EfD in the media

Our researchers are often interviewed in different media, as experts in their respective fields. They also contribute with debate articles. Here are some examples.

November 2021

ENRRI advocates for protected forests

Ghana’s forests under threat – Prof Anthony Amoah

Our forests can generate revenue through recreation – Environmental economist

These three news articles share highlights of discussions and recommendations from a forum organized by the Environment and Natural Resources Research Initiative (ENRRI-EfD Ghana) to discuss the need to preserve Ghana’s protected forests as a part of environmental conservation efforts. The forum, led by Prof Anthony Amoah, outlined pathways for sustaining protected forests.


July 2021

Minister pledges support for the development of Natural Capital Account

Efforts to get Nigeria’s policy makers to mainstream Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) into the county’s system of accounting are gaining attention. The latest endorsement came from Nigeria’s Minister of Environment who pledged to work with EfD Nigeria in an on-going NCA project and also mobilize other government agencies to actualize the project. With the World Bank already supporting the NCA project for Nigeria, it is just a matter of time before the EfD Nigeria team makes a huge policy impact.


June 2021

Losing out to IUU fishing; the cost Ghana bears
Research by natural resource economist and EfD expert Prof. Wisdom Akpalu on the effects of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing was highlighted in the Daily Graphic newspaper, a respected Ghanaian daily with national coverage.


May 2021

The EBA pod: Circular Economy – between coffee and copper cables
Circular economy is gaining more and more attention in the work with the environment and climate. EBA has published a background report describing the concept and its connection to Swedish development aid. In this podcast, we hear experts reflect on how aid can become more circular. We also hear about ongoing projects with coffee plantations in Southeast Asia and switch cables in Gaza. Participants: Daniel Slunge, Ulrika Åkesson, Cecilia Brumér, Yaakov Garb, Sofia Ritzén, and Åsa Domeij. Host: Willy Silberstein. (In Swedish).


A brief description of the Sustainable Campus Strategy at Universidad Nacional, Medellín

Santiago Arango-Aramburo, EfD Colombia, participated in the youtube channel “Danilo preguntón” from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín. In the seventh episode, Santiago mentions that the "Sustainable Campus Strategy" refers to the sustainable transformation of the university campus in different aspects such as efficient lighting, charging stations for electric vehicles and bicycles, planting trees, using solar panels to generate electricity, reducing plastic consumption, using rainwater, social appropriation of the strategy, among others. (In Spanish).


April 2021

University of Bío-Bío’s (Chile) study reveals that emergencies influence Majors’ reelection.

EfD’s César Salazar from the University of the Bío-Bío (Chile) indicates in an article from Diario Concepción, that a natural disaster (exogenous event) produces an improvement in the Major’s administration capacity, which could lead to her reelection. This research was co-authored with Andrés Acuña (University of the Bío-Bío). (In Spanish).


Reflection on carbon leakage occurring at a local level

Jorge H García, EfD Colombia, pointed out in this column how universal participation in the Paris Agreement minimizes the risks of carbon leakage on a global scale. Using examples from a number of sectors, García illustrates how carbon leakage may occur, and it is probably occurring, at the local and regional levels. He explains that the collaborative spirit of the Paris Agreement, where all actors involved undertake mitigation actions, ought to be replicated at the local and regional levels for the overarching Agreement to hold water. (In Spanish).


The suggested taxes go in the right direction to discourage polluting emissions.

Jorge Bonilla and María Alejandra Vélez, EfD Colombia, comment on the suggested environmental taxes in a debate article in El Tiempo. Taxes need to be progressive and the proceeds must be used to finance environmental projects are some of the key messages. (In Spanish).


Will the second-worst polluter, become carbon neutral by 2050?

Joe Biden has very ambitious environmental goals. Will he succeed? TRT World interviewed EfD's Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg on his thoughts about this. (In English).


March 2021


“It is unlikely that unemployment in the Maule region reaches the 10% or more as last year”

EfD’s Juan Andrés Riquelme from the University of Talca (Chile) talks about unemployment rates in the region of Maule (Chile) under the context of Covid-19. He indicates to the website “Chillán Online” that regional unemployment would increase, although not at the same level as in 2020. (In Spanish).


The environment is not for investors to spend for free

Pham Khanh Nam, Director EfD Vietnam, was interviewed by the Saigon Times. He talked about the world biosphere reserves in Vietnam, how investors exploit natural resources and what needs to be done. (In Vietnamese).


Climate change may decline the output of the manufacturing sector in India

Rising temperatures have a negative impact on productivity and may also increase income inequality. Research conducted by EfD researchers Eswaran Somanathan and Rohini Somanathan in collaboration with Anant Sudarshan and Meenu Tewari was featured in over 40 news publications. Some of the newspapers were:  

Indian ExpressHindustan TimesTimes of India. (In English).


Business as usual would collapse fishing industry

The fisheries sector is a major contributor to the lives and the economy of Ghana, but its sustainability is under serious threat.  Evidence-informed proposals by EfD researcher Wisdom Akpalu on ways to mitigate fisheries sector challenges and save it from an imminent collapse were reported in multiple national media outlets.

Daily GraphicGhanaWeb (In English)


Updated: 10 November 2021