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Forestry Education in Venezuela: Capacity Development in University of the Andes

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This project will reinforce the Finnish development objectives of evolving towards a more inclusive green economy and sustainability. Also in line with the objectives of Finnish development cooperation, our project will directly contribute to the achievement of some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are strongly supported by the Government of Venezuela. In case of environmental sustainability (MDG 7), this project will support the improvement in the competencies of future foresters, as well as the raised awareness on environmental issues among people. This will have an impact on a better management of forests and therefore a possible reduction of deforestation rates.
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Sari Pitkänen, Osvaldo Encinas, Javier Arevalo Pardo de Donlebun, Calkin Suero Montero, Jarkko Suhonen

Analysis of the Technological Readiness of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Undergraduates for Finnish E –Learning Courses. Case studies: Tertiary Institutions in Lagos

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To identify technological readiness of developing countries for E - Learning , to estimate the metrics for measuring technological readiness of Nigerian Universities Undergraduates for Finnish E – Learning Courses, to report what undergraduates say about their readiness for E- Learning which can assist them achieve the academic outcomes, to track trends of student behaviors, attitudes and perception about E –Learning, benchmark what devices of theirs, they prefer for E – Learning studies and to find out which courses would be most attractive to Nigerian university students via E – learning and finally to establish which resources, such as staff and facilities that would be needed to support E - Learning

ERAfrica: Developing Africa-European joint collaboration for Science and Technology

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Establish a long-term framework for communication, collaboration and coordination of programme owners/ managers related to S&T co-operation from Europe and Africa . Reinforce EU-Africa S&T collaboration by promoting joint learning by African and European research programme owners and managers and identifying relevant instruments to address more effectively the global challenges of sustainable development. Develop joint funding schemes and procedures between European and African programme owners aiming at supporting joint activities. Strengthen African research capacities and improve the impact of research for development in Africa. Strengthening the impact and the influence of S&T research implies enhancing the transfer of new knowledge to the benefit of the society. It also implies the achievement of greater coherence between research outputs and policies and funding instruments in other areas than research.
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Melissa Plath

CAAST-Net Plus: Advancing SSA-EU cooperation in research and innovation for global challenges

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CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation. Building on the activities and outputs of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), CAAST-Net Plus aims to: Encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health. Foster discussion among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners. ​Through informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness, through building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges, brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services, and through dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships, CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit.
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Melissa Plath

Private Agricultural Investments and Land Use Change Impact on The Adaptive Capacity of Local Communities to Climate Change in Mozambique -PAIMO-

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Land-use changes through private agricultural investments have an impact on local communities and their adaptive capacity towards climate change in several ways. Changes in the use of forests change the livelihood possibilities and the availability of ecosystem services. In this project, the adaptive capacity of local communities to land use changes in Mozambique is studied by: - Mapping of private investments in Mozambique - Studying the changes in livelihood and availability of ecosystem services in the neighbourhood of selected investment sites - Evaluating the effect of selected private agricultural investment on the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change - Estimating the change in carbon stocks as a result of land use change and the reallocation of local communities to new areas.
Team
Eshetu Yirdaw (UH), Markku Kanninen (UH), Adrián A. Monge Monge (UH), Paula Horne (PTT), Leena Kerkelä PTT, Matleena Kniivilä (PTT), Almeida Sitoe (UEM), Valerio Macandza (UEM), Benard Guedes (UEM)