Spotlight archive 2018


“Mountain communities must be able to pursue their well-being”

#MountainsMatter is the theme for this year’s International Mountain Day. CDE researcher Susanne Wymann von Dach explains – and highlights opportunities for mountain regions.


“It’s time to make trade agreements sustainable”

Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, expert in sustainable trade relations at CDE, on the question: How can and should states promote trade relations that support sustainable development of agriculture and the food industry?


Consume different

Share, exchange, repair: Offers and initiatives aimed at sustainable consumption are booming. CDE researchers studied the most promising initiatives aimed at attracting people to sufficient living – and how the public sector can help.


Researchers in Bolivia recommend reining in pesticides

In CDE’s project “Towards Food Sustainability”, scientists investigated the relationship between soya production and pesticide use in Bolivia. Their findings have led them to recommend urgent action to the Bolivian Ministry of Agriculture.


“The term climate change is a sedative”

How does language shape our perception of landscapes and nature? In an interview, project leader Hugo Caviola discusses language, its role in sustainable development, and the results of CDE’s research on this question.


Climate change and land grabbing: The example of the Mekong region

A CDE research project in the Mekong region shows how land grabbing and deforestation are linked, and why this matters for global efforts to address climate change.