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International Development Small Grants Programme


The Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme provides project funding to support projects that help some of the world’s poorest countries and fit within the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy.
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Funding for Short-Term Scientific Missions


Financial support to carry out Short-Term Scientific Missions  that  will  specifically contribute  to  the  scientific  objectives  of  this  COST  Action. 
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Peope 4 Soil


"People 4 Soil" is a free and open network of European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups concerned about land degradation and desertification issues.
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Master of Science in Soil Sciences (in Russian)


This master degree offered by the MSU Moscow State University aims at providing students with fundamental knowledge in the field of natural science, examining theoretical and methodical problems associated with the natural landscape, soil and the use of land resources.
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Network and Research Intern at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn


The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bonn is currently looking for an intern to assist the UNEVOC Network team. Apply before September 30!
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All new Capacity Building Marketplace!


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace launched its “new look” on Monday September 7th, allowing you to easily find what is relevant to you and your project, your career plans, and interests!
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A new local food & sustainability global web platform


GrowSocial, a new community connection and collaborative online tool connecting people in the local and sustainable food movements, is raising funds to build a global web platform aimed at building resilient communities while preserving soil.
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Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program


The Harvard University Center for the Environment is seeking fellows to work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines. Application deadline is January 13, 2016.
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Call for Contributions for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016


IUCN is Calling for Contributions for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, aiming at improving the way natural environment for human, social and economic development, is being managed. Proposals must be submitted before 15 October 2015.
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Program for Ecosystem Restoration at Project Wadi Attir


Wadi Attir's ecosystem restoration learning site will be launched soon! It will contain a series of topical questions on each of its Ecosystem Restoration Program Areas. Have a look!
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International Development Small Grants Program


The Scottish Government supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and three Indian states, contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 Framework in due course. The application deadline is November 25.
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People 4 Soil: add your voice!


In line with the celebrations of the International Year of Soils 2015, People 4 Soil invites European NGOs, associations and other organisations supporting the cause of soil protection, so that specific legislation on soil protection can be complied by the Member States.
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E-learning course: Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance


This e-Learning course aims at exposing the global need to combat drought, and to increase knowledge on various plant breeding strategies and practices in the drylands.
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Job opportunity at the Green Climate Fund (GCF)


GCF is looking for an International Climate Policy Specialist to lead efforts for GCF engagement with multilateral climate processes and international climate finance bodies. Shortlisting remains open until the position is filled.
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Water for Food Security: A Global Conference


A global conference addressing and analysing the extreme drought case in California, as well as the challenges globally of sustainable management of ground and surface water resources.
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Consultancy opportunity with the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD in Bonn


The Global Mechanism (GM) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is hiring a consultant to support the elaboration of adaptive, credible and participatory methodologies and approaches to put in practice the Land Degradation Neutrality concept at a national and sub-national level.
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UNV Online Volunteering Award 2015


UN Volunteers is calling for nominations for the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2015, which will be presented to five online volunteers or teams who have collaborated with an organization through the UNV Online Volunteering service. The deadline is August 31.
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UNU-INRA Visiting Scholars for Green Growth in Africa


The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) makes stipends available for researches from Africa to undertake research on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa. The application deadline is September 15.
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Job opportunity at UNU-EHS in Bonn, Germany


United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is looking for an Assistant to the Executive Office to provide secretarial and general administrative support. The application deadline is September 16.
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Biodiversity Conservation grants for projects in the Mediterranean Basin


Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) announces its call for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants open for biodiversity conservation projects in the in the Mediterranean Basin.
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United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT)


UNU-LRT offers intensive six-month postgraduate training to specialists from developing countries in the broad field of land restoration and sustainable land management (SLM).
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Is your organization offering positions for volunteers? This is the right place!


Many people are willing to offer their help as volunteers, sharing their skills and knowledge with organizations that need it. Are you offering volunteer opportunities, to help further your cause? Or are you looking for a place to volunteer? You have come to the right place! The Capacity Building Marketplace brings offers and opportunities together.
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Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively Under the UNFCCC


This e-learning course takes a close look at the negotiations happening today as we move towards establishing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015. The course starts on September 21st.
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Internship opportunities at the Marketplace


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is looking for new interns to assist with content management and social media.
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Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists 2016


The Elsevier Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World honor scientific and career achievements by women from developing countries around the world. Application deadline is September 15, 2015.
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Scholarship opportunities for Master’s and Doctoral Studies in Brazil


The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB) provide more than 700 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of OAS member states for Master's and Doctoral degrees. The application deadline is July 29.
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International Soil Conference - Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security


This International Soil Conference to be held in Thailand aims at disseminating the knowledge of appropriate technologies, successful experiences and best practices of actions impacting soils.
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Free online course: Permaculture basics


Permaculture offers an approach to food production, soil, water, energy and waste management. This free online course introduces the basics of permaculture, including its design principles and techniques to improve the quality of soil.
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UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace survey


As part of our efforts to further improve your Marketplace experience we are conducting a user satisfaction survey. Take 5 minutes of your time to tell us how we can better serve you!
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Fellowships for Africans in Natural Resources Management


In 2015 the Italian Cooperation will provide funding for 16 students from eligible African countries to pursue the MSc in Natural Resource Management for Tropical Rural Development at the University of Florence in Italy. Apply before July 10!
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Diploma in Environmental Science (Free online course)


This is a free online diploma course that provides students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of environmental science and covers many topics such as the importance of global water supplies
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Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet


Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course starting on July 6.
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Scholarships for Africans in Natural Resources Management


The Italian Cooperation will provide funding for 16 students from eligible African countries to pursue the MSc in Natural Resource Management for Tropical Rural Development at the University of Florence in Italy. The application deadline is July 10, 2015.
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Do you want to set up a Club for UNESCO in your local community?


Within their local community, the members of Clubs for UNESCO are Ambassadors for UNESCO who can raise awareness and develop knowledge about UNESCO and its missions. You can set up a Club for UNESCO, learn how!
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The ERBACHER Foundation Fund


The ERBACHER Foundation sponsors charitable projects that make life in the country possible, worth living and future-oriented, especially those in the fields of livestock husbandry, crop production, soil health, drinking water supply and environmental protection.
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Panel discussion "Multiple Pathways to Sustainable Development: Initial Findings from the Global South"


A panel discussion presenting UNEP’s report "Multiple Pathways to Sustainable Development: Initial Findings from the Global South", which highlights national sustainable development initiatives being implemented by China, Bolivia, South Africa, and Thailand.
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Vacancy: Finance and Administration Officer at UNU-ViE


United Nations University - Vice-rectorate for Europe (UNU-ViE) is looking for a Finance and Administration Officer to lead the Administration Unit and oversee the functions related to finance, human resources and general administration.
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MSc on Integrated Drylands Management


Apply for this masters' degree offered by the United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), aimed at advancing human capital, and generating and adapting global knowledge for local solutions in drylands. The deadline for application submissions is July 15, 2015.
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Unlocking the full potential of future professionals


This UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace panel discussion is organized as part of the celebrations to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification. Have you register to be part of this unique event? There just few spaces left! The application deadline is June 16.
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Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015


This publication produced by The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The first such data set shows renewable power-generation capacity for 2000-2014.
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Soils under global change (SOGLO) summer school 2015


A summer school providing young scientists with an overview of the novel techniques that contribute to the quantification of weathering rates and cycling of major elements in the soil systems domain. Application deadline June 15.
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Grants for environmental journalists available now!


The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), through its “Fund for Environmental Journalism”, supports qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism. The application date is July 15, 2015.
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Youth Climate Video Competition


Young people around the globe are invited to participate in the Global Youth Video Competition, where they have the opportunity to share with the world what they are doing to combat climate change. Two winners will get a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris this year!
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Understanding Soil (online course)


Take this online course and explore the importance of the soil and how it works and relates with other living organisms, food production, farmers and society in general.
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Does your food have a footprint? Find out for yourself


The “ecological footprint” is a concept that can be measured to show the contribution of human consumption on the resources of the Earth. This footprint can be expressed in terms of how much land, water and CO2 is used by your activities. Read in detail about this concept and discover the size of your footprint with the tools provided.
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Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world’s food crisis?


This article shows how the sun can me used to desalinate seawater for irrigation and to heat and cool greenhouses as required, and thence cheaply grow high-quality, pesticide-free vegetables year-round in commercial quantities.
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Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided (in spanish)


A World Bank’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providing a summary of the key impacts and challenges of a 4°C warmer world by the end of this century. The course starts on june 8, 2015!
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Sponsoring the Regional Conference on Marketing and Innovation in Organic Farming


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is looking for sponsors to support the Regional Conference on Marketing and Innovation in Organic Farming to be held in Goesan County, South Korea. In exchange, IFOAM provides international visibility for interested organizations.
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DesertLand II: Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation


This conference encourages scientists, project leaders, NGO’s, communities, societies, federal and local, as well as governmental and private (profit or non-profit) organizations to present their work, activities and projects aiming at combating desertification and land degradation worldwide.
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Postgraduate course on the adaptation of biological rhythms on arid and semi-arid areas (in Spanish)


This postgraduate course, taking place in Argentina, focuses on the analysis of physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying biological rhythms in plants, insects and mammals in arid and semi-arid environments.
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The fight against desertification: traditional technologies of sustainable land and water use


This publication in spanish explains how traditional technologies for the sustainable management of land and water resources, can be used to the benefit of communities currently living in dry lands.
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Request for consultancy services with the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD


The Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is making a request for consultancy services by either an institution or company to assess the current databases and PRAIS2 portal, the online reporting platform of the Convention.
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Short course on Climate Change and Development


A short course aimed at professionals who are not specialists in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy.
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Online Course: Resolving Agricultural Trade Issues through International and Regional Trade-related Agreements in the CIS Region (in Russian)


This online course offered by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) aims to equip participants with a better understanding of the rules and procedures to address and resolve trade issues for agri-food products under the various trade and trade-related agreements.
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Oksigen for social entrepreneurship


Oksigen for social entrepreneurship is a group composed of independent organizations aiming at stimulating social entrepreneurship and maximizing social impact around the world. Discover it now!
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Free online course on water and waste management (in Spanish)


This free and self-paced on-line course offers students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the main concepts and issues regarding water and waste management.
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The 13th edition Marketplace’s Newsletter is out!


This newsletter provides you with valuable information on how capacity building has and can continue to revolutionize sustainable land management (SLM) in various parts of the world.
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IPBES call for young fellows pilot programme on land degradation and restoration


The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Young Fellows Pilot Programme is targeting young scholars who wish to gain experience on land degradation and restoration in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia and Europe.
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Free online course on Climate Change by UN CC:learn


The new e-learning course covering climate science, policy, adaptation, mitigation, finance and planning, offered by the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change, is now available in three languages: English, French and Spanish!
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Call for projects for sustainable management of natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean


The Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) announces its call "Innovations for the sustainable management of natural resources in family agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean" aimed at promoting sustainability and family farming in the Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
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Project Inspire 2015: 5 Minutes to Change the World challenge


Ahead of International Women’s Day 2015, the fifth annual Project Inspire: '5 Minutes to Change the World challenge', aims at helping young change-makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.
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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law


The University of Malta (Malta) and the University of Leuven (Belgium) are assessing applications of interested students for the 2015/6 period for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law.
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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems’ Youth Strategy 2014-2017


The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)'s Research Program on Dryland Systems has issued its first youth strategy to promote more youth-inclusive development in dryland systems.
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New App provides all knowledge and tools to manage your farm!


Using best practices in knowledge is one of the most powerful drivers of change, if easily accessible by those who need it. A new application developed by Young Croatian Farmers for the agricultural sector, brings easy and cheap access to a full range of competencies you need to manage your farm using your smartphone!
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International Scientific Conference: Our Common Future Under Climate Change


This conference will take place at UNESCO (Paris) and will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues.
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The Equator Prize 2015 call for nominations


The Equator Initiative partnership has opened the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015. The application deadline is May 27.
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Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015


The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding USD20,000 to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to forests and the lives of people who depend on them.
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Third call for NAMA Support Project Outlines


The NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) Facility announces the launch of its Third Call for NAMA Support Project Outlines, aiming at supporting the implementation of projects that catalyse transformational change towards low-carbon development. The deadline is 15 July 2015.
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Short-Term Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute offers grant support for university and postdoctoral research at its facilities in Panama in several disciplines related to ecology and soils sciences.
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Soil Atlas: facts and figures about earth, land and fields


This publication provides insights into the current state of global soils, and in in numerous illustrations and texts highlights the threats posed to the land.
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Massive online course: Crowdfunding for Development


This free masive online course introduces the fundamentals of crowdfunding for development projects and gives participants with the know-how and necessary tools to build and launch their own crowdfunding for development campaign.
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Online course on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring


This free online course developed by the World Bank introduces the new Sustainable Agriculture Land Management (SALM) techniques to increase soil carbon sequestration. Application ends on April 23, 2015.
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UNCCD Short-writing Contest 2015


The UNCCD announces its first Short-writing Contest with the theme "Land nurturing people nurturing life". The application deadline is 15 May 2015.
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Call for DESA-DSD & UN-NGLS Stakeholder Steering Committee for Post-2015 Agenda Negotiations


The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) invite applications for a stakeholder Steering Committee to facilitate broad and inclusive participation of stakeholders in the fifth negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda.
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Introductory Course to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands


This free online course explores the Ramsar Convention, the first global treaty recognizing the importance of wetlands which are among the most productive sources of ecological support on earth.
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Online course: Estimating GHG Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use


This new course, developed by World Bank and FAO, shows you how to carry out green house gas and carbon accounting for projects relating to Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Change, using the Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool, that was developed by FAO.
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Volunteer with organic farmers around the world!


Do you have a genuine interest in learning about organic growing, country living or ecologically sound lifestyles, and want to help local farmers with daily tasks? WWOOF can be a great opportunity for you to understand the culture, issues and living conditions of local farmers around the world.
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Celebrating Soil! Celebrating Life!


As part of the international 'Save Our Soils' campaign for the celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015, this event aims at raising public awareness of the central importance of a living soil.
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Training School on Restoration in Mediterranean Drylands


The University of Lisbon and the Autonomous University of Madrid will be co-hosting a training school on ‘Restoration in Mediterranean Drylands’ from the 13th to the 21st of May 2015. Grants for this training school are available. The application deadline is April 17.
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Awards for projects carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean


The Call to Vidanta Foundation Awards 2015 edition is now open. The Fundacion Vidanta recognizes and supports outstanding, original projects carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean to reduce poverty
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Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring


Learn about the new Sustainable Agriculture Land Management (SALM) techniques to increase soil carbon sequestration, by participating in this online course developed by the World Bank. Registration ends April 20!
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Travel grants for volunteers


The Omprakash Ambassador Travel Grants covers travel costs and living expenses for individuals who want to volunteer abroad in fields related to environmental conservation and education.
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Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet


A free online course aiming at learning about the basics of soil science, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system.
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Vacancy opportunity: Programme Co-ordinator - Energy Training and Capacity Building


The International Energy Agency (IEA) is looking for a Programme Co-ordinator to contribute to developing training materials and activities for its global Energy Training and Capacity Building Programme.
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Guidance Note For Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy


This is a guidance report on climate change learning strategies for capacity building against climate change effects in five countries, aiming at inspiring systematic action on climate change in many other countries.
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Volunteer with the International Forum Desertif'actions 2015


Volunteer opportunities with the International Forum Desertif'actions 2015 for those concerned about desertification and the safeguarding of the Earth’s fertile land.
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Job opportunity at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany


The International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-UNEVOC) is looking for a Programme Assistant to support the International Centre in various tasks.
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International Doctoral Research Scholarships


The government of New Zealand awards International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) to outstanding students aiming at undertaking PhD studies in any field at a New Zealand university.
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Join the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace as online volunteer


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is expanding its service in French, Spanish and Russian languages. For this endeavor the Marketplace is seeking the assistance of online volunteers in the respective languages. Apply now and join the Marketplace team as an online volunteer.
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The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace online volunteer (coordinator)


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is expanding its service in French, Spanish and Russian languages. Hence, it is seeking online volunteers as coordinators for the respective languages. Apply now and join the Marketplace team as an online volunteers coordinator.
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Tools for teaching Water and Sustainable Development


In line with the celebration of the 2015 World Water Day, UN Water has developed an open source of materials for teaching Water and Sustainable Development in schools
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Call for Doctoral Research Grants


The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is granting funds for undertaking research in fields related to soil fertility and consumption.
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24th International Children’s Painting Competition


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invites children aged 9 to 14 years from all over the world to participate in the 24th International Children’s Painting Competition, which focuses on sustainable energy.
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The eLearning Africa Survey 2015


Take part in the 2015 eLearning Africa Report Survey, and share your experiences and insights into how ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is currently being used in education and training throughout Africa.
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E-learning course on the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC)


A short online course specially designed for UNCCD National Focal Points, aimed at increasing/refreshing their knowledge of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), and thereby facilitating a more effective participation in CRIC 13.
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Facilitated online discussion on the Forum on Food Security and Nutrition


A three-week online learning event on climate change, food security and nutrition targeted at people planning and implementing programmes and projects related to food security, nutrition and/or climate change in the agriculture sector.
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement’


The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement’. This free online course aims at identifying options and pathways for action, methods to identify stakeholders, and how to establish a basis for initiating engagement and discussion.
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Vacancies at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany


The International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-UNEVOC) is looking for two Programme Assistants to support the International Centre in various tasks.
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Website launched on UNCCD National Action Programmes


You can find all information related to the process for National Action Programmes (NAPs) on this new website.
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Grants for conservation leadership


Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) offers the funding opportunities for early-career conservationists. Application begins early 2015.
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Grants for testing and developing projects in Nature Conservation and Landscape Management


The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has funds available for projects that focus on practical application of nature conservation on the ground.
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Young Professionals Programme at the Global Soil Week 2015


The Young Professionals Programme at the Global Soil Week is seeking 15 young scientists and graduates to engage in the GWS 2015 activities and actively engage in promoting sustainable land management through various sectors.
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Edinburgh Global Latin-American Masters Scholarships


Six Edinburgh Global Latin American Masters Scholarships are available for students from Latin American countries aiming at pursuing a master's degree at the University of Edinburgh.
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E-learning course on: the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the UNCCD


An online short course specially designed for UNCCD Science and Technology Correspondents (STC), aimed at facilitating the main objectives of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference to be held in Cancun, Mexico from the 9 – 12 of March 2015.
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Your Market, our Market, a global Market!!


Visit the Marketplace and make full use of the resources it offers, including volunteer and internship opportunities, jobs and fellowship, crowdfunding, study and research grants, e-learning courses and much more!
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Scholarship opportunities to study in China


The Organization of American States (OAS)'s Department of Human Development and Education is offering partial scholarships to citizens of OAS member states to pursue a Master's degree in China.
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E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC theme


This is an opportunity for you to provide United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with concrete ideas and proposals for defining the steps required for the successful transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Internship opportunities at UNESCO-UNEVOC


The International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-UNEVOC) in Bonn, Germany, is currently looking for three interns to assist the International Centre in various tasks.
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UN CC:Learn Introductory e-course on Climate Change


A free self-paced e-learning course covering six modules including climate science, policy, adaptation, mitigation, finance and planning, by the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change.
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Worst megadroughts in 1,000 Years threaten the U.S.


A study made by the Earth Institute warns of unprecedented risk of drought in 21st Century, where the U.S. Southwest and Great Plains will face persistent drought, worse than anything seen in ancient or modern times.
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The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development


An annual award given to the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. Apply before 31 March 2015!
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Internship opportunities at UNESCO


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) offers internship opportunities to students worldwide that allows them to gain practical experience in an international organization.
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Our World Citizen Talent Scholarships


The Hague University of Applied Sciences is offering a total of 9 scholarships to students aiming at starting their Master's programme at this University.
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Capacity Building Quiz February 2015


Test how much you know about the upcoming major events of the UNCCD in 2015 by taking this month’s quiz. If you manage to score more than 80% you will be among the winners of a prize!
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Grants for international projects available


Grants for nonprofit organizations worldwide providing food relief, development assistance and improved public policy in the fight against hunger are available now.
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Summer school on "Integrated Land Use Systems"


The Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Freiburg in Germany is organizing a summer school with a focus on research of ecological, social and economic aspects of integrated land use systems.
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Vacancy opportunity: Project Scientist at The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies


The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) located in Potsdam, Germany, is looking for a Project Scientist to undertake research in the field of sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, the earth systems and social pathways to sustainability.
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E-learning course: Economics of Climate-Resilient Development


Course offered by the World Bank explaining the rationale for countries to develop climate-resilient plans that will help them to move away from a business-as-usual development path.
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Prizes for scientists working in a developing country


The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) awards eight prizes to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years. Apply before 28 February 2015!
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2015 World Children Water Forum


The 2015 World Children Water Forum is designed to provide a valuable opportunity for children to raise their voices and have discussions on water issues.
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Women's Land Rights Visiting Professionals 2015


Landesa Center for Woman’s Land Rights invites professionals from India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to work as visiting professionals in its office in the United States of America in 2015.
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UNCCD Short-writing contest 2015


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is pleased to announce its first Short-writing Contest 2015. The theme is ‘Land nurturing people nurturing life’.
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Mexico Water Prize - Call For Papers 2015


Mexico Water Prize calls for proposals of successful local public policies for water resources management, which can be replicated by other countries facing similar conditions and situations.
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International workshop on climate change "youth action on climate change”


This international workshop on climate change aims at giving young people the opportunity to have their say in the global environmental sustainability discourse.
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The first Marketplace's Newsletter for 2015 is Out!


This Newsletter contains inspirational stories on how people continue to revolutionize sustainable land management (SLM) around the world, introduces you to the new and innovative design of the Marketplace, and provides important information for students and young academics. Read it now!
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TOPS Small Grants Program


The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) has recently announced the closure of its Small Grants Program. New applications are accepted only till 31th of January 2015.
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GEF’s Small Grants Programme


The Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides financial and technical support to projects aimed at preserving and restoring degraded land worldwide.
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UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Programme e-learning courses


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Multilateral Diplomacy Programme strenghtens capacity through e-learning, particularly in view of increasing performance in conferences and meetings convened at the United Nations and regional organizations.
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Internship at the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace


Do you want to join our team and help us expand the Marketplace? We currently offer two internships at our office in Bonn, Germany. Apply before February 5th!
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Looking for research opportunities


Dr. Ahmed Imam is undertaking research to find suitable indicators for monitoring the changes in biodiversity in degrading ecosystems.
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Lecture on Global politics and land protection


A public lecture at the ZEF, Bonn Germany, by Dr. Richard Byron-Cox of the UNCCD.
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Take our survey and tell us what you think!


As we are working to make the Marketplace most useful to you, we kindly invite you to share your feedback on how we can further improve its usability for you.
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Questionnaire on the Ecological Restoration of the Dryland Areas of Europe


This survey by Working Group 3 of COST Action ES1104 invites dryland experts to share their knowledge of best practice for drylands restoration.
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The 10th edition Marketplace's Newsletter is Out!


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace invites you to read the 10th edition of our Newsletter.
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Commonwealth Foundation grants for CSOs


Grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. A new call for grants will open on 6 January 2015.
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Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Grants for environmental studies


Application for doctoral scholarships for environmental studies in Germany closes 15 January. Foreign students are invited to apply.
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The Climate Action Portal: Land use


The new Climate Action Portal presents information on land use actions undertaken around the world by various stakeholders.
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Grants for attending scientific conferences


Various organizations offer grants for attending scientific conferences. Find an overview here.
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Young Eco-Hero Awards 2015


An award for individuals aged 8 to 16. Are you an Eco-Hero, or do you know one? Check it out here.
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The United Nations launches “Post-2015 Learning Hub”


The United Nations System Staff College has launched a learning and knowledge exchange platform for UN-Staff with many courses also accessible for the public.
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Study Earth Sciences or Ecology in Amsterdam


Fellowship Programme to allow talented prospective students to pursue a Master's degree in an international environment in Amsterdam.
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E-Consultation: The economics of land degradation


The Eurasian Centre for Food Security (ECFS) has launched an e-consultation focusing on economics of land degradation, to connect people, share experiences, communicate knowledge and raise awareness about land.
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Internship & Volunteer Opportunities with ICENECDEV in Cameroon


The International Centre For Environmental Education and Community Development(ICENECDEV) is offering opportunities for volunteers and interns to support addressing environmental conservation issues.
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Aga Khan Foundation: International Scholarships


The Aga Khan Foundation provides scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries.
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International Development Research Center: Call for Proposals


This grant supports the development of institutions in low- or middle-income countries that will serve as regional hubs in Global Environmental and Occupational Health.
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Global South Scholars: Fellowships for Young Professors


The Graduate Institute's Global South Scholars program awards fellowships to young professors from developing and emerging countries for a semester of advanced research.
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Educational Fellowships 2015


The Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program supports studies in conservation at masters and doctoral levels for students around the world.
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Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation Grant


The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries by providing grants supporting research or projects, that solve challenges related to conservation, food and health.
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Australia Awards for Africa - Scholarships and Fellowships


An award that funds qualified African candidates for various studies in Australia.
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African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grants


Grants for Research on Environmental Change and Conflict for African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues.
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Grants for Guest Researchers from Africa


Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) provides funding for social science researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa, for research in Sweden.
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Free online courses on sustainable water management and drought mitigation


Are you interested in learning more about water conservation and sustainable irrigation techniques? Check out a list of free online courses aimed at improving water quality and conservation!
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Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation Grant


New grants for projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences and develop the capacity of local organizations.
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The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace Quiz


Take the new Capacity Building Marketplace Quiz and win a prize.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills in Action Award


The International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-UNEVOC) is calling for technical and vocational education and training students, graduates, (social) entrepreneurs and individuals who have utilized their skills to benefit local communities across the globe.
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The Marketplace's Newsletter is Out!


This newsletter provides you with valuable information on how capacity building has and can continue to revolutionize sustainable land management (SLM) in various parts of the world. It includes a new quiz about the National Action Plans, a success story about the revival of traditional methods for soil conservation, various new opportunities and much more!
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New articles and publications available on the Marketplace!


Do you need references for your research project, term paper or seminar homework? The Marketplace offers applicable, subject categorized publications and articles focusing on forests, drought, sustainable land management and climate change, among others. Find a list of publications and articles available on the Marketplace!
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University courses and training opportunities on the Marketplace


Are you looking for a university course or training opportunity to expand your knowledge in the field of sustainable land management, drought, environmental conservation or sustainable development, but you have not found the right choice yet? Discover a list of courses available on the Marketplace that might meet your needs!
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Internship opportunity at the UNCCD in Bonn!


The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) based in Bonn, the programme for Central and Easter Europe (CEE) is offering an internship opportunity to assist with the preparation of the Regional Action Programme to combat land degradation, desertification in drought. Apply now!
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Grant opportunities for students and researchers!


For individuals lacking the financial means to expand their knowledge or to undertake research related to sustainable land management, The Marketplace publishes relevant study and research grant opportunities that could be of interest to you and your organization!
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Win a prize! Participate in the Capacity Building Marketplace quiz


Participate in the capacity Building Marketplace monthly quiz and develop your knowledge about the UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs).
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Master's Degree in Global Change: Natural Resources and Sustainability (In Spanish)


This graduate program from university of Córdoba focuses on effects of global change on ecosystem. Courses are in Spanish.
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Masters Degree in Agro-Environmental Management


Advance your knowledge in nutrient cycling and environmental management; environmental effects of various types of production, climate change and more.
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The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Funding instrument for Innovative Capacity Development Initiatives (FICAD)


The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Instrument for Funding Innovative Capacity Development Initiatives (FICAD) aims at building sustainable human and institutional capacity for poverty reduction in Africa.
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The African Landscapes Action Plan


This publication synthesized lessons learnt from past research and experience in integrated landscape management to generate a powerful set of policy and programmatic plans for national, regional and international action.
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Strengthening Rural Institutions


This article elaborates collective action in natural resource management as a key feature of smallholder farmer systems and sustainable land management.
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Climate-Smart Agriculture through Sustainable Land-Water Management


Learn how climate change is likely to impact agriculture, food production and security and what actions can be taken to increase productivity, and build resilience to mitigate the negative impacts.
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Free online courses related to the health and quality of soils


Are you concerned about land degradation issues and would like to increase your knowledge on sustainable agriculture practices on the ground? Check out this list containing free online courses aiming at improving the health and quality of soils!
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Land and Food Fellowships


Fellowships are available for post-graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have an interest in land and agriculture. 
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Don't miss the Global Land Forum 2015


The International Land Coalition (ILC) invites all concerned stakeholders to join the Global Land Forum 2015, to share, learn, and plan joint actions towards people-centered land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC is looking for volunteers!


The International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-UNEVOC) is looking for volunteers to provide assistance during the global forum entitled ‘Skills for Work and Life Post-2015’ to be held in Bonn from 14 October 2014 and a UNEVOC Network meeting on October 17.
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International Expert Symposium dealing with drought issues in Latin American and the Caribbean


Expert scientists from Latin America and the Caribbean and from Semi-Arid Regions Worldwide, as well as decision and policy makers and research institutes are invited to submit abstracts for presentations related to drought management by september 22.
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Youth session at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum


On December 6 the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) holds a session in Lima, Peru, to build the skills of young leaders in land use, climate change and sustainable development issues.
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New round of Commonwealth Professional Fellowships


Professionals from developing Commonwealth countries have an opportunity to spend a period of time with a UK host organization through this fellowship programme. Apply before September 18th for round 3 of 2014.
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Fund for business ideas to help rural people adapt to climate change


The 3rd round of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies window is now accepting applications.
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Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral studies in Czech Republic available


The Czech Republic provides scholarships to support nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education. Appliction deadline: September 30.
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Call for letters of inquiry Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)


The CEPF invites civil society from Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC,
Tanzania and Zambia for projects related to biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity
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Essay contest on the future of development assistance


The Global Development Network Next Horizons Essay Contest invites fresh thinking related to the future of aid and make your ideas available to policymakers and key stakeholders.
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Grant opportunities for individuals and organizations in Africa


Are you from Africa and are in need of financial support to perform research, studying abroad or carry out projects addressing land degradation, desertification and drought issues in your region? Check out the opportunities listed here!
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Call for proposals: business innovation in arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa


Do you have innovative ideas based on low cost renewable energy and solutions that can help rural people adapt to climate change? The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is funding businesses with potentially transformative climate change solutions and with a deep social impact.
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New photo story and more, on CCAFS climate smart villages


Meet the Lower Kamula Youth Group and others, and learn from them what being “climate-smart” really means.
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United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace: new courses for postgraduate students


The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) is a leading research and teaching institute based in Tokyo, Japan. It is currently inviting postgraduate students to apply for its autumn course on Leadership for Sustainability and its intensive five week program about Building Resilience to Climate Change. Apply before July 31, 2014.
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Savory Institute's Annual International Conference "Putting Grasslands to Work"


The annual international conference by the Savory Institute (London August 1st and 2nd) deals with the topic of grasslands. It includes a session "Putting Grasslands to Work: A conversation about Soil"
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Internships at the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace


Do you want to join our team this fall, and help us expand the Marketplace? We currently offer three internships at our office in Bonn, Germany. Apply before August 11!
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#climateproofmyland winners!


Check out the winners of the #Climateproofmyland contest. If you find your picture there, you can get a welcome pack from the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace!
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Find diverse and relevant opportunities offered by the Arava Institute!


The Arava Institute is the premier environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. Discover diverse opportunities, including full scholarships and internship vacancies that might be relevant for you!
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Consultancy to support the alignment of national action programmes for Angola


Consultant needed to support the alignment of the National Action Programmes (NAP) of Angola to the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD.
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Celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification!


The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year. Join us in this celebration and show your support with a call to climate proof your land!
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Children's voice: Climate proof my land!


How to take care of the land so that we can have a better future? listen to these children's message, and join them in making our land climate proof!
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Call for Papers: Water Week Latinoamérica 2015


Join a unique platform for sharing experiences and practices focusing on new ways of thinking and positive action towards water-related challenges and their impact on the environment, health, climate, economy, and community.
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UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for Small Island Developing States 2014 


UNFCCC secretariat is offering two fellowship positions for five months to young professionals from Small Island Developing States region who are interested in contributing to the work on climate change adaptation or on gender and youth related dimensions of climate action.    
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Internship opportunity at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn


UNESCO-UNEVOC, the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, is offering an internship opportunity to assist with research. Apply now!
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Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands


In this capacity building event Participants will co-generate new insights on the links between Community Based Adaptation (CBA), and achieving resilient development on an ongoing basis across disciplines.
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International Land Coalition Award 2015


International Land Coalition Award recognizes outstanding efforts and successes of a coalition member in promoting people-centered land governance.
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Call for papers: annual conference “Climate Change: Scenarios, impacts and policy”


The second annual conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences, aiming to involve scientists, researchers and policy makers, focused on different aspects of climate change, has extended the deadline for submission of short papers to May 30th, 2014. Apply now!
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Consultancy at the UNCCD secretariat


Consultancy opportunity to develop a common “indicator” to be used by the Parties of the UNCCD and the UNFCCC Conventions in their regular reporting processes, to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation in terrestrial ecosystems.
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The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace Workshop


The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace invites students and young professionals in Bonn, with profound interest in sustainable land management, to attend a three hour workshop.
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Convergence: The 7th edition of the World Forum


Convergence is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 7th edition of the World Forum to be held on 8, 9 and 10 September 2014 in Paris. Convergences' forums became unmissable events for all professionals to discuss innovative solutions to fight against poverty and insecurity in the world.
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Indicators of Desertification: early warning signs


This training course will focus on how ecological indicators based on plant and lichen functional diversity can be used as early warning indicators of desertification.
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Executive Summer School (ESS) on Global Environmental Policy


A summer training school by University of Geneva, in cooperation with UNEP. Application deadline is April 30.
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Volunteers wanted: Expert Readers for UNCCD Land for Life Award


The UNCCD secretariat is currently seeking expert volunteers background knowledge in land, soil, sustainable land management or desertification, to help screen applications for the 2014 Land for Life Award.
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University of Sussex: Commonwealth Scholarships


The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study.
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E-learning course: Improved Drought Forecasting and Warning


This e-learning course aims to provide the participant with an in depth understanding of drought early warning and forecasting.
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Deadline extended: UNCCD 2014 Land for Life Award


The Land for Life Award specially recognizes excellence in sustainable land management. Application deadline for nominations is: 31 March.
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Call for proposals- IGAD Regional Civil Society Drylands Governance Facility


Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD) calls Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to apply for support to engage effectively with regional environment issues.
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Register now for e-learning Africa 2014


E-learning Africa is a networking event for developing e-learning capacities in Africa. The 9th eLearning Africa conference will be held from May 28th to 30th in Kampala, Uganda. Under the overall theme of ICT for Development, Training and Education, eLearning Africa 2014 will examine the experiences, projects, investments, policies, partnerships and research that are shaping the Continent's learning landscape.
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Call for proposals sustainable food security through ITPGRFA Benefit-Sharing Fund


The 3rd Call for Proposals under the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA ) is open until May 5th 2014. The thematic focus of the Call for Proposals 2014 is sustainable food security through assisting farmers adapt to climate change.
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Volunteer for organisation of Environmental Law Moot Court Competition


Stetson searchs for volunteers who can help them organise the Central and Eastern European Rounds of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine!
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Two internship opportunities at the UNCCD secretariat in Bonn, Germany


The UNCCD secretariat offers two new internship opportunties in: Strategic Business Integration, and Knowledge and Information Management.
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Check out our grants section and win a welcome pack!


This month's quiz is about research and study grants, and the grants section of the Marketplace. Get all the answers right and you can win a welcome package!

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Urgent - UNCCD seeks project designer manager


The UNCCD secretariat seeks a project manager/designer to design and manage a project on land-degradation neutrality within the context of the National Action Programme alignment process.
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Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management


The Equator Prize 2014 will honor twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Nominations close March 22nd.
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Study grants offered by German Academic Exchange Service


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports young professionals to study in development-related fields at German universities. DAAD provides scholarships to participants from developing countries pursuing studies in various fields, including environmental management and water resources.
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Vacancy at UNESCO-UNEVOC, Bonn (deadline March 10)


International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) in Bonn has a vacancy for a Secretariat & Programme Assistant.
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The OPEC Fund for International Development scholarships


A scholarship for outstanding young students from developing countries, for graduate studies in a development-related discipline. Apply now: the application deadline is 1 May.
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E-learning course: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects and Soil Carbon Monitoring


This e-course, based on the new Sustainable agricultural land management practices (SALM) carbon accounting methodology, presents how soil carbon is monitored and accounted in an agricultural land management project.
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Capacity Building to support the UNCCD 2014 reporting process


The 2014 UNCCD reporting exercise was launched on 1 February. The Capacity Building Marketplace offers various tools and mechanisms to support reporting entities.
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UNCCD: Call for scientists to join the science–policy interface


The secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is herewith inviting experts to apply to become members of the Science–Policy Interface (SPI).
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E-learning course "The role of the National Focal Point to the UNCCD"


This course about the role of the National Focal Point also serves as an excellent introduction to the UNCCD process for a broad audience. Due to popular demand the course will run a second time in February.
Register now. Starting date: Monday February 17th
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Deadline extended: ESSC Grants for Researchers


The European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) provides two grants for young reserachers to support their participation to this International Conference.
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Deadlines for COST Funding for Short-Term Scientific Missions 2014


COST Action ES1104 focuses on practical measures that can be used by practitioners, stakeholders and authorities to restore degraded drylands and manage their recovery. It will run from June 2012 to May 2016.
Find the deadlines for 2014 here.
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Grants for course on implementation of para-ecology in dryland research and restoration


An interesting short course on Participation-driven Science in Ecology and Hydrology: Implementation of para-ecology in dryland research and restoration for PhD students or Postdocs. Grants available through COST Action ES1104.
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Local community project FLEUVE launched


FLEUVE – Front Local Environnemental pour une Union VertE (Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union), a pioneering initiative elaborated by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD and funded by the European Union, was launched promising to help boost financial resources at the community level in 10 African countries.
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Looking for partners: Desert Corp (by the Planck Foundation)


Desert Corp is a new initiative by the Planck foundation, currently looking for partners to participate in market-driven projects to turn deserts into productive economic areas.
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The Capacity Building Marketplace supports the UNCCD reporting process


​As a way of helping Parties in their search for suitably qualified expertise, the Capacity Building Marketplace is launching a database of consultants.
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Start of new e-learning course: The role of the National Focal Point to the UNCCD


A new e-learning course aimed at helping to capacitate NFPs through giving them the opportunity to better understand what their functions are and support them to develop the necessary skills to carry out the same.
Starting date: 20 January 2014
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Vacancy: Economist for the assessment of the economic impacts of land degradation


Centre for International Migration and Development is hiring an Economist for the assessment of the economic impacts of land degradation, to be hosted at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Kenya.
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COST Action: Special session on Sustainable Land Management at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly


COST Action is inviting submission of Abstracts to the Soil System Science Sessions 'Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification' at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014.
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Assessing the socio-economic benefits of land ecosystems


Online course on how to assess the economic benefits of land as a first step towards preventing its degradation. It introduces methods of economic analysis and valuation that help you manage land sustainably and efficiently.
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Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration


Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) involves the systematic regrowth and management of trees and shrubs from felled tree stumps, sprouting root systems or seeds to restore soil structure and fertility, rehabilitate springs and the water table, and increase biodiversity.
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Discover the resources on the Marketplace


The Capacity Building Marketplace offers an overview of resources you can use to build your capacity! Find all the articles, publications and an overview of e-learning opportunties here.
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Innovative early warning tool for drought prone Asia-Pacific regions


Initially supported by Chinese and Indian space agencies, this regional drought mechanism will provide monitoring and early warning services and capacity building for drought-prone countries in the region.
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5 December: International Volunteer Day 2013


Volunteerism can help build your capacity through dedicated volunteers, sharing their knowledge and expertise with organizations they support.
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Fellowships and short-courses for professionals in water management and drought


The Institute for Water Eduction in Delft offers various opportunities for developing your capacity as a professional, with fellowships for developing countries from the Dutch government.
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COST Action: funded research opportunity on Land degradation indicators and restoration planting


Funded research opportunity for an Early Stage Researcher to undertake a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) on the relationships between land degradation indicators and restoration planting options.
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Help identify farmland on a map


You can help researchers to build a new global cropland map, to support the monitoring of crops affected by drought.
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November 28th Bonn University event on research interests and partnering


Bonn University organizes an event on research interests and partnering for Horizon 2020, with speakers from various UN agencies located in Bonn, including Dr. Richard Byron-Cox from the UNCCD.
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Date palm demonstration project looking for a community in desert region


The Food Shelter Project is interested in finding a community where date palm leaves are cultivated and where they can deliver a demonstration project. Can you help?
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Call for abstracts: Arid Lands Restoration & Combat Desertification


Submit your abstracts for the Soil System Sciences session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, before 16 January 2014.  
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African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowships


Put your leadership skills into practice by serving as role models to the next generation of girls and boys, inspiring them to join the fight against hunger and poverty.
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A visit to Monica's home of good hope


A small delegation from the UNCCD visited a soup kitchen for poor vulnerable children, street children and orphans situated in Katutura, on the outskirts of Windhoek. The soup kitchen supports kids education in Namibia through volunteers and interns.
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MA in Climate and Society (with schorlarships for the Caribbean)


Scholarships are now available for students from the Caribbean to develop their knowledge related to climate change adaptation and water resources management that can be directed back to this region. Apply Now!
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UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace at COP11 Windhoek


The Capacity Building Marketplace has a stand at the exhibition center of the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties, in Windhoek Namibia. We meet with users of the Marketplace and invite them to share their ideas.
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CAPDEV: Supporting governments and institutions to invest in capacity building


CAPDEV provides advice, problem solving, training to institutions and agencies working in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. Within the specific context of the UNCCD, it also develops expertise to support countries to align to the 10 -Year Strategy their National Action Programmes (NAPs) to Combat Desertification.
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Young Eco-Hero Awards 2014


Young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet. Action For Nature (AFN) has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. Apply now!
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Resources for educators


On the Capacity Building Marketplace we offer links to various resources available for educators. Providing you with materials to use in your classroom, and links to training courses that help you develop your professional skills as an educator.
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IFDD: Guide des négociations / Guide to the negotiations


Les guides produits dans cette collection ont pour but d'aider les participants aux grandes conférences des UNCCD. Guides for policymakers and guide to the negotiations UNCCD COP11.
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UNCCD Short Guide for Chairs


With only a few days for the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, this document prepared by the office of the UNCCD Capacity Building Officer, provides guidelines for participants who may be selected as chairs for UNCCD meetings.
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Capacity building program with field exposure in "Community Driven Development" in India


Be one of the 25 international participants of this capacity building program aiming to increase the level of understanding of community development concepts and tools that can be applied in the process of empowering the community. Scholarships available!
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Training on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms, Combating Desertification and Erosion


Workshop, 28-31 October 2013 in Ankara, Konya, Turkey. Aimed at sharing the experiences gained by Turkey with countries under desertification danger in Central Asia, the Balkans and Africa.
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An international fellowship opportunity for forestry professionals


Work at the World Forest Institute for 6 to 12 months, together with forestry and forest products professionals from around the world!
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The Global Soil Week 2013: “Losing Ground?”


Are you striving towards achieving a more sustainable use of soils? Don't miss the opportunity to join the 2nd Global Soil Week 2013 “Losing Ground?” in Berlin, Germany, dedicated to the sustainable management of soils.
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Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Mombasa, Kenya


The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) is pleased to present the SEF Summer Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, to address the rising demand for innovative financing for climate friendly solutions in Africa. Scholarships available, apply now!
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Consultant pour la mise en place de Base de données GDT


Une grande occasion de travailler avec le CILSS!
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Funding for research proposals focusing on gender equality available!


Funded research initiatives aiming to generate new evidence on women's economic empowerment, with a focus on low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are now available!
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Webinar: Conservation Conversations for Healthy Soil


Watch, enjoy, and learn about soil health, cover crops, and crop diversity concepts by viewing various videos. It is free and a comfortable way to inform yourself about soil and soil heath.
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Bright Leaf: Win an Agriculture Journalism Awards


Open to all professional Filipino journalists residing in the Philippines, the journalism competition seeks out the most important agriculture stories of our time and honors the journalists behind them.
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New e-learning courses starting soon


Some interesting new e-learning courses are starting in the next few weeks. Make sure to register now if you want to participate!
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GIZ course: Business and Climate Change (Self-Study)


What are the risks and opportunities of Climate Change for business? This free course, offered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), provides a comprehensive overview of business risks and opportunities, tools to use and strategic questions to consider.
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Zooming in on Climate change: ASEAN wide photo contest


Use your skills and enable the power of photography to promote awareness of biodiversity and climate change, by participating in this photo contest.
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A focus on training of women scientists!


Are you a female student from Sub-Saharan Africa or a Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside your own country?
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Apply now to the Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) Intensive Core Courses!


Take this opportunity to expand your theoretical and empirical knowledge during the five-weeks intensive core courses organized by the United Nations University and focusing on the UN System and global challenges, global change and sustainability, international peace and security, and international co-operation and development.
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Opportunity for Agricultural Research in Sub-Saharan Africa


Are you an African scientist residing in Sub-Saharan Africa or planning to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa to implement your proposed project on Agricultural Research? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
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Join the first Organic Leadership Course in Latin America!


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) invites you to its Organic Leadership Course in Latin America to train leaders in the region to promote a common understanding and a shared vision of Agroecology and Organic Production.
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Last chance to apply for the first resilience academy: Exploring livelihood resilience!


Don't miss your chance to apply for this first resilience academy organized by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), examining livelihood resilience in the face of local and regional realities!
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Open Access publication on Soil Health and Land Use Management


This open source publication provides a broad vision of the fundamental importance of soil health and land management practices.
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Volunteers wanted to develop online learning course


The UNCCD Capcity Building Marketplace is looking for volunteers.
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Research, fellowships and training opportunities at the RAC


The Royal Agricultural College (UK) offers various opportunities for training courses, fellowships and research in fields of soil management, sustainable land management and agriculture.
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Funding opportunities through COST


Cost offers funding for a training school and scientific missions to restore degraded drylands and manage their recovery.
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Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchanges


read more about this, and other fellowships and reserach grants, in the vacancies section of our marketplace.
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Like our Facebook page and win a welcome package


On this page daily updates are posted about new information and offerings on the Marketplace. Click "like" and take the quiz, and win a welcome package!
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International conference: Making Ecosystem Services Count


Don't miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) members worldwide on the practical application of the ecosystem services concept in planning, management and decision making!
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An opportunity for the African youth of today and tomorrow


The Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) invites youth and youth leaders from all countries in Africa and other continents to participate in the African Youth Development Summit 2013 to create a roadmap for youth led sustainable development in Africa.
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Put your innovative ideas on knowledge sharing to test!


The innovation contest aims to encourage knowledge sharing on ideas ad success stories related to priority themes in agriculture in the Middle-East and North-Africa region.
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WACDEP doing rapid capacity needs assessment in Africa


The Water and Climate Development Programme (WACDEP) launched a rapid capacity needs assessment in Africa on Tuesday, 23 April 2013. This programme, which will initially target eight African countries and five of that continent’s river basins, operates within the “Framework for Water Security and Climate Resilient Development” and offers capacity-building opportunities to a broad field of stakeholders. 
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The Global Network on Capacity Building invites you


The Global Network of National Councils for Sustainable Development was established in April 2012. It aims to among other things, improve information exchange for developing the potential for collaboration, and for encouraging the formation or strengthening of National Councils for Sustainable Development. The Network is currently administrated by Stakeholder Forum.
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Opportunities for Capacity Development in Drought Management


The UNCCD, the WMO and the FAO in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), jointly launched on 12 March 2013 a project on capacity building to support national drought management policies. The initiative will see among other things, regional workshops being held in Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013-2014.
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World Water Week in Stockholm: building partnerships


Ninety per cent of global population growth will take place in areas that are already facing water stress. We must find solutions to create a new economy that builds more prosperity and needs much less water to do it. Working together at all levels is one way of finding answers, Are you willing to lend a hand?
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China offers training opportunities to francophone Africa


The government of China invites citizens of French speaking African nations to participate in an “International Training Workshop on Technology of Combating Desertification.” The course will run from June 24th --- July 13th, 2013. The Chinese government will cover the training expenses, food, accommodation, local transportation, personal accident injury insurance of RMB 100 Yuan, and give the sum of RMB 80 Yuan per day for the duration of the course.
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Training in restoring degraded eco-environment


Citizens of thirty countries around the world, from Cuba to Vietnam, and from South Africa to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, can participate in the “Training Course on Restoration of Degraded Eco-environment.” The course to be held from June 18th to July 17th 2013, will take place at Gansu Desert Control Research Institute in Lanzhou city, in the Gansu province of the People’s Republic of China.
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Courses, volunteer positions and Internships at Summer of Soil 2013


Summer of Soil is a movement for building collective capacity to become active stewards of the soil.
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The Big launch is here!


Today, 15 April 2013 Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), shall officially launch the organization’s Capacity Building Marketplace.
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Get the latest updates with the UNCCD Marketplace on Twitter


New offerings on the Marketplace are published every day on twitter. Follow @UNCCDcbm to receive our updates.
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New UNCCD Capacity Building Publication


A new document has been prepared by the office of the UNCCD Capacity Building Officer, providing guidelines for participants who may be selected as chairs for UNCCD meetings.
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Capacity Building and the COPs


From its establishment in 1994 the Convention recognized the importance of capacity building for its effective and efficient implementation. And this recognition has only grown stronger with every passing COP. 
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Capacity building, the cornerstone to Paradigm shift on Land Degradation


The RIO+20 Conference underlined the importance of a land-degradation neutral world, and introduced the concept of "Zero Net Land Degradation".
Capacity Building is a cornerstone element in achieving this.
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Winner Land for Life Award 2012 engaging in capacity building efforts


The Haitian organization SOIL has designed a solution that improves both sanitation and soil fertility. SOIL not only designs, installs and maintains these installations; they also share their knowledge and experience, engaging in many local and international capacity building efforts.
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