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.
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 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.
Research Fellows Milagro Saborío and Róger Madrigal depart from Costa Rica to realize their Ph.D studies abroad.
This is an example of how EfD research can influence policies for Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas in Costa Rica.
Research Fellows Juan Robalino and Roger Madrigal made an important contribution for the Inter-American Development Bank’s project called Quality of Life in Urban Neighborhoods in Costa Rica.
"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).
Sustainable Development Officer position, P-3 UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs New York
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).
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.
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.
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)
An EfD research workshop was held on June 24 at the Environmental Economics Unit, in connection with the EAERE 2008 conference
Press release from Environmental Economics Unit, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2008-06-18
Postdoc position at EfD Center for Ethiopia - Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia
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.
The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa is the first publication in the new Environment for Development (EfD) book series.
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.
"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.
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.
”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.
Research officer position at the EfD Secretariat, Environmental Economics Unit, Sweden.
A meeting to shape research to support increased forest cover in Ethiopia was held on 24 March 2008 at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute in Addis Ababa.
International Conference on Collective Forest Tenure and Regulatory Reform in China, February 28-29, 2008
An international conference on collective forest tenure and regulatory reform in China was held in Beijing on February 28-29, 2008.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Professor Emeritus Gardner Brown, EfD Research Associate, is honored by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists with two different awards.
”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.
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.
A promising EfD project aims to investigate the determinants of these contributions, understanding the motivations behind donations and how external factors influence them.
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.
This type of study in Costa Rica could be a key input into similar processes towards decentralization of natural resources management in the region.
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.”
The EfD research group based at the University of Cape Town will focus its attention on sustainable development and the use of environmental economics in policy making.
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.
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.
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.
This is an example of how EfD research can influence policy, more specifically Forest tenure reform in China.
This is an example of how EfD research can influence policies for Sustainable Land Management, Forest Policy, and Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia.
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.”