Press releases

29 March 2021

Management of woody weeds may yield significant livelihood benefits

A new study suggests that clearing the invasive woody weed Prosopis juliflora and grassland restoration in Baringo County, Kenya, may have significant financial benefits for local stakeholders and contribute to climate change mitigation.

25 February 2020

Investments by the super-rich drive deforestation

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).

13 February 2020

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

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.

21 March 2019

Shaping coherent policies across silos

Switzerland has committed itself to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda. But implementation of the agenda is proving difficult. At its annual meeting in 2019, SDSN Switzerland, led by CDE and Biovision, presented a report titled “The importance of interactions between the SDGs for a far-sighted sustainability policy in Switzerland”. In it, the authors highlight the potential that the 2030 Agenda offers for its implementation in Switzerland, and recommend concrete measures to the Federal Council and the new interdepartmental Agenda 2030 steering committee. (More information available in German.)

13 March 2019

Mekong region: Scientific report shows urgent need for transformation

The report “State of Land in the Mekong Region” was launched today in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The first publication of its kind in the Mekong Region, it 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. The report stresses the need for urgent action towards transformational change. It was co-produced by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern and the Mekong Region Land Governance Project (MRLG). Funding was provided by Switzerland, Germany, and Luxembourg.

14 December 2018

New Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR visualizes changes over the last decade

The new "Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR – Patterns and trends from 2005 to 2015" was presented today in Vientiane. The Atlas reveals the changes that have taken place throughout the country in the past decade and is intended to serve in future planning and decision-making. It was created jointly by the Lao Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Switzerland. The Atlas constitutes a major result of the Lao DECIDE Info project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

21 June 2018

Lao Agriculture Atlas to help in decision-making towards SDGs

The Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR. Patterns and trends between 1999 and 2011 was presented today in Vientiane. The new atlas – the first of its kind – contains detailed data on changes in agricultural production in Laos. The atlas is intended to serve in planning, decision-making, policymaking, and implementation of sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural development. The atlas was created jointly by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Laos. Funding was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

30 April 2018

Ridge planting: How does use of the “Dyker” affect soil erosion and waterlogging?

During an evening excursion on 24 May 2018, researchers of the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) will present their findings on the effects of a tillage device called “Dyker”. Representatives of Agroscope will present insights from long-term erosion monitoring in the Frienisberg area, and the Canton of Bern’s soil protection unit will provide an update on the enforcement of erosion control measures.