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Julie Zähringer

CDE researcher Julie Zähringer wins Prix Schläfli in Geosciences

CDE researcher Julie Zähringer has won the Prix Schläfli 2019 in Geosciences for her dissertation at the University of Bern. The Prix Schläfli is awarded annually by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) for the four best doctoral dissertations in the natural sciences.


Shaping coherent policies across silos

At its annual meeting in 2019, SDSN Switzerland, led by CDE and Biovision, presented a report titled “Shaping coherent policies across silos. The importance of interactions between the SDGs for a far-sighted sustainability policy in Switzerland”. (More information available in German.)

Andreas Heinimann

"We must combine conservation of nature with benefits to society"

On 6 May 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) presented its report on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide. It concludes that biodiversity and ecosystem loss has reached the point where it threatens human well-being. An interview with Andreas Heinimann, CDE.

Prosopis in village

The fight against invasive alien species in Eastern Africa has only just begun

CDE researchers are working with scientists from local and international institutions to investigate the spread of Prosopis juliflora and other invasive alien species in Eastern Africa, their impacts on local livelihoods, and how they might be managed.

Ariane de Bremond

“Land systems are the loci for sustainability transformations”

From 24 to 26 April 2019, over 600 leading scientists from all over the world will meet in Bern for the 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP). Ariane de Bremond, senior research scientist at CDE and executive officer of the GLP International Programme Office, discussed the role of the conference.

4th Open Science Meeting 2019

Transforming land systems for people and nature

How should land be used to tackle global challenges? How can we address issues of land tenure, conflict, power, food systems, and soil degradation to meet the needs of people and communities? What is required to achieve ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable and equitable land use systems? Around 600 leading scientists from across the world will be exploring these questions at a Global Land Programme (GLP) conference at the University of Bern. Its international office is located at CDE. The conference takes place April 24–26.

Mekong State

Scientific report shows urgent need for transformation

The report “State of Land in the Mekong Region” brings together key data and information on the current status of, and changes in, land resources, their social distribution, and the conditions of governance that shape them. It stresses the need for urgent action towards transformational change.

Book Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa

Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa

In the “Water and Land Resource Centre” project, scientists worked with land users and decision-makers in Kenya and Ethiopia to develop locally adapted solutions for managing water and land sustainably and resolving conflicts. Now they have summarized experiences from 40 years of transformative research in the book “Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa”.

a student

Master’s open days, 5–7 March 2019

Information events on the master’s minor programme in sustainable development will take place on 5 and 6 March 2018, from 13:15 to 13:45, in Room 106 at the University of Bern’s main building.

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Curbing illicit financial flows in commodity trading

The 2030 Agenda calls for combating illicit financial flows in commodity trading. The aim is to enable resource-rich countries to secure their corresponding tax revenues. As a major commodity-trading hub, Switzerland has recently taken steps to expand its exchange of relevant data. The latest CDE Working Paper examines whether these steps help to counteract mispricing of commodities.

Policy Brief: Inequality
Photo: Daniel Albanese

Inequality: What’s in a word?

Ten years on, the reverberations of the global financial crisis continue to be felt. In politics, trends of polarization, protest, and nationalism have intensified. Yet in economics, a new discourse has opened up. Instead of poverty, people are talking about inequality – and not only in development circles. The latest CDE Policy Brief examines the issue of inequality and shows how it can improve research and policy.

Biodiversity Mountains

Call for papers: Mountain Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

“Mountain Research and Development” is looking for papers that present validated insights into ways of managing mountain (agro)biodiversity so that it contributes to human wellbeing; that analyze interlinkages between mountain biodiversity, global change, ecosystems, and people; or that offer evidence-informed agendas for research or policymaking.

CDE Researcher Graziano Ceddia

“Inequality also harms the environment”

“More equal distribution of income, wealth, and land ownership is not only fairer, but also an effective means of improving environmental protection.” That’s the conclusion of CDE researcher Graziano Ceddia, based on the results of his study showing that inequality in Latin America promotes deforestation.

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Towards more sustainable food systems in mountains

The latest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” explores promising approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable. Further topics include the impact of changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand and of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and more.