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Joint XXIV International Grassland Congress (IGC) and International Rangeland Congress (IRC) 2020 — First Announcement

The Joint XXIV IGC — XI IRC congresses will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, October 25 – 30, 2020. The theme of the Congress is “Sustainable Use of Grassland/Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods”. The aim of the congress will be to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of grasslands and rangelands: including grassland/rangeland ecology; forage production and utilization; livestock production systems; wildlife, tourism and multi-facets of grassland/rangeland; drought management and climate change in rangelands; pastoralism, social, gender and policy issues and capacity building, extension and governance. We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi in 2020. For more information, see this flyer.

Job Advertisement: PDF – Rangeland Landscape Ecologist

PDF – Rangeland Landscape Ecologist
Internationally Recruited Staff
Reports to: Range Ecology and Management Research Scientist
Location: Amman, Jordan
Closing date: 31 December, 2016

Main purpose of the position:

The PDF – Rangeland Landscape Ecologist will work within the multidisciplinary SIRPSP team and contribute to the development and implementation of integrated rangeland-livestock projects in the mandated dry areas of ICARDA. The position is key for implementing the Center’s research on rangeland ecology and management to support poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers and agro-pastoralists.

Main responsibilities

  • Design and conduct research, data collection, analysis and reporting activities to support the development of sustainable rangeland management practices, innovative approaches, new tools and technologies;
  • Conduct baseline studies to document the pastoral and agro-pastorals’ indigenous knowledge on sustainable integrated natural resources management;
  • Carry out and supervise community-based rangeland rehabilitation and management activities;
  • Contribute to the assessments of ecological impacts such as impact of climate change on rangelands;
  • Contribute to institutional capacity development of national partners through training, supervision and technical backstopping;
  • Publish in ISI refereed journals with a focus on rangeland ecology and management;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization activities;
  • Represent ICARDA in regional and international for a;
  • Perform other duties assigned by the senior rangeland scientist.

Education, qualifications and experience

  • Earned PhD degree in rangeland ecology and management (preferably landscape ecology) or related field;
  • Proven experience in field-based research, rangeland monitoring and assessment;
  • Knowledge of rangeland plant taxonomy especially in the main ICARDA geographic regions the Centre operates;
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, participatory and community-based approaches to research-for-development;
  • Proficiency in using modern technologies such as GIS/remote sensing, cloud based mobile data collection platform and ecological modelling;
  • Capacity to plan, design and implement research and demonstration programs;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Additional languages that would be an advantage are French and/or Arabic;
  • Work experience in developing countries is desirable;
  • Ability to work in a team and supervise technical staff.

Terms of appointment, salary and benefits

This is an international recruited position. ICARDA offers an attractive remuneration package, including a competitive salary, housing allowance, contribution towards relocation costs, home leave provisions, medical and life insurance. The successful candidate will be appointed for a maximum three-year contract, confirmation of which will be subject to a probationary period of 12 months.

How to apply

Please apply online at www.icarda.org/iea/ by 31 December 2016
We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from women.
Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
IEA#516
UBW#100099

Human Resources Office
Dalia Bldg. 2nd Floor,
Bashir El Kassar Street,
Verdun Area, next to Arab Bank
P.O. Box 114/5055
Postal Code 1108-2010
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961-1-813308/9
www.icarda.org

International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists – Support for United Nations Resolution

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Press Release

September 23, 2016 – The Society for Range Management (SRM), The Rangelands Partnership (a collaboration of 19 Land-Grant Universities in the U.S.), the International Rangelands Congress (IRC), and the International Grasslands Congress (IGC) have pledged to work together with organizations around the world to gain support for naming and implementing an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP).

Rangelands are landscapes dominated by grasses and other low growing vegetation and include grasslands, savannas, shrublands, deserts, tundra and alpine communities, marshes, and meadows often tended to by pastoralists and ranchers. Pastoralism is the branch of agriculture concerned with animal husbandry, which traditionally occurs on rangelands. Pastoralists and rangelands are intimately tied.

Pastoralism represents a lifestyle that oversees and nurtures the open spaces of our world. These lands are important for livestock production, habitat for wildlife, soil and water conservation, recreation, and conservation of biological diversity. In the face of variable climatic conditions and an increased focus on food security issues, it is essential that the value and vulnerability of pastoralism and the rangelands they sustain is recognized. A United Nations designation for an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism will greatly increase visibility and awareness world-wide.

Beginning in 2015, the partnering organizations began efforts to build consensus for achieving an IYRP designation. This led to the presentation and, ultimately, the approval of a resolution at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya on May 26, 2016. Titled Combating desertification, land degradation and drought and promoting pastoralism and rangelands, the resolution required high level support from more than 100 countries and calls for:

  • raising global awareness of sustainable pastoralism and rangelands
  • strengthening the science-policy interface on sustainable pastoralism and rangelands
  • conducting a worldwide gap analysis to better understand the implications for sustainable livelihoods

To begin implementing the UNEA-2 resolution, a meeting was later held in at the International Rangelands Congress on July 19, 2016, in Saskatoon, Canada. More than 50 representatives from around the world discussed and committed to an action plan of next steps in the IYRP process, including:

  • raising awareness at grassroots levels in both developed and developing countries
  • promoting an IYRP at the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties, to be held in Cancun, Mexico in December 2016
  • continuing to work closely with countries willing to take forward a formal request to the United Nations General Assembly for an IYRP
  • Promoting an IYRP at future UN-related events as well as at other related conferences and meetings throughout the world.

These efforts are fully underway with multi-organizational task forces organizing numerous activities to alert key stakeholders to this important opportunity. For additional information or to learn how you can help with this effort, contact Barbara Hutchinson, The Rangelands Partnership/SRM (barbarah@cals.arizona.edu) or Jim O’Rourke, IRC/SRM (jorourke@csc.edu ). Also, please visit: IYRP Resources webpage (The Rangelands Partnership): http://globalrangelands.org/international-year-rangelands-and-pastoralists-initiative

Invitation to IRC2016 Canada

On behalf of the Continuing Committee of the International Rangeland Congress, we are happy to invite you to the X International Rangeland Congress – IRC2016 Canada, which will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during 17-22 July 2016.

Saskatoon is centrally located in the Canadian portion of the Northern Great Plains grasslands of North America.  It is the largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of 284,000.  Its population and economic growth ranks it as one of the top cities in Canada due, in part, to world-class agricultural and biotechnological research.  Saskatoon has a modern airport that offers frequent daily connections to major airline hubs in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  It is also located on the TransCanada Highway for easy ground transportation.

Rangelands are important for Canada, and in particular to the agricultural economy of Saskatchewan, which has almost 5 million ha of native grass rangelands, about 2 million ha of introduced hay, and 1.6 million ha of perennial pasture crops out of a total of nearly 26 million ha of agricultural land.  The livestock industries, which include beef, dairy, sheep, buffalo, and exotic or game livestock, depend on rangelands and perennial grasslands for the base of their feed resources.

The Congress will take place at the Teacher’s Credit Union Place (TCUP), which is a world-class convention centre located in downtown Saskatoon and within walking distance to 10 hotels.  The South Saskatchewan River flows through Saskatoon and provides a beautiful park with trails for recreation just a few blocks from downtown.  Exciting, informative Pre-Congress and Mid-Congress tours will showcase Saskatchewan rangelands and pastures, Canadians and their culture, and the spirit of Canada.

Saskatchewan’s numerous lakes offer some of the best fishing in the world.  In addition, the stunningly beautiful, rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains are only a 7-hour drive from Saskatoon.  We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in July 2016.

Gabriel Oliva
President of the IRC Continuing Committee