Internship at the University of Bonn, Germany 2015.

In the period from 23 November to 6 December 2015 the laboratory staff Jacob Hermas and Elena Bondarenko received training on topics economics of land degradation at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Place the internship - research development center (specify translation) ZEF Bonn University. The essence of the internship was to continue working together on a project on the economy of land degradation, together with the head of department, Professor Joachim von Braun, and a senior fellow at ZEF Alisher Mirzabaevym.

During the internship was extended theoretical knowledge of the concept, which is the basis of ZEF research on the problem of the economic assessment of land degradation

 

 

Internship at the University of Bonn, Germany

In the period from 1 to 14 December 2014 the laboratory staff Anton string, Alexei Sorokin, and Arseny Zhogolev visited the University of Bonn, Germany.

The internship took place in the division ZEF, whose staff are studying problems of economic, agricultural and environmental development of the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Feature ZEF - international team and a multidisciplinary approach, economists, mathematicians, geographers, ecologists and soil scientists from different countries working together and trying to find effective ways to solve the acute problems of developing countries. The essence of the internship is to work together on a project on the economy of land degradation, which is supervised by ZEF Head of Professor Joachim von Braun, and a senior fellow at ZEF Alisher Mirzabaev.

The internship lasted for two weeks, and consisted of lectures and workshops, which implies a work on articles. During the introductory lecture Alisher Mirzabaev told about theoretical concept which is the basis of ZEF research on the problem of the economic assessment of land degradation. The key elements of the methodology is to determine the total economic value of land (ECO), taking into account the ecosystem services (the English version of TEV - total economic value), as well as the calculation of the cost of actions against degradation when returning to their original land and the costs of inaction, while maintaining the current land-use practices. The methodology has been developed relatively recently - 5 years ago. At the moment, ZEF staff and colleagues from IFPRI (Washington, USA) has a number of publications on global estimates of the cost of land degradation, as well as in a number of countries and regions. Basically, the problem for the countries of Africa and Asia, which are relevant to the problem of water shortage and soil salinity.

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