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Announcement of 2015 Training Opportunity in GIS and Land Management
The Societal Impacts Committee of the GSDI Association will provide a free training opportunity for 5 candidates from Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific Region to attend the ICLPST (International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training) training Seminar on Geographical Information Systems and Land Management in Taipei. The training seminar will begin on March 11, 2015 and conclude on March 24, 2015.

The Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) is a five-year USAID project that provides grants to civil society organizations throughout the Pacific Rim in support of climate change adaptation measures. Grants are awarded on an open and competitive basis to non-sovereign CSOs, including local, national, and internationally-operating entities. The Fund supports grantee projects focused on climate change adaptation in the technical areas of improving natural resources and water management and enhancing livelihood development and income diversification. PACAM is based in the Philippines and implemented in twelve countries throughout the Pacific that are home to more than 8.5 million people: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Rolling deadlines (12:00 noon PST/UTC +8): 30 June 2014, 30 September 2014, 30 December 2014, 5 March 2015
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National Geographic Young Explorer Grant (ongoing)
Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant (ongoing)

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.

International Geospatial Society (IGS) Free Memberships

At its recent meeting, the GSDI Board of Directors passed a motion that allows individuals in low and very low income nations to join the International Geospatial Society (IGS) by providing specific information of value to the global community in lieu of annual cash dues. To join, simply add your professional profile to the growing interconnected network of geospatial specialists across the globe. Benefits of membership in IGS are listed at For further information, contact Harlan Onsrud (, Executive Director, GSDI Association.



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