On February 8th, good news came from the coordination committee, EfD´s decision-making body, that three new centers have been accepted to join the network.
EfD- CA is pleased to announce our new Centre director with a message from Maria Naranjo:
PORT ELIZABETH: As long as farmers and wildlife have vied for their share of the veld here in South Africa, there has been a conflict, as the inevitable presence of wild predators has resulted in livestock loss.
ECRC’s Yitatek Kelemu attended three weeks advanced training program on climate change - adaptation and mitigation from 19 November – 9 December 2016 at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) in Norrkoping, Sweden.
Unique contribution to energy policy-making, quality and quantity of academic publications at a record high, and impressive appearances at international and local academic events are amongst the EEPC headlines of the Autumn Term 2016 (September 2016 – January 2017). We compressed some of these memorable moments into this news story.
SETI (http://seti.duke.edu/) invites concept notes to seed collaborative research related to energy transitions. We particularly welcome proposals for work related to the SETI priority themes, including: Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment) Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness Notable gaps in research on energy transitions
We are very pleased to announce that the second meeting of the Sustainable Energy TransitionsInitiative (SETI) will take place May 9-11 at Duke University (Durham, NC).
The Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). is a training program for emerging leaders from research, policy, and the private sector who aspire to be equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge on adaptation finance and become climate ambassadors in their respective home countries and beyond.
Duke Kunshan University is now accepting applications for the new international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program. The iMEP program is a two-year degree offered jointly by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment. Students will study core courses in both environmental management and public policy at Duke Kunshan University (China) and Duke University (United States). We would really appreciate it if you could share this information with people who might be interested.
Two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries
On January 29th 2017 the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (UK) will launch a sequence of two Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas.
The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently released a scientific assessment of the risks and opportunities of shale gas mining, which is proposed for parts of the Karoo region of South Africa.
What policies are needed to cope with the global environmental challenges? What can scientists learn from economists and vice-versa?
The Third International Conference on Sustainable Land and Watershed Management (SLWM3) was, held in Mek’elle in northern Ethiopia, which focused broadly on building resilience in the phace of climate uncertainty.
Academia and policy makers were brought together to take the first steps of uniting research efforts towards an Environment and Development National Research Agenda during the EfD Central America Policy day.
Healthy forests in sub-Saharan Africa are an important source of wild pollinators, and thus support agricultural productivity and food security in the region, a conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, heard this November.
CAPE TOWN: The South African government has drawn up some of the most advanced environmental laws and policies on the continent, since its transition to a democratic state in 1994. In a recent overview of these, University of Cape Town (UCT) resource economist Dr Jane Turpie has identified key areas were future research is needed, in order to boost this policy further, with responses to climate change being a key theme.
CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s oceans and beaches boost the country’s economy by roughly 35 percent, in terms of the ‘goods and services’ they provide. This is highlighted in a report released recently by the local branch of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), which gives an overview of the economic value of South Africa’s marine environments.
CAPE TOWN: Appointing a water-saving ‘champion’ in an office block context could be one way that municipalities and companies in South Africa can respond quickly and cheaply to the water restrictions facing many parts of the country, following two years of severe drought.
South Africa’s official unemployment rate is over 25 percent. Amidst a virtually stagnant economy, it is unlikely that this will drop to the desired developing world target of below 10 percent in the foreseeable future.
The people of Cape Town are being given a chance to tell city managers just how much they value the natural green spaces, manicured parks, sports fields, and street trees in their neighbourhoods. And what they say may help park authorities decide how to prioritise their spending, at a time when there is growing pressure to develop open green spaces for housing or business opportunities.
In relation to the EfD Annual meeting, the Chilean EfD center (NENRE) organized a policy day as a forum for policy makers and EfD researchers to meet and exchange ideas. The focus of this year´s event was fisheries and energy.
In spite of much development progress in Tanzania, the people of this East African country still continue to struggle with many core threats to their prosperity: poverty, disease, aid dependency, the dearth of infrastructure, and corruption.
Inequality, state politics, collective action, and the environment. That summarizes the academic focus of Rohini Somanathan, professor at Delhi School of Economics and Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. She combines her academic work with engagement in rural development.
The Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) held a meeting from 23-25 September 2016 to review milestones and targets that were set for the last 6 month.
The effect of improved biomass cook-stoves on indoor air pollution and respiratory health in rural Ethiopia
The Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) organized a half-day research project launch workshop on “The effects of improved biomass cook-stoves on indoor air pollution and respiratory health in rural Ethiopia”.
EfD- RFF Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow Allen Blackman organized and led training workshops on two forest conservation webtools developed by an RFF Project Team that includes Jessica Chu, Alex Egorenkov, Len Goff, and Juha Siikamäki. The first workshop, on October 12, was for stakeholders representing US-based institutions and the second, on October 17 and 18, was for stakeholders representing Mesoamerican-based institutions. The webtools, which are for targeting and evaluating forest conservation policies, will be publically launched in the coming months via a webinar. Their development was mainly funded by NASA’s SERVIR program. The training workshops were sponsored by and held at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.
EfD Central America shares our deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend Karin Backteman. To celebrate her life the EfD Central America Center organized a Plant a tree memorial. " A living tribute to a beautiful and generous spirit" Forever in our hearts, rest in peace Karin Backteman.
Produce from small-scale farms is a mainstay for most Tanzanian households, and the ecosystem services provided by wild pollinators play a central role in their productivity.
ECRC/EDRI and International Energy Agency (IEA) organized a joint workshop for the launch of the report “Boosting the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa: China’s Involvement” on 20 September 2016.
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) is hosting its training course on “Causal Inference and Evidence-based Policy” carried out at CATIE’s headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica from September 20-24, 2016.
Marcela Jaime, Jorge Dresdner y Miguel Quiroga attend the 8th Annual Meeting of SOCHER in Santiago de Chile
NENRE researchers attend the 8th Annual Meeting of Chilean Society of Regional Studies (SOCHER): cities and regions in transformation. The meeting was developed in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, between September 7th and 10th.
The concluding session at the GGKP annual conference highlighted insights, ideas and proposals raised. Edwin Muchapondwa, represented EfD in the panel.
Dr Hailemariam Teklewold of ECRC, presented his work at the Fourth GGKP Annual Conference.
Dr Byela Tibesigwa, of EfD Tanzania, was awarded best research paper during the closing ceremony at the GGKP annual conference.
The Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) held its Annual Review and Planning meeting from 3-5 July 2016 to review its annual work and plan for the coming year.
The CASCADE Project: Ecosystem-based adaptation for smallholder farmers in agricultural landscapes in Central America, was part of the presentations held at CATIE’s Board of Directors Meeting this past 29th -1st of September, Turrialba, Costa Rica.
EfD is co-hosting The Fourth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea with the focus theme “Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth”, September 6-7
Jane Mariara, Center director of EfD Kenya, has been appointed as Interim Executive Director of PEP (Partnership for Economic Policy). Prof. Mariara has been involved with PEP for many years and in a variety of roles, from researcher to resource person to deputy director, and most recently as member of the PMMA program committee.
EfD and Resource for the Future Senior Researcher Carolyn Fischer was awarded with the 2016 Best Aquaculture Economics Paper (The AquaFish Prize).
Roger Madrigal, EfD Senior Researcher , is presenting during the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 29-September 2.
The Environment for Development Kenya (EfD-Kenya) in collaboration with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) held a Policy Research workshop at the La Mada Hotel on July 14th – 15th 2016. The objective of the workshop was to share and discuss proposals for 2017 funding and also finalize drafting of the Research Policy Review/Strategy for 2016-2020.
The editors of Water Resources Research have selected the paper "Water and sanitation service delivery, pricing, and the poor: An empirical estimate of subsidy incidence
The Department of economics, University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the East African Social Science Translation (EASST) at CEGA-UC Berkeley and Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF ) at the World Bank organized the 2016 East Africa Impact Evaluation Workshop and Evidence Summit that was hosted at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 12-14, 2016 .
CAPE TOWN: A study into the structure of the South African hake fishing industry, which finds that keeping the industry serviced by bigger companies is less environmentally hazardous, has won an economics student at the University of Cape Town this year’s best Honours level thesis in the School of Economics.
CAPE TOWN: A study of how small-scale farmers in the Western Cape, South Africa, shape their decisions around using conventional or organic farming methods, based on their perceived risks, has won an economics Masters student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) an award for the best thesis in her year.
This past June, EfD Central America researchers Laura Villalobos and Francisco Alpizar presented at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 22nd Annual Conference in Zurich.
Jorge Dresdner and Carlos Chávez presented their work during the IIFET 2016 Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Invited by the Undersecretary of Environment of the Chilean government, NENRE's Director, Carlos Chávez, atended the high level regional dialogue on carbon pricing and green growth; this activity took place in Santiago de Chile, on June 30, 2016.
Dr. Byela Tibesigwa and Prof. Kassim Kulindwa were nominated by , the Tanzania Focal Point for the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), Mr. Geofrey Bakanga based at the Vice President’s office to represent Tanzania’s Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) efforts at the GDSA workshop in Nairobi, held from June 21-23 2016.
Around a dozen of EfD affiliated researchers presented their work during the annual EAERE conference in Zürich this year. EfD was also represented in the conference exhibition area.