February 2014 Posts

CLCC Summer 2013 Intern Receives Fellowship for Global Justice and Women’s Rights

CLCC Summer 2013 Intern Receives Fellowship for Global Justice and Women’s Rights

Lia Nicholson M.E.M. ‘14 and former CLCC Summer 2013 Intern has received a Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights for projects to implement environmental programs in vulnerable parts of the world.

Lia Nicholson, CLCC Summer 2013 Intern. Photo Credit: yale.academia.edu

Nicholson, the first Gruber awarded to the Caribbean, will manage a climate change project in the twin-island nation of Antigua & Barbuda that aims to build resilience to climate impacts, with a focus on women’s empowerment, and to communicate knowledge of climate adaptation globally.

The Gruber program is a Yale University Program administered by Yale Law School that helps foster international understanding and dialogue in the fields of global justice and women’s rights. The fellowships allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working abroad on these issues.

Nicholson, who will graduate from F&ES this year, will spend one year as a field-based manager of a project with the Government in her home country of Antigua & Barbuda, a nation vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The project will address flood hazards in four disadvantaged communities through a series of workshops that identify engineering and ecosystem-based solutions. Communications goals are to inform policymakers about national strategies for adapting to a future of extreme weather patterns, and to develop ‘storyboard’ materials for an international audience.

The project is being funded by the Global Environment Facility, an independent international organization that provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.

Nicholson comes from a non-profit background where, prior to Yale, she directed the Environmental Awareness Group, a civil society organization in Antigua & Barbuda. “The Gruber Fellowship will support me to do two things that I most believe in: amplify the voices of marginalized people, and support island nations in the face of climate change,” Nicholson said.

“I have high hopes for this project. Antigua & Barbuda — like many small islands globally — is facing a time of transition, with new recognition in private and public sectors for the urgent need to address vulnerability in a changing climate. The task ahead is to translate political will into on-the-ground action. I am extremely grateful to the Gruber Foundation for this opportunity to make progress in my home country.”

Comunicado de Prensa: Nueva Fase del Plan de Acción Climática del Presidente llega al Caribe

Secretario Vilsack Anuncia los Resultados de la Selección de los Centros Climáticos

Estos centros ayudarán a los productores agrícolas a limitar los riesgos a causa del cambio climático y servirán para educar al público

Contacto: USDA Office of Communications
(202) 720-4623

WASHINGTON, 5 de febrero de 2014- El Secretario de Agricultura Tom Vilsack anunció hoy la creación de los primeros Centros Regionales para Adaptación y Mitigación ante el Cambio Climático en 7 localidades a través de la Nación. Los Centros Climáticos identificarán riesgos en crecimiento como fuegos, plagas invasoras, inundaciones devastadoras y sequías en una base regional, buscando traducir la ciencia y la investigación en acción para que los granjeros, dueños de fincas y de terrenos puedan adaptarse y ajustar el manejo de estos recursos. En su Estado de la Unión, el Presidente Obama solicitó que su administración continuara haciendo todo lo posible por actuar ante el cambio climático. El anuncio del día de hoy es parte del Plan de Acción Climática del Presidente para que de manera responsable se reduzcan las emisiones de carbono, disminuyan los efectos del cambio climático y poder ubicar a Estados Unidos en vías de un ambiente más limpio.

“Por generaciones, los agricultores americanos, los granjeros y los dueños de terrenos han innovado y se han adaptado a los retos. Hoy, ellos enfrentan una nueva y compleja amenaza en la forma de un cambio climático cambiante, que impacta tanto a los bosques de nuestra nación como a los terrenos agrícolas” dijo Vilsack durante su discurso. “Los Centros Climáticos del Depto. de Agricultura son parte de nuestro gran compromiso para desarrollar la nueva generación de soluciones climáticas, con el fin de que nuestros líderes agricultores cuenten con tecnologías modernas y con las herramientas que necesitan para adaptarse y tener éxito ante un clima cambiante”.

Para el comunicado de prensa completo (No. 0016.14) por favor visite el siguiente enlace: visit USDA News Release here.

Nueva Fase del Plan de Acción Climática del Presidente llega al Caribe

Contacto: William Gould
(787) 764-7790/wgould@fs.fed.us

SAN JUAN, 5 de febrero de 2014— Los agricultores, los granjeros y los dueños de terrenos en el Caribe están enfrentando un futuro incierto e incrementos en los riesgos potenciales a sus operaciones debido al aumento en fuegos, plagas invasoras, sequías, tormentas severas e inundaciones. En adición, la agricultura local está ligada a un mercado amplio, donde el cambio climático afectaría la importación de productos, los precios y el éxito de la agricultura local. Estos eventos amenazan nuestra seguridad alimentaria y son costosos tanto para los productores agrícolas como para las economías locales. Tales riesgos tienen implicaciones no solo para los productores agrícolas sino para todos los isleños dentro del Caribe.

Los nuevos centros climáticos del Depto. de Agricultura de E.E.U.U. fueron seleccionados a través de un proceso competitivo entre las facilidades del Departamento ya existentes. Además de los 7 Centros (véase el enlace en la parte superior del Comunicado), el Departamento designó tres centros Subsidiarios (“Sub-centros”) que funcionarán dentro de las regiones del Sureste, Medio Oeste y Suroeste de la nación. El Sub-centro del Sureste está ubicado en el Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical del Servicio Forestal en Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, el cual se enfocará en asuntos importantes relacionados a la agricultura y silvicultura tropical. Los sub-centros apoyarán al Centro de su región y se enfocarán en asuntos únicos en comparación con el resto de los centros climáticos.

“El Cambio Climático afecta directamente la agricultura y la silvicultura en Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes de E.U.” dijo el Líder del Sub-centro para el Caribe, el Dr. William Gould del Servicio Forestal. “Y el cambio climático en otras regiones también afecta el suministro y la demanda, el estado de la agricultura y la silvicultura, la seguridad alimentaria y la cultura de la vida rural.”

Colaboradores del sector federal, del Estado Libre Asociado y de los territorios tienen una larga historia de esfuerzos de colaboración interagencial (y con el público) en asuntos relacionados a los recursos naturales dentro de la región. El Centro Climático para el Caribe será colocado junto con la Cooperativa para la Conservación del Paisaje en el Caribe (CLCC por sus siglas en inglés) para compartir recursos e información relacionada al cambio climático.

El sub-centro del Caribe se establecerá sobre la capacidad que tiene el Departamento de Agricultura y otras asociaciones en la región para llevar conocimiento basado en las ciencias e información práctica para que los agricultores, granjeros y dueños de terrenos puedan tomar decisiones más acertadas con relación al cambio climático”, expresó Gould.

Café, guineos, plátanos, frutas tropicales, flores ornamentales, tubérculos, aves de corral, ganado vacuno, productos lácteos, maderas para cercado y de uso artesanal; son algunos de los principales productos agrícolas y forestales de la región. Un gran segmento de la producción es con finalidad de subsistencia.

Presione en este enlace para información detallada del Sub-centro del Caribe y los Riesgos Climáticos en el Caribe

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Press Release: Next Phase of President’s Climate Action Plan Comes to the Caribbean

Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Hub Selections: Hubs Will Help Producers Limit Climate Risk, Educate Public
Wednesday, February 5, 2014.Contact: USDA Office of Communications
(202) 720-4623

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged that his Administration will continue to do everything in its power to act on climate change. Today’s announcement is part of the President’s Climate Action Plan to responsibly cut carbon pollution, slow the effects of climate change and put America on track to a cleaner environment.

“For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation’s forests and our farmers’ bottom lines,” said Vilsack. “USDA’s Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate.”

For full federal press release No. 0016.14 visit USDA News Release here.

Next phase of President’s Climate Action Plan Comes to the Caribbean
Wednesday, February 5, 2014.Contact: William Gould
(787) 764-7790/wgould@fs.fed.us

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean are facing an uncertain future and potential increases in risks to their operations due to increased likelihood of fires, increases in invasive pests, droughts, severe storms and floods. Additionally, local agriculture is tied to larger markets, with climate change affecting imported products and prices and the success of local agriculture. These events threaten our food supply and are costly for producers and rural economies. Such risks have implications not only for agricultural producers, but for all Caribbean islanders.

The new USDA Climate Hubs were chosen through a competitive process among USDA facilities. In addition to the seven Hubs (listed in the full federal press release linked above), the USDA is designating three Subsidiary Hubs (“Sub Hubs”) that will function within the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest. The Southeast Sub Hub, located at the US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, will address issues important to tropical agriculture and forestry. The Sub Hubs will support the Hub within their region and focus on a unique set of issues relative to the network of hubs.

“Climate change directly affects agriculture and forestry in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands,” said USDA Caribbean Sub Hub Leader Dr. William Gould of the US Forest Service. “And climate change impacts in other regions also affect the Caribbean’s supply and demand, the state of agriculture and forestry, food security and the culture of rural life.”

Federal, Commonwealth and Territorial partners have a long history of collaboration among agencies and with the public on natural resource issues in the region. The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub will be co-located with the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative and share resources and information related to climate change.

“The Caribbean Sub Hub will build on the capacity within the USDA and other climate change partnerships in the region to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change,” said Gould.

Coffee, bananas, plantains, tropical fruits, ornamentals, root crops, poultry, cattle, dairy products, wood for fencing and artisanal uses are some of the principle products of agriculture and forestry in the Caribbean. A large segment of production is for subsistence use.

See attached factsheet for information on the USDA Southeast Regional Caribbean Climate Sub Hub and Climate Risks in the Caribbean.

About The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The Caribbean LCC is a partnership among research and management agencies, organizations and individuals in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the wider Caribbean working to develop and provide sound management-driven science to help in the conservation of natural and cultural resources. The Caribbean LCC is one of a network of 22 LCCs initiated by the US Department of the Interior that cover the United States including Alaska, the Pacific islands, parts of neighboring Mexico and Canada, and the Caribbean. Visit www.caribbeanlcc.org. Follow us on twitter at @Caribbean_LCC.

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