Current Research Projects of the Group for Sustainable Land Management




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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Special issues that GIUB is co-organising

Special Issue: "Degradation and Sustainable Management of Land":; Journal: Sustainability
Special issue: Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research”;; Journal: Ecology and Society
Special Issue: "Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate";; Journal: Land

Contact: Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza:


Spectral characteristics of the soil

Soil spectroscopy for measuring sustainable land management

Finanzierung: Gruppe für Nachhaltige Landnutzung, Universität Bern
Mitarbeitende: Simon Oberholzer,  Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

Urban Senegal

Living with water in urban Senegal

Funding: Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme
Personnel: Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika SperanzaDr. Patrick Bottazzi

Forest Management South Africa

Exploring the Knowledge Dynamics Associated with Forest Management for Climate Change Adaptation in South Africa

Finanzierung: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and Swiss-African Research Cooperation

Mitarbeitende: Dr. Ofoegbu C. and Prof. Dr. Ifejika-Speranza C.



Researchers of the unite Sustainable Land Management are members of following Research Clusters of the Geography institute Berne:

Networking and collaborations

  • The unit Sustainable Land Management is a member of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
  • The SLM research group was formed in 1987. Since 1992 it has been directing the WOCAT: World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies global soil and water conservation programme, which is run by the interdisciplinary Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern as of 1 July 2009.
  • Since 2000, the SLM research group has been hosting the editorial office of Mountain Research and Development (MRD), an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the problems and potentials of the world’s mountain regions MRD is hosted by CDE as of 1 July 2009.
  • Management of PhD study programmes within the International Graduate School IGS North-South by T. Breu