William D Nordhaus was together with Paul M Romer awarded The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018, on Monday October 8th. The same day, IPCC released a special report, ‘Global Warming of 1,5 degrees Celsius'.
Researchers from eight EfD centers gathered in Gothenburg, to kick- start work on a two-year collaborative program on marine resources. We spoke with program leaders Francisco Alpízar and Håkan Eggert.
On July 17th, 2018, the Director of the Colombian Institute for Hidrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM in Spanish) presented at Universidad de Los Andes the air quality report for Colombia for the year 2017, and the guide for the elaboration of the atmospheric emissions inventory.
During two weeks in September, data managers Samuel Abera and Yabebal Ayelew of Ethiopian EfD center ECRC, were trained in Gothenburg, Sweden. The project is a collaboration between SND, Swedish National Data Service, and EfD and aims to make all research data from the network available worldwide."Researchers won´t live forever, but their data will" explains Yabebal Ayalew.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Council of Chile, awarded a team of EfD researchers with the public litigation of a project aimed at determining the potential benefits of the implementation of the “Bonus Law for the Cultivation or Repopulation of Algae” in the Biobío and Los Lagos Regions.
Water is fundamental for sustainable development, healthy ecosystems and energy and food production. This issues have been a priority for EfD Central America’s research agenda for more than 10 years, and now more than ever, with the climate conditions the region faces it makes researchers from the center put all their effort conducting research and communicating their results in several platforms and events.
EfD Tanzania's policy day 2018 had the theme “conservation and sustainable use of Tanzania's Marine resources" in line with 2018 world environmental day and the SDG14.
In the first podcast from EfD Colombia, Jorge Alexander Bonilla talks about air pollution problem in cities, the policies that deal with air pollution and congestion problems, and in the case of Bogotá, how the driving restriction "pico y placa" affects air quality and congestion.
During the Eight International Congress of Transport and Movility in Bogotá, EfD researcher Jorge Bonilla participated in a discussion panel with entrepreneurs of the transport sector and representatives from the local council and civil organizations.
High-level research, strengthening of technical capacities and participatory studies allow to understand and disseminate strategies of ecosystem-based adaptation in agricultural systems.
The question of how to address plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is very similar to that of carbon emissions in the atmosphere: it may be possible to tackle the source of the pollution within the borders of specific countries, but the impacts of this accumulated waste fall outside of the responsibility of any individual nation state.
Our beloved colleague, Peter Berck lost his brave fight against cancer and passed away on August 10, 2018. Peter’s death is a severe loss to EfD. Peter has been one of the pillars of EfD’s research.
The EfD Network proudly presents the new audiovisual production: “The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAforD)” we encourage all our network to watch and enjoy the video!
The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAfD) participated in the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists through several appearances in academic sessions and a special policy session coordinated by the ESAforD program researchers.
What does gender of a smallholder farmer got to do with the value of wild pollination services to crop productivity?
During the first semester of 2018, EfD researcher Jorge Bonilla has been actively involved in discussions about air quality in Bogotá with stakeholders. The Group of citizens for air quality in Bogotá (MECAB in Spanish) provides an opportunity for citizens, researchers and representatives of the local council to discuss the air pollution problems of the city.
CATIE, Costa Rica. EfD Central America welcomed students from across Latin American for its 19th edition of the course: Economic bases for the management and the valuation of environmental services, the course seeks to contribute to the understanding of the causes and effects of environmental degradation in the region.
WCERE 2018: Before the WCERE 2018 conference in Gothenburg, EfD arranged two summer-courses in Spatial Analysis in Economics and the environment and Application of Experimental Methods in Climate Policy supported by funding from Sida.
WCERE 2018: During the world congress, two new regional environmental economists associations were announced. The Latin American association (LAERE) was launched during one of the policy sessions, and Edwin Muchapondwa, University of Cape Town, organized a meeting to spur interest for an African association.
WCERE2018: What are the lessons learnt from avoiding day zero in cape Town, South Africa and what are the economic and behavioral tools that can help us prevent other types of environmental crises? A pre-conference session on Economic instruments for water-scarce cities on June 25th addressed these questions.
WCERE2018: In conjunction with the WCERE 2018 conference in Gothenburg, EfD arranged the workshop ‘Women in Environmental Economics for Development’ (EfD’s WinEED). Supported by funding from Sida, EfD invited 23 academics from the global south interested in the intersection between environmental economics and development research, to take part in the workshop and in WCERE.
On July 4th,2018, EfD researchers Jorge Bonilla and Daniel Slunge met researchers from the Gothenburg Air and Climate center (GAC) and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) to communicate the current research agenda on air pollution in Colombia and other EfD centers.
WCERE2018: On Monday, June 25, the EfD Forest Collaborative research program held its third biannual meeting at the University of Gothenburg, just before the start of the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE).
The Department of Economics, University of Concepción, offers a postdoc position. The position mainly involves research, but may also include teaching/supervision assignments.
WCERE 2018: One policy session during the conference adressed economic incentives and policy instruments to handle marine plastic pollution. One conclusion that came out was that there is a need for clear incentives that drives producers to take responsibility for the whole life cycle of their products.
The study "Does the location of salmon farming centers contribute to the reduction of poverty in remote coastal areas?
Environmental economics research plays a crucial role in dealing with the global challenges, and the need for dialogue and collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policy makers is greater than ever. During the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, WCERE, 25-29 June in Gothenburg, Gina McCarthy (Former US EPA Administrator), Jos Delbeke (Senior Advisor EU) and Karolina Skog (Swedish Minister of Environment) will participate in special policy sessions.
On the 5th of June the world marked the World Environment Day. Tanzania celebrated this day in a week-long event from the 31st May until the 5th June. The week-long event included a high level symposium which took place on the 1st June at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The theme of the symposium was climate change, environment and national economy.
South African conservation authorities could raise the daily park attendance fees for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) by just over double, without a significant loss of visitors in response to the price hike.
Almost 100 researchers from lower- and middle-income countries received Sida, IDRC and EAERE-funded travel grants to participate in WCERE 2018. This vastly enriches the international scope of the congress program.
Some targets for Ethiopia´s Climate Resilient Green Economy are not delivered due to lack of data. This is one was one of the challenges brought up during the second conference on Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE), held Sheraton, Addis Ababa on May 14-15.
Claudine Uwera, who holds a PhD from the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, has been appointed Minister of State in charge of Economic planning in Rwanda.
The Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) of Ethiopia was launched on March 5, 2018 at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the presence of high-level government officials, experts, researchers and other stakeholders from both government and non-governmental institutions.
On February 16, EfD Central America Researcher Leida Mercado participated in representation of EfD-CA host institution CATIE as a lecturer in a workshop targeted at directors and professors of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica (MEP), as well as to extension agents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), in order to train them in the subject of climate change and the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach. The objective of the workshop was to consider Climate Change issues and implement them in the curriculum of four Professional Technical Colleges (CTP) of the Region Brunca, from Costa Rica. This is part of a strategic regional pilot that takes place in the area.
As Cape Town faces the worst drought in a century, the city may need to shut off running water to homes and businesses in an effort to crisis-manage the last remaining water in the metropole's dams. ‘Day Zero’, as it has become known, is expected to arrive on 9 July, and may need to stay in place for three months.
Hello, Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, who was invited to Paris last week to testify to French ministers how the Swedish carbon dioxide tax works, because France is about to introduce a carbon dioxide tax on Swedish level to bring down its greenhouse gas emissions.
EfD’s flagship educational program: Collaborative Program in Climate Change and Development Economics (3CDE) linking local and international students and teachers with hands on experience and case studies kicked off its first pilot in CATIE, EfD Central America´s host institution in February.
"We need more citizens who are angry”, said Isabella Lövin, Swedish minister of Development Cooperation and Climate, during a discussion about how politics, technology and individuals can contribute to a smarter climate policy.
A group of technicians and researchers from the governments of Ghana and Liberia conduct a study tour at EfD Central America host institution CATIE. The objective of the visit was to learn about experiences with Payments for Environmental Services and other incentives to promote the conservation of natural resources that are implemented in agricultural landscapes in the country.
The award-winning paper by Fuente et al. (2016) is a product of collaboration between EfD and Nairobi City Water and Sewer Company. It uses data on household socioeconomic status and metered water use in order to evaluate the distributional incidence of subsidies delivered through the water tariff in Nairobi.
VILLAGERS and forest managers are key players for protecting forest reserves in Tanzania, and they should therefore work closely.
The support from Sida to EfD in 2018 is growing. The new agreement constitutes an increase of 30% of the original budget of MSEK 133, i.e. an additional MSEK 38.6. More than half of this will go to a new collaborative marine program that will involve at least 10 EfD centers and which will be led by Håkan Eggert.
EfD researchers are writing review papers on economic policy instruments for chemical management and chemical risk assessment.
The Indian Statistical Institute held its Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Dec 18-20 in Delhi.
The ESAforD (Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development) research team, led by Dr Juha Siikamӓki, presented eight of their case studies at the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD (Environment for Development) Initiative held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 27 to 30 October 2017.
In 2018, EfD will launch a new collaborative research program. The two focus areas are effective managment and marine plastic waste.
The EfD Tanzania researchers participated in a two-day National Level Post-Harvest Management conference that was held at the Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam from 8th to 9th November 2017. It was officiated by Hon Dr. Hon Mary Mwajelwa (MP), Deputy Minister Ministry of Agriculture.
On 13 November, Thomas Sterner and his American colleagues published the article "Policy sequencing toward decarburization", in the prestigious journal Nature Energy.
Back-to-back with the 11th EfD Annual meeting in Addis Abeba, the EfD secretariat organized a two day workshop for communication officers and researchers at all EfD centers, with the specific aim of boosting skills in Policy Interaction and Communication.
The 11th Annual Meeting of the Environment for Development Initiative ended with a general assembly that looked backward and forward from four busy days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 26-30, 2017.