Dr. Gudrun Schwilch

Head of Land Resources Cluster

+41 31 631 55 82
Dr. Gudrun Schwilch
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Sustainable Land Management SLM
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Desertification and land degradation
  • Database development 
  • Decision support
  • Participatory processes
  • Impact assessment


  • SoilCare for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe (EU H2020)
  • iSQAPER – Interactive Soil Quality Assessment (EU H2020)
  • Woody Weeds – woody invasive alien species in East Africa (r4d)
  • RECARE – Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care (EU FP7)
  • CASCADE – Catastrophic shifts in drylands (EU FP7)
  • Impact of outmigration on sustainable land management in mountain regions (Nepal)
  • COST action ES1104 on Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification
  • WOCAT - World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies
  • DESIRE - Desertification mitigation and remediation of land (EU FP6, 2007 – 2012)

Further professional interests

  • GIS
  • Participatory learning approaches
  • Monitoring and modelling of natural resources

Field experience

Mediterranean, Europe, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Central Asia


German, English, French

  • WOCAT - World Overview of Conservation and Technology
  • DesertNet International
  • EGU