In decision making all over the globe there tends to be a disregard of the contribution that ecosystem services make to human wellbeing. Eight EfD Centers are the key implementing partners in the new Ecosystem Service Accounting for Development program, a collaboration between the Environment for Development initiative (EfD), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES).
"This very readable book on Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa looks at different countries’ strategies to use tenure innovations to manage forest resources. An especially interesting contribution is the comparison of China’s privatization of forest rights to the community-based forestry management approach in other developing countries," says Peter Berck, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy, S.J. Hall Professor of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
During the spring semester 2014, EfD Sweden/Environmental Economics Unit recorded lectures from three PhD specialization courses in Environmental and Climate Economics held at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, and Chair of EfD Research Committee, is awarded the Think Tank Green Budget Europe's prize of “Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year 2014” in recognition of his important contribution to the advancement of Environmental Fiscal Reforms in his professional career i.a. through his work on the distributive effects of fuel taxes.
Samwel Lwiza is the winner of the newly created Gunnar Köhlin’s Best MSc Thesis Award. He received the prize at the closing day of the 8th Environment for Development Initiative Annual Meeting held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Watch a live stream of the world’s leading climate researchers discussing future paths for climate research
The IPCC 5th Assessment Report is coming to a close. EfD will live stream the world's leading climate researchers discussing future paths for climate research from 17-18 October 2014. Stay tuned.
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. The Commission’s work is being conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes including the host of the EfD Center in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, as well as the Global Green Growth Institute.
Thomas Sterner will discuss carbon taxes and other policies to deal with climate change as invited key-note speaker at the 15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET15) which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 September 2014.
Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg, has been elected as a visiting professor to the Collège de France, one of the world's most distinguished academic institutions. Sterner is elected 2015-2016 Professor of the Chair of Sustainable Development - Environment, Energy and Society.
The EfD organized and offered another round of PhD-level Panel Data Econometrics course at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in April-May 2014.
The most recent issue of the GU Journal, a magazine for employees of the University of Gothenburg, includes interviews with EfD fellows Elizabeth Robinson, Thomas Sterner, and Olof Johansson Stenman. They all give their views on the ongoing specialization courses in Environmental Economics. PhD candidate Justice Tei Mensah from Ghana, one of the 33 students from 15 countries attending the courses, is also interviewed.
New deadline for EfD's 2015 proposal submission is June 1, 2014. All proposals must be presented in the respective EfD Center Workshops before submission.
EfD fellow Thomas Sterner is one of the coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report entitled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change’ which was accepted by member governments on April 13, 2014. Sterner’s comments on the report received wide-spread media coverage in several countries.
Future generations will have to pay more for today’s carbon emissions than what governments across the world currently understand.
During this spring term 33 students from 15 countries converge on the University of Gothenburg to attend specialization courses in Environmental and Climate Economics. They are taught by lecturers from nine countries. Among them is Elizabeth Robinson from the UK who lived in Tanzania for several years.
Justice Tei Mensah from Ghana says that two key strengths of the University of Gothenburg’s specialization course in natural resource economics distinguish this course from others of its kind: “Recent developments in the respective research fields are included, and the course brings students and lecturers from different parts of the world together.”
Despite climate change, most polluters still pay little or nothing when they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 'A cost of SEK 1, or about USD 0.15, per kilo CO2 would be enough to solve the whole climate change problem,’ says Thomas Sterner, professor of environment economics at the University of Gothenburg. Sterner is the only Swedish researcher to serve as a coordinating lead author in Working Group III on measures to combat climate change that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present on Sunday 13 April.
During the spring semester 2014, EfD Sweden will be publishing video recorded lectures from three PhD specialization courses held at University of Gothenburg, on the EfD website. This is the first lecture, given by Martin Persson, Assistant Professor at Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology.
The University of Gothenburg has recently decided to procure EnvEcon Ltd (Economic and Environmental Decision-Support Systems and Solutions), to evaluate the Sida-financed activities of the Environment for Development Initiative and the Environmental Economics PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
Travel grants to the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) that will be taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 2, 2014.
This paper written by Sir Partha Dasgupta reviews and in part extends an emerging literature that integrates development and environmental thinking. It focuses on a small part of the literature: economic evaluation, and goes on to develop the notion of sustainable development and construct a unified language for sustainability and policy analyses.
The department of Economics at Gothenburg university requests a team of consultant who will review the PhD program Environmental economics and the Environment for development initiative. The program is supported by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), therefore, the program must be evaluated according to SIDAs manual and terms.
As a follow up to her recently published PhD thesis Claudine Uwera gives an interview to the French Science magazine “SciDev.Net” and debates against the Deputy Director of the Energy and Water Authority in Rwanda. (In French)
Thomas Sterner, Senior Research Fellow of EfD and Professor of Economics at Gothenburg University, visited Arizona State University in Phenix, Friday, Oct. 11 to give a public lecture on “Carbon Tax: The Way Forward”.
Press release from Gothenburg University, School of Business, Economics and Law. 2013-10-11 The Poor and Their Neighbors: Essays on Behavioral and Experimental Economics
The School of Business, Economics and Law at the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg will offer PhD courses in Climate, Natural resources, Policy Instruments and Development Micro Economics in Spring 2014. Application deadline is 11 November 2013.
Press release from Gothenburg University, School of Business, Economics and Law. 2013-09-06 Unsafe water in Rwanda: An Empirical Analysis Despite efforts made by the Rwandan government the availability of safe drinking water is far from covering the needs of the population. Only 3.4% have access to tap water within their homes and 32% to any piped network. The majority relies on available non-tap sources and the poor are the most affected, which is shown in a new thesis from the Environmental Economics Unit at School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.
In conjunction with Europe's largest national economy conference, EEA ESEM, the Environmental Economics Unit at the University of Gothenburg held a special session in memory of Elinor Ostrom on Thursday 29th of August, 2013. The session was sponsored by the Swedish Research Foundation, FORMAS.
On Monday the 26th of August, the Department of Economics of University of Gothenburg had a session at the EEA ESEM 2013 Conference to discuss the Structural Change and Natural Resources in Developing Countries. The session was sponsored by African Development Bank (AfDB).
A vacant position as Project Administrator has been announced at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University at the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU), (Department of Economics). The position is a temporary project employment, full time for 16 months with good potential of prolongation. The position is to be filled in September 2013.
The ambition to make EfD a truly global network of research centers devoted to the application of environmental economics for development is now being acted upon. The Coordination Committee of the EfD Initiative welcomed three new centers as EfD members.
The citizens of Gothenburg, Sweden will vote soon on whether to continue the already up-and-running congestion charge. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that congestion charges are indeed a better way to reduce traffic and improve air quality. The doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics and Law shows that in Bogota, Colombia drastic driving restrictions have not been effective, while congestion charges besides cutting traffic, as it has happened in Stockholm, may be also used to achieve the European air quality goals.
Welcome to the new EfD website! After a few intensive months’ work, the new EfD website is up and running. The new site is structured in a less hierarchical way than the previous site. Examples of new features are that publications are searchable through drop-down-menus and EfD authors receive greater visibility.
Rural Chinese households are characterised by significant gender differences; men are more influential than women, and the genders also differ in the way they make decisions. Relative status is important to Chinese farmers. For women, spending money on clothes, restaurants and mobile phones signals status; mobile phones serve the same function for men. All of this is found in a new doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.
Deforestation is the second largest source of CO2 emissions after consumption of fossil fuels. So-called PES programmes (payment for ecosystem services), where landowners are paid to replant or protect forests, have been promoted as a way to reduce deforestation. However, the effectiveness of the programmes has been questioned, and new research from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg points to potential negative long-term effects and a need for broader guidelines and policies.
The Environment for Development Initiative (EfD) has been accepted as a new GGKP Knowledge Partner by the GGKP Council members - the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank.
On December 12 and 13 the EfD holds a workshop on collaborative water sector research in Kenya. EfD researchers from Kenya, USA, and Sweden will meet in Gothenburg, Sweden to discuss recent reforms in the Kenyan water sector and take stock of the research needs in order to plan for future EfD research in the Kenyan water sector - and beyond.
EfD research fellow Dr Elizabeth Robinson from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading has been appointed to sit on Defra's Economic Advisory Panel which provides advice, support and new research insights to Defra's economists and policymakers.
International top scientists and practitioners from EfD, WRI, UNEP, UNDP, IIED, SEI, World Bank and many more met at Sida on September 17 to discuss inclusive green growth, next steps and implications for global development and development cooperation after the Rio Summit 2012.
The EfD organized and offered the first summer course on “Panel Data Econometrics” at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mekelle University, Ethiopia in July 2012.
When choosing policy instruments to manage our planet´s resources we need to think about both efficiency and fairness, said Professor Thomas Sterner when he was invited as Visiting Chief Economist of the Environmental Defense Fund to address the prestigious global conference Resource 2012 in Oxford. Other speakers included David Attenborough, Bill Clinton, Amartya Sen and Hans Rosling.
Håkan Eggert, Associated Professor in Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, is one of the panelists in a European Parliament panel discussion on Sustainable fisheries in the EU – getting incentives right on April 25. Other panelists are other researchers, a Swedish Fishermen’s Federation representative and Members of the European Parliament such as Isabella Lövin, author of the renowned book Silent Seas (Tyst hav).
Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, speaks at a public hearing on the subject “The feasibility of Transferable Fishing Concessions in the context of Common Fisheries Policy Reform” organized by The Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament on 24 April, at 15.30-18.30.
The first open seminar in a series organized by Land Rights Research Initiative (LARRI) discusses, with examples from Africa, how the growing demand for land for commercial investments threatens to deprive poor rural households of their access to land. It also discusses what scope there is and what measures are required to turn this development into a positive outcome at the local level.
The Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is at present running one of their specialization courses in environmental economics, namely Policy Instruments for Environmental and Climate Economics.
Professor Thomas Sterner is interviewed in the April issue of the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal, published by the Strategic Communications Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. "The next time the government contemplates removing the subsidy, it must be "more careful"," argues Sterner.
"Perspectives on a comprehensive tax reform – Experiences from Sweden and challenges for France” is the topic of a conference in the French parliament on Thursday March 15. Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg, will present the advantages and difficulties of the approach adopted in Sweden.
Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan African countries. In this regard, adaptation mechanisms to climate change play a paramount role in reducing the impact on agricultural productivity and food security. With this motivation, the EfD-EEU in Gothenburg, hosted a first collaborative research workshop on the theme “adaptation to climate change in African agriculture” in Gothenburg, Sweden, February 9-10, 2012.
Indonesian news media showed great interest in a lecture given by Thomas Sterner at the second Annual Conference of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) at Bandung, Indonesia, on February 2-4. More than 20 news articles were published online, most of them about fuel subsidies, prices and taxes. The number of articles published in the printed press of Indonesia is not known.
This Briefing Report about the EfD Side-Event to the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban 2011 is authored by Mark Purdon, University of Toronto/EfD Research Associate.