SIDA's Director General Charlotte Petri Gornitzka opened a workshop on May 5th in Stockholm, Sweden on environmental economics as a strategy for sustainability. The workshop was a part of SIDA's regular Development talks program, where different activities supported by Sida that contribute to a better world are show cased. The Environmental Economics - Pathways to a Sustainable Future workshop brought together economists and ecologists from Sweden and around the world and discussed the efforts of regional environmental economics networks SANDEE, EEPSEA, CEEPA and LACEEP in understanding the nexus between environment and economic development.
The workshop was opened by SANDEE Founder Board member Sir Partha Dasgupta from Cambridge University who spoke of the importance of local ecosystems and local action in addressing global problems because systems differ across the globe and solutions are not universally replicable. The earth, resilient as it is, is being significantly disturbed by human activity argued Carl Folke of the Beijer Institute and Stockholm Resilience Center, who laid out the planetary boundaries that are being crossed as a result of human activity. Thomas Sterner of Gothenburg University deliberated on the use of different policy instruments that could potentially help balance planetary needs and economic development. The discussion of global problems and local solutions was followed by an assessment of regional attempts at connecting economic development, poverty and environmental changes. Directors from the regional environmental economics networks and Gothenburg's Environment for Development Centers showcased examples of how environmental economics matters and what has been done to build capacity to address the complex problems we face. The Development Talks Workshop enabled a lively discussion between Swedish stakeholders and colleagues from around the world working on economics and the environment.
SANDEE's mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to undertake research on the inter-linkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental changeand to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies.
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