Call for nominations of experts to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report
The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is mandated by the United Nations Member States originally in "The Future We Want," the outcome of the 2012 "Rio +20" conference on sustainable development. Within the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the GSDR contributes to the follow‐up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides a major input to the High-Level Political Forum. The GSDR aims to strengthen the science‐policy interface and provide evidence‐based guidance on global sustainable development issues and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The GSDR is led by an independent group of scientists (IGS). The IGS, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, consists of 15 leading experts from the natural and social sciences, representing developed and developing countries. The next report is expected to be released in September 2023.
The International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are looking for experts to review the second-order draft of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report.
Deadline for nominating experts: 20 July 2022
Mine Site Assessment Tool (MSAT)
The Population and Development Initiative (PDI) won a competition organized by Innovation for Change Africa Hub to collect ideas of addressing civic space in natural resources management. PDI presented the topic on responsible mining and won, among other 3 winners from Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria together with prize of 1,000 USD to conduct more dialogues on responsible mining in Geita region, Tanzania. PDI is a member of IUFRO.
- Mine Site Assessment Tool
- Population and Development Initiative, Kigoma, Tanzania - Project: Mining Site Assesment Tool (Msat) Initiatives in Geita District, Tanzania
- The report of implementation of Responsible Mining in Geita district (Tanzania) at Lwamgasa ward by means of Mine Site Assessment Tool (MSAT) 2021-2022
Scientists’ Call for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary
The Arctic Ocean is a singularly important ecosystem that affects all life on the planet. Though it is just 1% of the world’s total ocean volume, it drives the global oceanic conveyor belt: the currents of cool/warm and fresh/salty water that connect all the oceans of the world. It also governs the jet stream carrying atmospheric patterns across North America, Europe, and Asia that are essential for successful food crops and available fresh water. But its climate influence is not limited to the Northern Hemisphere. Since it affects the entire planetary ocean network, which accounts for 70.8% of the atmosphere’s lower surface, it affects weather patterns everywhere.
Arctic ice is melting due to the climate crisis, leaving the Arctic waters increasingly open to commercial exploitation through shipping, oil and gas exploration, etc.
Scientists are therefore calling for the establishment of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
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.