Celebrating International Year of ForestsLast Updated on 2011-02-11 00:00:00GEF Joins Global Campaign Celebrating International Year of Forests
GEF largest provider of grants todeveloping countries for forest management and conservation
New York/Washington DC, February 2, 2011 - The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in partnership with a network of public and private funders today helped launch a new United Nations effort celebrating the importance of forests in promoting and protecting sustainable development.
The International Year of Forests initiative will highlight ways the GEF and other stakeholders connected with the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) work with countries to manage, conserve and restore local resources for long lasting environmental and economic benefits.
The GEF has a unique and pivotal role in forest financing: the GEF serves as the financial mechanism of the three Rio conventions that all emphasize the importance... More »
Sustainable Intensification of AgricultureLast Updated on 2011-01-31 00:00:00
Mićo Tatalović reports on 24 January 2011, on SciDev.Net that agricultural activity needs intensified technology and science to feed expected population needs.
The quest to feed the world's rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a frontloaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security released today (24 January).
As rising food production harms the environment and reduces biodiversity, gains must come from producing more food on the same area of land with less impact on the environment and climate, leading to what the report calls 'the greenest revolution'.
But, because of the time lag in reaping the benefits of research aimed at achieving this, basic and applied research need to be funded now, says the report, put together by 400 scientists from 34 countries.
Recent evidence from many countries shows that... More »
Challenges Linking Food, Energy, and the EnvironmentLast Updated on 2011-01-16 00:00:00
As the second decade of the 21st century begins, the challenge of how to feed a growing world population and provide sustainable, affordable energy to fulfill daily needs, while also improving human health and protecting the environment, is clear and urgent. Increasing demand for food and energy is projected at the same time as the supply of land and other resources decrease. Increasing levels of greenhouse gasses alter climate, which, in turn, has life-changing implications for a broad range of plant and animal species.
But promising developments are on the horizon--scientific discoveries and technologies that have the potential to contribute practical solutions to these seemingly intractable problems. As described in the 2009 National Research Council book, A New Biology for the 21st Century, biological research has experienced extraordinary scientific and... More »
Communication: A ResponsibilityLast Updated on 2011-01-04 00:00:00Communication: A Responsibility
of All Scientists
David Dickson, in an Editorial on SciDev>net on 31 December 2010 notes:
The scientific community should commit to communication as an integral part of a researcher's professional role.
What responsibility does a scientist have to society?
Until recently, replies to this question generally fell into two categories. Those in the 'traditional' camp argued that a scientist served society best by simply carrying out high-quality research, leaving others to judge how it should be used.
Set against this, a more activist camp argued that a scientist has a moral responsibility to publicly discuss the social implications of his or her research, not only promoting its benefits but also — more importantly — warning of its potential dangers.
Because those in the second camp tend to be more critical of the ... More »
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