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Conference on Transformative Land and Water Governance

transformative_governancePrimarily, this year’s conference seeks to encourage exchange of knowledge and experience among participants on how they are learning, creating and accompanying different stakeholders to transform land and water governance. Knowledge from across the natural and social sciences is needed to develop a thorough understanding of our ecological challenges. These challenges include: Learning how to develop a comprehensive and integrated point of view, through linking academic disciplines, that enables us to transform our governance of land and water resources; Creating capacities that enable us to build safe and secure societies that are resilient to disaster risks; Accompanying the youth as they prepare to inherit the responsibility of building a sustainable future for our community and society.

Water at the wrong place, wrong time: How can we cope?

2013_09_15_Reflection_Photo1-300x224The World Water Week 2013  closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and 3) an increased resilience to water related disasters. These desired outcomes reflect the advocacy of water movements to address different facets of water problems: too little, too dirty, and too much.

Sustainability science from the mountains: The Bendum Ecology and Culture Center in Mindanao, Philippines

issue-1-editorial-pedro-customPedro Walpole of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) will be speaking at the UNESCO workshop on Sustainability Science in Kuala Lumpur, this 4th and 5th April. In this article, Pedro shares his thoughts on Sustainability Science and its importance in the context of ESSC’s work with rural communities in Mindanao.

UN marks International Day of Biological Diversity

bio-2013large_jq_IDB2013This last May 22 marked the 2013 UN International Day of Biological Diversity, with the theme for this year being “Water and Biodiversity” so as to tie in with ongoing events in this “The International Year of Water Cooperation”. Biodiversity and ecosystem services are central to ourselves and our planets continued, sustainable existence.