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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. 

Sustainability Day 2015: Registration now open!

We are pleased to invite you to the University of Bern’s Sustainability Day on 20 November 2015! Join discussions with students, colleagues, and professors about the challenges of our fast-paced world. How can we contribute to sustainable development while things rapidly change around us? Where are our mobile lifestyles taking us? How should we handle the flood of information we encounter? Are there recipes against food waste? The Sustainability Day provides a chance to listen, have a say, and experiment!


Boosting Science–Policy Engagement in Lao PDR

CDE, which has a country office in Lao PDR, co-organized the two-day “Workshop on Science–Policy Engagement” held in Vientiane on 8-9 September 2015. The workshop was a follow-up to the country’s first ever high-level Science–Policy Exchange (13-14 February 2014), which CDE also co-organized.

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 3, available online and open access

Papers examine the consequences of water privatization for indigenous people in Chile’s high-altitude wetlands, reevaluate the FAO 56 PM evapotranspiration estimation method in Ecuador, and test hydrological models under a climate change scenario in Costa Rica. Two studies use remote sensing to assess vegetation growth in northern Tibet and forest density in Nepal. Further topics include multidimensional poverty in Nepal, as well as top-down and bottom-up initiatives to negotiate conservation and development in Sweden.

Call for panels, papers, and posters for conference on the commons

Taking place 10–13 May 2016, the 4th Regional European Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will focus on global connections and local responses. It seeks to advance our understanding of such global–local, or “glocal”, processes and how Europe has adapted to them in its management of the commons. The call for papers, panels, and posters is now open!
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