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|Tuesday, 20 October 2009 00:00|
The Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the MacArthur Foundation are sponsoring a call for researchers and analysts in the framework of the program "Building Economics Skills to enhance the Conservation of Southern Tropical Andes. Scholarships will be offered for studies in economic analysis related to the environment.
The program prioritizes issues on which economic analysis can contribute to solutions, positive policies and projects for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, so that investigations are applicable and influence the decisions of the actors linked to the projects.
From CSF, participants will receive technical assistance and training in economic theory and environmental economic analysis to extend their capacity to conduct applied economic research studies. The scholarship is focused on fieldwork activities, analysis and data collection, and does not cover fees or purchase of equipments. Proposals that identify contributions from institutions interested in the research will be positively evaluated. Additionally, there will be a fund to cover the publication of the best research projects.
The list of possible topics of study include REDD and climate change, economic analysis of highways in natural environments, protected areas and biodiversity, watersheds, legal standards and biodiesel, among others. About eight investigations must be generated within 9 months of work for each, during the period from January 2010 to March 2011.
Young researchers with proven experience in the Andes-Amazon region, mostly southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia (candidates from Ecuador and Colombia may also be considered), who are interested in developing economic research on environmental issues, conservation biodiversity and natural resource management, are invited to apply.
The call is open to graduate students, professionals of the region, and representatives from local governments, NGOs or private companies interested in the subject. Priority shall be given to the participation of professionals whose work relates to sustainable development projects and natural resource conservation. It is a requirement that participants have previous training in economics (master's degree is desirable), strong analytical skills and excellent literacy skills in their mother tongue. It is also essential to have good command of Excel, and statistical and econometric knowledge.
Those interested should complete an online application form as well as sending a research proposal up to 5 pages, and abbreviated curriculum up to 2 pages, until November 8th. For further information, visit the Conservation Strategy Fund website.