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Sustainable development research

Shaping EU trade agreements to support human rights
Trade between Europe and developing countries should be shaped such that market shares are just and trade flows foster sustainable development. But this is not always the case. While developing countries have much to gain from trade, they can also suffer serious losses. This is especially apparent with regard to food security, which often depends largely on smallholders and informal markets in poorer countries. This policy brief sketches the link between trade and the right to food, and describes how integration of Human Rights Impact Assessments in EU trade policy can help ensure sustainable trade regimes that do not cause undue harm. 

OneMap Myanmar: New CDE project launched

On 25 June 2015, Myanmar’s Central Committee for Land Resource Management hosted the launch ceremony for the OneMap project. Implemented by CDE and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project emphasizes provision of technical support to create an open-access spatial data platform on land issues. It is slated to last eight years. Myanmar’s Director General of the Forest Department, Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, opened the launch ceremony. It was attended by 25 departments belonging to the Central Committee’s Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group.

Saving soils at degradation frontlines: sustainable land management in drylands

Healthy soils are fundamental to life. They grow the food we eat and the wood we use for shelter and fuel, purify the water we drink, and hold fast to the roots of the natural world we cherish. But they are under threat, especially from human overuse and climate change. Nowhere is this more evident than in dryland areas, where soil degradation – or desertification – wears away at this essential resource. Though it is a challenge, preserving and restoring healthy soils in drylands is possible, and it concerns all of us.

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 2, on Vulnerability and Hazards

The Nepal earthquakes have shown once again how vulnerable mountain people are to natural hazards and how important it is to strengthen their resilience. Papers in this issue assess the effectiveness of the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Sendai Framework for DRR; others assess social vulnerability in Lesotho, reveal hydro-meteorological risks in Italy using scenario development, and assess forest vulnerability in Austria and Bavaria by means of a GIS-based model.

Mountain Farming is Family Farming now available in French and Spanish

The publication 'Mountain Farming is Familiy Farming' is now available in French and Spanish. It provides an overview of the global changes affecting mountain farming communities and the strategies that they have developed to cope. Each study presents a set of lessons and recommendations for mountain communities, policymakers, development experts, and researchers working to support mountain farmers and protect mountains areas.
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