Looking back and moving ahead

Happy_New_YearWe celebrate a successful anniversary year 2017 for CIPSEM and moving forward into 2018, continuing our course programme in sustainable environmental management for developing countries; starting on January 10th with the 41st UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management for Developing Countries with another 21 participants from 21 countries.

CIPSEM was also contributing to an article recently published in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), highlighting the importance of natural pollination services for sustainable agricultural systems in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Of course the results of this study (and much more) are already included in our course programme.

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Again, a happy and healthy new year 2018 from the CIPSEM team to all our alumni, facilitators, contributors, partners and friends!

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CIPSEM meets the German president

For two days, CIPSEM presented how TU Dresden contributes to addressing essential questions for our common future at the “Woche der Umwelt”. This event – literally ‘week of the environment – showcases innovative projects contributing to environmental protection and sustainability. It is special, because exhibitors and projects come from all parts of society: universities and research institutes, ministries and government agencies, NGOs, enterprises, professional associations, youth, and many more. The venue is also unique: the meeting takes place in the garden of Bellevue Castle, and is hosted by the president of Germany.

Almost 12 000 people came to learn about and to get in touch with various initiatives, as well as to join one of the numerous panel discussions on issues such as the energy transition or sustainable cities.

In his opening speech, the Federal President, Mr. Joachim Gauck, referred to the Agenda 2030: “Especially now we need additional momentum for more environmental protection, as we have agreed on ambitious targets for sustainable development and climate protection on an international scale.”

At the CIPSEM booth, visitors were attracted by a wheel of fortune presenting a selection of countries from which our course participants are coming (out of 138 from which our more then 2200 alumni total since 1977 came). The wheel was a helpful starting point to start discussing about typical environmental problems, how they are related to the sustainable development goals, and how we are addressing these issues in our courses.

Many visitors also used the opportunity to inform themselves about the international master programs in “Tropical Forestry” and “Hydro Science and Engineering” as well as other environment-related study programs at TU Dresden. Overall, we were happy with this opportunity, also because we got in touch with several experts who might teach in our courses in the future.

> More pictures of the “Week of the Environment”, made available by the organizer, the German Environment Foundation, DBU.

> Background information on the “Woche der Umwelt” (German only)

 

Soon: come to go – a theatre project with CIPSEM participants

Eight of our current course participants reflect on their experiences in Dresden in a joint theatre production with die bühne (the theatre of TU Dresden). Performances will take place in the CIPSEM facilities in the evenings of April 08, 09, 15 and 16.

You are very welcome to join, if you are around. Please check the website of die buehne for more information.

In any case, we will also report in our blog!

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CIPSEM is turning heads …

… and getting attention in the last University Journal of TU Dresden. The occasion was the festive closing of the 66th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB Internatioal Short Course on Soil and Land Resources and the general overall efforts in education towards sustainable development provided by CIPSEM and its partners.

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