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2009-02-24

EfD research helps villagers save Tanzania’s forests

The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ezekiel Maige, recently underscored the need for people living around forest reserves to be empowered with forest management skills. Researchers at Environment for Development Tanzania (EfDT), an initiative based at the Department of Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam, have identified a number of critical areas that will help both to protect Tanzania’s forests and the livelihoods of those villagers living close to the forests.

2009-02-17

    Secure right of usage more important than ownership to China's forest farmers

    What do poor forest farmers want from China's ongoing forest land reform? Well, it is not private ownership of the land that makes them invest. What Chinese farmers value most and what attracts them to investments that can raise their standard of living and contribute to sustainable forestry is secure rights of usage, as shown by Ping Qin's doctoral thesis in economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    2009-01-28

    Strategies for adapting to climate change in Costa Rica

    Read María A. Naranjo' opinion article (Estrategias de adaptación al cambio climático en Costa Rica) in "La Nación" (January 28th), related to the EfD Central America Project "Small Farmers' Determinants of Private Adaptation to Climate Change Strategies" (Spanish only).

    2009-01-23

    Something more than building rural aqueducts

    Read Francisco Alpizar’and Róger Madrigal’ opinion article (Algo más que construir acueductos rurales) in “La Nacion” (January 18th) associated with the EfD Central America Project: Decentralization in water resource management: exploring the determinants of success (Spanish only).

    2008-12-18

      How can African agriculture adapt to climate change?

      A panel of farmers and policy makers, 96 scientists, government agents, and other stakeholders took part in the workshop entitled "How can African agriculture adapt to climate change? Results and Conclusions for Ethiopia and beyond", held in Nazret 11–13 December and organized by EfD Ethiopia/EEPFE and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) .

      2008-12-11

        Greaker visited the University of Dar es Salaam

        Associate Professor Mads Greaker visited University of Dar es Salaam and EfD in Tanzania December 8-18. He was collaborating with Associate Professor Håkan Eggert, EfD Tanzania, in a study of biofuels with emphasis on trading aspects.

        2008-12-09

        EfD focuses on China’s topical forest policy

        ”It has been widely acknowledged that lack of appropriate mechanisms and incentives in the state forest sector, as well as lack of secure forest tenure for farmers in the collective forest sector, underpin severe poverty in forested areas and unsatisfactory performance of forest resource conservation", says Professor Jintao Xu, the coordinator of EfD in China and one of China’s most prominent experts in forestry economics.

        2008-12-09

        EfD focuses on China’s topical forest policy

        ”It has been widely acknowledged that lack of appropriate mechanisms and incentives in the state forest sector, as well as lack of secure forest tenure for farmers in the collective forest sector, underpin severe poverty in forested areas and unsatisfactory performance of forest resource conservation", says Professor Jintao Xu, the coordinator of EfD in China and one of China’s most prominent experts in forestry economics.

        2008-12-09

          Jintao Xu never planned to be an environmental economist

          Professor Jintao Xu, the coordinator of EfD in China and one of China´s most prominent experts in forestry economics, did not really plan to become an environmental economist. ”From the beginning it was just by accident. My application material for studying industrial management was picked up by Beijing Forestry University. 

          2008-12-02

            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.

            2008-11-28

              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.

              2008-11-25

                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.

                2008-11-20

                  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.

                  2008-11-12

                    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.

                    2008-11-03

                    "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.

                    2008-10-29

                      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.

                      2008-10-28

                        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.

                        2008-10-24

                          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.

                          2008-10-22

                            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.

                            2008-10-14

                              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.

                              2008-10-02

                                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.

                                2008-09-08

                                  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).

                                  2008-08-20

                                    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).

                                    2008-06-26

                                      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.

                                      2008-06-25

                                        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.

                                        2008-06-24

                                        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)

                                        2008-05-21

                                          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.

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