The program for the 4th European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) is out now. The program comprises several keynote lectures by renowned experts on commons issues as well as a large number of interesting presentations by on a wide range of commons issues by the conference participants. Next to the regular sessions there will be several practitioners' labs, dealing with the specific issues expert practitioners encounter in the daily practice of the common. In addition, the IASC will present its most recent activities as well as the plans for the future at the IASC membership meeting, open to all participants (members and nonmembers).
IASC-member Romina Rodela is one of the organizers of the two-day symposium 'Public Private Partnerships for the Governance and Management of Ecosystem Services', hosted by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and supported by the Slovene Research Agency, the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, and Utrecht University. Public-private partnerships (PPP) can take many forms and can involve actors from different spheres – e.g.
The Professorship of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources (Prof. Insa Theesfeld) is member of the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Currently, there is a job opportunity (3 years, 100%, prolognation foreseen) for a Research Associate agri-environmental governance, policy analysis & commons research, staring per 1 August 2016.
The International Journal of the Commons has issued its Spring Issue of 2016. This issue contains over a dozen of research articles, related to the governance on a wide range of resources all over the world: from Alpine meadows in Italy to public open spaces in Malaysia and from firewood in Northern Argentina to the floodplains of Zambia.
The global call to action is a campaign of the Rights and Resources Initiative and multiple partners to support the communal land rights of indigenous people and communities. The campaign calls for doubling the land area legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous people and communities by 2020. On the 8th of march 2016, the International Association for the Commons endorsed and signed the "Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights" in The Hague, together with more than 300 organizations worldwide.
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