Thursday, February 26, 2015

World Food System Summer School: Organic Agriculture and Food, Rheinau, Switzerland, 1-15 August 2015

World Food System Summer School:
Organic Agriculture and Food

Rheinau, Switzerland, 1-15 August 2015

Applications are now open.

Deadline to apply is March 23, 8:00 am (CET)

View/download the course flyer here (PDF, 500 KB).

Application form here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Online course on "Environmental Justice"

Please find below the announcement of an exciting free online course on "Environmental Justice" organised by the Global Environmental Justice Group at the University of East Anglia:

"The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change, and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 10 weeks, we'll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:

● Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfil their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem?

● How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature?"

All additional information on the course can be found here:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics

Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics


Young Scholars Workshop

16-17 April 2015


Co-organized by

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabancı University


Marmara University Research Center for International Relations (MURCIR)


Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


Call for Papers



Being an Annex-I party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a party to Kyoto Protocol (KP) without any commitment in its first period, Turkeyhas a peculiar position in the global climate change negotiations. Having ratified both the framework convention and the KP with 12 years of delay, Turkey had the highest rate of increases in greenhouse gas emissions among the OECD members with a 133.4% increase in 1990-2012 period. Moreover Turkey's submissions to UNFCCC often underline "common but differentiated responsibilities", "national capacities" and Turkey taking its position in a fair, equitable and inclusive deal with respect to its "special circumstances".


Nonetheless as the new climate regime is knocking at the door in Paris at COP21, Turkey's position is yet to be clarified. In contrast with its importance as an emerging economy that strategically positions its energy production as highly dependent on fossil fuels, Turkey stands as a key albeit under-investigated country. This is reflected in the lack of substantive academic research on Turkey's position in the UNFCCC process and its commitment to a global agreement, which stands weaker in comparison to countries with comparable profiles.


In an attempt to go beyond 'special circumstances' discourse and to contribute to this knowledge gap, this Young Scholars Climate Policy Workshop aims at providing a space of reflection on Turkey's case within the global climate change regime as well as linking it to the broader issues.


We seek a wide range of research foci, but potential topics and themes might include:

-Turkish climate change policy: Opportunities and challenges

-Foreign policy dimensions and UNFCCC

-Institutions and policy instruments in responding to climate change

-Impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation in key sectors

-Gender and climate change response

-Energy and mitigation opportunities for Turkey

-Local governance of climate change

-Private sector and climate change

-Ecological conflicts and climate change

-Social movements and climate change

-Climate change narratives and the media

-Climate finance


We particularly encourage graduate students (PhD students and advanced M.A and M.Sc. students) and junior scholars as well as senior scholars, practitioners from NGOs and governmental institutions to present their work. Contributions to this workshop will be considered for publication in an edited volume or a special issue in a high-quality peer-reviewed journal.


Submissions in English and Turkish are welcome. Abstracts with max. 300 words are invited until the deadline on 22.02.2015

Extended abstracts around 800-1000 (max.) words will be invited for accepted submissions by01.04.2015.

Abstracts (and any inquiries) should be sent to:


Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Hilal Elver (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Research Professor of Global Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara) confirmed


Prof. Franck Lecocq (Director, International Research Center on Environment and Development-CIRED; IPCC AR5 WGIII Lead Author) confirmed


Workshop Conveners:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Semra Cerit Mazlum (Marmara University Research Center for International Relations)

Dr. Ethemcan Turhan (Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University)


Scientific Committee:

Prof. Dr. Nesrin Algan (Ankara University)

Prof. Dr. James Connelly (University of Hull)

Prof. Dr. Aykut Çoban (Ankara University)

Prof. Dr. Gökhan Orhan (Balıkesir University)

Prof. Dr. Murat Türkeş (Middle East Technical University) 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayfer Bartu Candan (Boğaziçi University)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Begüm Özkaynak (Boğaziçi University)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barış Karapınar (Boğaziçi University)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jean-François Pérouse (IFEA – French Institute of Anatolian Studies) 
Prof. Dr. Hande Paker (Bahçeşehir University)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Clemens Hoffmann (Bilkent University)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun (Heidelberg University)

Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)

Dr. Fabio Grazi (AFD, Research Department)

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstracts (300 words): 22.02.2015

Notification of accepted papers: 06.03.2015

Deadline for extended abstracts (800-1000 words): 01.04.2015

Workshop dates:  16-17.04.2015


Registration and Financial Support

There is no registration fee for this workshop. Thanks to generous support by French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement - AFD) in Turkey, we are able to provide accommodation to paper presenters. Travel support is available only for presenters fromTurkey.



Located at the heart of historical peninsula right next to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the workshop will take place at the historical building of Marmara University Rectorate.


Marmara University Sultanahmet Campus (Rektörlük)

34413 Sultanahmet

İstanbul / Turkey

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tackling climate challenges in Nepal – understanding the present status

Dear Colleagues,

Over next few weeks, I will be trying to analyse the climate movement in Nepal (and in the context of mountain agenda) as an outsider. When the present activities are largely guided with 'you earn', 'let me earn' and 'I don't criticize you', 'you don't criticize me' approach, I will try to bring in picture few issues that are known to us but we don't have much guts to speak aloud, and draw some recommendations that can help us to move forward with meaningful interventions in climate sector in Nepal.

As the climate science in particular (in Nepal) is still struggling in between 'a poor Orphanage' and 'well functioning Patronage', I hope you find these analyses interesting.

Please find below link to a tone setting article - 'Tackling climate challenges in Nepal – understanding the present status'. Hope you enjoy it.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FINAL REMINDER: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading in Seoul, South Korea | 19 to 28 May 2015

The International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) will convene its 13th Training Course on Emissions Trading for Emerging Economies and Developing Countries in Seoul, South Korea, from 19 to 28 May 2015.

The ICAP Training Course is open to applicants from China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam

Nationals of the Republic of Korea and Taiwan may apply but will but will be expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation as they are not eligible to receive ODA (see DAC list of ODA recipients). The same applies to nationals of Australia, Canada, EU-28, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the US, who are permanent residents in one of the countries listed above.
Applicants should be stakeholders from the nongovernmental, academic and private sectors as well as policy makers who are or will be involved in deciding on, designing and implementing emissions trading systems. Participants will be selected based on defined criteria that take into account a balanced mixture of professional backgrounds and nationalities.

The course will focus on key issues faced in the design and implementation of ETS, taking into account the specific needs and interests of developing countries.

Application deadline is 15 February at midnight (Central European Time).

The course will be conducted in English. Applications are to be submitted in English.

Detailed application instructions are available attached and on the ICAP website at

Applications must be submitted via the online application form at: 

Kind regards,

The ICAP Training Course Team

International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)
ICAP brings together regional, national and sub-national governments and public authorities to discuss important issues in the design of emissions trading schemes (ETS) and the way forward to a global carbon market. Through knowledge and experience sharing, ICAP helps policy makers recognize design compatibility issues and opportunities at an early stage. It thereby facilitates possible future linking of trading programs. Founded in 2007, ICAP now has 30 members and 4 observers from Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.  For more information on the status of cap-and-trade worldwide, visit the ICAP Interactive ETS Map.

The ICAP Training Courses and Summer Schools have been implemented since 2009 by the Ecologic Institute and Development Solutions.

Ecologic Institut gemeinnützige GmbH
Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, D-10717 Berlin
Geschäftsführerin / Director: Dr. Camilla Bausch
Sitz der Gesellschaft / Registered Office: Berlin (Germany)
Registergericht / Court of Registration: Amtsgericht Berlin (Charlottenburg), HRB 57947