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Gunnar 1 Introduction What Is Efd Today


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Gunnar 1 Introduction What Is Efd Today

  1. 1. Environment for Development – Making a difference with research What is EfD today? Second EfD Annual Meeting Lake View Hotel, Beijing November 3, 2008
  2. 2. Objectives of EfD <ul><li>Address the capacity gap – train environmental economists in poor countries; </li></ul><ul><li>Address the analytical gap – do research on poverty and environment; </li></ul><ul><li>Address the communication gap – communicate research to policy processes; </li></ul><ul><li>Address the institutional gap – create platforms to ensure that resources reach the academic capacity to analyze pressing environmental and poverty concerns. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives of this meeting <ul><li>Improve ongoing EfD research </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new research proposals for 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop research themes for 2010-2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen our policy outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about environmental issues, especially in China </li></ul><ul><li>Cherish our social capital </li></ul>
  4. 4. EfD Today: <ul><li>Menale Kassie: Status of research </li></ul><ul><li>Karin Backteman: Visits to the EfD website </li></ul><ul><li>Gunnar Köhlin: Why thematic research? </li></ul><ul><li>Center presentations </li></ul>
  5. 5. What should be special about EfD? <ul><li>Good academic programs with close links to the ”real world” </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating research environments </li></ul><ul><li>Havens to come back to after a PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term interaction with policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic, collaborative research that draws on EfD centers and international network </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why thematic research in the EfD? <ul><li>Because we can do it! EfD is different from many other research projects through its size, time span and geographical scope. </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility: to researchers and policy makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding: It is easier to explain to Sida what we are doing and why. </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership: Devolution of administration and greater independence to researchers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What do we mean by a theme? <ul><li>A delimitation that encourages a group of researchers to interact to improve research quality and policy relevance; </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers from more than one EfD center; </li></ul><ul><li>Long-run: three years with possible extension; </li></ul><ul><li>Clear leadership in planning, budget allocation and reporting of the theme; </li></ul>
  8. 8. More on themes <ul><li>Designated page on the EfD site with link to publications, activities, links, discussion forum; </li></ul><ul><li>It could arrange research workshops, policy workshops and other activities etc; </li></ul><ul><li>Strong links to both domestic and international policy processes. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Definition of a theme <ul><li>Specific enough to spark off research; </li></ul><ul><li>Broad enough to be flexible; </li></ul><ul><li>Defined in a dimension that enables both research rigor and policy relevance. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Existing themes on website <ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Parks and wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Policy design </li></ul><ul><li>+ energy, health, water </li></ul>
  11. 11. Themes in the meeting program <ul><li>Park management </li></ul><ul><li>Climate policy </li></ul><ul><li>Common property resource management </li></ul><ul><li>Tenure reform </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation to climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem services </li></ul><ul><li>Urban air quality </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thematic discussions should: <ul><li>Frame the themes </li></ul><ul><li>Identify potential members of the group </li></ul><ul><li>Outline content of theme </li></ul><ul><li>Identify policy processes </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the planning process </li></ul>