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Call for Proposals: GSDI Small Grants Program

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce its Small Grants Program for the year 2010-11

Awards for spatial data infrastructure or Earth Observations Systems
(EOS)-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations,

  • Application deadline of 31 October 2010,
  • 4000 words maximum,
  • Awards of $2500 USD in cash and/or contributed volunteer professional services for the project

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association is dedicated to international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national, and international spatial data infrastructure developments that would allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance. We are committed to bringing about an infrastructure that will allow users globally access spatial data at a variety of scales from multiple sources that ultimately will appear seamless to all users.

The GSDI Association supports the work of organizations to develop their own Spatial Data Innfrastructure (SDI) initiatives, nationally and regionally, and collaborates with local, national, and international organizations to ensure that spatial data, services, and metadata are accessible through interoperable standards-based services, systems, software, and products that operate in a web-enabled environment.

Read more at the International Land Coalition ILC’s official website

via Call for Proposals: GSDI Small Grants Program.

ILC contributes to the HLTF’s consultation on future action for food security

The High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) – which also includes ILC Members FAO, IFAD, UNEP, World Bank and WFP – is updating its Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA). The CFA was published in July 2008 to respond to the 2008 global food crisis and is driving the solution to national level in response to food insecurity. The Secretariat of the HLTF has invited ILC members to contribute to the revision of the CFA and engage in dialogue.

The invitation has opened the opportunity for ILC to get a better understanding of members’ perspective on the role of land tenure in food security strategies, through an internal consultation process, which led to a 35 pages Synthesis document: “Links between Land Tenure Security and Food Security”.

The document is the result of an intensive work of dialogue between the ILC Secretariat and the ILC constituency, especially civil society organisations from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The ILC Secretariat – including the three regional nodes – has facilitated the process, collected contributions, packaged information, and produced the synthesis. Members’ participated by answering one or more questions of a questionnaire – shared in March 2010 – addressing key areas on the role of land tenure security in achieving food security. All the participating organisations agree that land tenure and land governance are important aspects of food security, which are currently underrepresented in the HLTF’s Comprehensive Framework for Action.

Both the synthesis document, finalised by the ILC Secretariat, and the full contributions of ILC members have been submitted to the HLTF and can be found in attachment. Participating organisations include: ANGOC (Philippines/Asia); CINEP (Colombia); CODELT (DR Congo); CONGCOOP (Guatemala); FUNDACIÓN TIERRA (Bolivia); RISD (Rwanda); SAFIRE (Zimbabwe); SARRA (India); SCOPE (Pakistan); SDF (India); SER (Peru); and TFM (Philippines).

The following contributors to the report will compose the ILC delegation to the HLTF consultation in May 2010, in Dublin, Ireland: CONGCOOP (Mrs. Zully Morales); RISD (Mrs. Annie Kairaba); and TFM (Mr. Armando Jarilla). Also participating will be Michael Taylor, Programme Manager for Land Policy and Africa Region, ILC Secretariat. Updates will be posted on the ILC website.

Get the full document from the International Land Coalition ILC’s official website via Land Tenure Security.