Perspectives on Pastoralism | Film festival

Nomadic pastoralists make an important contribution to food and protein production and food security worldwide. They make sustainable use of vast (semi-)desert and mountain areas under specific conditions. While doing this, they do not only exploit the natural environment, but also create landscapes, maintain biodiversity and preserve wildlife populations. Yet, in many areas they are facing tremendous challenges because of land occupation, climate change, mining, political turmoil and hostile governments endangering their way of life. In these challenges the three core domains of Wageningen University & Research (food, feed and bio-based economy, natural resources and living environment, well-being and society), come together and pose important questions and issues for interdisciplinary and societal relevant research.

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The Tree Conference 2020

The Tree Conference is a one day event focused around the needs of trees. Our 3 main aims are:

  • Support citizen-led reforestation and ecosystem restoration.
  • Halt destruction of old growth forests and highlight strategies around caring for tree health.
  • Lift up world class science and practical projects in communities, education and the media.

This year we will have a host of excellent speakers including pioneering projects, environmental lawyers and world class scientists about trees and the climate.  The whole conference will be live-streamed.  We are keen to support anyone who wishes to set up similar Tree Conferences in their own bioregions.

For more information and tickets please go to our website

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Transforming Global Food Systems under Climate Change: Achieving Zero Emissions

On 25 February 2020, key food systems and climate change stakeholders will come together to discuss solutions that could make our food systems climate-friendly.

There has been a growing call among key food systems and climate change stakeholders for transformative changes in the way we produce and consume food.

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Third Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention

The Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa (Bamako Convention) is a treaty of African nations prohibiting the import into Africa of any hazardous (including radioactive) waste. The Convention was adopted in 1991 and came into force in 1998 with the aim of protecting human and environmental health.

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience

The 21st Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty theme is : Institutions for Equity & Resilience.

The Land and Poverty conference 2020 presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world.

This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,400 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector.

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Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 10-12 March, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. It is jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI).

The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

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Governing and Managing Forests

The conference objective is to compile and synthesize the scientific evidence related to the current state of integrated forest management approaches. This can be understood as approaches where both policy and forest management provide a multitude of services at the same time, either at the forest stand or at the forest landscape level.

The conference brings together academic researchers from different disciplines such as policy analysis, ecology, economics, forest (ecosystem) management and conservation. It also will engage policymakers and practitioners.

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