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Independent experts nominated by country party

Hans Hurni

Prof. Dr.
First name
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
Soil Science
Soil and water conservation
UN languages spoken



Geographical Focus
Job function
Prof. Dr. phil. nat.
Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, CDE
Telephone number
41 31 631 88 76
Work experience
1. Initiator of a research partnership approach and global network relating to mitigation for syndromes of global change ; _x000D_
2. Initiator of global consortium programme World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT; since 1992)_x000D_
3. Syndrome mitigation research inrelation to natural resources and ecology;_x000D_
Soil erosion process assessments and modelling at different scales ;_x000D_
Agroecological zonin an mapping using different tools;
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
1975 Master's Degree in Geography, University of Bern_x000D_
1978 Teacher's Diploma, University of Bern_x000D_
1980 PhD in Natural Sciences, University of Bern_x000D_
1990 Venia Docendi in Geography, University of Bern_x000D_
1997 Titulary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern_x000D_
2002 Extra-ordinary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern_x000D_
2009 Ordinary full professorship in Geography and Sustainable Development, University of Bern
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. 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 _x000D_
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 _x000D_
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 _x000D_
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_x000D_
5. Hurni, H. et al. 1996. Precious earth: from soil and water conservation to sustainable land management. ISBN 3-906151-11-5. 89 pp.
Other activities
1. Editor-in-chief, international journal ‘Mountain Research and Development’ (since 2000) _x000D_
2. Coordinating Lead Author, Conceptual Framework, International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) (2005-2008)_x000D_
3. Editorial Board Member, AMBIO, a journal of the human environment (since 1998)_x000D_
4. President, World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC; vice president since 1998, president 1991-1997)_x000D_
5. Member of Board of Directors, World Soil Information (ISRIC), Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands (2002-2006)
2007: 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’_x000D_
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’.
Organisation name
University of Bern
Organisation street address
Hallerstrasse 12, 3012
Organisation city
Organisation country