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    EfD external evaluation – invitation to tender

    The EfD Initiative is now looking to have an external evaluation carried out. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide an overall assessment of the extent to which EfD fulfills its main objective of contributing to the effective management of ecosystems, natural resources and climate change impacts in the Global South through increased use of environmental economics in building the evidence base for effective policy making.


    New project on Electricity access in Ethiopia

    Researchers at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) based at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) have been awarded research funding for a project entitled “Impacts and Drivers of Policies for Electricity Access: Micro-and-Macroeconomic Evidence from Ethiopia”


      Two television debate programs invited EfD Colombia Director Jorge Bonilla to discuss recent air quality problems in Bogotá

      February is a critical month for Bogotá in terms of air quality. There are two factors that explain this situation: emissions and meteorology. These two factors cause that Bogota’s atmosphere present a high concentration of particular matter, which is a very harmful pollutant for health. In February, the meteorology in Bogotá presents a particular phenomenon: the thermal inversion.


      Vietnam: Vietnam urged to enforce mangrove conservation policy

      Mangrove management policy in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta needs stronger state enforcement, if the country is to meet its conservation goals while still allowing for people in the delta area to benefit from the ecosystems services that mangroves provide the shrimp farming sector.


      Tanzania: Environmental loss: the cost to Tanzania’s economy

      Much of Tanzania’s economic growth is dependent on the natural ecosystems that allow the harvesting of resources such as water, timber, and fish from the environment. However, society often regards these resources as infinite and free, which can lead to their over exploitation, resulting in the ecosystems becoming degraded and unhealthy.


      Colombia: Colombia introduces carbon tax

      Colombia’s carbon tax, which was passed into law in 2017, is likely to be the most effective policy measure to help the South American country steer its economy towards a lower-carbon development path.


      Single-use plastics: breaking consumers’ bad habits

      When it comes to getting people to change their behaviour around mindlessly throwing away single-use plastics, rather than re-using or recycling them, what small messages are most likely to prod them to break their bad habits? Does it help to put signs up in supermarkets, urging people to re-use their shopping bags? Or is it better to push up the price of the bag with a small tax?


      Jamaica takes Costa Rica's experience in Payments for Ecosystem Services

      The pioneering implementation of payments for ecosystem services in Costa Rica is an example for other Latin American countries that now venture into these topics, and this time Jamaica turns its attention to the successful experience of the Central American country. From January 28 till February 2, participants from different Jamaican organizations met at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) to learn about the design and implementation of the Payment for Ecosystem Services Program in Costa Rica. The lessons are mainly taught by the EfD senior researcher and Central American coordinator of the center, PhD. Roger Madrigal.


      Environmental policy instruments must be used to deal with global environmental problems

      Global environmental problems can be addressed by means of policy instruments such as carbon dioxide taxes, building and technology standards and support for new technology, but the issues are complex and several environmental problems must be addressed simultaneously in order to achieve optimal effect. Therefore, different research areas must work together to find solutions. This is evident from an article published in the journal Nature Sustainability.


      Session on 'Research for Policy Action on Air Pollution'

      The Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi, India conducted a panel session as part of CECFEE’s Policy day event titled ‘Research for Policy Action on Air Pollution’ on 17th December 2018.


      The Costa Rica PES Program: the success, the challenges and its new opportunities of financing

      Costa Rica has been a pioneer in implementing policies to protect and promote ecosystem services. One of the most successful innovative public financing schemes implemented more than twenty years ago was the “payments for ecosystem services” (PES), which along with other policies and enabling conditions led to a dramatic increase in its forest cover, from less than 30% in the 1980s to 54% of its territory today.


      Ethiopian/Swedish PhD - collaboration for increased internationalization and research quality

      Funding from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been secured that will enable the Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University to support the PhD program in economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for the coming five years. The program will be run jointly with Jönköping International Business School (JIBS).


        Global Forum on Green Economy Learning

        Green Economy: New Challenges, New Skills. EfD is co-organizing a Forum for institutions that train professionals involved in policy design and implementation Nov 26-27, OECD, Paris


          EfD invests in data management

          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.


          Water at core of EfD Central America's research and policy efforts

          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.


          Looking for leverage in the ocean plastics crisis

          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.


            Peter Berck in memoriam

            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.