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Policy Forum: Scaling Up Conservation Practices for Natural Resource Commons in Africa

A Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Commons

The President Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Keynote Address:
Dr. Monde Mayekiso
Deputy Director General,
Marine and Coastal
South Africa
Parallel Panel Sessions
Evening Event:
Launch of the Institute for
Poverty Land and Agrarian
Studies, University of the
Western Case

Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Keynote Address:
Mrs. Portia Segomelo
Deputy Director,
Department of


Property Rights and Sustainability: the evolution of property rights to meet the challenges of sustainability

Thursday 16 - Saturday 18, April 2009 at the University of Auckland.


This conference aims to stimulate debate about property rights and the objectives of sustainability. The intention is to provide a forum to discuss how property rights and responsibilities may be applied or adapted in a way that addresses ecological problems in a more coherent and sustainable way.


Coriolis: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies is seeking English language scholarly manuscripts for publication in a new on-line, fully indexed journal published in conjunction with the National Maritime Digital Library, hosted at Mystic Seaport with support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

IASC Conference Discount Form From Earthscan

Many thanks to everyone who came to visit our stand at the IASC 2008 conference earlier this month. We hope you found the event as enjoyable and productive as we did. A number of you who came to our stand expressed an interest in our books and took away a discount order form, but for those who didn't get the chance I thought I would upload a downloadable version of it to our website so you can still take advantage of our 20% conference discount until the 18th August expiry date.

Earthscan Title Information Flyer:

World Resources Institute’s Release of the World Resources Report

The World Resources Report has long been a source of data and inspiration for researchers and practitioners focused on environmental management for local livelihoods and sustainability. IASC members have dedicated their attention to bettering the livelihoods of resource dependent populations engaged in the collective management and use of the commons around them. This year’s WRR report is dedicated improving the livelihoods of the most marginal.
Below is World Resources Institute’s announcement for the new 2008 report.

Strengthening the Poor’s Roots of Resilience


As announced at the closing session of the conference last week, we now have a Flickr group to share photos from conferences and of commons issues. If you are already using Flickr, join the group at and contribute your photos.

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

Bangalore, Darjeeling and New Delhi

Faculty positions in social sciences

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India, invites nominations and applications for two faculty positions in social sciences.

1. Conservation Governance and Policy: Candidates must have strong social science research experience in environment and conservation, with interests in policy analysis.

University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture School of Marine Sciences Job Opening

The School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine will hire a social scientist for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to start in fall 2008 in its marine policy and dual-degree programs ( We seek applications from social scientists with strong experience and interests in institutional approaches to the social sciences and the interface between the social and natural sciences. A Ph.D. or equivalent education is required.


ARD, Inc. ( has become leader in the land tenure and property rights (LTPR) “practice area” for the United States Government. Our land tenure and property rights work includes land policy, land tenure legal reform, conflict and disputes resolution, broadening land access including land reform and resettlement, land administration, land markets, land use planning and natural resource property rights. This practice area continues to grow, and to meet immediate programming and technical needs, ARD seeks a highly qualified, home office-based Chief of Party with:

Blog Action Day

On October 15th - Blog Action Day - bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone's mind. In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment. For our part we will be providing just a few links to commons related/environmental websites, but there are many more, so please visit and do your part. Thanks.

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