Equinix Singapore Gifts Two Scholarships for Master of Science Students in Biodiversity Conservation and Nature-based Climate Solutions

Climate-smart soils: testing soil health in Western Kenya. For over a decade, CIAT has tested agronomic and soil management practices in Western Kenya. From minimum tillage to integrated soil fertility management, these trials are the most comprehensive picture of tropical soil health that we have in Kenya. They show-case changes in soil fertility and health, which take time to develop, hence the importance of these long-term trails.

Views on nature are changing. Often seen throughout history as something that can be exploited for economic gain, or something that stands in the way of human development, natural ecosystems are now considered an invaluable buffer in the fight against climate change.

Nature-based climate solutions have moved up political agendas worldwide as countries look to better protect pristine forests, restore mangroves that once fringed their shores, and farm more sustainably, not just to reduce emissions but also to secure the myriad other benefits that nature provides, from clean air and water to flood prevention and livelihood opportunities.

But even as the climate crisis accelerates, the current bottleneck of shovel-ready nature-based carbon projects suggests that work lies ahead to plug persistent knowledge gaps and develop novel methodologies, technologies and financial tools needed to unlock nature’s full potential.

Doing so, however, will require fresh talent to venture into this rapidly growing field.

The Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with the generous support of Equinix Singapore, has established two scholarships for outstanding students enrolled in the Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Nature-based Climate Solutions (MBCNCS) coursework programme at NUS.

Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company operating 244 data centres across 30 countries, has pledged a gift of S$100,000 to help groom the next generation of leaders in nature-based climate solutions science and climate policymaking. This will contribute to efforts to work with nature in combatting climate change in ways that are scientifically sound, economically feasible and socially acceptable for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.

Interested candidates will be given the opportunity to apply when they submit their applications for the 2023 MBCNCS programme later in 2022.

Learn more about the scholarship here.