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Nepali Women and Foreign Labour Migration

Jaganath Adhikari , C. Bhadra, K. Gurung, Gurung, Ganesh Gurung, Ganesh, B. Niroula, Seddon, David Seddon, David, 2006

The process whereby Nepali women migrate to foreign countries for work and the consequences of their migration, in terms of its impact on Nepali economy and society, are both poorly understood even though women's migration abroad is not a recent phenomenon. Indeed, women have been migrating on a seasonal, temporary, and permanent basis for more than two centuries.
The research on which this report is based was conducted with a view to enhancing our understanding of the different aspects of women's foreign labour migration. The 'problems' associated with women's migration have been much emphasised by the media, but it is impossible to understand the phenomenon and to develop effective and appropriate measures and mechanisms to support women migrants if we do not have a comprehensive and reliable picture of women's migration as a whole and of its implications for Nepalese economy and society. The research reported here will help build such a picture.

NIDS, 211 pp., Kathmandu: UNIFEM

Transnational Land Deals for Agriculture in the Global South. Analytical Report Based on the Land Matrix Database

W Anseeuw, M Boche, Thomas Breu, Markus Giger, J Lay, Peter Messerli, K Nolte, 2012

Bern, Switzerland; Montpellier, France; Hamburg, Germany: CDE/CIRAD/GIGA.

Ethiopia and the Nile

Dilemmas of National and Regional Hydropolitics

Yacob Arsano, 2007

Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Natural resources contested in autonomous councils: Assessing the causes of ethnic conflict in North-East India.

Sanjay Barbora, 2009

Constitutional arrangements for peripheral areas in India reflect the national government’s instrumentalist attempts at decentralising bureaucratic and administrative control in far-flung (essentially hill) areas. Karbi Anglong is one of the two hill districts in Assam where there are special constitutional provisions for indigenous ethnic groups to elect and run their own councils. The constitutional provisions allow for nominal control over forest and land by allocating certain areas of the territory to the Autonomous Council, which then re-allocates these areas to its political constituencies. This article explores the reasons why, despite the constitutional efforts at decentralisation of powers to Autonomous Councils, violence between different ethnic groups and the state continues to define the civic and political discourse in
Anglong district.

In: Geiser U, Rist S, editors. Decentralisation Meets Local Complexity: Local Struggles, State Decentralisation and Access to Natural Resources in South Asia and Latin America. Bern: Geographica Bernensia, pp 191-215.

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Land Reform and Exclusion of Poor People

Jagat Basnet, 2008

This article attempts to find a way to grant poor people's rights to the land they cultivate. It takes a look at the question of land reform in Nepal and develops suggestions for future actions ensuring sustainable peace and livelihood security. In order to do this, the historical process of land controlling, the present situation as well as the role of different institutions and organizations in securing land rights are analyzed before suggestions for future actions are made.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 141-162.

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El trabajo frente al espejo

Continuidades y rupturas en los procesos de construccion identitaria de los trabajadores

Osvaldo R. Battistini, 2004

Buenos Aires, Prometeo Libros

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Chaco boliviano paraguayo. Desafíos en perspectiva transfronteriza

Chali O. Bazoberry , 2012

La Paz, Bolivia: Instituto para el Desarrollo Rural de Sud-américa (IPDRS).

Conflict Transformation in Central Asia

Irrigation disputes in the Ferghana Valley

Christine Bichsel, 2008

This book provides the first systematic analysis of peace-building in Central Asia for inter-ethnic conflicts over water and land in the Ferghana Valley based on concrete, in-depth and on-site investigation. The core analysis centres on peacebuilding projects in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by three international aid agencies – an international NGO, a bilateral governmental donor and a multilateral agency – and the shared approach which the donors developed and used for conflict transformation. Using ethnographic case material, the author critically examines both the theoretical assumptions guiding this approach and its empirical outcomes when put into practice. Building on existing work in conflict transformation and the ethnography of international assistance in Central Asia, the book sheds light on Western attempts to transform the post-socialist societies of Central Asia and provides fresh empirical data on and insights into irrigation practices, social institutions, and state and identity formation in the Ferghana Valley.

The book was published by Routledge in its Central Asian Studies series.

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Assessing "Dependency": Food Security and the Impact of Food Aid on Livelihoods in Mugu

Miriam Bishokarma, 2012

Protected areas and indigenous peoples in Bolivia and Peru: Dilemmas, conflicts, and ways out.

Sebastien Boillat, Jamil Alca Castillo, Alex Alvarez, Valeria Biffi, Peter Larsen, Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, Dora Ponce, Stephan Rist, Elvira Serrano, 2010

Recognition of the limitations of the traditional ‘fortress approach’ to governance of protected areas has led to a new model that seeks to reconcile environmental conservation with human development and promote participation by local populations. Based on a comparative analysis of four case studies in Bolivia and Peru, the present article shows the processes, problems and potentialities that emerge from the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the governance of protected areas. It demonstrates that there are many political, economic, social and cultural obstacles to reconciling conservation with development. [...]

In: Hurni H, Wiesmann U.; with an international group of co-editors (eds). Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. University of Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp. 501-515

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Struggling “Ontological Communities”: The Transformation of Conservationists’ and Peasants’ Discourses in the Tunari National Park in Bolivia

Sebastien Boillat, Jaime Delgadillo Pinto, Dora Ponce, Stephan Rist, Elvira Serrano, 2009

In: Haller T, Galvin M, editors. People, Protected Areas and Global Change. Perspectives of the NCCR North-South Nro.3. P. 31-73

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The Tajik Pamirs

Challenges of Sustainable Development in an Isolated Mountain Region

Thomas Breu, Hans Hurni, 2003

Bern, Centre for Development and Environment

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Syndrome des Globalen Wandels als Ansatz interdisziplinären Lernens

Ein Handbuch mit Basis-und Hintergrundmaterial für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer

Martin Cassel-Gintz, Dorothee Harenberg, 2002

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Nouakchott la ville nouvelle

Jerome Chenal, Isakha Diagana, 2009

In: Chenal J, Pedrazzini Y, Cissé G, Kaufmann V, éditeurs. Quelques rues d’Afrique. Observation et gestion de l’espace public à Abidjan, Dakar et Nouakchott. Lausanne : Les éditions du Lasur, pp 33-48.

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Movimientos sociales y ciudadania

Manuel de la Fuente, Marc Hufty, 2007

La Paz, NCCR North South, IUED, Plural

Innovación Tecnológica, Soberanía y Seguridad Alimentaría

Freddy Delgado, Cesar Escobar, 2009

This book presents a critical analysis of the potentials and constraints of past and present models of developing agrarian innovations.
These innovations had low to non-existent impacts on the sovereignty and security of food production. They focused on linking indigenous food production to a market economy that was not able to guarantee reasonable prices to farmers, preventing them from covering production costs and basic needs for their livelihoods.
The attempt to overcome this one-sided policy in order to develop agrarian innovations in the context of a dialogue among scientific, indigenous and popular forms of knowledge was presented as an institutional experience developed by AGRUCO. This experience was developed during the last 15 years with active support from the Centre for Development and Environment, NCCR North-South and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Ciudades en la frontera

Aproximaciones críticas a los complejos urbanos transfronterizos

Haroldo Dilla, editor, 2008

Santo Domingo, Grupo de Estudios Multidisciplinarios Ciudades y Fronteras

Globalización e intermediación urbana en América Latina

Haroldo Dilla, 2004

Santo Domingo, FLACSO-República Dominicana

Socioeconomic Atlas of Vietnam

A Depiction of the 1999 Population and Housing Census

Michael Epprecht, Andreas Heinimann, 2004

Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South and Geographica Bernensia, Bern

The Geography of Poverty and Inequality in the Lao PDR

Michael Epprecht, Andreas Heinimann, Peter Messerli, N. Minot, 2008

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People, Protected Areas and Global Change

Participatory Conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe

Marc Galvin, Tobias Haller, 2008

"This is an important contribution to the literature on protected areas and the political ecology of natural resource management and conservation. It provides a very timely analysis of "participatory" PA governance and management, examining "new paradigm" PA approaches which - in policy and rhetoric if not always in practice - offer alternatives to the fortress conservation approaches that have so often proved environmentally ineffective, socially disastrous and morally questionable. The editors and 31 contributors "tried to determine how the participatory approach to conservation evolved in specific settings and who profits from the new approach." Drawing on research by 13 research groups working in diverse regions of the global South (South America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia) and in Switzerland, the book offers a set of coordinated case studies that are attentive to historical, geographical, political, social, and economic contexts and dynamics." Stan Stevens, Univ. of Massachusetts

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Frontier Encounters: Indigenous communities and settlers in Asia and Latin America

Danilo Geiger, Marina T. Campos, Christian Erni, Søren Hvalkov, Sabino Padilla, Jr., Devasish Roy, Ranabir Samaddar, 2008

Poverty and the maldistribution of land in core areas of developing countries, together with state schemes for the colonization of unruly peripheries, have forced indigenous peoples and settlers into an uneasy co-existence. On the basis of case study material from various Asian and Latin American countries, Frontier Encounters identifies characteristic patterns of interaction between these groups, explores the dynamics of some of the open conflicts that dot the map of the two continents, and situates them in the context of the politics and economics of the “frontier”.

Daniel Geiger is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Luzern, Switzerland. He has lectured on political anthropology and indigenous movements. His research experience includes fieldwork in the Philippines and Indonesia. Under the auspices of the NCCR North-South, he has coordinated a comparative research project on conflicts between indigenous communities and settlers in South and Southeast Asia.

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Livelihood strategies of internally displaced people in Western Nepal: Some observations

Anita Ghimire Bhattarai, S Pokharel, Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2010

The livelihood strategies of internally displaced people are affected by the various factors and the new contexts that they encounter in the host communities. This topic has also been of great interest in the broader framework of migration studies. Taking the case of the Rajhena Camp in the Western Terai, Nepal, this Chapter examines
the livelihood strategies of conflict-induced internally displaced persons using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (DFID 2002) and the Rural Livelihood System (Baumgartner 2006) as analytical tools. This Chapter attempts to understand how the circumstances endured by internally displaced persons affect their capacity
to build assets or capitalise on available assets and, thus, shape their livelihood strategies. This chapter also discusses the relevance of livelihoods frameworks in studying the livelihood strategies of special categories of people.

In: Upreti BR, Müller-Böker U, editors. Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal. Kathmandu: South Asia Coordination Office, pp 217-256.

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Nepal Migration Year Book 2010

Anita Ghimire Bhattarai, Jaganath Adhikari , Gurung, Ganesh Gurung, Ganesh, Rajbanshi, Ashok Rajbanshi, Ashok, Susan Thieme, Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2011

The South Asia office of the NCCR North-South and the Nepal Institute of Development Studies have published The Nepal Migration Year Book 2010. The book provides data on various aspects of migration such as the different forms of migration, the number of migrants, and their remittances.

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Nepal Migration Year Book 2011

Anita Ghimire Bhattarai, Jaganath Adhikari , Ghana Gurung, Susan Thieme, Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2012

The general objective of Nepal Migration Year Book 2011 is to provide factual, comprehensive and non-partisan data and analysis of the developments and trends of migration to, within, and from Nepal, and to put this into context. This volume covers the period of January-December 2011.
More specific objectives are:
- To review the general status and trends of migration for the stated period;
- To account for national laws, regulations, plans and programs on migration;
- To review efforts by both public and private sector to protect the migrants.

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Reconciling biodiversity conservation priorities with livelihood needs in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal

Ghana Gurung, 2006

Human Geography Series 2006, Vol. 23. Department of Human Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich. 192 pp. ISBN 3-906302-06-7

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Guidelines for Integrative Training in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research Settings: Hints and Tools for Trainers of Trainers

Karl Herweg, Natalie Schäfer, Anne B. Zimmermann, 2012

Research on global change and sustainable development issues requires a transdisciplinary approach, which implies close cooperation both between different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinarity), and between scientists and other societal actors. This, in turn, calls for a training approach that supports this type of research. We refer to this training as “integrative training”, i.e. training that integrates students from different scientific disciplines, brings together researchers and practitioners, and takes into account different cultures in academic training. The training is based on “case-study-based learning”, implemented in 8- to 10-day courses in environments that offer options for 2- to 3-day fieldwork activities on complex global change issues. The present guidelines offer practical assistance for trainers who wish to design, plan, and conduct training events in complex research settings. Print copies are available at: nccr-north-south[at]cde.unibe.ch

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Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research

Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl, Urs Wiesmann, Elisabeth Zemp, 2008

Springer

Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research: The emergence of Transdisciplinarity as a Form of Research

Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl, Urs Wiesmann, Elisabeth Zemp, 2007

By transgressing disciplinary paradigms and surpassing the practical problems of single actors, transdisciplinary research is challenged by the following requirements: to grasp the complexity of the problems, to take into account the diversity of scientific and societal views of the problems, to link abstract and case specific knowledge, and to constitute knowledge with a focus on problem-solving for what is perceived to be the common good. Transdisciplinary research relates to three types of knowledge: systems knowledge, target knowledge and transformation knowledge, and reflects their mutual dependencies in the research process. Research that addresses problems in the life-world comprises the phase of problem identification and problem structuring, the phase of problem investigation and the phase of bringing results to fruition.

In: Hirsch Hadorn G et al, editors. Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Springer Verlag.

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La reconstrucción de lo público

Movimiento social, ciudadanía y gestión de agua en Cochabamba

Sabine Hoffmann, Bernardo Rozo, Luis Tapia, Jorge Viaña, 2006

La Paz, Muela del Diablo

¿A dónde va Bolivia?

Gobernancia, gobernabilidad y democratización

Marc Hufty, Claude Auroi, Manuel de la Fuente, 2005

La Paz: Plural Editores, NCCR North-South

Jeux de gouvernance

Marc Hufty, Alexandre Dormeier Freire, Vanessa Neumann, Pauline Plagnat, 2007

Paris, Karthala, iuéd

A World Soils Agenda

Discussing International Actions for the Sustainable Use of Soils

Hans Hurni, Konrad Meyer, 2002

Bern, Geographica Bernensia

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Context, conceptual framework and sustainability indicators. Agriculture at a crossroads. Global report. Chapter 1.

Hans Hurni, 2009

IAASTD Report

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Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships

Hans Hurni, Urs Wiesmann, 2010

Humankind today is challenged by numerous threats brought about by the speed and scope of global change dynamics. A concerted and informed approach to solutions is needed to face the severity and magnitude of current development problems. Generating shared knowledge is a key to addressing global challenges. This requires developing the ability to cross multiple borders wherever radically different understandings of issues such as health and environmental sanitation, governance and conflict, livelihood options and globalisation, and natural resources and development exist.

Global Change and Sustainable Development presents 36 peer-reviewed articles written by interdisciplinary teams of authors who reflected on results of development-oriented research conducted from 2001 to 2008. Scientific activities were – and continue to be – carried out in partnerships involving people and institutions in the global North, South and East, guided by principles of sustainability. The articles seek to inform solutions for mitigating, or adapting to, the negative impacts of global dynamics in the social, political, ecological, institutional and economic spheres.

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Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management in the Highlands of Ethiopia

Hans Hurni, Salomon Abate , Berhanu Debele, Ernst Gabathuler, Eva Ludi, Brigitte Portner, Birru Yitaferu, 2010

The Ethiopian Highlands cover over 50% of the country and are home to more than 90% of Ethiopia's population of over 80 million people (estimate for 2010); 60% of the livestock and 90% of the area suited for agriculture are also located here. Although more than 90% of the Highlands was once forested, today a mere 20% of this area is covered by trees, and the percentage
of forest cover is less than 4%. This is evidence of a high incidence of degradation of vegetation in the past, which has continued to the present. Land-use and land-cover changes have been particularly dynamic in the 20th century, during which climate change also began to have effects; wildlife in natural habitats have been restricted to those few areas that were preserved naturally due to rugged topography or natural aridity. Soil erosion has been severe throughout the Highlands, but mainly on agricultural land; the current
severity and extent of soil degradation seriously threaten food security. [...]

In: Hurni H, Wiesmann U, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 5. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 187-207.

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Research for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change

A Transdisciplinary Appraisal of Selected Regions of the World to Prepare Development-Oriented Research Partnerships

Hans Hurni, Roland Schertenleib, Urs Wiesmann, 2004

Bern, Geographica Bernensia

Soil erosion and conservation in global agriculture

Hans Hurni, Karl Herweg, Hanspeter Liniger, Brigitte Portner, 2008

Land-use change is one of the main drivers of many environmental change processes. It influences the basic resources of land use, including the soil. Its impact on soil often occurs so creepingly that land managers hardly contemplate initiating ameliorative or counterbalance measures. Poor land management has degraded vast amounts of land, reduced our ability to produce enough food, and is a major threat to rural livelihoods in many developing countries.
To date, there has been no single unifying volume that addresses the multifaceted impacts of land use on soils. This book has responded to this challenge by bringing together renowned academics and policy experts to analyze the patterns, driving factors and proximate causes, and the socioeconomic impacts of soil degradation. Policy measures to prevent irreversible degradation and rehabilitate degraded soils are also identified.

In: Braimoh AK, Vlek PLG, editors. Land Use and Soil Resources. Dordrecht, The Netherlands; London, UK: Springer, pp 41–71.

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Soils on the global agenda

Developing International Mechanisms for Sustainable Land Management

Hans Hurni, Markus Giger, Konrad Meyer, 2006

Bern, Geographica Bernensia on behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

Management Plan for the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Site

Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Association, 2005

Naters and Interlaken (Switzerland), Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Association

This Management Plan outlines measures to ensure the long-term preservation of the unique Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn (JAB) World Heritage Site and discusses ways in which its value can be leveraged by the surrounding region. The Management Plan addresses all groups within the administration, the general population, the business sector and civil society who are involved and
interested in the protection and use of the World Heritage Site and its surrounding region. It represents a binding obligation on the part of the JAB World Heritage Site Association to initiate and coordinate the implementation process.

Available for download and purchase from: Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Association

"I am the Household Head now!"

Gender Aspects of Out-migration for Labour in Nepal

Heidi Kaspar, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS)

Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research: Sustainable River Basin Management in Kenya: Balancing Needs and Requirements.

Boniface Kiteme, Urs Wiesmann, 2012

This chapter presents an example of transdisciplinarity based on 25 years of continuous research in the upper Ewaso Ng’iro north basin on the north-western slopes of Mount Kenya. It shows how the research facility evolved from a district and project planning support institution, based on needs, to a regionally oriented and integrated facility addressing the requirements of sustainability. Projecting on the basis of long-term implications of changes in ecological processes and socio-economic and institutional dynamics on water availability, research activities were embedded in a multilevel, multistakeholder transfer strategy to ensure integration of scientific and local knowledge systems and long-term ownership of preferred interventions. In conclusion, the chapter lists seven recommendations on salient issues of transdisciplinary research.

In: Hirsch Hadorn G et al, editors. Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Springer Verlag.

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Dealing with sanitation, environmental dynamics and disparities: Research partnerships in Southeast Asia.

Thammarat Koottatep, 2010

In: Hurni H, Wiesmann U, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 5. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 331-341.

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Where the Land is Greener

Case studies and analysis of soil and water conservation initiatives worldwide

Hanspeter Liniger, William Critchley (eds.), 2007

Bern, World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)

Double-Edged Hydropolitics on the Nile

Linkages between Domestic Water Policy Making and Transboundary Conflict and Cooperation

Samuel Luzi, 2008

This thesis focuses on domestic processes of water policy making in Egypt and Ethiopia in the context of transboundary conflict and cooperation in the Nile Basin.
It presents results at two different levels. First, the water sectors of Egypt and Ethiopia are analyzed with regard to their capacity to jointly design and implement effective and sustainable strategy for transboundary river development. Second, the study produces general insights regarding the nature of transboundary river conflicts and the challenges of conflict mitigation.

PhD Thesis, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) Zurich, Switzerland

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Managing Water in a Dynamic Setting: The Challenges of Change in Central Asia

Daniel Maselli, Mira Arynova, Viktor Bilenko, Natalia Ershova, Natalia Ivanova, Hanspeter Liniger, 2010

This paper summarises research activities related to water and water management carried out mainly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan between 2002 and 2008, and anchors them in a broader regional water management context. Results show that climate change and socio-political transformation processes have heavy impacts on the condition of natural resources as well as on people's livelihoods. While rapid glacier retreat is providing more water for agriculture, river flow modelling suggests a forward shift of the main water discharge from the end of July to June. This may lead to more acute water shortages in the lowlands towards the end of the summer period. Dilapidated irrigation infrastructure, institutional failures, and inappropriate use of water by inexperienced farmers are the main reasons why less than 30% of the water reaches its final destination. [...]

In: Hurni H, Wiesmann U, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 5. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 223-239.

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Socio-economic Atlas of the Lao PDR

An Analysis based on the 2005 Population and Housing Census

Peter Messerli, Michael Epprecht, Andreas Heinimann, 2008

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Innovative tools for environmental sanitation planning and river basin management

Agnes Montangero, Thammarat Koottatep, Christoph Lüthi, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Monika Schaffner, Roland Schertenleib, Narong Surinkul, 2010

In: Hurni H, Wiesmann U, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Global Change Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 5. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 343–356.

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Greywater Management in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Antoine Morel, Stefan Diener, 2006

Dübendorf, EAWAG

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Nepal Migration Year Book 2009

North-South NCCR, NIDS, 2011

Information on migration is very rare at present. People involved in research, planning as well as policy and advocacy demand it much. In view of consolidating information on migration, we first published Migration Year Book in 2006. It received very positive response. That encouraged us to publish similar Year Books in the following years continuously including additional information on students’ migration and other pertinent issues. This Migration Year Book 2009 is an outcome of it. This issue tries to include information on the undocumented labour migration leading to casualties and fraudulent cases. It also highlights the internal migration, migration between India and Nepal, and the Internally Displaced People within the country. We hope that this issue helps researchers, policy-makers, members of different political parties, students and general public.

Access to Land Resource: Dalits and their Livelihood Insecurity.

Purna Bahadur Nepali, 2008

Historical distribution of land in Nepal does not reflect a spirit of social justice. Only a few people owned or had control over land in the name of Birta, Jagir and other land entitlements.
In an agrarian society like Nepal, there is no off-farm opportunity to make better income. Also, there is no social security policy for the Dalits so that they constantly face hunger and food insecurity. Dalits' livelihood is miserable and vulnerable. Various kinds of informal institutions such as the Balighare, Khalo and Khan Pratha existed in the traditional agrarian system of Nepal. These were discriminatory and exploitive in form. This unjust situation is further compounded by the Hindu caste system of untouchability. Hence, Dalits today are marginalized people on each sphere of life, and their human rights are being continuously violated.
Therefore, the state has to take some bold steps in enunciating a future scientific land reform program in order to bring about equitable changes.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 163-184.

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Migration Year Book 2007

NCCR North-South, 2008

Although migration has played an important role in keeping the Nepalese economy from falling due to conflict, there is very little information about migration and its status, problems and challenges.
NIDS has been trying to update those concerened about migration with this Migration Year Book 2007. This present volume aims to provide information on migration and related information including data analysis, current trends and issues relating to migrant workers. It reviews existing policy, regulations, plans and programmes which affect the migrant workers and the effort of government and private sector agencies to promote the prospects of overseas employment.

“No somos juguete de nadie…”

Análisis de la relación de movimientos sociales, recursos naturales, Estado y descentralización

Shirly Orozco Ramírez, Álvaro Garcia Linera, Pablo Stefanoni, 2006

“We are Nobody’s Plaything…”
Decentralization, Social Movements and Natural Resources. Case Studies from Bolivia

La Paz, Plural Editores

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La violence des villes

Yves Pedrazzini, 2005

Alliance of independent publishers

Principles for Designing Transdisciplinary Research

Christian Pohl, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, 2007

Proposed by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

This book is proposed by the transdisciplinarity-net, which is a project supported by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It offers a means of designing transdisciplinary research. The tools presented here help structure the research process, in particular with a view to: adequately reducing the complexity of a problem field, taking into account the multiplicity of perspectives, embedding research into the social context, and adapting concepts and methods in the course of the research process. This publication shows how these tools can be used in the three phases of a transdisciplinary research process: identifying and structuring the problem, analyzing the problem and bringing results to fruition.

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Gender and Sustainable Development

Case Studies from NCCR North-South

Smita Premchander, Christine Müller, 2006

Bern, Geographica Bernensia

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Inclusion and Transformation

An Introductory Remark

Kailash Nath Pyakuryal , 2008

This book on "Nepal: Transition to Transformation" is the outcome of a national conference jointly organized by the Kathmandu University (KU) and the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR North-South) and held in Kathmandu on June 22, 2007. All the papers included here were originally presented in that conference.
In sum, the papers in this volume provide valuable insights in the state-of-art of the comtemporary Nepal and the roadmap that lies ahead for it. In particular, issues relatd to the post-conflict situation and ways to transform Nepal are well described. I strongly believe that the discourse contained in these papers as well as analysis of issues in relation to transition and transformation could be of interest to the policy makers, planners, politicians, researchers and scholars in Nepal and outside alike.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 1-13.

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Nepal: Transition to Transformation

Kailash Nath Pyakuryal , Sagar Raj Sharma, Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2008

This book presents accounts of how Nepal is moving from a feudal, centralized, exclusionary monarchical state to an inclusive, federal republican nation. The book contains the role of the ten years of the armed conflict and the popular people's movement of April 2006 to bring enormous political and social changes in Nepal. The book also examines the role of foreign aid, situation of internally displaced people, relationship between land and conflict, and issues of pluralism, diversity and integration. Finally this book gives succinct ways forward for establishing political change and socio-economic transformation.

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Pluralism, Diversity and National Integration.

Kailash Nath Pyakuryal , 2008

Nepal is still emerging as a nation state. Consequently, a great deal of social conflict accompanies such nation building. Empirical evidences show that differences exist between different caste and ethnic groups and also between geographical regions. Cultural discrimination on the basis of caste, ethnicity, religion, language, and regionalism is equally an inherent phenomenon of statehood and creation of minorities in Nepal.
The key to attaining national integration is respecting and recognizing pluralism and diversity and empowering various groups of people on equal footings. Nepal is a country where none of the ethnic/caste groups is the majority. Social transformation calls for a thorough reform in legislation. The time has come to acknowledge that is is necessary to work out, with involvement of all social actors, a new body of laws consonant with that long-standing cultural and ethnic diversity which represents the deep roots of real Nepal.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 185-199.

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Atlas - Amenazas, vulnerabilidades y riesgos de Bolivia

R.B. Quiroga, J.C. Espinoza Morales, L.A. Salamanca, G.C. Torrico, 2008

A unique atlas presenting threats, vulnerabilities and risks in Bolivia has just been published (in Spanish). The atlas is considered a highly relevant instrument for improving the management and mitigation of the ever-present natural risks in Bolivia.

According to Hernan Tuco, Vice-Minister of Civil Defence of the Bolivian Government, the atlas will serve as a “reference to the national, departmental and municipal authorities for taking decisions regarding containment and prevention of major disasters”.

Within the framework of the NCCR North-South, the atlas is a direct result of the Transversal Package Project (TPP) on ‘Social Vulnerability and Resilience’ and a related PAMS (Partnership Actions) project. The atlas was developed as a joint-venture between the Vice-ministry of Civil Defence and researchers of the NCCR North-South, OXFAM and the Foundation for Participatory Communitarian Development (Fundepco). The team of authors were lead by Luis Salamanca of the NCCR North-South.

For more details see ‘Agencia Boliviana de Informacion’ and ‘La Razon’.

To order the atlas, please contact Manuel De La Fuente in Bolivia or Stephan Rist in Switzerland.

Movimientos sociales, Género y Gobernanza

«El comedor los pibes, una fábrica de Trabajo y de Sueños»

Isabelle Rauber, Norberto Inda, Alvaro San Sebastian, 2007

Buenos Aires, NCCR North South

Marketing Compost

A Guide for Compost Producers in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Jonathan Rouse, Silke Rothenberger, Christian Zurbruegg, 2008

The many benefits of compost to agriculture, the environment and society are
often poorly understood and little appreciated. As a result, compost producers
around the world face great difficulties selling their high-quality products.
This book is designed to help compost producers in low and middle-income
countries run viable initiatives by unlocking the financial value of their product. It includes practical advice, templates and inspiring examples of how
marketing techniques have been used in composting initiatives around the world.

Dübendorf, Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag).

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Dilemmas in Participatory Forest Management in Northwest Pakistan: A Livelihoods Perspective.

Babar Shahbaz, 2009

This book attempts to unterline the livelihoods perspective of participatory or joint forest management initiatives in NWFP. The main aim is to understand the linkages between rural livelihoods, the role forests play in the livelihoods and the impact of (changing) forest governance on these livelihoods.
The analysis revealed that in the NWFP model of joint forest management, the provincial Forest Department maintains the priorities of forest conservation, while local people's top priorities are to secure the financial means they require for living and related basic needs. The book shows that this divergence of expectations was not taken into consideration during the reform process. Mistrust and lack of effective communication between main stakeholders are identified as another factor hindering the effectiveness of the participatory approach. Likewise the interventions had not taken care to include the poor and marginalised sections of the community.

To order this publication, please contact Regina Kohler at the Division of Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

Donor-driven participatory forest management and 'Local Social Realities': Insights from Pakistan.

Babar Shahbaz, Tanvir Ali, 2009

This paper analyses a participatory forest management initiative in the milieu of local social realities (such as customary forest use, power relations and livelihood concerns) and the actors who are part of these realities. The paper shows that the donor-driven decentralisation of forest management did not consider traditional practices of forest use, nor did it attempt to engage customary institutions and local civil society in the process. Though new institutions (joint forest management and Village Development Committees) have been established for implementation of participatory forest management and land use plans at the village level, the paper shows that responsibility delegated by the state to these institutions concerns protection of the forests rather than management. A mismatch between local livelihood concerns and the institutional change process is also revealed.

In: Geiser U, Rist S, editors. Decentralisation Meets Local Complexity: Local Struggles, State Decentralisation and Access to Natural Resources in South Asia and Latin America. Bern: Geographica Bernensia, pp 249-273.

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Role of Foreign Aid in Transformation.

Sagar Raj Sharma, 2009

In short, the general perception among the Nepalese is that foreign aid made life more pleasant and rewarding for a limited few and that it has done little to promote the production of wealth, or to breed political responsibility, or to encourage people to help themselves. By doing so it has allowed successive governments to avoid correcting their mistakes.
In order to transform this nation into a 'New Nepal', all the stakeholders need to reform themselves, starting from the political parties to the donor community. The stubborn and un-reforming attitude of the political parties is being assisted by the 'business as usual' attitude of the other stakeholders. AID cannot be blamed for all the mistakes made in the projects it bankrolls. However, by providing a seemingly endless credit line to governments regardless of their policies, AID effectively discourages governments from learning from and correcting their mistakes.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors.
Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 49-75.

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Making a Living in Uncertainty: Agro-Pastoral Livelihoods and Institutional Transformations in Post-Socialist Rural Kyrgyzstan

Bernd Steimann, 2011

Why is rural Kyrgyzstan experiencing widespread poverty and a considerable divide between the wealthy and the poor – despite twenty years of independence and sustained efforts to reform the rural economy? Drawing on an innovative livelihoods perspective with a focus on institutions, the author illustrates how the Kyrgyz agrarian reforms of the 1990s have fundamentally altered rural property relations. Not only have the reforms redefined the economic value and social significance of land and other resources, they have redefined the livelihood prospects of the rural population. Existing disparities between the asset-rich and the asset-poor have been reinforced, and their social relations have increasingly become embedded in a poorly regulated economic system.

The book provides a vivid example of the long-term effects of an agrarian “shock therapy” and shows how the introduction of seemingly “robust” institutions runs the risk of widening the existing gap between the rich and the poor.

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"We are as Flexible as Rubber!"

Livelihood Strategies, Diversity and the Local Institutional Setting of Rubber Small Holders in Kerala, South India

Balz Strasser, 2009

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Indian natural rubber sector has been affected by trends towards trade liberalisation, a reduced role of the State, and organisational reforms. Rubber cultivators in Kerala - around 1 million holders cultivating an average 0.5 ha of rubber plantation - have been affected by these processes in different ways. It is hypothesised that growers - especially the ones located in agro-ecologically marginal rubber areas - are coping with these changes with diversified income-generating strategies. The book shows that the different types of holdings have specific management strategies and ways of dealing with risks. Furthermore, there is evidence that specific local institutions and organisations can hinder and/or support the income generation of the different types of holdings.

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Livelihood Assets Atlas: Mountainous Districts of NWFP (Pakistan)

Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Sahab Haq, Gulbaz Ali Khan, Rana Nazir Mehmood, Babar Shahbaz, 2009

For poverty reduction interventions to be effective, it is important to understand the multiple livelihood assets, livelihood activities and multiple sources of vulnerability faced by the poor. In addition to recognizing these activities, using livelihood approaches requires an attempt to understand the processes that underlie poverty, and the social, cultural, political, and institutional contexts in which poor people live. Although the individual, household, and community are the primary levels of analysis, livelihood approaches seek out the relevant interactions at micro, meso, and macro levels. In this backdrop, the main objective of this “Livelihood Assets Atlas” is to provide a comparative depiction of the indicators of livelihood assets which are assumed as poverty reducing factors.

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Social Networks and Migration

Far West Nepalese Labour Migrants in Dehli

Susan Thieme, 2006

Münster, LIT-Verlag

A decade of armed conflict and livelihood insecurity in Nepal

Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2010

This chapter looks at the different sources of the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal and their interrelationship with livelihood insecurity. The complexity and interwovenness of the different causes is highlighted and their collective impact on the livelihoods of the poor and marginalised people examined.

In: Upreti BR, Müller-Böker U, editors. Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal. Kathmandu: South Asia Coordination Office, pp 9-47.

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Addressing livelihood insecurity and the need for further research

Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2010

The livelihoods of people in conflict-ridden countries like Nepal are threatened by various conventional and non-conventional factors. The decade long conflict and the ongoing peace process have altered the livelihood options in Nepal, creating new options while constraining others. This Chapter highlights the need for a proper understanding of livelihoods in Nepal in the current transitional context to develop a response strategy to address livelihood insecurity and to capitalize on the opportunities brought about by the political changes in the country. It also suggests some areas for further research and analysis.

In: Upreti BR, Müller-Böker U, editors. Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal. Kathmandu: South Asia Coordination Office, pp 257-271.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Bishnu Raj Upreti, Ulrike Müller-Böker, 2010

This book looks at livelihood insecurity and social tension in Nepalese society. Conceptual links between livelihood insecurity, social tension and conflict in Nepal have seldom been made. Therefore, we examine this relationship from different perspectives. Nepalese experts, campaigners, academic and non-academic scholars engaged in the fields of public policy analysis, food rights and globalisation, livelihoods, conflict transformation and social change were invited to contribute their views and analysis. Their contributions provide the reader with a wide range of perspectives on livelihood insecurity and social conflict. Another aim of the book is to test the explanatory power of the livelihood approaches and to enrich the livelihood perspective by constructive and evidence-based criticism.

In: Upreti BR, Müller-Böker U, editors. Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal. Kathmandu: RCO South Asia, NCCR North-South, pp 1-7.

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Conflict Induced Displacement:

An Emerging Phenomenon of Internal Migration in Nepal.

Bishnu Raj Upreti, Anita Bhattarai-Ghimire, 2008

In Nepal, the ten years of armed conflict between the state and the C P N (Maoists) has uprooted thousands of people from their homes and communities. They are facing tremendous difficulties.
The objective of this article is to analyze the status, trend and dilemmas faced by the IDPs, and to initiate a debate on the urgency of addressing the IDP issues.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 101-139.

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Land Politics and Conflict in Nepal:

Realities and Potentials for Agrarian Transformation

Bishnu Raj Upreti, Jagat Basnet, Sagar Raj Sharma, 2008

Land has always been one of the major causes of armed conflict and structural violence in Nepal. Land is also a source of feudal socio-economic structure in the country. Hence, examining land issues from these perspectives is crucially important to initiate fresh debates on the potential contribution of land reform in the transformation process and addressing the problems of landlessness in the changing political context.
This is an effort of researchers and practitioners to examine various aspects of land related issues in Nepal. This work particularly focuses on conflict and exclusion of marginalized people in access to and control of land resources and associated power dynamics in Nepal.

Partnerships in Development-oriented Research: Lessons Learnt and Challenges Ahead

Bishnu Raj Upreti, Guéladio Cissé, Berhanu Debele, Anne B. Zimmermann, 2012

The challenges posed by global change processes require concerted responses from the development, research, policy, and practitioners' communities in the global North and South. A means of developing the societally relevant knowledge and holistic understanding necessary to inform such responses is through research partnerships. Research partnerships between the North and South can ensure that context-specific knowledge is generated. Transdisciplinary research partnerships can help move societies in the South and North towards more sustainable development by establishing links between research, policy, and practice. Research partnerships are a promising path to a sustainable future, but establishing and maintaining them over great distances and cultural boundaries is not without challenges.

This book is based on experiences made during a 12-year research programme, the NCCR North-South. lt highlights the factors determining the development of capacity in the South to produce knowledge for dealing with global change issues. lt describes the programme's achievements, but also the challenges it faced and its innovative responses to these challenges. In short, this book makes policy recommendations on what it takes to make research partnerships between the North and South successful. As such it is aimed at funders of research and development interventions, policymakers, development practitioners, and researchers themselves.


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Resistance Movements in Conflict Transformation and Social Change.

Bishnu Raj Upreti, 2008

The April movement of 2006 has fundamentally questioned the feudalistic, centralized and exclusionary political system presided over by the monarchy in Nepal. It has also paved the way for a broader socio-political transformation and the ushering of a federal republic structure of the state.
Based on the experiences of the 19-day-long people's peaceful resistance movement, it is argued that the conventional concept of civil society needs to be redefined based on the potential of civil movement in changing the political system and shaping the future of the nation-state. The author concludes that non-violent resistance movement has a great prospect of settling conflict and building peace.

In: Pyakuryal KN, Upreti BR, Sharma SR, editors. Nepal: Transition to Transformation. Kathmandu: HNRSC, NCCR North-South, pp. 15-48.

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The Remake of a State: Post Conflict Challenges and State Building in Nepal

Bishnu Raj Upreti, Safal Ghimire, Kailash Nath Pyakuryal , Sagar Raj Sharma, 2010

State building is a highly debated topic these days, whether referring to war-torn Iraq, conflict-ridden Afghanistan, or any number of other countries facing or recovering from acute instability. Questions of physical reconstruction and socio-economic transformation are especially crucial. The issue of state building has recently gained in importance in South Asia, particularly in the aftermath of conflicts in Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Remake of a State presents expert analysis, conceptual frameworks, and case studies relevant to sustainable state building in Nepal.

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Welt der Alpen - Erbe der Welt

Die UNESCO Welterbe-Region Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn

Astrid Wallner, Elisabeth Bäschlin, Martin Grosjean, Toni Labhart, Ursula Schüpbach, Urs Wiesmann, 2007

Bern, Haupt Verlag

Social Learning Towards a Sustainable World

Arjen E. J. Wals (editor), 2007

Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen

Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research: Enhancing Transdisciplinary Research: A Synthesis in Fifteen Propositions

Urs Wiesmann, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl, Elisabeth Zemp, 2007

The debate on transdisciplinarity is still fairly young and the process of transdisciplinary research is still being developed. This final chapter is an attempt to stimulate the debate on, and the development of, transdisciplinary research.With the 15 propositions, the editors of the Handbook take a position on the definition, scope and process of transdisciplinary research; then we give hints on how to deal with some of the most persistent stumbling blocks in transdisciplinary practice; and finally, we highlight the corner stones needed to face the scientific, the institutional and the societal challenge.

In: Hirsch Hadorn G et al, editors. Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Springer Verlag.

Available from: Springer Verlag.

Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives

Urs Wiesmann, Hans Hurni, 2011

Achieving sustainable development requires knowledge-based and value-conscious social, political, and economic decisions and actions at multiple levels. Research aiming to support sustainable development must co-produce knowledge at the interfaces between disciplines, between science and society, between knowledge cultures in the global North, South, and East, and between global visions and local realities, while remaining rooted in solid disciplinary foundations. Research for Sustainable Development presents 29 articles in which interdisciplinary teams reflect on the foundations of sustainability-oriented research, on concepts, tools, and approaches to overcome the challenges of such research, and on specific issues of sustainable development.

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Welt der Alpen - Gebirge der Welt

Urs Wiesmann, François Jeanneret, Markus Schwyn, Doris Wastl-Walter, 2003

Bern, Haupt Verlag

Organisation and Finance of International Labour Migration in Nepal

Simone Wyss, 2003

Kathmandu, Pilgrims Book House

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