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Sustainable development research

Knowledge for a new development agenda
The global community is about to take critical decisions with regard to international development policies. The debate over the post-2015 development agenda is gaining momentum. The UN General Assembly will begin negotiating the global sustainable development goals this autumn.
With its research, CDE aims to contribute to successful implementation of the upcoming agenda. Our annual report for 2013 presents an improved way of measuring poverty and social inequality, asks whether land acquisitions by Swiss firms in developing countries are sustainable, and shows how water conflicts in Kenya can be mitigated.
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Switzerland supports access to socio-economic data in Lao PDR

The Government of Switzerland has signed an agreement to support the Lao DECIDE Info decision support project in Lao PDR. Somchit Inthamith, Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, and Ruth Huber, Regional Director for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) signed the agreement on 17 July 2014. The project aims to make socio-economic data more readily available to Lao policymakers and thereby enable them to take well-informed development planning decisions. It will be implemented with technical support from CDE.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

​The region of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch encompasses a breath-taking alpine landscape and a rich cultural landscape. In an effort to understand the changes affecting the region and the possible threats to its resources and their services, CDE collaborates with local partners to regularly examine and evaluate the status and development of different environmental and societal aspects, based on various indicators. The resulting data and insights can be used to develop measures that better protect the region’s resources.

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 34, No 2 available online and open access

This issue of MRD explores migration among ethnic Tibetans in Nepal; mountain agriculture and development potentials in Thailand; prediction of tourist movements in a protected area in Yunnan; climate change impacts on water availability in Nepal; changes in cattle breeding and forest grazing, as well as community perceptions of commercial oak harvesting for firewood, both in Bhutan; firewood consumption in the Tajik Pamirs; and soil degradation in a mountain range in Benin.

Call for papers on “Vulnerability and resilience to natural hazards and disasters in mountains”

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction and recovery approaches in mountains, as well as papers that present novel research findings on processes of natural hazards and disasters from a social-ecological systems perspective and on mountain communities’ and environments’ resilience and vulnerabilities to hazards and disasters. MRD also welcomes research and policy agendas that are based on comprehensive reviews of the state of the art in research and development in the context of resilience, natural hazards, and disasters in mountains.
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