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Geospatial World Forum 2012

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As you read this, Geospatial World Forum 2012 will be well underway in Amsterdam. After three editions in India, this is the first time that the event has crossed Indian shores. Centred on the theme 'Geospatial Industry and World Economy', it will cover the dimensions of the industry in the fast changing world. Our two top stories are perhaps indicative of the importance of the topic. Geospatial technology is now crucial enough to spawn technical espionage. The second story also shows that regimes of denial are in the end counter-productive as far as the industry is concerned. In a way, these are the symptoms of an industry that is grappling with the real world which it has entered.

Prof Arup Dasgupta
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Poor Spring Rain Projected in Africa

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)Spring rains in the eastern Horn of Africa are projected to begin late this year and be substantially lower than normal.

From March - May, the rains are expected to total only 60 to 85 percentage of the average rainfall in this region. This is a significant deterioration compared to earlier forecasts.

Lower rain amounts would have significant impacts on crop production, rangeland regeneration for livestock, and replenishment of water resources.

This would put greater stress on the region, particularly Somalia which is still recovering from a famine declared last year, as well as Kenya and Ethiopia which also experienced a severe food crisis. An increase in food insecurity and in the size of the food insecure population is likely.

The State Department released a statement on this forecast and their intent to provide additional funding to aid refuges and drought-affected communities.

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Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues?

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Consumption of products and services impacts the environment in many different ways. For example, the things we buy contribute, directly or indirectly through the product lifecycle, to climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss and resource depletion in Europe and other regions of the world.

ConsumptionAnother kind of consumption is possible, however. This is the subject of Sustainable consumption in a time of crisis,  a meeting hosted on 15 March by the European Environment Agency (EEA); and organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Danish Consumer Council. The event marks International Consumer Day.

“Continuing with current consumption patterns in Europe is not an option,” EEA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade said. “As both population and purchasing power swell worldwide,  resources will be ever more overused and constrained. Europe must take the lead in exploring a new model of consumption which does not compromise the needs of others or of future generations, nor damage the environment.”

The meeting will look at ways the economy can be adjusted to drive sustainable forms of consumption. It will consider how the recession in Europe creates opportunities and constraints for policy makers hoping to boost the ‘green economy’. The meeting is particularly timely, as green economy is one of the priority discussion points of the landmark sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro in June this year.

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International Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition 28-30 June 2012 (IEESE)

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International Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition 28-30 June 2012 (IEESE)

Welcome

The indiscriminate and uncontrolled use of fossil fuels from past to present, especially since the dawn of modern civilization, has raised an environmental pollution, emissions of CO2 and also finally caused to global warming. To prevent all these bad situations, the new alternative technologies, energy efficiency and management have become extremely important within effective developing policies. “International Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition” (IEESE) will serve as a bridge for people around the world to share their work in this field.

The Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition has been held every 2 year by the collaboration of fourteen regional universities since 2003. Until 2010, this symposium was national, but it has been transformed to an international scientific organization that provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and knowledge exchange for scientists, policy-makers, engineers and other specialists with an interest in issues related to energy.

The 6th IEESE, organized by the Ege University and hosted by the Solar Energy Institute and Mechanical Engineering Department, will be held on June 28 – 30, 2012 at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. The symposium will be an international forum for the participants to address and discuss the state of the art innovation in energy and energy systems. The symposium will feature sessions, panels and tutorials by international experts on energy.

The Symposium Organizing Committee invites researchers and practitioners worldwide for participation. The symposium scope covers a wide area of topics with respect to energy as followed. Our Committees have the pleasure to invite and welcome you to participate in our exciting symposium.

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What LEED Is

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USGBC - Leed CertificationLEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

With nearly 9 billion square feet of building space participating in the suite of rating systems and 1.6 million feet certifying per day around the world, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated --- from individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED works throughout a building's  life cycle.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, the LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. The next update of the LEED rating system, coined LEED 2012, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development cycle of LEED.

Architect Scott M. Kemp designed the house in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada. Houses are designed as small as possible but allow for maximum flexibility – including the adaptation of the use of the aging population and the subsequent reduced mobility. The design combines the features of sustainability and the house has achieved Platinum LEED rating from the Canada Green Building Council. Houses envisioned as a simple shelter – provide protection from the elements while maximizing the connection to the natural environment of the river, by breaking down barriers of space / indoor outdoor. Transparency through the building to maximize exposure to resolve conflicts with a view to the north of the desire for maximum sunlight.

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Call for Volunteers – Regional Permaculture Conference and Convergence in Turkey

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Marmariç Ecovillage in Turkey

The Permaculture Research Institute Turkey is planning to host three prominent events in summer 2012. First a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course will be organized in Istanbul on 30 June — 12 July, 2012; held by two legendary trainers, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. Following the PDC, a Regional Permaculture Conference will take place in Istanbul on the 14th of July. Last but not least the PIT would like to welcome you at its field practice venue; Marmariç village in Izmir, for the Regional Permaculture Convergence – the Mediterranean, Balkans Caucasus and Middle East.

This open call aims to inform you about these events and to form an international prep team for the preparations.

Below, further explanations are provided about the events. We wanted to reach out to a group of existing contacts of the institute, in order to ask for your support. We look for volunteers who would like to join our International Prep Team (IPT).


What is expected from the IPT?

The Permaculture Research Institute Turkey As a young member of the permaculture family, we would like to create a group of interested permaculture practitioners from countries in the region to shape the program of the Regional Permaculture Conference and the Regional Convergence together. We hope to have at least one multiplier from each country in our region, who:

  • is in touch with the local network of permaculture practitioners and
  • can provide us with feedback on local realities, practices and contacts,
  • propose topics/speakers for sessions,
  • help us in disseminating information about the events to ensure high
    levels of participation from different localities in the region for a fruitful gathering.

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Eco2 cities: ecological cities as economic cities

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Eco2 cities: ecological cities as economic cities


An overview of the ‘Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities’ Program, helping cities in developing countries achieve greater ecological and economic sustainability, also addresses proactive risk management.

Divided into three parts, part one is describes the approach, background and rationale, key challenges, and lessons drawn from cities which have managed to turn these challenges into opportunities. Part two outlines a City-based Decision Support System that introduces a set of core methods and tools to help cities as they develop their own Eco2 pathway towards applying the steps outlined in part one. Part three is a ‘Field Reference Guide’ containing background literature designed to support cities in developing more of an in-depth insight and fluency with the issues at two levels.

The Eco2 Cities Program is an integral part of the World Bank’s new Urban Strategy which is currently being developed in consultation with stakeholders. The Eco2 Cities Program is also complementary to the ongoing efforts the World Bank and its development partners are making in sustainable development and climate change.

 

Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course

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Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course

Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course (The Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm at The Channon, NSW, Australia)

Starts Mar 19, 2012 and runs for 5 day(s).

This is a five day course, running Monday through Friday, comprising a fifty/fifty mix of the theory and practise of permaculture project establishment with Geoff and Nadia Lawton - specifically designed to give a reference and realistic expectation of the requirements to establish a permaculture project potentially anywhere worldwide, and to give an initial preparation for the same.

To attend this course you must have completed a Permaculture Design Certificate course, somewhere in the world.

Interested students are invited to watch our recent video promo of the work that this training is intended to help facilitate. This can be watched here.

With current world issues of depleting energy supplies, increasing energy demand, population growth and a resulting escalating food and environmental crisis, etc., there is increasing demand for trained, capable workers to fill permaculture spots worldwide - helping with the development of projects, or pioneering new projects.

Positions within projects fall into the following three categories:

  1. Project Farm Managers
  2. Project Teachers
  3. Project Administrators

Such projects provide challenging and rewarding work and experience in far-flung locales, and can be a springboard for a serious, paid career in permaculture, and towards the accreditation of a Permaculture Diploma.

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Permaculture Goes to the White House

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Permaculture Goes to the White House… With Your Vote!

Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Developments, Education, Education Centres, News, Urban Projects

by Ryan Harb February 25, 2012

White House permaculture

I’ve got some incredible news to share with you! The permaculture initiative that I facilitate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA) has been selected by the White House as a finalist for the Campus Champions of Change Challenge award! This means we are in the final round and the general public is now voting for which teams will get a trip to the White House (judges selected 15 projects from more than 1000 applications!) The top 5 winners also get featured on a television program called ‘The Deans List’ on MTV.

Imagine the potential this has! This is by far the most important thing that I can be doing for the world right now — I truly feel that in my heart.

We have only 1 week to tally as many votes as we can – voting ends Saturday, March 3 at 11:59PM est (New York time!) Here’s a short description about the student group that I oversee, and how to vote: 

UMass Amherst Permaculture is a student group that educates the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and the local community about ecological permaculture solutions by demonstrating edible perennial landscapes that are highly productive, low maintenance, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible!

UMass Amherst Permaculture

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Green Week 2012

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Green WeekThe 12th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 22 to 25 May 2012 in Brussels. This year's theme is "Water".

Over some 40 sessions, the conference will focus on water. This valuable resource needs to be used properly and sparingly, making sure that we have enough for all of its uses, and avoiding polluting our rivers, seas and oceans. Along with all other natural resources, this is one of the most vital for our continued existence on this planet.

Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2011 edition attracted some 3 160 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media.

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XII INTERNATIONAL FORUM «ECOLOGY OF BIG CITY»

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XII INTERNATIONAL FORUM «ECOLOGY OF BIG CITY» OPENS IN SAINT-PETERSBURG 20 MARCH 2012

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The International Environmental Forum “Ecology of Big City” is targeted at the representatives of the environmental authorities of the Russian regions and cities (municipal entities), producers/suppliers of equipment and providers of services used for fulfillment of environmental tasks in urban areas.

The Forum is organized under the support and with participation of the Government of St. Petersburg, the Government of the Leningrad Region, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, professional associations, specialized and business mass-media.

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WORLD’S FIRST ECOLOGICAL CITY: MASDAR CITY

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Gül Indicates Robust Bilateral Relations between Turkey and the UAE 

Exploring, as part of his schedule in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Zayed University and Masdar City erected as the world’s first ecological city, President Gül shared his happiness with being the first Turkish President to pay an official visit to the UAE in years.

Welcomed by the Higher Education and Scientific Researches Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan upon his arrival at Zayed University, President Gül, after chatting with the Rector, Deans and a group of students, was informed about the university and its activities by the Rector. He also conducted a teleconference talk with students of Turkey’s Bilkent University. 

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Multinational Knowledge Brokerage Event on Sustainable Housing

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Multinational Knowledge Brokerage Event
on Sustainable Housing 28-30 March 2012

Venue: ETSAV (Superior Technical School of Architecture of the Vallès) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

Sustainable Housing

 


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