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CDE’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development in countries of the North, South, and East, through:

- research partnerships

- education and training

- development of concepts and tools

- raising awareness,

- policy advice.

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CDE focuses on:

- management of natural resources,

- integrated regional development, and

- interventions that mitigate syndromes of global change.

CDE places special emphasis on:

- highland-lowland interactions, and on

- high-potential – low-potential

- centre – periphery relationships.

CDE employs disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. Linking analysis and synthesis, and combining high-end and low-end methods, such as GIS-based earth observation and participatory field-based approaches, are typical of our programmes.

CDE supports the principles of subsidiarity, empowerment and partnership, while acknowledging the importance of research, planning and decision-making at regional, national and international levels.

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Library Resource
Articles et Livres
décembre, 2019

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the popular perception of rangelands and their management is that these vast areas have major problems without solutions: the common narrative focuses on overgrazing, herds of undernourished livestock, erosion and desertification, drought, famine, and conflict.

However, evidence compiled and analysed in this book show that such a view of rangelands – as being unproductive and mismanaged systems – does not reflect reality. It needs reconsideration and revision.

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Articles et Livres
décembre, 2018
Cambodge, Laos, Myanmar, Thaïlande, Viet Nam

The Mekong region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – is in the midst of profound social and environmental change. Despite rapid urbanization, the region remains predominantly rural. More than 60 per cent of its population live in rural areas, and the vast majority of these people are engaged in agriculture.

Library Resource
Articles et Livres
décembre, 2018
Asie, Chine, Cambodge, Laos, Myanmar, Thaïlande, Viet Nam
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Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II

Rapports et recherches
décembre, 2016

Land acquisitions continue to be an important trend

Large-scale land acquisitions continue to be an important issue for governments, development organisations, NGOs and farmers’ organisations all over the world; this remains the case even in times of global economic slowdown, recession and crisis. The scale of this trend and its significant impacts on rural transformation and livelihoods make it necessary to further monitor, observe and positively influence such deals wherever possible.

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Rapports et recherches
janvier, 2013
Global, Laos

The land concession inventory is the result of a trilateral cooperation between the Lao government, Switzerland, and Germany. Representatives from the three partners jointly introduced the document published by MoNRE, the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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Articles et Livres
décembre, 2012

Humankind currently faces interconnected, worldwide challenges of feeding our rapidly growing population while simultaneously preserving our natural resource base, adapting to climate change, and creating or maintaining favourable living conditions for present and future generations. The world’s population is growing exponentially. It is expected to rise from seven to more than nine billion people in the next few decades.

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Exploração dos Recursos Florestais em Cabo Delgado Relatório do trabalho de campo em Namiune, Nkonga e 5º Congresso

Rapports et recherches
janvier, 2011
Afrique, Afrique sub-saharienne, Mozambique
O objecto deste relatório são os utilizadores dos produtos florestais e os efeitos da conjugação
das suas estratégias e actividades extractivas na sustentabilidade dos recursos naturais e no
desenvolvimento sustentável da região. O objectivo é contribuir para a compreensão dos
efeitos da utilização da floresta pelos diversos utilizadores na sustentabilidade do recurso. O
estudo analisa o papel desempenhado pelos Comités dos Recursos Naturais (CRN) na
exploração da floresta.
Library Resource
Rapports et recherches
janvier, 2011

Swidden agriculture is often deemed responsible for deforestation and forest degradation in tropical regions, yet swidden landscapes are commonly not visible on land cover/use maps, making it difficult to prove this assertion. For a future REDD+ scheme, the correct identification of deforestation and forest degradation and linking these processes to land use is crucial. However, it is a key challenge to distinguish degradation and deforestation from temporal vegetation dynamics inherent to swiddening.

Geographical focus: 

The recent transition to market economy and
creation of land market has led to increased land
speculation. In the face of weak legal frameworks
and institutions for their protection, the land access
of women and men farmers, especially those
(mostly ethnic minorities) living in upland shifting
cultivation areas, is at risk. Land governance will
be a central issue in any political dialogue with
ethnic leaders. The rapidly evolving political
environment presents both opportunities and risks
for equitable land governance.

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