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Sustainable development research

Mountains and Climate Change - A Global Concern
Mountains are among the regions most affected by climate change. The implications of climate change will reach far beyond mountain areas, as the contributions in the present publication show. Themes discussed are water, glaciers and permafrost, hazards, biodiversity, food security and economy. The case studies included show that concrete adaptive action has been taken in many mountain areas of the world. The publication concludes with a series of recommendations for sustainable mountain development in the face of climate change.

Clubs and societies in the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage region

Clubs and societies offer a space for fun and games, sports, and cultural activities. But they do far more than that. They are important places of social identity building. By bringing different people together, they foster social cohesion and integration. And last but not least, they contribute to democratic culture. What kinds of associations exist in and around the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site, and what do they do?

Motorbikes and scooters going electric

Electrically powered scooters and motorcycles can help to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic noise. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has analysed the impact of e-scooters in Switzerland on energy use, the environment, and people’s travel behaviour. They also observed the global and national markets for e-scooters and carried out various studies on charging infrastructure and road safety. A new brochure summarizes the results and offers recommendations for producers, importers, traders, and potential buyers of electric scooters and motorcycles.

On the right path? Land concessions in Laos

Land investment is booming in Laos. The government hopes that projects linked to land investments will improve local productivity, infrastructure, and poverty rates. But there are many risks to local livelihoods and the environment. Ensuring that land investment truly benefits the broader population demands effective regulation and strong political will. The new CDE policy brief provides key insights and recommendations drawn from the national inventory of land concessions and leases, the most comprehensive accounting of such land deals to date for a single country.

How can the SDGs help transform global agriculture?

​How can Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contribute to a change of course in global agriculture? A panel of renowned experts will discuss this question at a public event on 21 January 2015 at the University of Bern. As global SDG negotiations are beginning in New York, the event offers a timely update on the status of negotiations concerning the post-2015 development agenda and the question of food security.
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