CDE researcher Astrid Wallner is investigating what the people living in Mitholz are going through when the former ammunition depot is cleared - also with a view to future resettlements. "Technically and legally, you can plan a lot in advance, but you absolutely have to involve people as individuals," she says. From this she derives a first recommendation: "Passing in person is an indispensable step."
Date: 9 September 2023 | Source: Berner Oberländer (Paywall)
"When you buy organic products, you will pay more than for cheap and poorly produced goods. This must change," says Theresa Tribaldos, researcher at CDE in an interview. "Sustainable products should be cheaper because they bring many benefits to society. Also, from a justice perspective, it is wrong that poorer people can only afford the poorer, unhealthy foods."
Date: 7 September 2023 | Source: Handelszeitung
International criticism of Swiss sanctions against Russia is not abating. Asked about the role of the Swiss commodity trading place, CDE researcher Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi says that in terms of importance, Switzerland is more comparable to the USA than the EU. “Switzerland should analyse to what extent the US sanctions also affect commodity trade and, if necessary, adopt these measures. The mere focus on the EU is not enough.”
Date: 6 July.2023 | Source: Republik
CDE scientist Hugo Caviola talks to Marija Bakker about how language influences our perception, thinking and actions about mobility. And why it is problematic when we linguistically make the car the norm (in German).
Date: 27 June.2023 | Source: Science broadcast Quarks, WDR
The expansion of renewable energies also has its downsides: According to a new study by ETH Zurich and the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, more forest could be cleared because sustainable energy production requires more space than fossil or nuclear power plants.
Date: 4 May.2023 | Source: SRF News
Hugo Caviola examines our everyday language (German) in the project sprachkompass.ch. Can words like "flight shame", "ecological footprint" or "animal suffering" lead to more sustainable actions? Caviola says: yes.
Date: 4 April.2023 | Source: Wir sind Zukunft
Sustainability initiatives in civil society make an important contribution to the transformation into a sustainable society. According to a blog post by Stephanie Moser and Christoph Bader, they do this by testing new ideas and thus providing alternatives to current patterns of consumption and production, .
Date: 31.3.2023 | Source: One Planet Lab
In Switzerland and in some other countries with high average incomes, not only is the quality of life high, but so is the consumption of natural resources. However, a good life does not necessarily depend on this. According to Thea Wiesli and Thomas Hammer of CDE, intangible factors such as family and friendships, participation in social life, belonging and meaningful work are of fundamental importance.
Date: 10.1.2023 | Source: Carte blanche, scnat
Sufficiency means recognising that more is not always better. That actually makes sense to almost everyone. Nevertheless, sufficiency has a hard time in politics. This has to do with misunderstandings - and with tangible interests. CDE scientist Stephanie Moser says: The way one heats, whether one takes a shower or a bath, or rides a bicycle are individual decisions. But every decision is made under certain conditions. And these framework conditions can make sufficiency easier or more difficult. Policymakers must start here and reduce barriers to sufficiency.
Date: December.2022 | Source: Energie und Umwelt
At the beginning of the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, Prof. Julie G. Zähringer says what is at stake: "Biodiversity provides us food, clean air, clean water, medicines and thus makes a very important contribution to the economy." That is the very reason why biodiversity is indispensable for the survival of humankind. With regard to the "30by30 Initiative", which aims to protect 30 per cent of the earth's surface, she emphasises that it is essential to involve the local and indigenous peoples.
Date: 5.11.2022 | Source: 10vor10 SRF (from 6:33 onwards)
In view of the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, Julie Zähringer, Professor of Land Systems and Sustainability, emphasises the urgency of acting consistently. In an interview, she tells us what needs to be done - especially in Switzerland.
Date: 18.11.2022 | Source: Migros Magazin
"The poor developing countries, which are highly dependent on grain imports from abroad, will feel this the most," said CDE scientist Markus Giger. Countries like Somalia are already affected by acute drought, he said. "There, too, it is much more difficult for the World Food Programme to organise deliveries at all in the short term."
Date: 21.3.2022 | Source: TeleBärn
"The whole commodity trade is under-reported and under-regulated," says CDE scientist Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi. "You have to gather data quite a bit, and not all information is available." Who buys what commodities from whom at what prices, therefore, remains in the dark.
Date: 17.3.2022 | Source: Deutsche Welle
“At the moment, the cards are being reshuffled,” said Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, commodities trading expert at CDE about Russia’s commodity trading via Switzerland.
Date: 7.3.2022 | Source: The New York Times
How are land deals related to biodiversity hotspots - and what does that mean? CDE expert Markus Giger explains these questions in an interview.
Date: 27.2.2022 | Source: NZZ Magazin Onehealthstory (Kapitel 5)
"As a commodity trading place, Switzerland is very important for the export economy of countries like Russia," says CDE scientist Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi. If the Federal Council wanted to harm Russia economically with sanctions, it would be obvious to make it more difficult for Russian companies to trade in raw materials through Switzerland. However, commodity trading is currently not affected by the sanction measures adopted or commissioned by the Federal Council.
Date: 25.2.2022 | Source: AargauerZeitung
"We live on this used planet where all the land that's even considered unused or untouched is providing really important benefits to people," said CDE researcher Ariane de Bremond on a policy paper, published in the journal PNAS. The paper sets out why land matters in a host of problems facing humanity and calls on decision makers and stakeholders to do more to address misconceptions over land use and sustainability.
Date: 8.2.2022 | Source: BBC News
CDE researcher Stephanie Moser explains how the momentum for big changes can develop from many small steps and from the proactive ideas of individual pioneers. The key words are electromobility and the zero-waste movement.
Date: 24.12.2021 | Source: Radio SRF
Large-scale land deals in the agricultural sector continue to destroy rainforests and natural habitats: this is the conclusion of the latest report by the Land Matrix Initiative. The independent network also warns of a post-Covid boom - and an increasing risk of further pandemics. An interview with Markus Giger from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), one of the main authors of the report.
Date: 28.9.2021 | Source: Deutsches Gesundheits-Portal
In this podcast CDE researcher Henri Rueff speaks about the importance of the impacts of EU renewable policy on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Sustainable Development Goals.
Date: September 2021 | Source: Eklipse Podcasts
The trade agreement between Mercosur and the EFTA states promises advantages for Switzerland, but also problems for the South American countries. CDE researchers Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi and Theresa Tribaldos note that EFTA and Mercosur deserve credit for including a sustainability clause in the agreement. But its effectiveness is limited because the tariff concessions do not distinguish between sustainable and other production.
Date: 28.06.2021 | Source: swissinfo
«Wir haben uns völkerrechtlich an das Pariser Abkommen und die Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention gebunden. Junge Klimaaktivisten könnten zuerst in der Schweiz klagen und dann weiter nach Strassburg ziehen. Dort könnten sie versuchen, die Handlungspflicht des Staates herbeizuführen, wenn es die Regierung nicht von selbst macht», sagt Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi über die Möglichkeit, in der Schweiz Klimaklagen einzureichen.
Date: 03.05.2021 | Source: Sonntagsblick
Es fällt uns meistens nicht auf, aber: Fleischmetaphern besetzen nahezu alle Bereiche der Wirklichkeit. Wir suchen uns jeweils das Filetstück aus, auch wenn es nicht um Fleisch geht, schreibt, Hugo Caviola, Leiter des Forschungsprojekts www.sprachkompass.ch in einem Gastkommentar.
Date 9.4.2021 | Source: NZZ
"The internalisation of ecological costs - e.g. when biodiversity is damaged - would be a concrete and very important lever for more sustainable production" said CDE scientists Stephanie Moser and Bettina Scharrer on agriculture, the food system and consumer responsibility. (from 21:27 onwards).
Date 17.3.2021 | Source: Kontext, SRF Kultur
Nach der Abstimmung über das Handelsabkommen mit Indonesien sagt Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi: Die Verknüpfung von Nachhaltigkeit und Zollreduktion beim Palmöl sei ein Meilenstein. Jetzt müsse der Fokus auf der Umsetzung liegen: «Es ist wichtig, die Idee nicht zu verspielen.»
Date 9.3.2021 | Source: AargauerZeitung
Kann mehr Welthandel ökologisch sein? Ja, sagt Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, Expertin für Nachhaltigkeit und Handel am CDE. Ein Interview über den umstrittenen Vertrag mit Indonesien und die Kraft einer Fussnote.
Date: 9.2.2021 | Source: NZZ
To make climate policy effective, new, gender-specific and broader social perspectives are needed from the very beginning, in addition to traditional technical solutions, writes CDE Director Sabin Bieri.
Date: 27.1.2021 | Source: ProClim Flash
"Im Rahmen der Entwicklungsfinanzierung und zusammen mit Indonesien sowie den betroffenen Leuten können die EFTA-Länder die Umstellungsprozesse auf nachhaltige Anbausysteme anstossen und begleiten. Solche Mittel wurden im Abkommen zwar in Aussicht gestellt, bislang aber noch nicht beziffert", sagt CDE-Handelsexpertin Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi im Interview.
Date: 14.1.2021 | Source: infosperber
Zollsenkungen mit der Einhaltung von Nachhaltigkeitskriterien im Handelsabkommen mit Indonesien zu verknüpfen, sei eine gute Idee, aber die Sache stehe und falle mit der Umsetzung. Diese sei im Verordnungsentwurf auf den ersten Blick oberflächlich: CDE-Wissenschaftlerin Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi.
Date: 19.12.2020 | Source: NZZ
Nach Abschluss der Verhandlungen zum Freihandelsabkommen mit den Mercosur-Staaten hat das SECO eine Wirkungsanalyse zu ausgewählten Umweltfragen in Auftrag gegeben. Die Bereiche «Soziales und Menschenrechte» wurden ausgeklammert. Interview mit Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi.
Date: 9.12.2020 | Source: global (DE), Le Temps Blog (FR)
Wie definieren und messen wir Wohlstand aktuell, und warum brauchen wir hier andere Konzepte? Wie steht es um unseren Zeitwohlstand, und wie können wir ihn vermehren? Welche wirtschaftlichen, sozialen und ökologischen Vorteile hätte eine Reduktion unserer Arbeitszeit, und wie liesse sie sich politisch erreichen? Die beiden CDE-Forschenden Stephanie Moser und Christoph Bader im Podcast-Interview.
Date: 9.12.2020 | Source: Scientists for Future Podcast
Can a general reduction in working hours lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions, greater life satisfaction and a functioning economy? A CDE research team presents first results on this. (pp. 27-28)
Date: 5.11.2020 | Source: Denknetz
CDE Director Sabin Bieri on "Planet Hope" in Bern: "Hope gives rise to the ability to act. If you only emphasise the crisis view, it often triggers powerlessness." Climate change is certainly a central issue, but not the only one, she said. " Sustainable development is not possible without justice."
Date: 29.10.2020 | Source: Berner Zeitung
“Trade-offs can not be avoided in the Agenda 2030. Therefore, the process of designing a sustainable development pathway needs to integrate these trade-offs into the negotiations that are required to reach a compromise on how to achieve sustainability”, says CDE researcher Albrecht Ehrensperger in an interview.
Date: 11.10.2020 | Source: ID Podcast Swiss FOCA
Interview with CDE researcher Julie Zähringer on the vanilla boom in Madagascar.
Date: 11.9.2020 | Source: The Sweaty PenguinPodcast (from 24:10 onwards)
To mark World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the UN drew attention to the desertification of fertile land. Under the leadership of CDE, the WOCAT database project collects, evaluates and documents successful examples of sustainable land use. More than 2000 examples from all five continents are now listed.
Date: 21.6.2020 | Source: SRF News
Land grabbing exacerbates the inequality of particularly vulnerable groups. It deprives them of their economic base, says CDE Director Sabin Bieri, in an article on business and human rights.
Date: April 2020 | Source: Welternährung
Accelerated by a virus, we have suddenly found ourselves in a possible future. In this context, the Agenda 2030 provides us with a compass. Article by CDE directors Sabin Bieri, Thomas Breu, Andreas Heinimann, and Peter Messerli
Date: 24.4.2020 | Source: Corona Sustainability Compass
Symptom fighting in nature conservation is not enough. In an interview, CDE scientist Julie Zähringer points out that the demand for more protected areas often comes from the rich industrialised countries, but the poor developing countries have to implement it.
Date: April 2020 | Source: Die Flugbegleiter
Economic development is central to successful development cooperation. But only if it does not degenerate into an end in itself. CDE Directors Thomas Breu and Sabin Bieri on the lessons that can be learned from the example of Laos.
Date: 21.4.2020 | Source: Die Volkswirtschaft
In Myanmar, too, the promise of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is: development thanks to trade and the accelerated construction of infrastructure. But land rights, biodiversity and culture are at stake, according to CDE researchers Christoph Oberlack, Andreas Heinimann and Athong Makury.
Date: 23.3.2020 | Source: global