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Policy Watch

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

EU Emissions Trading System and the Aviation Trading Period 2012

In February 2011, Germany informed the European Commission of its intention to opt out of the planned common platform for auctioning emission allowances for the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System starting in 2013. Germany has now published the Tender Specifications for the Transitional Auction Platform. Tender A 381 “Transitional Auction Platform for

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Inclusion of Forestry Matters in Policy and Decision Making Process

Shri Ranjan Chatterjee, Consultant, Planning Commission, said that forests are meant for every body and we need to keep balance between environment and forests. Shri Chatterjee said, “Forests are under pressure because of lack of understanding. Forests are not merely to preserve but work towards more greening with joint efforts.” Addressing a valedictory session of

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

GISCI Position on the GIS Profession in Relation to Other Geospatial Professions

The Board of Directors of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has issued the GISCI position on the GIS profession in relation to other geospatial professions.  The position states in part: The GIS Certification Institute contends that state regulation of the many and varied tasks performed by GIS Professionals would be counterproductive. Instead of state regulation, we

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

African Governments Signing Away Water Rights for Decades

A paper published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development warns that African governments are signing away water rights for decades with insufficient regard for how this will affect millions of local users, including fishing, farming and pastoralist communities. 

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Alternative Routes for International Climate Policies

Alternative routes for international climate policies, such as have been proposed in recent years by several parties, may benefit societal support for these policies. The Netherlands could make clever use of these proposals for its own international climate strategy. Read More

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Duke and Durham County Embark on Public Health Initiative to Manage Diabetes

Improving health outcomes and quality of life for Durham County residents with type 2 diabetes are the twin goals of a bold collaborative effort spearheaded by Duke University Medical Center, the Durham County Health Department, and the National Center for Geospatial Medicine, based at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. The

Friday, November 18th, 2011

ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response and Peacebuilding Crowdmap

ICT is being used in many ways to help with disaster & conflict early-warning, management & resolution and for peacebuilding; this map offers a resource of who is doing what worldwide. It captures the large variety of activities carried out in projects, programmes and initiatives at various levels of society and decision-making; their content ranges

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Importance of Transnational Cooperation for German Spatial Planning Policy

By supporting balanced spatial development, the Community Initiative INTERREG III B constitutes an important instrument for overcoming existing economic disparities and for better integrating the new EU members. Partners from 25 EU member states cooperate in transnational projects on economic, social, ecologic and cultural issues for (re)shaping their living space and economic area. The EU

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers

The critical role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation is now widely recognized. Actions to support this role are taken on different levels from international to local. However, in many countries climate change issues have not been fully addressed in national forest policies, nor have the forestry mitigation and adaptation needs been thoroughly

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Geomatics Executive Presents to House Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) chair and acting president Mr. James Ferguson, OLS, OLIP, on October 24th, 2011, presented to the House Standing Committee on Natural Resources on the state of geomatics in Canada. “Most of Canada’s national maps are antiquated, with base data often more than 30 years old; Canada’s mapping information is incomplete; and the level

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