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    PhD and MA students supported by EfD Tanzania

    EfD Tanzania supports PhD and MA students in the Department of Economics who are doing research on environmental economics. Three MA students and one PhD will graduate on 6th December 2008.


      Zimbabwe’s land reform leaves farmers insecure

      In her doctoral dissertation at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, the Zimbabwean Precious Zikhali has studied three areas of direct importance to the struggle against poverty in Africa and Zimbabwe. She shows that farmers are experiencing uncertainty regarding their right to use the land following the latest land reform program, instead of a sense of secure future prospects. This insecurity causes farmers to make fewer investments to prevent soil erosion.


        REDD Conference in Italy

        Dr. Paul Guthiga of EfD-Kenya recently attended an international workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) organised by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy) and the Environmental Defense Fund (USA) in Milan, Italy.


          Lokina lead a workshop on Poverty-Environment Training

          Dr. Razack Lokina, Coordinator of EfD in Tanzania, recently lead a workshop on Poverty-Environment Training Manual - Trainer’s guide. UNDP through Ministry of finance and economic affairs (MOFEA) – Poverty eradication Division (PED) commissioned Department of Economics, University of Dar Es Salaam assignment on Research, Training and studies of policy Relevancy to government and UNDP.


            Sterner discussant at AFD/EUDN 2008 in Paris

            Professor Thomas Sterner was invited as a discussant to a conference in Paris on Nov 12th, entitled Population and natural resources: Managing Pressure, and organised by the French development assistance AFD, Agence Française de Développement, and EUDN, the European Development Research Network.


            "Overfishing depletes 'sangara' in Lake Victoria"

            The Tanzanian newspaper Daily News, one of the biggest English newspapers in the country, interviewed Razack Lokina, fellow reseacher and coordinator of the EfD center in Tanzania, and Hakan Eggert, resident advisor and fellow researcher of the EfD center in Tanzania, on over fishing of Nile perch in Lake Victoria.


              World Bank and the Role of Institutions in SEA

              This seminar was held as part of the institutional collaboration between the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg and the World Bank Environment Department. Presenter was Dr Fernando Loayza, Senior specialist in Strategic Environmental Assessment at the World Bank and coordinator of the World Bank pilot program on Institutions Centered SEA.


                Institutions Centered Strategic Environmental Assessment

                This workshop, organized by the Environmental Economics Helpdesk at EEU, in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 27-28 2008, was held to reflect on the role of institutions and political economy in policy level environmental assessment in a developing country perspective.


                  EfD involved in AERC Conference

                  The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was hosting an international conference on Natural Resource Management and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa 15-17 September 2008 in Nairobi. EfD Kenya was assisting to organize the workshop.


                    Conservation planning and adaptive management

                    How do or should systematic conservation planning and adaptive management relate? A symposium in Cape Town on Wednesday 22 October examined the increasingly-discussed but not clearly resolved issue of how systematic conservation planning and adaptive management inter-relate.


                      EfD Kenya presented research at international congress on biodiversity

                      Dr. Paul Guthiga of EfD-Kenya recently attended and presented research at an international congress on biodiversity held in South Africa, BIOTA Africa Congress 2008. More than 350 policy-makers, scientists, land users and other stakeholders from 20 African countries, Brazil and Germany discussed solutions for the challenges to Africa’s basis for survival – biological diversity – at Stellenbosch, South Africa from September 29 to October 3.


                        Francisco Alpizar invited to be a member of a Technical Advisory Committee for UNDP

                        Francisco Alpizar has been invited to be a member of a Technical Advisory Committee in support of UNDP’s initiative exploring the Role of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Economic Growth and Equity for Latin America and Caribbean. The objective of this regional initiative is to prepare a report aimed at policy makers in the region, similar to the Stern Report or the Millenium Ecosystem Report. Preliminary results are expected in March 2009.


                          Eggert resident advisor at EfD Tanzania

                          "I am excited about being on site to contribute to this new EfD center. Tanzania is poor but possesses great potential, and is now experiencing rapid change. It is great if we can bring environmental economics into that process, and at the same time improve and establish research in this area at University of Dar es Salaam," says Hakan Eggert, Associate Professor at EEU, University of Gothenburg, when taking up his one -year assignment as resident at EfD Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).


                            EEPFE holds second sustainable land management (SLM) workshop

                            The second SLM workshop was organized in the town of Mekelle, Tigray Region in Northern Ethiopia, from August 8 – 9, 2008. This event was organized jointly by Mekelle University (MU) and Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EEPFE/EDRI).


                              Ed Barbier spoke at the Preconference on Environment and Development

                              A great number of researchers working on environment and development issues were participating in the conference EAERE 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 26-28. Therefore, a special preconference on environment and development was arranged on June 25, in connection with EAERE 2008.


                                2008 EAERE annual conference in Gothenburg

                                The 2008 EAERE annual conference in Gothenburg focuses on climate change and environmental issues in developing countries. The 16th annual conference of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) is to be held here at the School of Business, Economics and Law, June 25-28, 2008.


                                More questions than answers

                                Francisco Alpízar y Milagro Saborío wrote an article (Más preguntas que respuestas) for “La Nación” (1 June 2008) the most important newspaper in Costa Rica on the topic of biofuels. (Spanish only)


                                  Land Titling, A Blessing or a Curse?

                                  Professor Jintao Xu, professor of economics at Peking University and Coordinator of the EfD in China, will share the experiences of the recent rapid reform of collective forestry in China at a seminar titled Agriculture, land markets and development on May 22 in Sweden. It is one in a series of seminars at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry to follow up the World Development Report 2008 – Agriculture for Development.


                                    Research Officer position at EPRU

                                    Research Officer position at the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU) under the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


                                      How to make biodiversity conservation an asset outside of parks?

                                      "Biodiversity conservation should take place inside and outside protected areas, if biodiversity targets are to be met. This will only succeed if appropriate social and economic incentives and disincentives are in place. A research programme involving several economists and conservation agencies in South Africa, is currently being designed", said Harry Biggs, of SANParks scientific services, providing context for a joint presentation with among others Edwin Muchapondwa, Coordinator of the EfD Center in South Africa, at the annual Biodiversity Planning Forum 2008.


                                        WB presents Global Monitoring Report at Sida, Sweden

                                        Anders Ekbom, from Sida Helpdesk for Environmental Economics, participates in a panel discussion on this year’s Global Monitoring Report, when the report is presented by the World Bank at Sida in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday 25 April.


                                          Peter Parks loves life as a professor

                                          ”I love teaching. It is the best part of my job,” says Peter Parks, professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, and an EfD Research Associate. 2008 is the tenth year he has been asked to come to teach in Natural Resource Economics at the University of Gothenburg. Students from 17 countries are attending his course. 


                                            Parks lectures for the tenth year at the EEU

                                            Peter Parks, Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, is here at the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) to lecture in the advanced graduate course Natural Resource Economics. Parks is widely acclaimed as a professor and this is the tenth year he has been asked to come here to teach PhD students – this year 32 of them from 17 countries.


                                              Allen Blackman to EfD Central America

                                              Allen Blackman, senior research fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), will spend one year at CATIE in Costa Rica. As resident advisor for the EfD Program for Central America, he will collaborate on research projects, help build links to RFF and academia in the US, and provide input on how to build a new center.


                                                EfD Tanzania Launching Ceremony

                                                The Environment for Development Tanzania (EfDT) was inaugurated in Tanzania on January 28. EfD Tanzania is working towards creating a forum where academics, policy makers, and other stakeholders set the research agenda together to address critical environmental and poverty issues.


                                                  Håkan Eggert to EfD Tanzania

                                                  Håkan Eggert, Research Fellow from EfD Sweden, will work as Resident Advisor at EfD Tanzania during 2008/2009. He will participate in the inauguration of the Tanzanian EfD Center on January 28.


                                                    Gardner Brown honored by AERE

                                                    Professor Emeritus Gardner Brown, EfD Research Associate, is honored by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists with two different awards.


                                                      Francisco Alpizar gets his boots muddy

                                                      ”I want to create a research environment that works like an academy but with people who are prepared to get their boots muddy – ready to go out into the field and to contact policy makers,” says Francisco Alpizar, coordinator of the EfD in Central America. 


                                                        Sterner President of EAERE 2008-2009

                                                        Professor Thomas Sterner, who is chair of the EfD Research Committee, is elected President of The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 2008-2009.


                                                        Soil knowledge can improve environment and save lives

                                                        Knowledge about soil can reduce damage to the environment and save lives. This is what environmental economist Anders Ekbom shows in his doctoral thesis on soil capital, land use and agricultural production in Kenya. Such knowledge is important for a large number of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.


                                                          Juan Camilo Cardenas visited the EEU

                                                          Juan Camilo Cardenas from the University of Los Andes visited the department from November 26 to November 28. He was the faculty opponent at the thesis defense of Marcela Ibanez. He also gave a seminar on “The dynamics of rules and common-pool resources.”