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Expert NameProf. Dr. Hans Hurni
TitleProf. Dr. phil. nat.
DivisionSwiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, CDE
InstitutionG.B. Plant Institute of Himalayan (Environment and Development)
Telephone41 31 631 88 76
Work Experience1. Initiator of a research partnership approach and global network relating to mitigation for syndromes of global change ; 2. Initiator of global consortium programme World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT; since 1992) 3. Syndrome mitigation research inrelation to natural resources and ecology; Soil erosion process assessments and modelling at different scales ; Agroecological zonin an mapping using different tools;
Qualifications1975 Master's Degree in Geography, University of Bern 1978 Teacher's Diploma, University of Bern 1980 PhD in Natural Sciences, University of Bern 1990 Venia Docendi in Geography, University of Bern 1997 Titulary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern 2002 Extra-ordinary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern 2009 Ordinary full professorship in Geography and Sustainable Development, University of Bern
Number of Publications207
Awards2007: Norman Hudson Memorial Award of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, ‘for his outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation and the successful WOCAT programme for documenting sustainable land management worldwide’ 1980: First prize of the Faculty of Science, University of Bern, for his distinguished PhD thesis on ‘Climate change and the dynamics of altitudinal belts from the last cold period to the present day’.
Other Activities1. Editor-in-chief, international journal ‘Mountain Research and Development’ (since 2000) 2. Coordinating Lead Author, Conceptual Framework, International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) (2005-2008) 3. Editorial Board Member, AMBIO, a journal of the human environment (since 1998) 4. President, World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC; vice president since 1998, president 1991-1997) 5. Member of Board of Directors, World Soil Information (ISRIC), Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands (2002-2006)
Publications1. Hurni, H., Herweg, K., Portner, B. and HP. Liniger. 2008. Soil erosion and conservation in global agriculture. In: Braimoh, A. and L.G. Vlek (eds), ‘Land use and soil resources’. Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 41-71 2. Gete Zeleke and H. Hurni. 2001. Implications of land use and land cover dynamics for mountain resource degradation in the northwestern Ethiopian highlands. Mountain Research and Development 21(2): 184 – 191 3. Hurni, H., Wiesmann, U. and T. Kohler. 2001. Mitigating the syndromes of desertification: the requirements for transdisciplinary research and information exchange. In: Desertification Convention. Data and information requirements for interdisciplinary research. Proceedings of the international workshop held in Alghero, Italy, 9 to 11 October 1999. Edited by G. Enne, D. Peter, D. Pottier. Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, pp. 9-17 4. Hurni, H., Wiesmann, U., Anton, P. and P. Messerli. 2004. Initiating research for mitigating syndromes of global change in different contexts. In: Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 1. Bern: Geographica Bernensia, pp. 11-30 5. Hurni, H. et al. 1996. Precious earth: from soil and water conservation to sustainable land management. ISBN 3-906151-11-5. 89 pp.
DisciplineSoil Science
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