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    Women RE entrepreneurs in Rwanda explode gender myths

    Women entrepreneurs in rural Rwanda, who are making a living through selling solar PV rechargeable light systems as well as offering recharging facilities for lights and mobile phones in their communities, are proving to be more successful in their business ventures than their male counterparts. This challenges a prevailing myth that women entrepreneurs aren’t as likely to succeed as men.


      Environmental economist: nature’s ‘invisible’ role in supporting household income

      When government ministers consider the contribution of small rural economies to the national GDP, they usually only perceive economic activity that is measured through the narrow lens of goods or activities that are bought and sold on the formal market. Or if they look at poverty levels, they might only take note of income that is expressed in monetary terms.


        Read EfD's Evaluation Report 2020 here!

        EfD's Evaluation Report is published and available for readers. This report follows from the 2014 evaluation of the Capacity Building Program (CBP) in Environmental Economics and the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative led by the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at University of Gothenburg (UoG).


        High level of gender research presented at the EfD Annual Meeting

        This year a large number of gender research papers was presented by environmental economists at the EfD Annual Meeting. Gender analysis is gaining traction and EfD’s program to increase the number of women from the Global South trained in environmental economics and positioned to take on leadership roles in academia takes shape.


          Follow the streaming of our Annual Meeting keynote presentations!

          All interested can follow the top-level keynote speakers via live streaming. Just click on the links published at EfD Facebook and at EfD twitter. The interesting keynote speakers this year will speak about carbon pricing, ecosystems and needed directions for research.


            The magic happens at the EfD Annual Meeting 2019

            Yes, there will be magic in the air at the EfD Annual Meeting. The EfD Director Gunnar Köhlin explains why he and others are looking forward to it so much and what will be on the agenda at the biggest environmental economics conference in the Global South that starts on Friday, November 22  in Bogota. 


              In memory of Martin Weitzman: 1942 - 2019

              Marty Weitzman has left us.Marty made so many brilliant contributions to environmental economics that it does not feel like any exaggeration to honor him as the most creative and interesting of all our peers.


              EfD welcomes Helena Munther as new lead in communications

              Since August 12th, Helena Munther started her position as acting communications manager for the EfD Initiative. She is based at the University of Gothenburg and will work close to the EfD Secretariat, other network managers, and will lead the communications team.


                Policy day on the sustainable development agenda for Colombia for 2018 – 2022 gathered policy makers, private companies and the general public at Universidad de los Andes

                On Friday May 24th, 2019, EfD Colombia hosted by the Economics Department at Universidad de los Andes, together with the Center for Sustainable Development Goals (CODS), organized a policy day at the university’s auditorium. The general topic of this policy day was “The sustainable development agenda 2018 – 2022”.


                  EfD has a new board

                  As part of its institutionalization, EfD is now proud to announce its new strategic board.  ‘This board is constituted of my dream-team’, says Director, Gunnar Köhlin. Each of the board members brings deep professional knowledge, a passion for sustainable development and the capacity to elevate EfD so that we can make a difference at the global level.


                  Jamaica toma experiencia de Costa Rica en pago por servicios ambientales

                  Para ello se desarrolló un curso que tuvo como objetivo compartir la experiencia tica a representantes de organizaciones jamaiquinas La implementación pionera de pagos por servicios ambientales en Costa Rica es ejemplo para otros países latinoamericanos que incursionan en el área y esta vez Jamaica volvió sus ojos a la experiencia exitosa del país centroamericano.


                    Urgent call for African countries to ban single-use plastics and plastic bags

                    Nearly half of all plastics used globally are only used once. Almost 80 percent of all plastics end up in landfills or in the natural environment, where it takes thousands of years to decompose. African countries already struggle to manage waste pollution, and the expected growth in the use of plastics on the continent will have serious human health and environmental impacts.


                      Modern energy benefits school children in sub-Saharan Africa

                      When families have a source of modern energy in their homes, children can spend more time at school rather than collecting firewood. The extra lighting at night allows them to do homework or use digital technology to help with their studies.


                        Sharing research data to boost sustainable development (2019)

                        Sharing data openly and re-use of data allows the global research community as well as students to replicate studies in a way that can support more robust science. It improves transparency, guards against data fraud, and boosts research scrutiny which can improve the trustworthiness of results. It can also build researchers’ credibility.


                          Lessons from Cape Town drought may help developing world cities (2019)

                          In January 2018, the South African city of Cape Town came within three months of running out of municipal water, following the worst drought in over a century. ‘Day Zero’ was the day when water managers would initiate emergency rationing measures, shutting off water to homes and businesses outside of the central city.


                          Communication media contribute to the diffusion of colombian researchers work

                          During the first months of 2019, the work of EfD Colombia researchers work has been mentioned in different national media. Researchers have also written opinion columns in which they discuss relevant topics about environmental economics and development. The topics covered in media are diverse: deforestation in Colombia, air quality in Bogotá and Medellín and climate economics.


                            Carbon pricing: a policy tool for sustainable growth (2019)

                            Putting a price on carbon in global markets allows for the trade in carbon to be taxed. Carbon taxing is an effective economic tool to drive down countries’ emissions. Developing world countries are far behind the Global North in terms of testing different approaches to carbon taxes and emissions trading.


                            Aquaculture Magazine awarded EfD Researcher

                            Aquaculture Economics and Management Maganize awarded EfD researcher Jorge Dresdner and Felipe Quezada with the Best Paper Award for 2017 for their work called “What can we learn from a health crisis? The Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus and the market prices”.


                              EfD external evaluation – invitation to tender

                              The EfD Initiative is now looking to have an external evaluation carried out. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide an overall assessment of the extent to which EfD fulfills its main objective of contributing to the effective management of ecosystems, natural resources and climate change impacts in the Global South through increased use of environmental economics in building the evidence base for effective policy making.


                              New project on Electricity access in Ethiopia

                              Researchers at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) based at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) have been awarded research funding for a project entitled “Impacts and Drivers of Policies for Electricity Access: Micro-and-Macroeconomic Evidence from Ethiopia”


                                Two television debate programs invited EfD Colombia Director Jorge Bonilla to discuss recent air quality problems in Bogotá

                                February is a critical month for Bogotá in terms of air quality. There are two factors that explain this situation: emissions and meteorology. These two factors cause that Bogota’s atmosphere present a high concentration of particular matter, which is a very harmful pollutant for health. In February, the meteorology in Bogotá presents a particular phenomenon: the thermal inversion.


                                Single-use plastics: breaking consumers’ bad habits

                                When it comes to getting people to change their behaviour around mindlessly throwing away single-use plastics, rather than re-using or recycling them, what small messages are most likely to prod them to break their bad habits? Does it help to put signs up in supermarkets, urging people to re-use their shopping bags? Or is it better to push up the price of the bag with a small tax?