Location: University of Missouri
Job Title: Research Scientist in Silvopastoral Systems
Job ID: 22464Job Description
Provide research and outreach leadership to an established and innovative silvopasture program focused on understanding forage-tree-livestock interactions in the temperature-humid zone of the United States. Existing research projects include multiple location, systems-level experiments where pine trees/hardwoods, livestock and forages are used to enhance farm profitability in the lower-Midwest. Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and preparation research grants to provide additional program support for silvopasture projects is expected.
Conservationists get used to hearing bad news. But here is some outstanding news, as announced today in an ALERT press release.
An Indonesian Province the size of Norway has just committed publicly to protect at least 83 percent of its land area as undisturbed natural habitat—a goal that immediately marks it as a world leader in environmental conservation.Promise for Papua
The Province of Papua, which comprises four-tenths of the South Pacific island of New Guinea, announced its commitment at the end of meetings this week in Jayapura, the Provincial capital.
The commitment was made by Assistant Governor Elia Loupatty, accompanied by the heads or representatives of 13 provincial agencies in Papua. ALERT director Bill Laurance briefed the group on conservation research before the announcement.
Assistant Governor Elia Loupatty presents the Papua government's plan outlining its conservation pledge to ALERT director Bill Laurance (photo by Mohammed Alamgir)
“This is a remarkable milestone—one that should echo around the world,” said Judith Dipodiputro, coordinator of Project Papua, an initiative of Indonesian President Joko Widodo that is promoting sustainable development in the region.
The 83 percent figure for conservation—which could reach as high as 90 percent—follows from a government plan that maps future development in the province.
Colorful weevil beetle from Papua (photo (c) Rhett Butler/Mongabay)Challenges and Opportunities
A key challenge for Papua Province is balancing economic and social development with conservation.
The province has some 3.5 million inhabitants, many living in remote villages, who aspire for better living conditions.
A warrior from a highland village in Asmat District, Papua Province (photo (c) Dani Ancil)
And it is building some 4,000 kilometers of major new roads, known as the Trans-Papuan Highway, that will stretch across the province. By opening up many formerly inaccessible areas, the new roads will bring both increased development opportunities and sizable environmental risks.
For example, the Trans-Papuan Highway is cutting through Lorentz National Park, which harbors outstanding natural and cultural values. A World Heritage site spanning 2.35 million hectares, Lorentz is the largest protected area in the entire Asia-Pacific region.
A road project cuts through a rainforest in northern Papua Province (photo by Bill Laurance)
Despite such serious challenges, the 83-percent commitment is a remarkable pledge for conservation in one of the world’s most biologically and culturally rich regions.
Clearly, the Papua government is going to need significant support—both from the international community and the Indonesian federal government—to achieve its ambitious conservation commitment.
But who could doubt the timeliness of such investments? It appears to be one of our very best chances today to protect a vast and vital region for the benefit of nature, Indonesians, and future generations.
Laurance meets with Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, and her staff in Jakarta. Nurbaya has strongly supported efforts to protect forests and reduce destructive wildfires in Indonesia (photo by Mohammed Alamgir).
Lead image: Victoria Crowned Pigeon (photo (c) Ruth Choi).
A new book offers insights and recommendations to support researchers targeting smallholder farmers with integrated agricultural systems innovations. Innovations for agricultural intensification—for instance adding fruit trees to farms and intercropping—can sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ production. But for greater...
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The company also announced the retirement of Thomas G. Kadien, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Government Relations and Global Citizenship. Mr. Kadien joined the company in 1978 and will retire effective June 30, 2017.
"For nearly four decades, Tom Kadien has left an indelible mark on International Paper, not only as a leader but as a colleague and friend. We wish him the very best in retirement," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO. "Tom Plath will lead our efforts to continue to attract, engage and develop our colleagues around the world. Tom will be an excellent addition to our senior leadership team."
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Munksjö Oyj: Supplement to the merger prospectus
Munksjö Oyj (“Munksjö”) has supplemented the merger prospectus dated December 16, 2016. The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has on February 22, 2017 approved the supplement to the merger prospectus, which relates to the publication by Munksjö of its financial statements bulletin 2016 on February 16, 2017.
The Finnish language merger prospectus and the supplement to the Finnish language merger prospectus are available on the internet at www.munksjo.com/ahlstrommunksjo/fin and www.ahlstrom.com/fi/Sijoittajat/ ahlstromin-ja-munksjon-yhdistyminen as well as at the registered office of Munksjö at Eteläesplanadi 14, FI-00130 Helsinki, Finland, and at the registered office of Ahlstrom Corporation at Alvar Aallon katu 3 C, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland. The English language merger prospectus, the supplement to the English language merger prospectus and the supplemented Swedish language summary are available on the internet at www.munksjo.com/ahlstrommunksjo and www.ahlstrom.com/en/Investors/ahlstrommunksjo-combination/.
For further information, please contact
Anna Selberg, SVP Communications, tel. +46 703 23 10 32
Laura Lindholm, Head of Investor Relations, tel. +46 72 703 63 36
Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.
A sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests, SFI promotes the responsible procurement of forest products. The organization has arranged for the donation of responsibly sourced forest products to build the Red Bull Crashed Ice track, and other portions of the venue.
By Brian Belcher, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) In the new phase of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, the previous work under “Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment” has been re-labelled as “Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment” (MELIA). FTA is developing its MELIA unit as a core research and support unit with team […]
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By Catriona Croft-Cusworth, originally published at CIFOR’s Forests News Inclusive development is on the agenda at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, kicking off this week in Davos, Switzerland. We sat down with Christine Padoch, former Director of CIFOR’s Forests and Human Wellbeing Team, to discuss how inequality relates to global migration patterns, and what it all means for forests. […]
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The international workshop on ‘Developing science- and evidence-based policy and practice of bioenergy in Indonesia within the context of sustainable development’ was co-organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Policymakers, researchers, and representatives from the private sector and civil society, among others, […]
Help mark the International Day of Forests (21 March) and this year’s theme, Forests and energy, by taking part in our #LoveForests video campaign. All you need to do is grab a smartphone and head for your local forest, city park, or even a tree, and make a 30-second video of yourself explaining how forests energize you. Once you’ve made your video, post it on social media with the hashtags #LoveForests #IntlForestDay, or if you don’t have a social media account send the video to us. The best videos will be featured on the FAO website and social media channels.