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Independent experts nominated by country party

Urs Wiesmann

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Natural Resource Management
Global Change
Sustainable Development
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Geographical Focus
Job function
Prof. Dr. phil. nat.
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Telephone number
+41 31 631 88 69
Work experience
Field research in Swiss Alps, Eastern and Southern Africa, South-East Asia and Central Asia._x000D_
Management of research programmes in East Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia and Switzerland. _x000D_
Co-director of the interdisciplinary ‘Centre for Development and Environment’ (CDE) at the Institute of Geography, University of Bern._x000D_
Deputy Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South on ‘Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change’ and Head of the NCCR Individual Project No. 1 on ‘Conceptual Framework and Methodologies for Research on Syndrome Mitigation’
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Habilitation on ‘Sustainable regional development in rural Africa, University of Bern._x000D_
Venia Docendi in Geography, University Bern, 1998_x000D_
2009 Extra-ordinary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern
Publication titles
1. Kiteme BP, Wiesmann U. 2008. Sustainable River Basin Management in Kenya: Balancing Needs and Requirements. In: Hirsch Hadorn, G., et al. (eds.): Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Heidelberg: Springer: 63-78. _x000D_
2. Ifejika Speranza C, Kitembe B, Wiesmann U. 2008. Droughts and Famines: The underlying factors and the causal links among agro-pastoral households in semi-arid Makueni district, Kenya. Global Environment Change Journal 18 (1): 220-233_x000D_
3. Liniger H, Gikonyo j, Kiteme B, Wiesmann U. 2005. Assessing and managing scarce tropical mountain water resources – these case of Mount Kenya and the semi-arid Upper Ewaso Ng’iro Basin. Mountain Research and Development 25(2): 163-173 _x000D_
4. Hurni, H., Wiesmann, U., Kohler, T., 2001: Mitigating the Syndromes of Desertification: the Requirements for Transdisciplinary Research and Information Exchange. In: Enne, D., et al: Desertification Convention: Data and Information Requirements for Interdisciplinary Research. European Commission, EUR 19496. 9-17._x000D_
5. Wiesmann U., Gichuki, F., Kiteme, B.P., Liniger, H.P., 2000: Mitigating Conflicts over Scare Water Resources in the Highland-Lowland System of Mount Kenya. Mountain Research and Development 20 (1): 10-15.
Other activities
1. Since 2003: Appointed Member of the IHDP Swiss National Commission (renamed commission for Sustainability of the Swiss Academies in 2006). _x000D_
2. Since 1999: Head of the SDC sponsored programme ESAPP (Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme) on sustainable resource management and regional development in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. _x000D_
3. 1998: Organiser of an international conference of the Swiss Priority Programme Environment (SPPE), the Government of Kenya, and the University of Nairobi on “Research, Planning and Conflict Resolution for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” in Kenya, sponsored by SDC and SNF.
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University of Bern
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Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
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