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Sustainable development research

CDE policy brief: Land deals intensify competition for scarce resources
Since the worldwide food price crisis of 2008, foreign investors have rushed to acquire large amounts of agricultural land in poorer countries. Some observers welcome this, claiming that outside investment in ostensibly underused land will jump-start local development. Others regard such investments as land grabs, stressing that the areas are rarely empty and that local people have little say. This brief identifies the types of land targeted by investors and reveals key socio-ecological patterns of such deals. The evidence indicates that foreign investments are intensifying competition for the best land. Ensuring that such deals instead contribute to sustainable, inclusive use of land requires strong public guidance and oversight.

GESA 2015: Call for applications

​The Global Diversity Foundation announces GESA 2015: the fifth Global Environments Summer Academy, designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of activists, postgraduate students, and professionals who are concerned about the human dimensions of environmental challenges. The Academy is organized in collaboration with CDE and will take place in Bern between 27 July and 14 Aug. 2015.

Call for papers on “Observing Mountains and Sharing Knowledge”

Mountain Research and Development is planning a Focus Issue on “Observing Mountains and Sharing Knowledge”. The speed, nature, and dimension of changes in mountains pose complex challenges for mountain societies and mountain ecosystems. How can these changes be observed? How can one achieve an integrated perspective of change with a view to supporting sustainable development? MRD is seeking well-validated insights into processes of observation and knowledge sharing on social-ecological systems in mountains. Notices of intent are due by 18 Nov. 2014; full papers are due by 28 Feb. 2015.

Swiss Alps UNESCO World Heritage site: an inspirational space

​Intimidating or inspiring: the impressive Alpine landscape has fascinated and sparked people's imagination for centuries. For the Jungfrau-Aletsch region in the Swiss Alps, its beauty and ability to inspire were criteria for its acceptance onto the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. The region has had an immense influence on artistic creation.

From Growth to Sustainable and Inclusive Development: A Shift in Paradigm

​In recent years the development debate has witnessed a paradigm shift, away from purely growth-oriented policies to broader concepts of sustainable and inclusive development. A round-table debate on Thursday, 13 Nov. 2014 at the University of Bern will inquire to what extent this paradigm shift has already materialized in different development concepts and policies. The event is organized by the Swiss Network for International Studies and CDE. The debate will be followed by the award ceremony for the winners of the International Geneva Award 2013.
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