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We are excited to bring to you Hack4Sustainability 2019! It is the first event of its kind to take place at the University of Bern. 
 
Hack4Sustainability is open to students of all disciplines who are passionate about solving our global challenges (Climate Change, Food Production, Health, Education). But all other university members are welcome!

Date & location: December 5th-6th, 2019 @ University of Bern

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HS 2019

Erosion auf landwirtschaftlicher Fläche Schweiz

Forum Nachhaltigkeit: Nachhaltige Landnutzung und -bewirtschaftung in der Schweiz?

Das Nachhaltigkeitsforum bietet Vorträge von Gastdozenten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis, Politik, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft sowie anschließende Plenardiskussionen. Im Herbstsemester 2019 widmet sich das Forum dem Thema «Nachhaltige Landnutzung und -bewirtschaftung in der Schweiz».

 

Die Schweiz verfügt über eine vielfältige Landnutzung, die der Gesellschaft unterschiedliche Ökosystemleistungen erbringt. Nachhaltige Landnutzung und -bewirtschaftung in der Schweiz zu erreichen ist jedoch weiterhin eine wichtige Herausforderung auf lokaler, regionaler und nationaler Ebene. Verschiedene Initiativen und Maßnahmen zur Verringerung der Landumwandlung, des Verlusts der biologischen Vielfalt, der Emission von Treibhausgasen, des Verlusts landwirtschaftlicher Nutzflächen und des Verschwindens kultureller Landschaften spiegeln diese Herausforderung wider.

Ziel dieses Nachhaltigkeitsforums ist es, unter Berücksichtigung ausgewählter Dimensionen, Einblicke in die Herausforderungen und Chancen einer nachhaltigen Landnutzung und -bewirtschaftung in der Schweiz zu gewinnen. Wichtige Fragen sind: Wie ist der Zustand ausgewählter Landressourcen in der Schweiz? Wie verstehen verschiedene beteiligte Akteure die nachhaltige Nutzung und Bewirtschaftung von Landressourcen (Land, Boden, Wasser, Vegetation) in der Schweiz? Was sind die Haupthindernisse für eine nachhaltige Landnutzung und -bewirtschaftung in der Schweiz? Was sind die Kompromisse und Synergien zwischen den konkurrierenden Anforderungen an und der Nutzung von Bodenressourcen in der Schweiz und wie können sie angegangen werden? Welche Maßnahmen, einschließlich politischer Instrumente, werden angewendet und mit welchen Ergebnissen? Welche zusätzlichen Maßnahmen sind erforderlich und wie können sie aktiviert werden?

Ort / Zeit

GIUB Raum 001, Hallerstrasse 12, 3012 Bern

Donnerstags 16:15 - 17:45 Uhr

Programm (öffentlich)

  • 3. Oktober: Adrian Müller (fibl), Sustainable management of grassland-dominat landscapes
  • 17. Oktober: Volker Prasuhn (Agroscope), Gewässerschutz und Landwirtschaft - Erfahrungen und Herausforderungen
  • 31. Oktober: Gian-Reto Walther (BAFU), The policy and practice of managing invasive plant species
  • 14. November: Matthias Bürgi (WSL, GIUB), Research for sustainable management of landscapes
  • 28. November: Gudrun Schwilch (BAFU, CDE), Operationalizing land degradation neutrality for Switzerland
Programm (PDF, 440KB)

09.05.2019

plenary session IPBES 2019

«Weltbiodiversitätsrat warnt vor drastisch beschleunigtem Artensterben»

Am 6. Mai 2019 hat die zwischenstaatliche Plattform IPBES ihren Bericht über den aktuellen Zustand von Biodiversität und Ökosystemleistungen vorgelegt. Andreas Heinimann vom Geographischen Institut (GIUB) und dem Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) der Universität Bern hat als einziger Schweizer Wissenschaftler unter den Hauptautoren an einem Kapitel des Berichts mitgearbeitet. Weitere GIUB Mitglieder, aus dem Unit Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Sébastien Boillat und Chinwe Ifejika Speranza haben als «contributing authors» zu einem anderen Kapitel des Berichtes beigetragen.

Fazit der ersten weltweiten wissenschaftlichen Analyse seit 2005: Der Verlust an biologischer Vielfalt und Ökosystemen stellt inzwischen eine Bedrohung für das menschliche Wohlergehen dar.

 

Medienberichte

Uniaktuell (Interview A. Heinimann)

https://www.uniaktuell.unibe.ch/2019/wir_muessen_den_schutz_der_natur_mit_dem_gesellschaftlichen_nutzen_verbinden/index_ger.html

© Radio SRF, 6 Mai 2019 (Tagesgespräch mit A. Heinimann & Eva Spenh)

https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/tagesgespraech/der-mensch-zerstoert-seine-lebensgrundlage

© Swissinfo, 8 Mai 2019 (Interview mit A. Heinimann)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/biodiversitaet_der-planet-steht-vor-dem-abgrund/44948660

© RSI TV Telegiornale (Tagesschau), 6 Mai 2019 (Interview A. Heinimann)

https://www.rsi.ch/play/tv/telegiornale/video/06-05-2019-specie-a-rischio-estinzione?id=11732864

© Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ, 6. Mai 2019

https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/biodiversitaets-bericht-fordert-auch-schweiz-heraus-ld.1479829

© Le Matin, 6 Mai 2019

https://www.lematin.ch/monde/extinction-especes-saccelere-inquiete/story/10688885

© La Libertè , 6 Mai 2019

https://www.laliberte.ch/news-agence/detail/un-rapport-alerte-sur-l-acceleration-de-l-extinction-des-especes/516214

 

19.03.2019

Task Force Rural Africa group picture

Neue Publikation - AN AFRICA-EUROPE AGENDA FOR RURAL TRANSFORMATION, Report by the Task Force Rural Africa

The European Comission Task Force on Rural Africa, in which Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza (Institute of Geography, University of Bern) is a member, has published its report: “AN AFRICA-EUROPE AGENDA FOR RURAL TRANSFORMATION, Report by the Task Force Rural Africa”.

 

According to the commissioners Josefa Leonel Correira Sacko (Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission), Neven Mimica (International Cooperation & Development), and Phil Hogan (Agriculture & Rural Development), the report…

  • recognizes the new reality of Africa and Europe as global partners on an equal footing, and that each region must steer its own development.
  • argues that the solution to agriculture will be found beyond agriculture, through a territorial approach to rural development in the widest sense.
  • stresses the importance of good policy as the key to developing the agri-food sector and rural areas.
  • demonstrates that farmers and the food industry are in it together and should work hand in hand to take the new opportunities that the African Continental Free Trade Area will offer and also, build the regional markets needed for Africa’s long term food security.
  • gives a democratic and legitimacy that is at the heart of responsible investment and sustainable development, by recommending to directly involve farmers, cooperatives, civil society, and the private sector in policymaking and in their own futures.

The Task Force recommends the African Union and the European Union to develop a partnership operating on three levels: government to government, business to business, and people to people. In the next months, the European Commission and the African Union will decide how to translate the Report into action on the ground.

Full report: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/report-tfra_mar2019_en.pdf

Further information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1569_en.htm

 

Hand mit Setzling
report-tfra_mar2019_en.pdf (PDF, 1.3 MB)

28.12.2018

Fischer mit Netz

Call for Paper for a Special Issue on “Sustainable Coastal Social-ecological Systems”- International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology

International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology (IF 2.37), has agreed to publish a special issue on sustainable coastal social-ecological systems. All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Guest Editors and if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Justification:

Understanding human-nature interactions is vital for implementing development practices that optimize human well-being and sustain resource utilization. Coastal systems comprising both social and ecological elements of interconnected reliance across multiple scales can be conceptualized as complex socio-ecological systems (SES).  Approximately 40% of global population lives within 100 km of the shore, and global change is rapidly shifting boundary conditions of both human and ecological domains within these coastal SES.  The objective of this special issue is to advance understanding of the sustainability of human-nature interactions within coastal settings through theoretical SES approaches and related analytical methods.

 

Scope and Potential Topics:

We invite original research article, reviews, short research and short communication paper including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches for assessing sustainability of coastal systems by using SES approaches, such as system dynamics modelling, network analysis, agent based modelling, participatory and/or mixed methods
  • Operationalizing SES approaches for management and governance of coastal resources in the context of sustainable development of coastal SES.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of coastal SES
  • Social-ecological system archetypes and co-evolution for coastal SES management
  • Qualitative methods, including case studies, ethnographic and/or grounded theoretical approaches for examining coastal systems;
  • Integrated frameworks for coupling social, institutional, and natural systems in coastal systems analyses;
  • Environmental justice/telecoupling/equity for ensuring the sustainability of coastal SES.

 

Keywords: Social-ecological systems; Coastal systems; Sustainability; Sustainable development; Transdisciplinary

 

Guest Editors:

Name: Dr. Md. Sarwar Hossain

Email: sarwar.sohel@giub.unibe.ch

Affiliation: Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland

Home page: http://www.geography.unibe.ch/about_us/staff/dr_sohel_md_sarwar_hossain/index_eng.html#pane539117 

Interests: Social-ecological systems analysis and modelling, system dynamics modelling, ecosystem services and human well-being, boundaries (e.g. safe and just operating space, tipping point) for sustainable development, coastal management, risk and resilience of social-ecological systems.

Name: Dr. Animesh K. Gain

Email: gain@geographie.uni-kiel.de

Affiliation: Institute of Geography, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany

Home page: http://www.crslr.uni-kiel.de/en/people/post-doctoral-researchers/dr.-animesh-gain.html

Interests: Social-ecological system; coastal management; water resources management

Name: Dr. Kimberly G. Rogers

Email: kgrogers@colorado.edu

Affiliation: Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Home page: https://instaar.colorado.edu/people/kimberly-g-rogers/

Interests: Coupled human-natural systems; coastal hazards related to global change and anthropogenic processes; environmental governance; social-ecological-technical systems

 

Major deadlines

Submission of paper title to guest editors: February 28, 2019

Abstract Submission to guest editors: April 30, 2019

Submission of full Paper to journal: October 30, 2019

Initial review feedback to authors: November 30, 2019

Revised submission: January 30, 2020

Final online publication: February 20, 2020

Submission of a title to Dr Md Sarwar Hossain (e-mail: sarwar.sohel@giub.unibe.ch), Dr. Animesh K. Gain (e-mail: gain@geographie.uni-kiel.de) and Dr. Kimberly G. Rogers (e-mail: kgrogers@colorado.edu) by February 28, 2019.  If you have already prepared your abstract then please submit your abstract and the title to guest editors.    

The guest editorial team completes evaluation of titles and invites authors to submit 300-400 word abstract (max one page): April 30, 2019

The guest editorial team completes evaluation of abstract and invites authors to submit full paper. All papers for the special issue will go through the journal’s normal refereeing process. All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne. 

Please see: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tsdw20&page=instructions for details of preparing and submitting your manuscript

Further information and details on submission process (PDF, 73KB)