Monday, January 17, 2011

International Training Workshop on Integrated Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas and Non-Timber-Forest-Products (NTFPs) Industrial and Commercial Development, 6 -26 September 2011

The deadline for application to this Workshop is July 31st, 2011.

Mountain areas cover 20% of the world’s land area and are rich in resources, including forests and minerals, and are the source of much of the world’s freshwater. Forests in mountain areas provide essential ecosystem services, protect biodiversity and are essential for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. In many countries, especially in developing countries, mountain areas are home to a disproportionately high percentage of poor people who depend on these resources for their lives and livelihoods. However, in many countries, especially in developing nations, these regions are homes to large populations of relatively poor people, whose lives and livelihoods depend on effective and appropriate management of the natural resources around them. Therefore, developing rural development capacity in mountainous forest areas, and improving rural societies, economies and environments in mountainous forest areas should be one of the top concerns of the international community. -------------

Workshop Organizers
MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China) is a central governmental agency under the State Council and it is responsible for the nation's science and technology activities. One of the important missions of MOST is to strengthen international cooperation in science and technology. INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to reducing poverty, conserving the environment and creating fairer trade using bamboo and rattan. INBAR was established in 1997 and represents a growing number of member countries all over the world. Headquarters are in China and there are regional offices in Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Ecuador. INBAR connects a global network of governmental, non-governmental, corporate and community partners in over 50 countries.-------------

Through carrying out the training workshop, to provide a platform for participating countries to share and exchange the best practices and experiences in mountain sustainable development, as well as experiences in NTFPs industrialization and commercialization.

Participants will register on September 6, 2011 in Hangzhou (Capital city of Zhejiang Province, China), and departure will be on September 26, 2011, totaling 20 days. Field visit program will be arranged in combination with the indoor courses during the workshop. -------------

Tuition of the workshop is USD 350.00 per person. All participants from developing countries can be exempt from the tuition. Expenses for food, accommodation and local transportation are USD 65.00 /person per day for shared room and USD75.00 /person per day for single room. All participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from the workshop as well as health insurance during the Workshop.

Professionals in mountainous, rural and NTFPs development, natural forest conservation and sustainable development, including officers, researchers, technicians from related departments of governments and NGOs, technicians and engineers from enterprises, supervisors working in grass-root agencies that are interested to the topics of this workshop. Because the Workshop working language will be English, participants must have basic English listening and speaking abilities. Principally, participants of this workshop should at least be graduated from a professional school or have similar education background.

The Workshop will provide an opportunity for each participant to exchange information/ knowledge/ experiences with the other participants, Participants who would like to give a presentation during the workshop are required to send their presentation to us by email before July 20th, 2011 to facilitate editing of training materials.

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