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Global Meetings, Seminars, Workshops and other Environmental Events

This is a listing of conventions, workshops, seminars and training programmes on environmental education as per the UNEP's thematic areas. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

GLOBAL EVENTS 2015

Sustainability Literacy Test
Summary: The First International Tool to Assess and Verify the Sustainability Literacy of Your Students. The “Sustainability Literacy Test” is a tool for the various initiatives on sustainability lead by HEIs to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. It assesses the minimum level knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility for higher education students, applicable all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institution (HEI), in any country, studying any kind of tertiary-level course (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD).
Organisers: KEDGE Business School
Website: Sustainability Literacy Test

8th International World Environmental Education Congress
Dates: 29 June - 2 July, 2015
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Summary: The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. WEEC2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
Congress themes: WEEC2015 will discuss 11 themes
Abstract submission dates: 15 September - 19 December, 2014.
Website: 8th International World Environmental Education Congress

8th International World Environmental Education Congress – Call for Abstracts
Dates: 29 June – 2 July, 2015
Venue: Gothenburg, Sweden
Theme: PLANET & PEOPLE - How an they develop together
Summary: The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. It will be hosted by The Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Over 1200 participants from a wide range of countries are expected to attend the congress.
The congress will discuss 11 themes.
Flyer: Download
Website: 8th International World Environmental Education Congress

Spatial Ecology & Conservation 3
Date: 13 – 15 July, 2015
Venue: University of Bristol (UK)
Organiser: ERT Conservation
Summary: The conference is being run as a series of eight half-day symposia. In consultation with both academics and practitioners, the content of each symposium has been chosen to tackle difficult issues at the heart of applying spatial ecology to conservation.
Contact: ERT Conservation
Website: Spatial Ecology & Conservation 3

Innovations in Disaster Risk Management
Theme: Bridging ICTs and the Environment
Summary: The Innovations in Disaster Risk Management workshop aims to highlight the advances in ICTs and how they are increasingly empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The workshop builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction.
The workshop will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for disaster risk reduction (DRR), innovation in climate risk management and disaster preparedness and response, integration of innovative solutions in into sectoral and municipal development, and more.
Dates: 13 - 17 July, 2015
Organiser: Central European University
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Application Deadline: 14 February, 2015
EcoDRR_MOOC flyer: download
Email: ISEPEI CEU.
Website: Innovations in Disaster Risk Management

World Student Environment Network Global Summit
Theme: Reconnecting with Nature
Summary: The World Student Environmental Network Global Summit will bring students from around the globe to Perth, Australia. Students will hear from inspiring speakers, be empowered by skills and knowledge based workshops, be part of a community expo on sustainability and connect with student leaders from around the world.
Dates: 13 - 18 July, 2015.
Location: Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
Website: World Student Environment Network Global Summit

Global Environments Summer Academy
Date: 27 July - 14 August, 2015
Location: University of Bern
Organisers: The Global Diversity Foundation in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Summary: GESA is an intensive course in which participants from around the world gather to learn from each other and from resource people. Throughout the course, participants are encouraged to engage actively with the curriculum and to experiment with innovative presentation and learning styles. The three week duration and features such as collaborative sessions offer further opportunities for deeply personal interactions amongst participants and resource persons that result in long-lasting, productive networks.
Website: Global Environments Summer Academy

Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - B, 2015
Summary: The long term objective of this Sida funded programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account. This shall be achieved through supporting change processes in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones.
Eligible countries 2015: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar and Tanzania.
Providers: The training programme is organised by NIRAS together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Course dates: Total Programme (14 months part time): May 2015 - June 2016

  • Course 1: 24 August – 11 September, 2015, in Sweden;
  • Course 2: 30 November - 11 December, 2015, in Tanzania.
Application deadline: February 9, 2015
Website: Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - B, 2015

Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2015
Theme: Adaptation in the Mountains: Issues and Gaps beyond Boundaries
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
The conference program will explore key themes and cases from the “Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability”.
Target audience: Engaged sustainability professionals from universities and similar organisations – beginners as well as experienced.
Online Application: Form
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Deadline: 24 August, 2014.
Contact email: Queries
Website: Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2014

Strategic Environmental Assessment 2015 A
Summary: The program intends to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries.
Venue: Tanzania
Eligible countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia
Providers: The programme is organised by NIRAS Natura AB in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Course dates:14 - 25 September, 2015
Application deadline: 15 October, 2014
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment 2015 A

Comparative Learning Journey in Sustainable Living
Summary: The program intends to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries.
Venue: Nepal
Target audience: This course is for students and working professionals seeking to gain gritty, practical insights and experience within emerging economies and successful development organisations, or those looking to deepen their understanding of sustainability and wellbeing.
Themes:

  • Ecological design & eco-literacy;
  • Globalization in emerging economies and how this shapes the designed environment;
  • Traditional building, farming techniques and renewable engineering solutions;
  • Reflection in practices of mindfulness and spirituality;
  • Experiences of wildness and deep ecology in place.
Application deadline: 11 - 28 September, 2015
Website: Comparative Learning Journey in Sustainable Living

33rd International Conference of the International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
Theme: Theme: Recommitment to building sustainable societies: Scaling up ESD through GAP
Location: Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha Swaziland
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Brochure: download
Focal point email: Honorary Secretary Ms Mumsie Gumede and/or Admin Secretary

Making Universities Sustainable Conference
Dates: 22 – 24 October, 2015
Location: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The conference program will explore key themes and cases from the “Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability”.
Target Audience: Engaged sustainability professionals from universities and similar organisations – beginners as well as experienced.
Website: Making Universities Sustainable Conference

IAU 2015 International Conference
Dates: 28 – 30 October, 2015 (3 days)
Location: University of Siena, Siena, Italy
Theme: Internationalization of Higher Education - Moving beyond mobility
Host: University of Siena
Registration: 18 May - 21 October, 2015
Contact: Queries
Website: IAU 2015 International Conference

 

1: CLIMATE CHANGE TRAININGS

Climate Change and Development short course
Application period: 29 June - 04 July 2015
Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Organisers: University of East Anglia
Target Audience: The course is aimed at professionals who do not have an existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy.
Website: Climate Change and Development short course

2: DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS TRAININGS

3: ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT TRAININGS

Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2015
Summary: The long term objective of this Sida funded programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account. This shall be achieved through supporting change processes in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones.
Eligible countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Providers: The training programme is organised by NIRAS together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Course dates: Total Programme (14 months part time): March 2015 - April 2016
Course 2: 5 - 16 October, 2015, in Tanzania.
Registration: Closed
Website: Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2015

Integrated Sustainable Costal Development (ITP: 286 A)
Location and dates: Course 2: 5 – 16 October 2015, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Summary: The long term objective of the programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account.
Invited Countries: The following countries are invited to nominate candidates - Tanzania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar and Vietnam.
However, the programme is also open for applicants from other countries with potential and commitment for an integrated sustainable coastal development.
Registration: Closed
Brochure: download
Application form: download

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme
Summary: The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen organisations from the nature conservation sector in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, by developing the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals to overcoming global biodiversity loss. The training programme catalyzes personal capacity development through training on international best conservation practice and policy, management training, and personal network development.
Modules:

  • Module 1 - Informing Conservation: Types and distribution of biodiversity, trends, causes and root causes of biodiversity loss, conservation rationales, evaluating and monitoring biodiversity; information management and communication for biodiversity conservation, strategic conservation planning and adaptive management (5 – 17 November, 2015);
  • Module 2 - Conservation Economics and Financing: Ecological economics, TEEB, resource mobilization and sustainable financing of conservation measures; fundraising, proposal and technical writing (6 – 17 April, 2016) :
  • Module 3 - Conservation Management in a Spatial Context: Conservation management in protected areas and beyond, integrated land use planning, ecological networks; engaging stakeholders and building collaborative partnerships, leadership skills (29 August – 9 September, 2016); and
  • Module 4 - Conservation Governance and Policy: Decision making processes and structures relevant to conservation at the local, national and international level, user-based approaches to resource conservation; negotiation skills, lobbying and advocacy (16 – 28 January, 2017).
Target group: Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Organisers: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in partnership with IUCN, the CBD Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC.
Dates Application deadline: 30 June, 2015.
Website: Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme

Competing Claims on Natural Resources
Summary: The overall aim of the course is to contribute to sustainable resources management by building capacity to manage conflicts over natural resources.
Dates: 29 February - 11 March 2016
Application deadline: 18 January 2016
Location: The Netherlands
Organisers: Wageningen University
Target Audience: This course is aimed at resource managers, policy-makers, scientists, practitioners, private sector or civil society representatives and mid-career professionals who work in the field of natural resources management. Candidates should meet the following requirements: relevant tertiary education, at least five years of working experience in the NRM sector.
Website: Competing claims on natural resources.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 2016 A
Summary: The programme seeks to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries. The sustainability perspective on SEA addresses the interlinking of social, ecological and economic aspects, including aspects of poverty alleviation and the rights of the poor.
Eligible countries 2015: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Providers: The training programme is organised by NIRAS Natura AB in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Programme duration: December 2015 - March 2017
Course dates:

  • Course 1: 29 February - 18 March, 2016 , in Sweden;
  • Course 2: 12 - 23 September, 2016, in In one of the participating countries (to be decided).
Application deadline: 30 September, 2015
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 2016 A

4: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TRAININGS

Forest Governance Operationalising Equity and Justice in REDD+, PES and FLEGT
Dates: 24 August – 4 September 2015
Summary: This new short course provides managerial level professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and tools needed to design, implement and monitor more equitable and just forest governance schemes. By combining theory and practice, the course offers an excellent setting to reflect on justice challenges in forest governance, to exchange experiences with world leading experts and to develop personal action plans.
Target audience: This course targets managerial level professionals of government institutions, civil society organisations, donor agencies, international organisations and the private sector who are involved in negotiating agreements and/or designing, implementing and monitoring forest governance schemes such as REDD+, PES and FLEGT.
Focal point email: The Coordinator
Website: Forest Governance Operationalising Equity and Justice in REDD+, PES and FLEGT

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law
Summary: This programme provides for a thorough study of energy law, environmental law and climate change law from the point of view of international, European Union as well as comparative law, as regulation in these areas with strong roots in public law is increasingly driven by developments at the international and the European Union level. The programme aims to deliver three key anchor points of legal resources: knowledge and know-how, skills (both verbally and written), and the professional approach and intuition required.
Provider(s): Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta and the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law (IEEL) of the University of Leuven.
Start: 14 September 2015.
Focal point email: The Coordinator
Website: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law

5: RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TRAININGS

GREEN INDUSTRY - Pathways Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development
Dates: 29 June - 10 July 2015
Application deadline: 28 February 2015
Venue: Budapest, Hungary
Summary: The summer course provides participants with the opportunity to put the concept of “Green Industry” into practice and help improve industry’s environmental performance.
The course is targeted at young professionals in the fields of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP), members of non-governmental organizations involved in environmental advocacy, and PhD students with a background in technical or policy related studies in Green Industry.
The course is organized by the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development in cooperation with the Central European University (CEU) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) as well as with support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Email: UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development
Website: Applications have to be submitted online through CEU at: GREEN INDUSTRY. Please note that applications submitted by e-mail will not by accepted. Participants from past UNIDO Institute trainings and UNIDO employees are not eligible to apply.

World Food System Summer School 2015
Theme: Organic Agriculture and Food Systems
Date: 1 - 15 August, 2015
Venue: Gut Rheinau, Switzerland
Organiser: The ETH Zurich World Food System Center
Summary: The two-week intensive academic course will bring together students, researchers, and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and cultures, who are committed to building sustainable food systems. The program includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors
Contact: Bastian Flury
Website: World Food System Summer School 2015

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course
Application period: 7 - 11 September, 2015
Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Organisers: University of East Anglia
Summary: Participants will acquire a variety of tools and analytical frameworks from a variety of disciplines and an extended understanding of this key national and global issue. They will leave the course with an ability to critically assess and address current water security policy, to gain an appreciation of the relations between water security and energy, climate, food, human and national security. Participants will also substantially develop their networks and resource bases.
Target Audience: The course is designed for entry and mid-level water and development policy-makers and professionals in government, donor, NGO or implementing agencies as well as for environmental journalists, consultants and activists.
Website: Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course

Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries
Date: 2 November – 11 December 2015
Location: Van Hall Institute (Leeuwarden City) and University of Twente (Enschede).
Summary: An international course for the public and private sector involved in energy conservation and environmental protection in industries
Website: Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries

6: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES TRAININGS

Short Course on Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)
Date: 31 August – 11 September 2015
Location: Delft (The Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium)
Organisers: Consortium consisting of UNESCO-IHE, UNIDO, UNEP, ISWA and the University of Technology of Berlin
Summary: The course gives participants the opportunity to gain knowledge about current practices and state-of-the-art developments as well as the organizational and legislative framework to prevent and handle hazardous waste. The course gives practitioners from various world regions the opportunity to share, discuss and develop case studies from their own professional experience. The course takes place around the ISWA Annual World Congress making attendance of the Congress an integral part of it.
Target Audience: Participants from low- and middle-income countries having at least a BSc-degree in science, technology or engineering, a background in solid waste management and ideally some practical experience in hazardous waste management.
Brochure: download
Email: Maarten Siebel and/or Elisabeth Herbeck
Website: Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)

 

 

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