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2016-09-21

LACEEP's 2016 training course kicks off

The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) is hosting its training course on “Causal Inference and Evidence-based Policy” carried out at CATIE’s headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica from September 20-24, 2016.

2016-09-05

    Development needs to be green and incusive

    EfD is co-hosting The Fourth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference  in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea with the focus theme “Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth”, September 6-7

    2016-09-05

    EfD Kenya Center director, appointed as Interim Executive Director of PEP

    Jane Mariara, Center director of EfD Kenya, has been appointed as Interim Executive Director of PEP (Partnership for Economic Policy). Prof. Mariara has been involved with PEP for many years and in a variety of roles, from researcher to resource person to deputy director, and most recently as member of the PMMA program committee. 

    2016-08-22

    EfD Kenya held the Policy Research Review Workshop 2016

    The Environment for Development Kenya (EfD-Kenya) in collaboration with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) held a Policy Research workshop at the La Mada Hotel on July 14th – 15th 2016. The objective of the workshop was to share and discuss proposals for 2017 funding and also finalize drafting of the Research Policy Review/Strategy for 2016-2020.

    2016-08-17

    EfD Tanzania actively taking part in the 2016 Impact Evaluation Evidence Summit

    The Department of economics, University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the East African Social Science Translation (EASST) at CEGA-UC Berkeley and Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF ) at the World Bank organized  the 2016 East Africa Impact Evaluation Workshop and Evidence Summit that was hosted  at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 12-14, 2016  . 

    2016-08-02

    Risk in small farming: winning Masters’ thesis

    CAPE TOWN: A study of how small-scale farmers in the Western Cape, South Africa, shape their decisions around using conventional or organic farming methods, based on their perceived risks, has won an economics Masters student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) an award for the best thesis in her year.

    2016-07-01

      EfD at EAERE 2016 in Zürich

      Around a dozen of EfD affiliated  researchers presented their work during the annual EAERE conference in Zürich this year. EfD was also represented in  the conference exhibition area.

      2016-06-02

      Surprising finding: water heating behaviour in SA

      CAPE TOWN: The single most effective thing that South Africans can do to reduce their energy use related to heating water in their homes, is to switch off hot water cylinders half an hour before they are most likely to bath or shower. Those people who do switch their cylinders on and off during the day, as an energy saving measure, tend to turn them off after the geysers have refilled and reheated, which is wasteful of energy. 

      2016-06-02

      RFF hosted their “First Wednesday” Seminars

      April 6, 2016. Senior Fellow and RFF EfD Program Director Allen Blackman organized and moderated RFF “First Wednesday” Seminar/webinar on “Reducing Deforestaton in Commodity Supply Chains.” About the Event:

      2016-06-01

      CEGA-EASST Welcomes Remidius Ruhinduka To UC Berkeley

      Remidius Ruhinduka, a lecturer and EfD research fellow at the University of Dar Es Salaam, participated in a short-term visiting fellowship with CEGA-EASST at UC Berkeley from April 18-22, 2016. Over the course of the week, Dr. Ruhinduka was able to meet with CEGA faculty across UC Berkeley and Stanford University to discuss research and potential avenues for collaboration.

      2016-05-27

      Planning for climate responses’ unintended fallout

      CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: When home owners at a seaside residential complex in Milnerton, Cape Town, decided to pile up sandbags between the beach and their gardens in the early 2000s, their intention was to stop the high tide from eating away at their plots during storm surges. What they didn’t anticipate was that this erosion control measure would make their property prices fall, reduce beach space, drive away tourists, and leave the beach strewn with litter.

      2016-05-18

      Better banking, communications, needed in Southern Africa

      JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: When a touring group of 289 mountain bikers needs to cross legally from Botswana into Zimbabwe, and then South Africa (SA), far from any official border posts, it means setting up informal but bureaucratically-sound passport control points in dry river beds or on dirt tracks.

      2016-05-09

      Is there an economic case for fracking?

      WORCESTER, SOUTH AFRICA: If the South African government gives the green light for private energy companies to begin extracting shale gas using the method of hydrological fracturing, or ‘fracking’, will it have economic benefits for the region and the country? And if so, could these be offset by the cost of the potential negative impacts to other sectors and communities in the water-scarce Karoo, where fracking is being considered?

      2016-04-21

      Putting a price tag on natural water purification

      CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Nature can help to purify the water we drink. When a forest upstream of a water treatment plant is intact and healthy, the water arriving in the plant can be of  better quality than if the forest has been heavily harvested or clear-felled. Better quality water arriving in the plant, means fewer chemicals needed to clean the water, and the purification costs are therefore lower.

      2016-04-21

      Standardising the valuation of nature’s services

      CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: A working group of resource economists met in Cape Town this April to agree on the methods they will use in order to contribute to the development of a standardised national accounting system for valuing ecosystem services.

      2016-04-07

      Workshop on the standardising of accounting system for nature’s services

      When a country wants to tally up its economic performance, it generally uses ‘gross domestic product’ as its measuring stick. That’s a global standard of accounting, agreed upon according to the United Nations’ ‘systems of national accounting’, which allows all countries of the world to compare apples with apples in their economic reporting. 

      2016-04-01

      ‘Time of use’ tariffs in the spotlight

      SOUTH AFRICA: Charging a premium for peak-time electricity could be an effective way of getting city consumers to spread their power use more evenly throughout the day, helping the national utility to manage the country’s grid more effectively.

      2016-03-30

        EPRU brings current research to utilities policy makers

        CAPE TOWN: Careful demand-side utilities management is an important tool to reduce energy and water use within South African municipalities, measures which could delay by several years the large capital outlays needed to build new infrastructure, such as new coal-based power stations or dams.

        2016-03-30

        Smart device cuts geyser energy by up to a third

        Stellenbosch, South Africa: An experimental geyser control device, which is operated via the internet a smart phone app, has the potential to cut household water heating by up to 30 percent without users noticing a change to their hot water use habits. 

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