Allen Blackman, senior research fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), will spend one year at CATIE in Costa Rica. As resident advisor for the EfD Program for Central America, he will collaborate on research projects, help build links to RFF and academia in the US, and provide input on how to build a new center.
The Environment for Development Tanzania (EfDT) was inaugurated in Tanzania on January 28. EfD Tanzania is working towards creating a forum where academics, policy makers, and other stakeholders set the research agenda together to address critical environmental and poverty issues.
Håkan Eggert, Research Fellow from EfD Sweden, will work as Resident Advisor at EfD Tanzania during 2008/2009. He will participate in the inauguration of the Tanzanian EfD Center on January 28.
Professor Emeritus Gardner Brown, EfD Research Associate, is honored by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists with two different awards.
”I want to create a research environment that works like an academy but with people who are prepared to get their boots muddy – ready to go out into the field and to contact policy makers,” says Francisco Alpizar, coordinator of the EfD in Central America.
Professor Thomas Sterner, who is chair of the EfD Research Committee, is elected President of The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 2008-2009.
A promising EfD project aims to investigate the determinants of these contributions, understanding the motivations behind donations and how external factors influence them.
Knowledge about soil can reduce damage to the environment and save lives. This is what environmental economist Anders Ekbom shows in his doctoral thesis on soil capital, land use and agricultural production in Kenya. Such knowledge is important for a large number of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.
This type of study in Costa Rica could be a key input into similar processes towards decentralization of natural resources management in the region.
Juan Camilo Cardenas from the University of Los Andes visited the department from November 26 to November 28. He was the faculty opponent at the thesis defense of Marcela Ibanez. He also gave a seminar on “The dynamics of rules and common-pool resources.”
The EfD research group based at the University of Cape Town will focus its attention on sustainable development and the use of environmental economics in policy making.
The first annual meeting for EfD, Environment for Development initiative, took place November 5-9, 2007, in Cape Town. All research fellows from the EfD centers, as well as a number of collaborators, were invited. The program included presentations and discussions of EfD work in progress as well as interactions to develop next year’s research program.
The Launching Ceremony of the Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC) and the Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) took place at the Multi-Function Hall, Centennial Hall, Peking University on October 29th, 2007. A succedent workshop focused on Environment for Development is on October 30th 2007.
Sweden´s Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson inaugurated the new Chinese research institute of environmental economics that Peking University has started in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Unit, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.
This is an example of how EfD research can influence policy, more specifically Forest tenure reform in China.
This is an example of how EfD research can influence policies for Sustainable Land Management, Forest Policy, and Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia.
EEPFE conducted a national workshop with the theme “institutionalization of the collaborative research and capacity building for sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and policy research in Amhara National Regional State.”