Center Starts New Fellows Program on Population, Climate and Women


The Center for Environment and Population (CEP), with four leading US and global institutes, is announcing the launch of a new US and international fellowship program on “Population, Climate Change and the Environment” with a focus on women’s and girls’ empowerment and RH issues. This is the first of a new, ongoing series of CEP Fellowships to – a) advance the science, science-policy-advocacy links, and real-world science application, and; b) build a much needed cadre of outstanding new young leaders, scientists, activists, spokespersons and policymakers worldwide – on “Population and Climate Change” and other key population-environmental linkages, for example, with water, forests, biodiversity, habitat and land use.

 

To launch the program, this year CEP is partnering with:

-National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

-Green Belt Movement, Nairobi, Kenya

-The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC

-Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado

 

The Fellows have been appointed, and during 2010 will undertake cutting-edge research and/or analysis and reporting of key population, climate change and environmental issues to strategically advance the science and make progress on the science-policy-advocacy links in order to move the issues forward. They will:

  • Do research and/or analysis and reporting to both strengthen the science and help integrate it into US and international policy and advocacy
  • Help determine how the science is linked to and can enhance women-centered approaches to climate change, and girls/women’s empowerment, education and reproductive health issues
  • Become part of CEP’s long-term, ongoing mentoring project to create and facilitate new young leadership and “influentials” on the issues in science, policy, and advocacy

 

Reports on the fellows research/analysis will be published in late 2010 and be part of CEP and partner institutes’ activities associated with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) in Fall 2010. Following are summaries of the 2010 CEP Fellowships:

 

-National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR):  work with Dr Brian O’Neill and his NCAR research team to help develop a global, multi-regional population/household projection model as the demographic portion of an integrated assessment model used for carrying out research on issues related to climate change. This will include projections of future greenhouse gas emissions and the response of the climate system. A continuing focus of this work is on understanding the effects on emissions of various demographic factors, including aging, urbanization, and population growth/decline. 

 

-Green Belt Movement (GBM):  work with the GBM in Nairobi, Kenya to determine the links and potential opportunities between “girls education, women/girls empowerment, reproductive health, and family planning”, and the GBM’s traditional approach to conservation and development.

 

-The Nature Conservancy (TNC):  work with TNC’s International Water Policy program to determine how population and gender issues are associated with water policy and climate change and water issues, and their MDG links.

 

-Institute of Behavioral Sciences (IBS), University of Colorado:  work with Dr Lori Hunter and her research team on both internal country level (Mexico) and international population migration patterns relating to environmental change.  A focus on gender, vulnerability, and adaptation will shed light on the potential migratory implications of climate change.

 

For more information go to www.cepnet.org or email: vmarkham@cepnet.org.

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