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    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.”


                                            EfD Annual Meeting

                                            The first annual meeting for EfD, Environment for Development initiative, took place November 5-9, 2007, in Cape Town. All research fellows from the EfD centers, as well as a number of collaborators, were invited. The program included presentations and discussions of EfD work in progress as well as interactions to develop next year’s research program.


                                              EEPC & IoEE Launching Ceremony, October 29th-30th, 2007

                                              The Launching Ceremony of the Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC) and the Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) took place at the Multi-Function Hall, Centennial Hall, Peking University on October 29th, 2007. A succedent workshop focused on Environment for Development is on October 30th 2007.


                                                Swedish minister inaugurated EfD in China

                                                Sweden´s Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson inaugurated the new Chinese research institute of environmental economics that Peking University has started in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Unit, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.


                                                  EEPFE conducted a national workshop

                                                  EEPFE conducted a national workshop with the theme “institutionalization of the collaborative research and capacity building for sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and policy research in Amhara National Regional State.”