Alexandra Gavilano

Research Associate

Land Resources Cluster

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Alexandra Gavilano
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Land degradation and Sustainable Land Management (SLM), with focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and
  • Chemical analysis of soil properties
  • Soil improving cropping systems put into a socio-cultural and economic context
  • Understanding the potential of solidarity economy for organic farming
  • Knowledge management and monitoring tools, including website and database management and support


  • WOCAT – World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies
  • The importance of the solidarity economy for the development of organic farming in Europe, past and present
  • SoilCare – Soilcare for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe

Further professional interests

  • Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management (SLWRM)
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation, impacts on ecosystems, flora and fauna
  • Ecosystem services and society: Settlement planning, migration, civil wars, and food security
  • Alternative sustainable solutions: Permaculture and agroforestry, renewable energy sources and biodynamic agriculture, pyrolysis and CO2-Sequestration

Field experience

Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Switzerland


German, English, Spanish, French, Portugues

Harari, N.; Gavilano, A. 2017. where people and their land are safer - a compendium of good practices in DRR. A collaboration between the Swiss NGO platform and WOCAT. End of December 2017.

Gavilano, A.; Ingold, K. 2016. Under what conditions does an extreme event deploy ist focal power? Paradigm change during one century of Swiss flood prevention. Working paper.

Gavilano, A. 2016. Case study on the impact of artisanal gold mining on water quality. Working paper.

Bimont, A.; Gavilano, A. et al. 2015. Making the COP21 work. From international to national scope: the impact of climate negotiations on publicaction. La Fabrique Ecologique. CliMates, online (French version).

Bigo, A; Bouges, A.; Dalle, M.-A.; Gavilano, A.; Gutiérrez, D.; Joshi, D.; Sok, S. 2014. Student Solutions to Climate Change – Understanding the water and climate change interaction by local case studies. CliMates, online.

  • WOCAT – World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies
  • Founder and Member of the Pyrolysis AG
  • Founder and Member of
  • Founder and President of the Environmental Platform UP
  • Member of