AHEAD Update – December 2, 2003
Dear AHEAD colleagues -
I hope you are all doing well. Just a brief update, mostly related to
the Proceedings, and to projects currently being followed-up on.
* I should again note that if you wish to be removed from this e-mail
list, please just let me know. My hope is to keep AHEAD Invitees
up-to-date on developments post-Durban over time, but I certainly understand
if anyone wants to opt out of receiving such messages.
*Many of you have now received peer-review comments back on your AHEAD Proceedings
submissions. Some of you will receive your papers with reviewer comments
back shortly. I thank all of the reviewers (including those still editing
away) and authors, and request that authors who have received
their drafts back and who are agreeable to taking on revisions return
their papers to me by the end of this month (Dec. '03) if you
have not already done so. If this is not possible, please let me know.
*A small number of you have requested and been given extensions
for your full paper submissions. Unless we have made other arrangements,
I need all full papers by the end of December in order to include them
in the Proceedings. Please contact me if this is not workable for you.
*A number of you are approaching the Wellcome Trust for support, and
some of you met the Trust for the first time at the AHEAD forum
(great!). When you submit your proposals to Wellcome, please mention
that you learned about their programs and funding at the AHEAD World
Parks Congress meeting if that is the case. We want to continue to follow
progress on ideas that came out of Durban informally, and letting potential
donors know that you heard about them there helps.
*For those of you still planning on commenting on the draft Working
Group Notes, please send me your comments by the end of December (as
a reminder, please use 'track changes'). Only you know if these notes
*We are currently looking for sponsorship to host a web-based
video archive and possibly develop a CD-ROM of the AHEAD World
Parks forum. I've begun reviewing the tapes, and the set of talks and
the discussions they helped generate are among the best I've ever seen
from a meeting like this (if I may say so!). We would love to find a
way to make this great material available to interested parties for free
via the World Wide Web. If you have any ideas on potential sponsors (including
those with server space), I'd love to hear from you.
*Finally, the first follow-up meeting on the part of the AHEAD Great
Limpopo TFCA Working Group was quite successful. Approximately 20 people
attended the session last month at Onderstepoort. A summary document
is in preparation, and will be circulated back to all of the folks who
were at Onderstepoort for the meeting as well as to all members of the
GLTFCA Working Group from Durban who couldn't make it to Pretoria in
November (anyone else who is interested is of course welcome to receive
the notes when they're available). Several new participants and institutions
joined us in Pretoria, making the prospects for ongoing development of
integrative ideas for the GLTFCA that much more robust. We
may be in a position to bring GLTFCA-interested parties together again
in February. More on that as we look at schedules and progress
on the draft documentation.
That's all for now. Thanks very much,