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The Costa Rica PES Program: the success, the challenges and its new opportunities of financing

Costa Rica has been a pioneer in implementing policies to protect and promote ecosystem services. One of the most successful innovative public financing schemes implemented more than twenty years ago was the “payments for ecosystem services” (PES), which along with other policies and enabling conditions led to a dramatic increase in its forest cover, from less than 30% in the 1980s to 54% of its territory today.


Ethiopian/Swedish PhD - collaboration for increased internationalization and research quality

Funding from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been secured that will enable the Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University to support the PhD program in economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for the coming five years. The program will be run jointly with Jönköping International Business School (JIBS).


    Global Forum on Green Economy Learning

    Green Economy: New Challenges, New Skills. EfD is co-organizing a Forum for institutions that train professionals involved in policy design and implementation Nov 26-27, OECD, Paris


      EfD invests in data management

      During two weeks in September, data managers Samuel Abera and Yabebal Ayelew of Ethiopian EfD center ECRC, were trained in Gothenburg, Sweden. The project is a collaboration between SND, Swedish National Data Service, and EfD and aims to make all research data from the network available worldwide."Researchers won´t live forever, but their data will" explains Yabebal Ayalew.


      Water at core of EfD Central America's research and policy efforts

      Water is fundamental for sustainable development, healthy ecosystems and energy and food production. This issues have been a priority for EfD Central America’s research agenda for more than 10 years, and now more than ever, with the climate conditions the region faces it makes researchers from the center put all their effort conducting research and communicating their results in several platforms and events.


      Looking for leverage in the ocean plastics crisis

      The question of how to address plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is very similar to that of carbon emissions in the atmosphere: it may be possible to tackle the source of the pollution within the borders of specific countries, but the impacts of this accumulated waste fall outside of the responsibility of any individual nation state.


        Peter Berck in memoriam

        Our beloved colleague, Peter Berck lost his brave fight against cancer and passed away on August 10, 2018. Peter’s death is a severe loss to EfD. Peter has been one of the pillars of EfD’s research.


          EfD organized two pre-conference summer courses

          WCERE 2018:  Before the WCERE 2018 conference in Gothenburg, EfD arranged two summer-courses in Spatial Analysis in Economics and the environment and Application of Experimental Methods in Climate Policy supported by funding from Sida.


            Latin America launched, and Africa plan for own Env Econ association

            WCERE 2018: During the world congress, two new regional environmental economists associations were announced. The Latin American association (LAERE) was launched during one of the policy sessions, and Edwin Muchapondwa, University of Cape Town, organized a meeting to spur interest for an African association.    


              ‘Make sure there is water in the pipes’

              WCERE2018: What are the lessons learnt from avoiding day zero in cape Town, South Africa and what are the economic and behavioral tools that can help us prevent other types of environmental crises? A pre-conference session on Economic instruments for water-scarce cities on June 25th addressed these questions.


                Mentorship and networking – tools of empowerment

                WCERE2018: In conjunction with the WCERE 2018 conference in Gothenburg, EfD arranged the workshop ‘Women in Environmental Economics for Development’  (EfD’s WinEED). Supported by funding from Sida, EfD invited 23 academics from the global south interested in the intersection between environmental economics and development research, to take part in the workshop and in WCERE. 


                  Forestry Collaborative Workshop during WCERE2018

                  WCERE2018: On Monday, June 25, the EfD Forest Collaborative research program  held its third biannual meeting at the University of Gothenburg, just before the start of the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE).


                    Marine Plastic Pollution in a circular perspective

                    WCERE 2018: One policy session during the conference adressed  economic incentives and policy instruments to handle marine plastic pollution. One conclusion that came out was that there is a need for clear incentives that drives producers to take responsibility for the whole life cycle of their products.


                    Researchers in dialogue with policy makers at world congress of environmental economists: Dealing with environmental – and political crises

                    Environmental economics research plays a crucial role in dealing with the global challenges, and the need for dialogue and collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policy makers is greater than ever. During the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, WCERE, 25-29 June in Gothenburg, Gina McCarthy (Former US EPA Administrator), Jos Delbeke (Senior Advisor EU) and Karolina Skog (Swedish Minister of Environment) will participate in special policy sessions.


                    Tanzania celebrated the world environment day with an environment week that began with a high level symposium on climate change, environment and the national economy

                    On the 5th of June the world marked the World Environment Day. Tanzania celebrated this day in a week-long event from the 31st May until the 5th June. The week-long event included a high level symposium which took place on the 1st June at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The theme of the symposium was climate change, environment and national economy.


                    Scope to increase Kgalagadi tourism fees

                    South African conservation authorities could raise the daily park attendance fees for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) by just over double, without a significant loss of visitors in response to the price hike.


                    Ethiopia’s Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) launched

                    The Country Environmental Analysis  (CEA) of Ethiopia was launched on March 5, 2018 at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the presence of high-level government officials, experts, researchers and other stakeholders from both government and non-governmental institutions.


                    Colleges of Costa Rica analyze incorporating climate change into their curricula

                    On February 16, EfD Central America Researcher Leida Mercado participated in representation of EfD-CA host institution CATIE as a lecturer in a workshop targeted at directors and professors of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica (MEP), as well as to extension agents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), in order to train them in the subject of climate change and the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach.  The objective of the workshop was to consider Climate Change issues and implement them in the curriculum of four Professional Technical Colleges (CTP) of the Region Brunca, from Costa Rica. This is part of a strategic regional pilot that takes place in the area.


                    Global classroom piloted at six EfD centers

                    EfD’s flagship educational program: Collaborative Program in Climate Change and Development Economics (3CDE)  linking local and international students and teachers with hands on experience and case studies kicked off its first pilot in CATIE, EfD Central America´s host institution in February.