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2011-05-03

How Regressive Are Fuel Taxes? A Comparison of Countries from Around the World

Thomas Sterner makes the latest addition to RFF policy commentary series with a piece on whether fuel taxes are indeed regressive. Raising fuel taxes could significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollution from the transportation sector. One of the prime arguments against raising fuel taxes is the perception that they are regressive — that they are more costly to the poor and other socioeconomic groups. But recent research suggests the opposite, particularly for developing countries.

2011-05-03

Park Pricing Workshop in Zimbabwe completed

Optimal park pricing can help achieve sustainable park management in eastern and southern Africa. The EfD center in South Africa, EPRU, co-hosted the second park pricing workshop in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 28 to 29 April 2011, together with Department of Economics at the University of Zimbabwe. It focused on an increasingly important sector with major values at stake due to irreversibilities of some types of biodiversity loss.

2011-05-03

    Park Pricing Workshop in Zimbabwe completed

    Optimal park pricing can help achieve sustainable park management in eastern and southern Africa. The EfD center in South Africa, EPRU, co-hosted the second park pricing workshop in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 28 to 29 April 2011, together with Department of Economics at the University of Zimbabwe. It focused on an increasingly important sector with major values at stake due to irreversibilities of some types of biodiversity loss.

    2011-04-27

    Khanh´s research highlighted in Dutch national newspaper

    In his doctoral thesis, economist Nam Pham Khanh shows that people are generally willing to cooperate and that social influences strongly affect how much individuals choose to contribute to a shared resource. His research was featuring in a half-page article in the Science part of NRC Handelsblad, one of the major national newspapers in the Netherlands, April 13, 2011:

    2011-04-15

    Forest Tenure Impact Evaluation Workshop at World Bank completed

    The Environment for Development initiative arranged a Forest Tenure Impact Evaluation Workshop on April 21, in connection to the World Bank’s annual conference on land and poverty in Washington D.C. on April 18-20. Recent developments in forest management institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania were reviewed during this workshop, and a potential impact evaluation program for forest tenure reform in East Africa was discussed. The workshop was held on Thursday April 21 and was open for all conference participants.

    2011-03-23

    Reporting average electricity consumption makes households consume less

    Reporting to people about their own and the average consumption of electricity caused all kinds of households in suburbs of Cape Town to significantly reduce their electricity consumption. This is the conclusion of initial research results from EfD South Africa. Households in the middle income suburbs were the most responsive, followed by lower income suburbs. The upper income suburbs responded the least.

    2011-03-08

    Brazilian beef is worse for the environment than we think

    Increased Brazilian beef exports indirectly lead to deforestation in the Amazon region. The environmental effect is much larger than previously indicated, according to new research from the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and SIK published in Environmental Science & Technology. The researchers are demanding that indirect effects of land use changes be considered when estimating a product’s carbon footprint.

    2011-02-27

    EfD research addresses Beijing´s congestion and air pollution

    Beijing is the world´s most congested city as measured by average vehicle speed. It is also one of the most air polluted cities, with a substantial part of the emissions coming from vehicles. To find effective policy instruments to address these serious urban challenges, Environment for Development in China/the Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC) and Beijing Transportation Research Center are collaborating in a research program.

    2011-01-30

      Lowering household electricity consumption: a collaboration with the City of Cape Town

      Associate Professor Martine Visser and Grant Smith has been involved in an ongoing project involving the role of social norms in lowering household electricity consumption. This entails a natural field experiment where a subset of households across Cape Town from different income groups are provided with information about their relative consumption compared to that of the rest of the city and also their neighbourhood. In total 6310 households are included in the sample. The study has been done in close collaboration with different departments within the Municipality of Cape Town.

      2011-01-27

      Climate tax on meat and milk results in less greenhouse gases

      A climate tax corresponding to €60/ton CO2eq on meat and milk could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from European agriculture by around seven per cent. If the land made available is used for bioenergy production, the decrease in emissions can be six times greater. This is shown by the researchers Kristina Mohlin, Stefan Wirsenius and Fredrik Hedenus in an article published in the scientific journal Climatic Change.

      2011-01-26

        Aeroplanes Without Engines Versus Environmental Social Science

        Does environmental economics produce aeroplanes without engines? In an upcoming special issue of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics, the editors professor Henk Folmer and professor and EfD research fellow Olof Johansson-Stenman critically review conventional environmental economics.

        2011-01-25

        How can people interact to solve environmental issues?

        Plans for the research program Human Cooperation to Manage Natural Resources were elaborated on January 17-19 at Indiana University in Bloomington. Project partners are Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom's research group at Indiana University, Resources for the Future in Washington, and the Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg.

        2011-01-24

        Success factors for rural drinking water supply identified by EfD Costa Rica researchers

        Why can some communities succeed in solving collective problems such as provision of drinking water while others fail? Róger Madrigal, EfD Research Fellow, conducted fieldwork in 41 Costa Rican rural villages in order to identify success and failure factors. He made a substantial effort to present the results in an accessible way to people from all the communities as well as to academic peers and high level policy makers.

        2011-01-07

        The environment-poverty reduction nexus needs more attention in Kenya

        EfD Kenya notes in its commissioned report for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that environmental issues are recognized as important at very high levels of planning in Kenya. Still, the environment-poverty reduction nexus has not received its due attention in terms of policy prioritization, money allocation, political and civil society support, and actual implementation.

        2011-01-07

        The environment-poverty reduction nexus needs more attention in Kenya

        EfD Kenya notes in its commissioned report for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that environmental issues are recognized as important at very high levels of planning in Kenya. Still, the environment-poverty reduction nexus has not received its due attention in terms of policy prioritization, money allocation, political and civil society support, and actual implementation.

        2010-12-31

          UNEP: Environment Outlook Workshops

          The series of meetings organized by UNEP and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) were meant to expose the authors involved in the development of the Kenya State of Environment Report to policy relevant issues that each sub-sector of the environment needs to address.

          2010-12-30

          Policy seminars series, workshops

          The year 2010 members of the EfDT in collaboration with other members from the Economics department conducted series of policy Seminar/workshops that involves different groups of participants’ at the national as follows:

          2010-12-16

            Upcoming climate change special issue edited by Berck

            A special Climate Change issue of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research will be published on January 10, 2011. Peter Berck, SJ Hall Professor and EfD Research Associate, is the guest editor of the special issue entitled "Climate Change Challenge: Policy Perspectives" which include several EfD authors.

            2010-12-16

            Sustainable growth is key in Tanzania´s MKUKUTA 2011-2015

            When President Jakaya Kikwete recently signed Tanzania´s new National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, it was a milestone to celebrate for EfD Research Fellow John Kedi Mduma. Since 2007 he has been involved in monitoring and reviewing the national strategy. Now he is in the middle of designing the Implementation Guide for the forward-looking strategy for 2011-2015, known as MKUKUTA II in Kiswahili.

            2010-12-11

            Kenya State of Environment Report

            EfD-Kenya actively participated in the preparation of the Kenya State of Environment (SoE) Report. Preparation of the SoE 2010 report was spearheaded by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

            2010-12-09

            EfD Ethiopia co-organized African Regional Dialogue on forests, governance and climate change

            Women’s participation in decision making and strong land tenure rights and governance are essential if REDD+ and other climate change mitigation and adaptation measures are to achieve climate goals and provide local benefits. This was a key message from over 80 delegates at the Africa Regional Dialogue, which was organized by EfD Ethiopia together with Rights and Resources Initiative as a pre-event to the seventh African Development Forum.

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