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    EfD organized two pre-conference summer courses

    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.


      Latin America launched, and Africa plan for own Env Econ association

      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.    


        ‘Make sure there is water in the pipes’

        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.


          Mentorship and networking – tools of empowerment

          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. 


            Forest Collaborative Workshop during WCERE2018

            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).


              Marine Plastic Pollution in a circular perspective

              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.


              Researchers in dialogue with policy makers at world congress of environmental economists: Dealing with environmental – and political crises

              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.


              Tanzania celebrated the world environment day with an environment week that began with a high level symposium on climate change, environment and the national economy

              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.


              Scope to increase Kgalagadi tourism fees

              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.


              Ethiopia’s Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) launched

              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.


              Colleges of Costa Rica analyze incorporating climate change into their curricula

              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.


              Global classroom piloted at six EfD centers

              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.


              Government officials from Ghana and Liberia conduct a PES study tour in Costa Rica

              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.


              EfD Kenya paper receives Award from Water Resource Research

              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.


                Additional Funding from Sida to EfD

                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.


                  ESAforD at the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD Initiative in Addis Ababa

                  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.


                    EfD invests more in policy interaction and communication

                    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.


                    Satellite images shine a spotlight on forest damage and water shortages

                    With a blunt warning that “the bad guys can’t hide anymore because we’re seeing them from the sky,” Kitty van der Heijden, Deputy Director of the World Resources Institute, told the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD Initiative how the data revolution can be used to hold powerful interests accountable when they misuse natural resources.


                    Clean and reliable energy is the key to sustainable development

                    Clean and reliable energy is a “golden thread” in sustainable development, according to experts who gathered at the EfD Policy Day Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 26, 2017. Kicking off EfD’s 11th annual meeting, Policy Day brought together researchers and government officials to discuss the theme of “Carbon pricing and energy transition in developing countries.” 


                    Informal groundwater markets in India

                    Missing or imperfect markets in several economic sectors explain the reality of the economic problems in developing countries. A market failure in any sector can lead to inefficient allocation of resources and these failures are often resulted in an unequal distribution of income or wealth. 


                    EfD Annual Meeting 2017: Information for participants

                    This year the EfD annual meeting  will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from:  October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.


                      SA’s urban green spaces in spotlight

                      The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA), a 3 000 hectare piece of green open space that is still zoned exclusively for agriculture within Cape Town’s urban sprawl, may take up space that could be used for housing, but its value to the city could well justify this, according to a University of Cape Town resource economist.


                        The Conversation: smart metering and water conservation

                        A smart water metering device, developed by EPRU research associate Ass Prof Thinus Booysen from Stellenbosch University's  Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, features in The Conversation this month. The device 'measures and reports water use by the minute,' he writes in the Africa edition of the online magazine.