Arid Zone Ecology Forum

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Help advance the inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge in the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 
You are invited to help advance the inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment (GA) of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. This could include, for example, information about publications and reports, data, information about organisations, name of individual experts that work on indigenous and local knowledge. This survey would take 5-15 min to complete: English (, or Spanish (, or French (, and linked to an online Google Translator for other languages.
What is the GA: The ongoing GA of the IPBES is seeking inputs from experts on, and representatives of, indigenous peoples and local communities from around the world. The GA is examining status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in land, inland waters, coastal zones and oceans that have taken place over the last 50 years, as well as short- and long-term future scenarios.
The GA is timed to assess the current, and inform the next, Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and to provide inputs to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over 150 authors and reviewers, from over 60 countries, and numerous contributing authors are part of the GA. The ILK is central both to the overall conceptual framework of IPBES and to the scope of the GA.
Input required: This online CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS is intended to invite experts on ILK, holders of ILK, as well as their organisations and networks to provide inputs such as: 1) Publications (peer-reviewed and technical), reports and case studies, websites, and data; 2) Information about organisations and networks; 3) Name of individual experts. 
IPBES pays explicit attention to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.They are looking for information and material that are already publicly available and do not represent sensitive or proprietary data/information.
This call for contributions is part of a series of activities designed to ensure a participatory approach to the ILK. It complements an open review process and several dialogue and consultation meetings with representatives of Indigenous peoples and local communities.
How will this information be used: All information and files provided in this call will be added to a database of publications, organisations, and authors to be used by the GA and by other IPBES activities. These materials will be read and assessed by authors of the GA. If the material (articles and books, reports, websites, datasets) is used as part of a given chapter, it will be properly cited and acknowledged in the assessment report.

DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Friday, 15 September 2017

AZEF Conference 2017: Change and innovation in the arid zone

The AZEF 2017 Conference was held in Merino Hall, Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, Middelburg, Eastern Cape between 16 and 18 May 2017. The conference was preceeded by an optional trip to the Compassberg (below) on 15 May 2017. To view highlights of the conference, including student prizes and a special dinner held to present lifetime achievement awards, click here, or click on the Forums tab and select 2017.   

We are looking forward to seeing you at AZEF 2018!

View from the top: Compassberg near Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape. Photographs taken by Gigi Laidler.

Lita Beukes Cole memorial event

In order to honour Lita Beukes’ memory, Wilderness Foundation Africa will present an Annual Award recognising conservation students, researchers and others who have made a contribution to the conservation of the Succulent Karoo flora and fauna and who share the same values that Lita stood for, including biodiversity stewardship and reducing human impacts on the environment.


See attached notice for more information.


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