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Blooming coffee plants

Links between biodiversity and coffee farmer practices in Bolivia

20.03.2020
In Bolivia, more than half of the coffee is grown under shade trees in agroforestry systems. In a new partnership, researchers from CDE and the Institute of Geography (both University of Bern) are joining with the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia, to document biodiversity on different high-quality coffee farms and analyze its interactions with Bolivian peasant farmers’ management decisions.

Christoph Oberlack

“Sustainable Development needs local knowledge and global learning”

18.03.2020
An international network of scientists has developed an approach aimed at supporting decision-making for sustainable development: the archetype approach. One of the specialists in the field is Christoph Oberlack, a researcher at CDE and the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. He describes new ways in which sustainability research can support policy and practice.

Nische Gesellschaft

From niche to society: social innovations for sustainable consumption

11.03.2020
Repair cafés and projects in community-supported agriculture or the sharing economy show how our society can use fewer resources and thus operate more sustainably. In a new project, a team of CDE researchers are investigating how such initiatives can take root and achieve broad impact.

Deforestation

Investments by the super-rich drive deforestation

25.02.2020
Wealthy individuals are increasingly investing in agriculture. Their investments boost production of plant-based raw materials for human consumption, industrial uses, and animal fodder. The resulting capital flows directly contribute to deforestation in the global South, especially in the tropics. That is the conclusion of a new study by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE).

UNCCD - WOCAT Partnership

UNCCD and WOCAT extend their partnership

20.02.2020
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the WOCAT initiative, hosted at CDE, have renewed their partnership indefinitely. UNCCD representatives and CDE senior scientist/WOCAT director Hanspeter Liniger signed the partnership agreement last week.

Würfel SDGs

The future is sustainable – it's in our hands! Bachelor & Master Summer School 2020

19.02.2020
This year, in an international summer school, CDE is offering students a chance to deepen their knowledge of sustainable development and to acquire the competencies needed to act as change agents.

Think new and act differently: CAS Sustainable Development

19.02.2020
From knowledge to action towards the 2030 Agenda: The CAS Sustainable Development offers space for reflection, conveys knowledge, presents fields of action, and provides support for putting theory into practice. Register for this continuing education course today and learn to be a networked thinker and doer.

Laos

Making land deals more sustainable: The example of Laos

18.02.2020
Since 2006, the strategy for development of Laos has included making money from land. Mandated by the Lao government, CDE scientists have developed an index – the first of its kind – that assesses the quality of land deals and points the way towards more sustainable investments.

Woody Weeds

Study calls for rapid action to stop spread of woody weeds in Eastern Africa

13.02.2020
Invasive alien species are threatening large tracts of rangeland and causing biodiversity loss in Eastern Africa. An international team of scientists, including of CDE, are now warning that woody weeds like Prosopis juliflora risk invading vast new areas. They recommend a coordinated management plan to curb their spread.

Master's open days

Master’s open days, 10-11 March 2020

13.02.2020
Information events on the master’s minor programme in sustainable development will take place on 10 and 11 March 2020, from 13:15 to 13:45, in Room 105 at the University of Bern’s main building.

Grand-Prix of Bern

Sustainable events: On the way to zero waste?

11.02.2020
The Sustainable Events Forum 2020 – organized by SchweryCade and CDE – took a critical look at the sustainability of major events and showed that there are no simple solutions applicable to all events. Nonetheless, much can be improved – if it’s done right. Read more in German.
 

Umweltforschungspreis 2020

Presentation of the Bernese Award for Environmental Research

04.02.2020
Ninety percent of Swiss floodplain soils contain microplastic. Where does it come from? And: How are Swiss politics shaping the transition to renewable energy? Answers to these questions will be provided at the award ceremony for the Bernese Award for Environmental Research on 5 March 2020. Details available in German.

Guidelines for virtual conferencing

Guidelines for virtual conferencing

30.01.2020
Building on experience garnered during the COPERNICUS Alliance Online Conference 2019, the Copernicus Alliance leadership team and CDE researchers developed guidelines on how to prepare, host and evaluate virtual conferences.

land use, CDE-led study

When the meanings of a place collide

29.01.2020
A CDE-led study on a nature reserve in the US state of Oregon demonstrates how land use, power, and place claims interact and shape socio-ecological developments over the long term.