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.
VALPARAISO, CHILE: NENRE researchers, Miguel Quiroga and Jorge Dresdner, reported the results of a study whose aim was to estimate, by different methods, indirect employment generated by Chilean fisheries.
In the framework of the development of their research strategy plan, researchers at NENRE participated in a meeting with the head of the Bio-Bio region office of the Ministry of Energy, MSc. Carola Venegas.
GGGI & CATIE hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services”
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services” on June 1st and 2nd, 2016, in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, or GERD, under construction on the Blue Nile near the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, is now approximately 50% complete. Initial filling will start this year and will begin in earnest in 2017.
The Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg has been selected to host the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 25th-29th 2018, WCERE 2018.
EfD researcher Miguel Quiroga was invited to give a talk on “Recovery of Fisheries: Socioeconomics Aspects”
EfD researcher Jorge Dresdner was invited to give lectures on “Conservation Policies for Marine Resources Based on Rights”
CAPE TOWN: The single most effective thing that South Africans can do to reduce their energy use related to heating water in their homes, is to switch off hot water cylinders half an hour before they are most likely to bath or shower. Those people who do switch their cylinders on and off during the day, as an energy saving measure, tend to turn them off after the geysers have refilled and reheated, which is wasteful of energy.
April 6, 2016. Senior Fellow and RFF EfD Program Director Allen Blackman organized and moderated RFF “First Wednesday” Seminar/webinar on “Reducing Deforestaton in Commodity Supply Chains.” About the Event:
Remidius Ruhinduka, a lecturer and EfD research fellow at the University of Dar Es Salaam, participated in a short-term visiting fellowship with CEGA-EASST at UC Berkeley from April 18-22, 2016. Over the course of the week, Dr. Ruhinduka was able to meet with CEGA faculty across UC Berkeley and Stanford University to discuss research and potential avenues for collaboration.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: When home owners at a seaside residential complex in Milnerton, Cape Town, decided to pile up sandbags between the beach and their gardens in the early 2000s, their intention was to stop the high tide from eating away at their plots during storm surges. What they didn’t anticipate was that this erosion control measure would make their property prices fall, reduce beach space, drive away tourists, and leave the beach strewn with litter.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Tourism in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being held back largely by failures within other sectors, according to a leading tourism analyst and economist here.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: When a touring group of 289 mountain bikers needs to cross legally from Botswana into Zimbabwe, and then South Africa (SA), far from any official border posts, it means setting up informal but bureaucratically-sound passport control points in dry river beds or on dirt tracks.