On July 5-6, the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) organizes the conference "Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education" in Kigali (Rwanda) to involve African intellectuals in identifying solutions and actions aimed at improving the areas of school and university education, research, funding and cooperation. All in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. Among the key speakers are: Mr. Aliko Dangote, Owner Dangote Group and Co-Chair of SDGC / A Board; Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Her Excellency Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations. The Conference includes four thematic sessions: 1. The Enabling Environment in Education - Excellence in Teaching and Learning; 2. Research - Scholarly Work; 3. Building Reputable University Systems in Africa; 4. Knowledge for Development - Transforming Societies.
FEEM participates in the conference within the framework of its scientific networking activities and commitment to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’s Goals.
According to the 2017 Global Risks Report issued by the World Economic Forum, climate change ranks second among the underlying trends able to affect global development over the next 10 years. This may represent both an opportunity and a risk for companies that need to improve the degree of information about the strategies they intend to adopt to face climate-related risks. The volume “Rischi climatici: mitigazione e disclosure nelle imprese italiane”, edited by Prof. Stefano Pareglio, presents the results of the research project DeRisk-CO (Disclosure, Measurement, Management and Mitigation of Climate-Related Risks for Companies) started by FEEM in 2016.
The volume is the first of the “Percorsi” series that will publish works related to local or national projects, local reports and papers on more general topics.
The report "Nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas – developing an impact evaluation framework" is the outcome of a request from the European Commission DG Research and Innovation to develop an assessment framework to evaluate the multiple benefits, disservices, trade-offs and synergies of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). The main purpose of the request is to apply this framework to H2020-funded NBS demonstration projects for increasing urban resilience to climate change. The report was produced within the EKLIPSE project by 15 experts with a broad range of expertise. FEEM researcher Margaretha Breil, an expert in urban planning and in urban and environmental policies, contributed to the report.
The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has been initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital for sustainable development. Under the auspices of UNEP and based on the inputs from National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance, the Report of the Italian National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance "Financing the Future", edited by MATTM and UN Environment, has been launched in Rome on February 7, 2017.
The IAERE Young Environmental Economist Award 2017 has been assigned ex-equo to Shouro Dasgupta, FEEM, CMCC and University of Venice, for the paper "Impact of Climate Change on Malaria: A Quantile Regression Analysis", and Claudia Ghisetti, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, for the paper "Demand-pull and environmental innovations: estimating the effects of innovative public procurement". The IAERE Award is given to the best paper presented by a young economist at the Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE). The 2017 Award was announced at the Fifth IAERE Annual Conference on February 16-17, 2017.
The kick-off conference of the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) was held in Kigali on 28 January 2017. SDGC/A is an initiative promoted by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). SDGC/A develops concrete action plans and coordinates the SDSN network in Africa to support governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. The conference was the occasion to present the Africa Report 2030 “How Africa Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The report identifies the main themes and regions that require policy action to achieve the SDGs within 2030. FEEM was invited to the event and is pleased to publish the full report and press release in European preview.
This new volume by FEEM Researcher Simone Tagliapietra investigates the current status and future prospects of energy relationships in the Euro-Mediterranean region. By adopting a political economy perspective, it provides insight into regional cooperation in the fields of natural gas and renewable energy. The author posits that regional energy relations have yet to be examined through a comprehensive analytical framework in order to realistically assess the potential role of energy in acting as a catalyst for greater economic and political cooperation in the region.
Energy resources in the Mediterranean is the focus of the new issue of Equilibri, the Italian journal published by FEEM with il Mulino. In their opening article, Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra argue that Europe should urgently rethink its policies in the Mediterranean area to give a tangible and sustainable contribution to the economic development of South Mediterranean countries. In this framework energy could be the first step of the process aimed at reinforcing regional cooperation.
Exposure to climate models’ predictions affects policymakers and climate negotiators less than the informed general public. But the right presentation format can improve forecasts’ effectiveness. These are the conclusions drawn by FEEM researchers V. Bosetti, L. Berger, M. Tavoni and co-authors in the article “COP21 climate negotiators’ responses to climate model forecasts” recently published in Nature Climate Change.
The first edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects aiming to solve the world’s toughest problems, was released on January 31, 2017 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Youth Solutions Report is an initiative of the SDSN Youth, the global youth division of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It aims to amplify the capabilities of youth in generating broader buy-in for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FEEM is hosting institution of SDSN Italia and, among others institutions, supporter of the Youth Solutions Report initiative.
Hong Kong is a densely populated coastal metropolis exposed to intense and potentially overlapping hydro-meteorological hazards, including heat waves, typhoons, and landslides. The article “Multi-hazard risk assessment of two Hong Kong districts” by FEEM researchers K. Johnson, M. Breil et al. presents the results of a GIS-based assessment of present day risk to socio-natural hazards in two districts of Hong Kong. Mapping hazards and vulnerabilities helps to visualize the spatial distribution and concentrations of risk located throughout the city, and thereby facilitates the tailoring of measures that can reduce risk at the very local scale.
Since 2008 FEEM has carried out research on sustainable tourism in the Basilicata region as a driver of local development. In the latest FEEM Press volume “Il turismo nei Parchi. Analisi del potenziale competitivo delle aree protette: il caso Basilicata”, FEEM researchers Livio Chiarullo, Delio Colangelo and Marcella De Filippo analyze the competitive potential of tourism in the protected areas of this region.
Washington Post and Houston Chronicle articles cite the NBER and FEEM working paper “Bridging the Gap: Do Fast Reacting Fossil Technologies Facilitate Renewable Energy Diffusion?”. The paper, co-authored by FEEM researcher Elena Verdolini with Francesco Vona (OFCE Sciences-Po and SKEMA Business School) and David Popp (Syracuse University and NBER), discusses the role of fossil-based power generation technologies in supporting renewable energy investments.
This FEEM Working Paper by A. Markandya, E. De Cian, L. Drouet, J. M. Polanco-Martìnez and F. Bosello proposes a methodology to calculate risk premium in case of climate change damage.
“In the presence of uncertainty about climate change damages, are people satisfied to be protected against the "average" outcomes? We show that in fact this is not the case. The presence of risk aversion increases the perceived damage above the average one. We quantify accordingly this "addition" and we re-analyse the decision to mitigate and to adapt in the light of this correction".
"The Truth About Climate Change" report on climate change and the Paris agreement becomes the gold standard after reaching 600 million via radio, TV, print, Internet and the social media. The report is authored by top climate scientists including FEEM Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Carraro.
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