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Friday October 3, 2014
Ulice Acosta Llanes, Specialist in Environmental Management and International Cooperation for the Patrimony, Community and Environment Program, Office of the City Historian for Havana, Cuba, will outline environmental challenges facing Havana and key strategies to create a more environmentally sustainable city, including climate change adaptation, protection of the Bay of Havana, solid waste management, alternative modes of transportation, energy conservation and urban agriculture.

Open to the public.
Wednesday October 8, 2014
Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson
Professors and researchers at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas is among Mexico's poorest states, with a dark history of exploitation that spawned the Zapatista uprising. In recent decades, and especially following the implementation of NAFTA, food production and retailing have become increasingly industrialized and corporatized. A diffuse movement for food system sustainability and justice is emerging, in which indigenous farmers and other peasants, urban producers and consumers, new markets, formal education, traditional knowledge and agroecological innovation all have a role to play. Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson both have PhD's from the University of Michigan and are researchers and professors in the Agroecology Group at ECOSUR in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, México. Their current research focuses on scaling up agroecology through formal and informal education, local markets, and social support networks.

Co-sponsored by the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

For additional information, contact Martha Caswell at
Friday October 10, 2014
U.S. federal agencies are increasingly requesting information about ecosystem services to assist in long-range planning and resource management. In this talk, I will discuss recent efforts to develop rigorous and timely ecosystem services information for agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and USDA Forest Service.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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