Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción is organizing the Fifth Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 5th and 6th October 2017, and the Fourth Short course to policy makers on “Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources”, 4th October 2017. It will take place at Termas de Catillo, Maule Region in Chile.
Theme: “SLWM for Building Resilience against Climate Uncertainty”
Mekelle University and the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), invites all interested researchers and graduate students to submit abstracts by 30 September 2016.
The 22nd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, is taking place Zurich from June 22-25, 2016.
Remember deadline for early registration is April 29.
More and more aid is used for climate related interventions in developing countries. In the last 15 years, bilateral aid has increased from 3 to 20 billion USD annually. Globally, the ambition is to further five-fold this kind of support to at least 100 billion USD by 2020.
The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from EfD centers, their collaborators and other key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas, discussion of research proposals and presentation of results from EfD projects.
Theme: Scaling up Responsible Land Governance: Examples, policies, and impact
With more than 1,000 participants from 125 countries at the 2015 conference, this event has become one of the main venues for showcasing innovation, learning, and debate among high level policy makers, researchers, civil society, and development partners. This year’s conference topic is motivated by the fact that recording of rights to make tenure more secure and improve land use by all, is increasingly within reach as improved technology allows better access to and management of geospatial information, citizen participation, and facilitates transparency. Following the example set by of earlier conferences, the 2016 event aims to highlight examples of interventions that have been or can be scaled up, policies to make this possible, and the impact of doing so in a wide range of areas.
This seminar will be an opportunity to learn from and discuss with land right experts from Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Sida, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. EfD Director Gunnar Köhlin is an invited panelist and Olof Drakenberg moderates the seminar.
Live webcast: A stream will appear here 10 Sept 2014 at CET 10:00
During EfD's seventh annual meeting, spring began to warm the Western Cape of South Africa creating a fertile environment for over 70 delegates to present fresh research findings and exchange knowledge and techniques.
This workshop was organized by the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) in collaboration with Portland State University and the World Bank on the 10th of December 2012 at Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa.
EfD-Kenya held its first Annual Workshop on August 7, 2013 at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. The workshop brought together researchers, policy makers, academia and other stakeholders in the environment sector.
The Environment for Development initiative arranged a Forest Tenure Impact Evaluation Workshop in connection to the World Bank’s annual conference on land and poverty in Washington D.C. on April 18-20, 2011. Recent developments in forest management institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania were reviewed during this workshop, and a potential impact evaluation program for forest tenure reform in East Africa was discussed. The workshop was held on Thursday April 21, 2011 and was open for all conference participants.
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).
With a blunt warning that “the bad guys can’t hide anymore because we’re seeing them from the sky,” Kitty van der Heijden, Deputy Director of the World Resources Institute, told the 11th Annual Meeting of the EfD Initiative how the data revolution can be used to hold powerful interests accountable when they misuse natural resources.
When individuals in China get well-defined and protected property rights of using forest, conservation increases. So does people´s income from the forest. In particular when they have transfer rights to their forest land.
EfD- RFF Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow Allen Blackman organized and led training workshops on two forest conservation webtools developed by an RFF Project Team that includes Jessica Chu, Alex Egorenkov, Len Goff, and Juha Siikamäki. The first workshop, on October 12, was for stakeholders representing US-based institutions and the second, on October 17 and 18, was for stakeholders representing Mesoamerican-based institutions. The webtools, which are for targeting and evaluating forest conservation policies, will be publically launched in the coming months via a webinar. Their development was mainly funded by NASA’s SERVIR program. The training workshops were sponsored by and held at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.
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.
EfD was presented as a solution model for working towards the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals when the SDSN Northern Europe was launched on February 25-26. Particularly the Ethiopian EfD center, ECRC was highlighted as an example.
Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) presented its five-year research plan and program to stakeholders at a consultative workshop in Addis Ababa.
Since 2012, Yuanyaun Yi has been enrolled in the Global Change and Climate Economics program at the department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. However, her involvement with the EfD initiative goes back almost a decade. “My target is to bridge research in resources economics and policy-oriented outreach,” says Yuanyuan.
Charcoal use from cooking can be reduced by half if Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves are subsidized. A consequence would be reduced premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, as well as saved forests in Eastern Africa.
In late June, 2017, EfD will formally launch its latest cross-center research initiative: the EfD Forest Collaborative (FC), a 'community of practice' focused on evaluating the impacts of the decentralization and devolution of forest governance in developing countries.
When local communities in Ethiopia benefit financially from having access to state forests for harvesting timber and other products, they are more likely to invest in their children’s education and start up small businesses.
Since the Ethiopian government has changed the nature of forestry related property rights in order to allow communities in south-western Ethiopia to harvest timber and other resources in state forests, these communities have benefited from increased income as they now sell timber, wild coffee and honey.
When it comes to enforcing harvesting limits in forests in Ethiopia, it is more effective when communities monitor themselves, rather than when the state serves this function. But the cost of this monitoring needs to be kept low, if it is to be most successful.
The EfD Chilean Center, Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción, organized for the fourth time, a discussion workshop on the design of public policies on the use of natural and environmental resources. The objective of the workshop was to develop a scientific discussion to think about the state of the art in Natural Resource Economics and the Environment in Chile and contribute to maintain a long-run collaborative relationship with Policy Makers working in the areas of fisheries management, air pollution control and climate change.
"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.
The presentations on forest management reform research conducted by EfD in Tanzania, Ethiopia and China addressed major issues such as how effective the reforms are in preventing deforestation and forest degradation and the impacts of different forms of forest management on communities dependent on forest resources.
Huang Zhumei presented a paper entitled "Faced with serious inequality in rural China, can Forest Tenure Reform Reduce The Inequality?" on Sep 13, 2013 at the EfD Seminar Seriies organized by Environmental Economics Program in China, Peking University.
EfD-Kenya held its first Annual Workshop on August 7, 2013 at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. The workshop brought together researchers, policy makers, academia and other stakeholders in the environment sector. The objective of the workshop was to discuss various research outputs generated from the studies being undertaken by the network associates, and to hear new research ideas.
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.
EEPFE research fellow, Dr. Abebe Damte presented a paper on 'Common Property Forest Management: Implications for REDD in Ethiopia' at the Climate Change and Development Policy Conference organized by the UNU-WIDER from 28-29 September 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.
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.
EfD Associate Paul Guthiga, Kenya, is one of the authors of an article that will be published in 13 September 2012 issue of Nature. The paper is titled “Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas”. It is a collaborative publication with many authors. Guthiga´s contribution arose from previous work on Kakamega forest in Kenya.
Research on energy demand in developing countries is important for many reasons. The existing widespread use of solid energy sources (e.g. fuelwood, dung, charcoal, coal, leaves, twigs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the developing world in general, has a number of environmental implications. Deforestation, disturbance in watersheds, indoor air pollution and loss of biodiversity are some to mention. On the other hand, climbing the “energy ladder” has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, understanding the pattern of household energy demand and its implications on the environment is crucial to formulate appropriate energy policies that affect household welfare, local environment and climate change.
“If we aren’t careful, a system like REDD may lead to a revision of colonialism. The crucial problem is that we in Tanzania don´t have the required facts about our own forests,” said Professor Claude Mung'ong'o of University of Dar es Salaam's Institute of Resource Assessment to the audience of policy makers and researchers attending the Policy Day of the fifth EfD Annual Meeting 2011.
21 researchers and PhD students from across the globe currently attend the course Environmental Valuation that is held at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg in Sweden 7 November – 9 December. A vivid interest in natural resources and environmental issues made them come from China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam.