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    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

              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

                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.


                  Using accounting methods to calculate the value of nature

                  Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems provide essential resources and services that support human wellbeing. Undervaluing these ‘free’ offerings from the environment, though, has led to them being overexploited and polluted.


                    Carbon pricing: a policy tool for sustainable growth

                    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.


                        Vietnam: Vietnam urged to enforce mangrove conservation policy

                        Mangrove management policy in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta needs stronger state enforcement, if the country is to meet its conservation goals while still allowing for people in the delta area to benefit from the ecosystems services that mangroves provide the shrimp farming sector.


                        Tanzania: Environmental loss: the cost to Tanzania’s economy

                        Much of Tanzania’s economic growth is dependent on the natural ecosystems that allow the harvesting of resources such as water, timber, and fish from the environment. However, society often regards these resources as infinite and free, which can lead to their over exploitation, resulting in the ecosystems becoming degraded and unhealthy.


                        Colombia: Colombia introduces carbon tax

                        Colombia’s carbon tax, which was passed into law in 2017, is likely to be the most effective policy measure to help the South American country steer its economy towards a lower-carbon development path.


                        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?


                        Jamaica takes Costa Rica's experience in Payments for Ecosystem Services

                        The pioneering implementation of payments for ecosystem services in Costa Rica is an example for other Latin American countries that now venture into these topics, and this time Jamaica turns its attention to the successful experience of the Central American country. From January 28 till February 2, participants from different Jamaican organizations met at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) to learn about the design and implementation of the Payment for Ecosystem Services Program in Costa Rica. The lessons are mainly taught by the EfD senior researcher and Central American coordinator of the center, PhD. Roger Madrigal.


                        Environmental policy instruments must be used to deal with global environmental problems

                        Global environmental problems can be addressed by means of policy instruments such as carbon dioxide taxes, building and technology standards and support for new technology, but the issues are complex and several environmental problems must be addressed simultaneously in order to achieve optimal effect. Therefore, different research areas must work together to find solutions. This is evident from an article published in the journal Nature Sustainability.