ECRC/EDRI and International Energy Agency (IEA) organized a joint workshop for the launch of the report “Boosting the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa: China’s Involvement” on 20 September 2016.
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.
Marcela Jaime, Jorge Dresdner y Miguel Quiroga attend the 8th Annual Meeting of SOCHER in Santiago de Chile
NENRE researchers attend the 8th Annual Meeting of Chilean Society of Regional Studies (SOCHER): cities and regions in transformation. The meeting was developed in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, between September 7th and 10th.
The concluding session at the GGKP annual conference highlighted insights, ideas and proposals raised. Edwin Muchapondwa, represented EfD in the panel.
Dr Hailemariam Teklewold of ECRC, presented his work at the Fourth GGKP Annual Conference.
Dr Byela Tibesigwa, of EfD Tanzania, was awarded best research paper during the closing ceremony at the GGKP annual conference.
The Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) held its Annual Review and Planning meeting from 3-5 July 2016 to review its annual work and plan for the coming year.
The CASCADE Project: Ecosystem-based adaptation for smallholder farmers in agricultural landscapes in Central America, was part of the presentations held at CATIE’s Board of Directors Meeting this past 29th -1st of September, Turrialba, Costa Rica.
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
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.
EfD and Resource for the Future Senior Researcher Carolyn Fischer was awarded with the 2016 Best Aquaculture Economics Paper (The AquaFish Prize).
Roger Madrigal, EfD Senior Researcher , is presenting during the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 29-September 2.
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.
The editors of Water Resources Research have selected the paper "Water and sanitation service delivery, pricing, and the poor: An empirical estimate of subsidy incidence
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 .
CAPE TOWN: A study into the structure of the South African hake fishing industry, which finds that keeping the industry serviced by bigger companies is less environmentally hazardous, has won an economics student at the University of Cape Town this year’s best Honours level thesis in the School of Economics.
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.
This past June, EfD Central America researchers Laura Villalobos and Francisco Alpizar presented at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 22nd Annual Conference in Zurich.
Jorge Dresdner and Carlos Chávez presented their work during the IIFET 2016 Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Invited by the Undersecretary of Environment of the Chilean government, NENRE's Director, Carlos Chávez, atended the high level regional dialogue on carbon pricing and green growth; this activity took place in Santiago de Chile, on June 30, 2016.
Dr. Byela Tibesigwa and Prof. Kassim Kulindwa were nominated by , the Tanzania Focal Point for the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), Mr. Geofrey Bakanga based at the Vice President’s office to represent Tanzania’s Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) efforts at the GDSA workshop in Nairobi, held from June 21-23 2016.
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.
VALPARAISO, CHILE: NENRE researchers, Miguel Quiroga and Jorge Dresdner, reported the results of a study whose aim was to estimate, by different methods, indirect employment generated by Chilean fisheries.
In the framework of the development of their research strategy plan, researchers at NENRE participated in a meeting with the head of the Bio-Bio region office of the Ministry of Energy, MSc. Carola Venegas.
GGGI & CATIE hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services”
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) hosted the international workshop “Nature’s returns: Unlocking investment for forest ecosystem services” on June 1st and 2nd, 2016, in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, or GERD, under construction on the Blue Nile near the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, is now approximately 50% complete. Initial filling will start this year and will begin in earnest in 2017.
The Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg has been selected to host the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 25th-29th 2018, WCERE 2018.
EfD researcher Miguel Quiroga was invited to give a talk on “Recovery of Fisheries: Socioeconomics Aspects”
EfD researcher Jorge Dresdner was invited to give lectures on “Conservation Policies for Marine Resources Based on Rights”
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.
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:
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.
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.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Tourism in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being held back largely by failures within other sectors, according to a leading tourism analyst and economist here.
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.
Professor Thomas Sterner gave a keynote speech at a symposium at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on April 18, to help interpret Pope Francis’ Encyclical “in care of our common home.”
The EfD Initiative is pleased to announce its partnership with Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in organizing the Green Growth Knowledge Platform’s (GGKP) Fourth Annual Conference on the theme Transforming Development.
Leading household energy experts gathered at Duke University in April for discussions on household energy transitions and the global energy access.
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?
EfD Central America Director Francisco Alpizar was interviewed on national radio to reflect on Earth Day, and what actions are urgent under this celebration.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Tanzanian households, who are heavily dependent on small-holder and often subsistence farming for their livelihoods, benefit from the free ecosystem services offered by wild pollinators, which boost agriculture yields.
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.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Resource economists from seven countries met in Cape Town this April, in an effort to find a common method for calculating the value of urban green spaces, such as parks, within their region’s main cities.
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.
Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg , has been ranked nr 9 of the most 101 influential opinion leaders in Sweden for sustainable development by the leading sustainability magazine Aktuell Hållbarhet.
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.
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.
EfD Tanzania, senior research fellow Dr. Byela Tibesigwa recently attended the AGRODEP Impact Evaluation workshop hosted by the IFPRI.
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.
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.