation and rewards for environmental services, community-business partnerships for sustainable ecotourism, global carbon market and carbon offset projects and changes and principles of environmental law. The survey showed that most participants were extremely interested and felt that the dialogue was an excellent use of their time. In order to maximize impact, more than 25% of the participants suggested that the results of the dialogue be summarized and disseminated to both the general public and the broader business community.

ICRAF, Kenya Katoomba members, Kenya Association of Manufacturers and other partners plan to organize periodic dialogues on business and sustainable ecosystems management and thus promoting a community of practice for business and environment in East Africa.
For more information contact Thomas Yatich – t.yatich@cgiar.org

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Progress Report on the Payment for Water Services Project in Naivasha
by Mark Ellis Jones

The Payment for Water Services in Naivasha is a joint project of CARE and WWF. The project has been underway since mid 2006. Hydrological surveys are almost complete. Potential buyers have been identified and informal discussions about deals and dynamics initiated. Formal approaches to buyers will take place once the data is adequate to support their negotiations.

The project is also planning to hire a consultant to look at livelihood and equity issues. The concern at the moment is that it is men who own land; yet women till the land to support their families. The scenario that we wish to avoid is where men benefit from the payments and women who have no ownership rights are left out. The team is also exploring opportunities such as supporting schools and health clinics rather than giving cash to land owners directly.

The project is looking for an expert in agricultural economics to verify the amount the farmers are currently getting from their land on a good year. (Currently the figures are floated at around Kshs 20,000/ha/year (US$ 300).)

For more information, contact Mark Ellis Jones at markellisjones@gmail.com

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New Studies find Concentration of Species Unique to Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya and explores the possibility of attaching a monetary value to them

New studies published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation document an amazing concentration of over 1000 species unique-or endemic- to an area slightly larger than Rhode Island in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. This remaining habitat in the Eastern Arcs has the highest concentration of endemic animals in Africa and is increasingly endangered by complex threats.

"The wild areas of the Eastern Arc Mountains are pockets of Eden-the last remaining safe havens for over 1000 plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth and some with ancient lineages stretching back in time over millions of years," said Dr. Neil Burgess, lead author of the two studies and Eastern Arc expert, World Wildlife Fund and University of Cambridge. "Side by side, these species and their human neighbors struggle for survival as more and more people need more and more farmland for food."
One study found that the Eastern Arc Mountains are exceptionally important for conservation because at least 96 animals, 832 plants and hundreds of invertebrates-including 43 butterflies-live only there and nowhere else on earth. Another 71 animals are found only within a limited range including these mountains and nearby areas. Of these species, seventy-one are classified as threatened by extinction by the IUCN Red List.

The same conditions that give life to these plants and animals support a dense and growing human population in one of the poorest countries in the world, according to the second study. With most local people dependent on agriculture, inefficient farming methods and a growing need for food lead to farmland expansion, sometimes across the boundaries and into existing reserves. Effective conservation in the Eastern Arc Mountains requires finding solutions to the livelihood needs of these poor, rural populations and sufficient funds to establish and adequately manage a network of protected areas.

"Seven proposed reserves protecting an additional 153, 205 acres of wilderness in the Eastern Arcs are currently awaiting declaration by the Tanzanian government," said Dr. Burgess. "Their declaration would help establish the network urgently needed to protect the natural wealth of the Eastern Arc Mountains." The Tanzanian government is also pursuing the declaration of the area as a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its universal value for the conservation of biological diversity.

Not only do the Eastern Arc Mountains support life locally, but they provide drinking water for at least 60% of the urban population of Tanzania and generate over 90% of the nation's hydroelectricity generation capacity. World Wildlife Fund and its partners are exploring one possible solution for conserving the Eastern Arc Mountains that would attach a monetary value to these "ecosystem services" and divert funds paid by water users to the forest managers and surrounding communities.

The Eastern Arc Mountains curve through eastern Tanzania and just over the border into southeastern Kenya. Its forests are often covered in a blanket of mist during the night and help collect water for much of Tanzania and its hydroelectricity. As a crucial source of water and home to unique and threatened wildlife, World Wildlife Fund considers the Eastern Arc Mountain range and coastal East Africa a conservation priority and works with local communities and partners to protect the natural richness of the region.

This article was prepared by Law & Health Week editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2007, Law & Health Week via NewsRx.com and reproduced on the ecosystem marketplace – www.ecosystemmarketplace.com

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Does Community-Based Conservation in Namibia offer lessons for PES?

The Ecosystem Marketplace tapped Brian Jones to investigate a community-based conservation program in Namibia for lessons about what makes conservation payment schemes work in Southern Africa.

Rural communities in Namibia are able to form wildlife management bodies called conservancies, which receive rights over wildlife from the government. These rights enable the villagers to earn income from hunting and eco tourism through contracts with private hunting and tourism companies. This form of market-based conservation has been evolving in Namibia and elsewhere in southern Africa for more than 15 years. A number of the conservancies are now funding conservation activities and providing benefits to local residents, demonstrating that payments from trophy hunting and ecotourism can provide enough of an incentive to drive sustainable wildlife management. Are there lessons in the model, for those interested in payments for ecosystem services (PES)?

Yes, say conservationists active in the region. Local communities in Namibia are demonstrating that market-based conservation built on the controlled use of wildlife can be a powerful incentive for the protection of biodiversity as long as real benefits reach the rural poor.

For the complete article, visit www.ecosystemmarketplace.com

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Making Nature Count: Enhancing payments for environmental service (PES) initiatives in Ecuador and Colombia
From Sven Wunder of CIFOR

The project "Making Nature count: enhancing payments for environmental service (PES) initiatives in Ecuador and Colombia" is coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and financed mainly by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It will be running for the next two years (2007-08). One objective of the project is to work with about a half dozen of local PES pilot experiences in the two countries -- some in planning stages, others ongoing -- and support them in the design and implementation processes. Another objective is to provide a forum for exchange of experiences between the stakeholders in the two countries, as well as extract and share lessons from implementation as it progresses: what things are working well, which ones are not, and why?

The project commenced its activities with an inaugural workshop held in the thermal bath of Papallacta near Quito, Ecuador (15-17 January). One purpose of the workshop was an initial stock-taking of PES experiences (including discussion of new proposals), spiced up with invited speakers providing consolidated experiences from beyond the two countries (such as Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru). Second, following a pre-consultation of participants, we discussed in greater detail some selected critical environmental services (e.g. the complexity of watershed services) and PES implementation topics (e.g. contract design, legal context issues, 'bundling' of several services). Third, we debated means of future communication sharing among project participants, including the possibility of extending the existing Ecuadorian PES network RISAS (Red de Interesados e Interesadas en Servicios Ambientales). Finally, a more subtle intention of the workshop was that different PES actors in the two countries get to know each other better, so that they can interact bilaterally to share hints and information that are useful for PES implementation.

CIFOR will over the next month share papers, presentations and a summary report on the CIFOR PES website.

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Environmental Services in Coffee in Central America, East Africa and India

In January 2007, El Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) launched a new program entitled “Connecting, Enhancing and Sustaining Environmental Services and Market Values of Coffee Agroforestry Systems in Central America, East Africa and India”. The project titled CAFNET (for its acronym): will be financed by the European Union. CAFNET will enhance participative research and development activities in order to add more value to environmental services and products offered by coffee agroforestry systems and thus improve the well-being of coffee-producing communities.. Expected results include: Development and validation of cost effective methodologies to quantify and value biodiversity and other environmental services from coffee agroforestry systems; Recommendations for economically viable and biodiversity-friendly coffee cultivation practices tailored with respect to specific social and environmental issues in each of the three regions; Recommendations for NGOs and the private coffee sector to improve implementation of market based approaches promoting environmentally and biodiversity-friendly coffee cultivation practices; Policy recommendations for governmental and international agencies detailing regulatory actions and institutional support required to promote biodiversity-friendly coffee cultivation practices and development of decision support tools for evaluating policy options.

This international project is the result of a proposal formulated by CATIE, the Center for International Agricultural Research Cooperation for Development (CIRAD, for its acronym in French), the University of Wales (Great Britain), the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), the University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore and the Coffee Advisory Board of India.
More information about the project can be found on www.catie.ac.cr

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Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation Approves Innovative Environmental Grants in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Source: (www.csrwire.com); November 6, 2006

At its annual meeting on November 6, the Board of Directors of Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation (MICF) approved over half a million dollars in new grants, including a grant of $400,000, payable over 5 years, to O Boticário Foundation for Nature Protection; $150,000, payable over three years.

MICF's grant to O Boticário Foundation for Nature Protection in Brazil provides lead support for a massive project to protect parts of the Atlantic Forest that serve as the second major watershed for the capital of Sao Paulo, improving the quality and supply of water to more than four million people. The innovative initiative, known as the Oasis Project and modeled partly on measures used to protect the watershed that serves New York City, will offer payments to landowners for conservation easements aimed at preserving natural areas on their land. O Boticário Foundation has been developing this project for more than three years and has identified key conservation areas to which it will apply an environmental valuation model that it has created in partnership with environmental economics and legal experts. The goal for the first phase of the Oasis Project is to protect 2,500 hectares of private land under agreements to be signed between 2007 and 2011. The MIC Foundation is proud to contribute both to the conservation of a threatened region of high biodiversity and at the same time contribute to improved and sustainable water quality for the people of Sao Paulo," said Mr. Ryoichi Ueda, Chairman of the MICF.

For more information about the Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, please visit www.micfoundation.org; and for more information about the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa, please visit www.mcfea.org.

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UNEP FI’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Work Stream

In collaboration with key partners, including the Katoomba Group, Insight Investment, and Fauna and Flora International (FFI), the aim of UNEP FI’s work on biodiversity and ecosystems is to address the lack of awareness of the business implications of ecosystems degradation and biodiversity loss. In the same vein, the Work Stream will focus on developing tools for the financial institutions to identify and address risks related to these.

With the engagement of a range of stakeholders including financial institutions, NGOs and intergovernmental agencies, the Work Stream will focus on a number of core activities. These include the production of a CEO Briefing to present the business case for addressing ecosystems and biodiversity loss, and the development of a corporate benchmarking tool for measuring company performance in biodiversity, particularly within the extractive industry. The benchmarking tool, developed by Insight Investment and FFI will be further developed so that it can be applied by investors and creditors, to assess company performance in addressing biodiversity issues, as part of their risk analysis.

For further information please contact: biodiversity@unepfi.org

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African Union Summit Concludes with a Decision and Declaration on Climate Change and Development in Africa

One of the key themes at the African Union Summit that was held in - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 22-30 January 2007 was Climate Change and Development in Africa. The Summit concluded with the adoption of a decision and a declaration on climate change. The Assembly took note of the Report of the Commission on Climate Change and Development in Africa; and expressed grave concern on the vulnerability of Africa's socio-economic and productive systems to climate change and variability and to the continent's low mitigation and response capacities. They commended the development partners for their collaboration in the elaboration of a Plan entitled "Climate Information for Development Needs: An Action Plan for Africa - Report and Implementation Strategy and endorsed the plan. The Assembly also urged Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in collaboration with the private sector, civil society and development partners to integrate climate change considerations into development strategies and programmes at national and regional levels; and called upon Africa's cooperation partners to support the Member States and Regional Economic Communities to effectively integrate adaptation and mitigation measures into their development plans and to implement them. Last, but not least, the Assembly requested Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank to develop and implement the Plan on Climate Change and Development in Africa and to report on progress biannually to the Assembly.

For more information see - DECISION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

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Global Campaign aims for 100Mt/year of Carbon Offsets
February 1, 2007

Global Cool has launched a global campaign to get one billion people to reduce their carbon emissions by one tonne a year for the next 10 years. They have enlisted famous names from the entertainment world, including singer KT Tunstall and actor Josh Hartnett, to spread its message of saving energy and resources. The non-profit organisation is encouraging people to offset their emissions by purchasing "a tonne of cool". For each tonne, costing £20 ($39), Global Cool will spend £10 to offset one tonne of carbon and invest £4 in alternative energy companies. It will also spend £2 on funding campaigns to influence governments and businesses, £1 on administration and £3 on hosting concerts and producing programmes. The organisation is establishing a procurement vehicle for buying and retiring carbon credits. It will aim to buy credits with guaranteed delivery from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that have met the 'Gold Standard', which certifies a project's environmental and social benefits. Global Cool will also buy allowances from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, but only from Phase II of the scheme.

Global Cool's ambition is to reach out to one billion people and get 10% of these to offset one tonne of their emissions - which could mean the organisation taking 100 million tonnes of credits out of the carbon market each year. The planned investment in alternative energy companies is aimed at speeding the uptake of solar, wave, wind and biomass-generated power.

Global Cool's trustees include several big names from the carbon business: James Cameron, vice chairman of London-based boutique merchant bank Climate Change Capital; Richard Tipper, director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management; and Steve Howard, chief executive of the Climate Group.

This article is-from the weekly online news service provided by Environmental Finance magazine (www.environmental-finance.com) and the Carbon Finance information service (www.carbon-financeonline.com) Copyright Environmental Finance Publications.

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GE and AES join to cut GHGs, sell offsets
18 January, 2007

AES, a US-based independent power producer, and GE Energy Financial Services plan to form a partnership that will develop greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects and sell the offsets. The companies will focus heavily on methane destruction and expect to create 10 million tonnes of GHG offsets by 2010. But the partners will also pursue renewable energy projects.

GE and AES will concentrate on methane because its global warming potential is 21-times greater than carbon dioxide, so its destruction will yield more offsets to sell. In addition, there are many available technologies to capture the gas. The companies will capture methane from landfills, coal mines, farms and wastewater treatment plants. They may use the methane to generate electricity, if the economics justify such projects. Otherwise, they will flare the gas. Renewable energy projects would probably include wind farms and biomass projects. The partners expect to begin developing projects by the end of the year. They will initially focus on the US, but will pursue projects and buyers in other countries if opportunities arise.

Initially, the partners will sell offsets in the voluntary market, to commercial and industrial customers "seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their operations or to provide climate-friendly products or services to their customers.
GE and AES will use outside firms accredited by the United Nations to verify the offsets. This will also assure voluntary buyers of the offsets' validity.

AES, based in Arlington, Virginia owns about 44,000MW of power plants around the world. GE Energy Financial Services, based in Stamford, Connecticut, has already invested about $1.5 billion in renewable energy.

This article is-from the weekly online news service provided by Environmental Finance magazine (www.environmental-finance.com) and the Carbon Finance information service (www.carbon-financeonline.com) Copyright Environmental Finance Publications.

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4 - 7 March 2007 -  THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN NETWORK OF BASIN ORGANIZATIONS (ANBO); JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Hosted by the South-African Department of Water Resources and Forestry. . Topics planned include   Integrated water resources management in Africa: International Initiatives and Facilities for water in Africa,; Statutes, responsibilities and processes for the creation of transboundary basin organizations; Preparation of management and action plans for transboundary basins and their financing,; Monitoring, monitoring networks and information systems for transboundary basin management. For more information visit:  <http://www.omvs-soe.org/raob.htm>: Email to:inbo@wanadoo.fr> or:Amayelle.KA@omvs.org>

13-15 March - CARBON MARKET INSIGHTS 2007. Copenhagen, Denmark . Organised by PointCarbon, this year's event will consider, among other topics, the opening up of the EU emissions trading scheme to the global carbon markets. Three programme areas -- carbon trading, carbon projects, and carbon and energy -- will be explored through a series of presentations, roundtables, case studies, and workshops. Al Gore will give the keynote address. For more information, contact conference@pointcarbon.com. internet: http://www.pointcarbon.com/Events/Carbon%20Market%20Insights/category401.html

2-6 April 2007 - “MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL / NATURAL PARKS AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN AFRICA” IN ACCRA, GHANA . The International Centre for Enterprise and Sustainable Development (ICED), Accra in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, the University of Ghana Business School, University of Ghent (Belgium) and Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) is organizing an international conference on “Management of National / Natural Parks and Biodiversity Conservation in Africa” in Accra, Ghana from 2 – 6 April 2007. The conference aims to, among other things, assess the economic, social, and environmental performance of national parks in Africa and examine the role of the major groups in a sustainable management of national parks in Africa. For more information, contact Prof. Dr. Emmanuel K. Boon and Mr. Albert Ahenkan; Tel: + 233 21 50 55 72 ; +233 21 50 57 88 Tel/Fax: + 233 21 51 01 86; Mobile: +233 246 955 818; 0243 229 405
Email: aahenkan@vub.ac.be; iced@4u.com.gh Website: www.vub.ac.be/MEKO/iced

30 April -11 May - UN CSD-15. The fifteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15) will focus on the areas of energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere, and climate change. For further information contact the Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; tel: +1 212 963 8102; fax: +1 212 963 4260; e-mail: dsd@un.org; internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/policy.htm.

3 - 4 May 2007 - "INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AFRICA”. This Conference will be held at the National Museums of Kenya. The conference is part of the plans for the formation of an East Africa wide professional body -Ecological Society of East Africa (ESEA). For comments and enquiries, contact : Dr. Nicholas O. Oguge, Earthwatch Institute, Email: noguge@earthwatch.org  or Dr. Nathan Gichuki, University of Nairobi; Email: ngichuki@uonbi.ac.ke

24-26 August 2007 - CARBON CYCLE RESEARCH IN AFRICA; Kruger NP, South Africa Symposium and field visit to Kruger National Park. The meeting will bring together a number of regional and international experts working on carbon cycle sciences in the African continent. Topics of discussion will include regional carbon budgets, urban and regional carbon management, bioenergy, carbon-biodiversity interactions, and other key terrestrial and aquatic processes and fluxes of the carbon cycle (natural, managed and human dimensions of the carbon cycle). All groups are invited to participate. A trip to Kruger National Park is scheduled to visit a number of observation and experimental facilities used in carbon research. For more information contact: Guy Midgley, Pep Canadell and Shobhakar Dhakal

12-14 September, 2007 - ENVIROINFO 2007. The main goal of the Conference is the presentation and popularization of methods, tools, technologies, best practice and case studies developed recently in the world in Environmental Protection. Detailed information about the Conference can be found on www.enviroinfo2007.org

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THE MITSUBISHI FUND FOR EUROPE AND AFRICA
The Mitsubishi Fund for Europe and Africa is a charitable trust set up under a Declaration of Trust dated 30 September 1992 and is a registered Charity (Number 1014621).
The principal objectives of the Mitsubishi Fund for Europe and Africa are:

  1. To conserve and protect, for the benefit of the public, the environment as a whole and its animal, forest and plant life in particular and to educate the public in natural history and ecology and the importance of conservation of the environment;
  2. To advance the education of the public and, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:
    1. (a) to promote education and research in the field of ecology and conservation of natural resources and the environment anywhere in the world;
    2. (b) to promote the study and appreciation of flora and fauna anywhere in the world with particular emphasis on endangered species;
    3. (c) to promote the study and appreciation of agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and land and estate management;
    4. (d) to carry out research into the sustainable development of forest lands.
  3. To relieve poverty in any part of the world.

If you wish to apply for funding from the MCFEA, please refer to http://www.mitsubishicorp-uk.com/ukmcfea.htm.
The Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, based in New York City, was established in 1992 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation. With a current endowment of nearly $6 million, the Foundation has dedicated more than $3 million to charitable causes throughout the Americas. Contributions for Europe and Africa are made by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa, which has given more than $2 million to environmental conservation, education and research since 1993

The Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA)- Visiting fellowships for African Scholars in Environmental Economics

Under funding from the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA), CEEPA will be implementing the first phase of a regional program to strengthen capacity building in environmental economics and policy in Africa over the next three years. Under this program, Visiting Fellowships for African scholars working in universities in the eastern and southern African region will be funded annually. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance teaching and research capacity in environmental economics and to help sustain the staff development that has occurred in the past decade and to contribute to creating an environment in which retention of staff within participating departments is enhanced. The fellowship will be used to support two faculty members who wish to use a sabbatical or study leave away from their home institution. Fellows may spend a visiting residency at participating departments in the region or international centres of excellence.
 This Visiting Fellowship program provides financial support of up to USD$25,000.00 per annum in total for a full 9 months residency period. However, applications can be made for any appropriate length of residency with a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months period. Expenses covered include a round trip air travel as well as an all inclusive stipend of US$2,000.00 per month. An amount of US$2,500.00 will be paid to the African host institution as contribution towards office space and other overheads in support of the fellow’s residency (access to internet, computer, secretarial support, stationary etc).
For more information, visit: http://www.ceepa.co.za/EECS_fellow_ships_va.html OR dalene.duplessis@up.ac.za

Borlaug Fellowships Program - 2007 Africa Women in Science Fellowship Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)  is pleased to announce The Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program (Borlaug Fellows Program)—Women in Science 2007 for female citizens of Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Niger, and Malawi. The Borlaug Fellows Program offers training and collaborative research opportunities in international agricultural science, leadership and policy. Training venues usually include U.S. universities, government agencies, and international agricultural research centers.  For more information visit : http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/westafrica.htm

The Darwin Initiative - Darwin Scoping Awards
The Darwin Initiative is offering one-off funding for travel costs to a host country to enable UK organisations with biodiversity expertise help host countries to obtain Darwin project funding, by assisting them to develop a Darwin project application. Darwin Fellowships are targeted at promising members of recent or current Darwin Initiative projects who are from countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources. Drawing on UK expertise in biodiversity, the programme aims to give Fellows the opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge and experience in biodiversity, typically through work experience in UK organisations. Fellowships will be provided for up to one year in length, and can start from 1 July 2007. The completed form should be sent by email to darwin-applications@ectf-ed.org.uk, ensuring that the proposed project title is in the subject line of the email. A hard copy of the full application should also be sent to ECTF, Darwin Applications Unit, Pentland Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Edinburgh EH26 0PH, UK. Application Deadline: March 16 2007; Website: http://www.darwin.gov.uk/applications/scoping.html ; for more information on the Darwin fellowships Visit http://www.darwin.gov.uk/applications/fellowships.html

 Award for Professional African women: for the advancement of conservation biology in Africa
The YWCB has introduced a non-monetary award on a nomination basis, aimed at recognising the contributions of early to mid-career African women in conservation.  The nominee should have demonstrated: Evidence of leadership, creativity, self-motivation and enthusiasm; Evidence of service (educational, managerial, research etc.) to conservation; Ability to work with others across gender, social class and ethnicity. The Young Women Conservation Biologists' Group invites members of the conservation community who have interest in African conservation to nominate colleagues that meet the criteria for this award.  Self nominations are welcome.  Application Deadline: March10 2007 to find out more about the YWCB, see: www.conbio.org/sections/africa/ywcb/. Submit Nominations to: Alice Hurlbatt; Program Manager;Young Women Conservation Biologists; alice.hurlbatt@wafic.org.au

Proceedings of the Global Event on Payments/Rewards for Environmental Services (Lombok,
22-27 January 2007) - NOW AVAILABLE on line. Visit http://www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/rupes   to download.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS

World's first guide to carbon offset providers published by CR Consultancy Context

Corporate responsibility strategy and communications consultancy Context has published the world's first guide to carbon offset providers and advisers. Carbon Offset in Context profiles 23 organisations that offer to offset carbon emissions, or advise on how to do so. Details are given for each organisation on their: Turnover and total carbon tonnage offset; Date founded; Services offered; Types of offset programme offered; Price per tonne of CO2; Verification methods; Geographic coverage; Context gathered the information from providers' websites carbon Offset in Context is a free download from Context's website http://www.econtext.co.uk. or Email:  simonp@econtext.co.uk or peterk@econtext.co.uk

The Vittel payments for ecosystem services: the “perfect” PES case? (pdf)- International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK; 2006
This paper analyses the classic payment for ecosystem service (PES) case implemented by Vittel (Nestlé Waters) in Northern France. The paper evaluates the methodology used by Vittel, participatory processes, and many of the complexities and intricacies involved with establishing PES projects. It is a valuable article for anybody who is working on PES projects to read as it amasses information and knowledge gained over the 10 years in which the project was developed and implemented. The article can be downloaded from http://www.iied.org/NR/forestry/documents/TheVittelpaymentsforecosystemservices.pdf

IIED's Watersheds Project Evaluation
An independent evaluation of IIED's 'Developing Markets for Watershed Services' project has been conducted to assess the performance and achievements of the project over the past three years. The review highlights the important contribution that has been made by IIED and its partners to international debate on the use of market mechanisms to achieve environmental conservation goals. The report can be downloaded from http://www.iied.org/NR/documents/Projectevaluationreport.pdf

At Loggerheads?: Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, and Environment in the Tropical Forests. By Ken Chomitz
This report pulls together a wealth of empirical data and analysis that demonstrates the different variables inherent in the relationship between forest cover and poverty. . Chomitz sees, among other things, great potential for carbon finance as an instrument of reducing deforestation and poverty. Industrialized countries should be willing to pay poor farmers not to convert forests to other uses as a way of mitigating climate change, with the added benefit of conserving biodiversity. The full report is available for download at: http://www.worldbank.org/tropicalforestreport/ (click on "Full Text").Those who have difficulty downloading the report from the Web may request an electronic copy of the overview (in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese) by emailing tropicalforestreport@worldbank.org.

The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
Commissioned by the Chancellor of Exchequer and the Prime Minister of the UK, HM Treasury, 2006
The Stern Review, a global assessment of climate change with a focus on the associated economic realities, provides key insights into many of the challenges facing environmental practitioners, policy makers and land stewards as climate change becomes increasingly high priority on the world stage. With many detailed observations and investigations, the report concludes with four main elements to be included in future negotiations of international frameworks. They are emissions trading, technology cooperation, action to reduce deforestation, and adaptation (related to development policy). Particular chapters that may be of interest include Ch. 7-Projecting the Growth of Greenhouse-Gas Emissions and associated Annex 7.f-Emissions from the Land use sector; Ch. 25-Reversing emissions from land use change.  Report available at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/stern_review_report.cfm

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Applications Sought for 2007 Alcan Prize for Sustainability
The award, established four years ago by Canadian aluminium producer Alcan, grants $1 million to nongovernmental organizations focused on providing sustainable solutions to social, environmental, and economic problems. Applications for this year’s prize are due by March 31.. For more information visit - www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com

2007 The Crawford Fund Derek Tribe Award
 The Derek Tribe Award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries. Nominations close on 2 April. Nomination forms may be downloaded from http://www.crawfordfund.org/events/index.htm

Free Book : "GLOBAL CHANGE: Enough Water for all?"
Libraries/institutions in developing countries can get a free copy of the book "GLOBAL CHANGE: Enough Water for all?" (1000 free copies) see: http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/wasser/

New monthly newsletter from Bioenergy Business
Bioenergy Business, launching next month, is a NEW monthly newsletter and email information service that will provide you with all the latest news and analysis of major developments shaping the growing markets in biofuels and biomass. Visit http://www.environmental-finance.com/envfin/bbtrial.htm. Sign up by 2 February to ensure you receive the very first issue!

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NEWSLETTERS

We invite you to look at the Katoomba Group’s other newsletters.

The Ecosystem Market Place Newsletter - http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/newsletter/1.3.07.html

The Community Forum Newsletter-  http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/newsletter/cf_1.17.07.html

Voluntary Carbon Newsletter - http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/newsletter/vc_1.18.07.html

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