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CDE and partners sign cooperation agreement with University of La Frontera, Chile

A cooperation agreement was recently signed between CDE, the Institute of Geography, and the UNESCO Chair on Natural and Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Mountain Development, all at the University of Bern, and the University of La Frontera, Chile. The goal is to promote exchange among researchers and students and implement joint projects for sustainable development. In addition, the cooperation enables CDE to expand its network of partners in South America. More information


Staying on course through evaluation

Interested in getting to know evaluation tools in the field of sustainable development, both in theory and in practice? Take the training module “Staying on course through evaluation” of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) programme in Sustainable Development. The tools will enable you to assess concrete measures and projects with a view to sustainable development. More Information

Does use of the “Dyker” reduce soil erosion and waterlogging in conventionally farmed potato fields?

Researchers of CDE are currently examining the effects of a device called “Dyker” on several potato fields in the Frienisberg area near Bern, Switzerland. The study is part of the European RECARE project. The Dyker consists of a set of wheels with three inclined shovels each. Attached to the rear end of the planting machine, it digs holes into the bottom of the furrows between the potato hills. The holes are intended to improve water infiltration and to help retain water near the plants, while preventing waterlogging and stagnant water in depressions and minimizing surface runoff and soil erosion. More information

Mountain Research and Development

Call for papers: Exploring the links between water, food, energy, and mountain ecosystems

The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas. Abstracts are due by 24 April 2017, full papers by 1 August 2017. More information

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Landscape quality in the World Heritage region: examples from Valais

The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage region is characterized by cultural landscapes of high aesthetic, cultural, and ecological values. Meadows, alpine pastures, landscape mosaics with dry and irrigated patches, impressive hedges and solitary landmark trees, steep terraced vineyards, and huddled villages with closely clustered traditional wooden buildings are their hallmarks. The intensively farmed plains with their varying crops have qualities as well. But what is the outlook for the World Heritage region’s valuable landscapes? Can their qualities be preserved in light of ongoing structural changes in agriculture? More information


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Mountain Research and Development Vol 37, No 1 available online and open access

This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia. More information


Sustainable development: Theoretical bases for implementation

Do you need to set sustainability goals in specific fields of activity and formulate appropriate measures? We can provide theoretical bases for the implementation of sustainable development. Find out more and register. More information


Master’s open days, 7–9 March 2017

Precise information, focused decisions: The master’s open days provide an opportunity for future students to inform themselves about the fields of study they are interested in. Information events on the master’s minor programme in sustainable development will take place on 7 and 9 March 2017, from 13:15 to 13:45, in Room 215 at the University of Bern’s main building. More information

Sustainability3: Networking and Creating Synergies – Sustainability Day of Bern’s 3 Institutions of Higher Education

It is our pleasure to invite you to the first jointly organized Sustainability Day of the PHBern, the University of Bern, and the Bern University of Applied Sciences, taking place on 6 April 2017. Its theme will be “Sustainability3: Networking and Creating Synergies – Sustainability Day of Bern’s 3 Institutions of Higher Education”. It is intended to raise the visibility of sustainability issues in the teaching, research, and operations of Bern’s institutions of higher education. Our overall aim is to foster dialogue in the area of sustainability within and between the respective schools. More information

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Peter Messerli named co-chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report

Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead the group of scientific experts tasked with drafting the upcoming UN Global Sustainable Development Report. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Peter Messerli and Endah Murniningtyas from Indonesia to serve as co-chairs. The first report is slated for release in 2019. More information