A sustainable future

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Development talks

Environmental Economics - pathways to a sustainable future

Uppdaterad: 13 april 2015

When: Tuesday 5 May, 2015
Time: 13.00 – 16:00 (Registration from 12.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Hörsalen)

The human imprint is becoming increasingly pervasive on our planet, from the atmosphere through the biosphere, in all regions of the world. Long-lasting impacts are evident in areas such as climate change, food and water security, overfishing, biodiversity loss and land use, to name a few.

Sustainability will increasingly permeate the future international development agenda, as manifested in UN’s proposed Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This will furthermore affect Sweden’s development cooperation.

The urgency of our global problems places high expectations on 'knowledge-based' evidence: research must be credible, useful for policy responses and ultimately make a real difference to people’s lives, particularly in the developing world. 

Environmental and Development Economics focus on how to best manage environmental and natural resources in order to get a fast transition to sustainable development pathways, where economic prosperity is combined with social justice and a healthy earth system. 

Welcome to a Development Talks focusing on Environmental economics in development cooperation: how can the integration of research and policy recognise and address the interlinkages between the environment, society and the economy? How can it create green development opportunities and solutions at a local, national and international level? And what is needed to tackle the systemic barriers to progress that we are faced with today?

We look forward to a highly interesting discussion with a broad and well-informed group of panellists

The event is free of charge.

A news article from the seminar will be published on our web site afterwards.

Moderator: Dr John Joyce, Chief Economist, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)


12:30 Registration and Coffee

13:00 Introduction
Ms Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida 

Session 1: Policies for the Anthropocene
What does a sustainable future actually look like? The influence of environment and development economics on practical solutions and world decisions in research and policy.

13:10 Setting the stage: Why are environmental considerations critical to economic development and how can we best address this integration? 
Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK

13:20 Earth system resilience and planetary sustainability 
What does a sustainable future actually look like? Reconnecting development to the biosphere in the Anthropocene. 
Prof Carl Folke, Beijer Institute, Stockholm

13:35 Policies for the Anthropocene 
Taking environmental and resilience research to scale. How to design economic policies that allow us to develop our societies, alleviate poverty and still make sure we stay within a safe operating space for the globe.
Prof Thomas Sterner, Economics Department, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

13:50 Comments to previous speakers, followed by short panel discussion
Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK

Session 2: Environment and Development Economics: looking back and moving forward

14:10 Lessons learnt from the last couple of decades of investment in Environmental Economics in Developing countries? Regional overviews (5 speed-talks)
The Brundtland report (1987) identified environmental economics as a potential tool to implement sustainable development. Considering that very few resources were available at the time, a number of capacity building and scientific initiatives were launched. In this session a number of major regional networks report back on their scientific accomplishments, obstacles and concerns and how outcomes can be used to address current developmental challenges and future research.

Associate Prof Francisco Alpízar, the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), Costa Rica
Dr Herminia Francisco, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), the Philippines
Prof Rashid Hassan, Centre for Environmental Economics & Policy in Africa-CEEPA University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr Priya Shyamsundar, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Nepal 
Associate Prof Gunnar Köhlin, Environment for Development initiative (EfD), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

14:45 Coffee and bun

15:05 Panel discussion including questions and comments from the audience 
Dr Anders Granlund (Policy Lead, Environment and Climate, Sida), Dr Anne-Sophie Crépin (Deputy Director, Beijer Institute) and all the above speakers from the regional overview speed-talks 

16:00 End

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