Stories of Transformations to Sustainability
Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have reached unprecedented levels worldwide. Achieving sustainability will depend on rapid and fundamental transformations in the ways we organize our societies and interact with the natural environment.
The Transformations to Sustainability programme funded 15 international research projects between 2016 and 2022 to study how social transformations to sustainability can be supported. The projects worked with communities in diverse places around the world to understand the complex relations between social structures, the material world and environmental and social change. The films present insights from the projects.
Organizers: Transformations to Sustainability programme
Details at: https://stories.council.science/transformations-sustainability/
Children, Forests and Poetry - A Video
Embrapa presents the video "Children, Forests and Poetry", which highlights the importance of the integrated approach between science, culture, community and ecosystem. The video, produced under the Bom Manejo 2 Project, coordinated by Embrapa Eastern Amazon and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), shows the workshop held with children from the Green Forever Extractive Reserve, in Port of Moz, Pará State, to mark the Amazon Day (September 5th) and the World's One Health Day (November 3rd).
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaU9LIvZZpc
Survey on Students' perceptions of bioeconomy entrepreneurship
To raise awareness on the forest bioeconomy, it is crucial to thoroughly understand how different target groups perceive the bioeconomy and related topics. The views of these different groups are essential to help prioritise regional bioeconomy actions and communications to maximise their impacts. To obtain insights into how different target groups perceive the bioeconomy, the Bioregions Facility designs and implements Bioeconomy Perceptions Surveys for different target groups. One survey targets government & industry, another survey is aimed at students. Future surveys can focus on consumers and the general public. These survey efforts also contribute to large-scale comparative analyses across participating regions that can help harness and promote important strides toward a circular bioeconomy across Europe.
The Bioeconomy Perceptions Survey targeted at students is an important tool to help regions learn more about their own bioeconomy ecosystem. It aims to provide insights into how students of higher education perceive the role of entrepreneurship in the field of bioeconomy, as well as related opportunities and challenges.
Closing date: 16 December 2022
From Woodland to Woodwork: a Photo Contest
On the occasion of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s 75th anniversary, the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is launching a photo contest in partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the theme of "From woodland to woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years of UNECE’s commitment to sustainable forest management".
Photos can be entered in two categories: 1 - WOODLAND: Tell the story of forests in the UNECE region; 2 - WOODWORK: Show the versatility, uniqueness, beauty, and practicality of wood.
Wood can be cut, carved, bent, nailed, glued, weathered and more. It can be used to make furniture, fabric, toys, paper, sculptures, and so much more. Wood has endless uses, but which one caught your eye?
Who can participate? The contest is open to entrants of all skill levels.
Submissions will be accepted until 2 December 2022.
VisitAnts Ukraine Funds
These exceptional scholarships are awarded to Ukrainian scholars to enable them to carry out scientific research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them at the University of Oulu. Funding covers living costs in, and travel to/from Oulu, and is currently available for stays of up to six months. Open to researchers holding a PhD or currently enrolled in a doctoral programme. Grantees will work in Oulu, conducting research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them. For an application, a CV and a 2000-word research plan are required.
Deadline for application: None - applications will be considered in order of when they are received.
Details and link to application portal: https://beta.oulu.fi/en/news/visitants-ukraine-funds
Details about the programme providing this funding: https://www.oulu.fi/en/biodiverse-anthropocenes?msclkid=09cae3dcc13311ecbeed98e21c3e1826
The Amazon We Want
The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and river system, vital to the planet’s climate stability and home to an irreplaceable wealth of biodiversity, much of which is still unknown. It provides critical ecosystem services to the eight sovereign countries and one overseas territory that encompass it, and also to the globe. Deforestation and forest degradation have risen in recent decades, especially driven by the expansion of cattle ranching, agriculture, mining, and infrastructure development. Many scientists warn the Amazon as a whole may be approaching a tipping point of irreversible collapse.
In response to these challenges, a group of over 200 preeminent scientists from the region have united to form the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA). The Panel is convened by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Recently, the Panel has issued a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon, current trends, and recommendations for the long-term well-being of the ecosystem and its people. These initial findings as well as a draft version of their full report is now open for public consultation.
The SPA encourages stakeholders to provide meaningful input to aid the development of a better and more complete report.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. Through communications, events and a dedicated web platform, the UN Decade will provide a hub for everyone interested in restoration to find projects, partners, funding and the knowledge they need to make their restoration efforts a success.
Find out how you can take part in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/
Information on forest multi-taxon biodiversity to inform forest management in Europe (Bottoms Up)
In a large collaborative effort under the lead of Prof. Dr. Sabina Burrascano numerous researchers across Europe are teaming up to build a platform of forest biodiversity across multiple taxa with the goal to gather data to inform sustainable forest management.
So far, two milestones have been reached and the first two deliverables published:
- The plattform conatining the data is finalised: https://www.bottoms-up.eu/en/blog/a-european-forest-multi-taxon-biodiversity-platform-is-just-born.html
- An overview of experimental setups across Europe has been compiled: https://www.bottoms-up.eu/en/blog/towards-a-european-coordinated-network-of-forest-manipulation-experiments.html
The two deliverables can be found here:
The next steps are ongoing and the team effort will certainly produce some unique insights.