In our “Spotlight”, you can read articles and updates on
- CDE research
- project implementation
- science/policy issues in the area of sustainable development and the environment
Science at the crossroads of data production and political engagement
CDE researcher Julie Zähringer has won the Prix Schläfli 2019 in Geosciences for her dissertation. Drawing on satellite images and around 1,200 interviews, she analysed changes in land use around protected areas in Madagascar.
“We must combine conservation of nature with benefits to society”
On 6 May 2019, IPBES presented its report on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide. An interview with Andreas Heinimann from CDE about biodiversity and ecosystem loss.
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.
“Land systems are the loci for sustainability transformations”
Ariane de Bremond, CDE researcher and executive officer of the GLP International Programme Office, discussed the role of the 4th Open Science Meeting in Bern.
“Inequality also harms the environment”
CDE researcher Graziano Ceddia shows that inequality in Latin America promotes deforestation.
“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?
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.
“Political polarization won’t help us progress on the 2030 Agenda”
CDE Director Peter Messerli on Switzerland’s Country Report 2018 on progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, on missed opportunities – but also on positive developments in sustainability issues in Switzerland.
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.