The Swedish Interdiscplinary Research Network for Livelihood and Natural Resource Governance, SERN, in cooperation with the Rural and agrarian research cluster at NAI, will under 2011 run the seminar series, "Challenging concepts" at the Library of the Nordic Africa Institute.
International Law and the Exploitation of Natural Resources in Western Sahara. Powerpoint presentation from the seminar (ppt).
The seminar was organized jointly by Stockholm Environment Institute, Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative, the Nordic Africa Institute, Riksdagens tvärpolitiska nätverk för Västsahara, International Commission of Jurists and VästsaharaAktionen.
Seminar announcement (pdf).
By: Yeraswork Admassie, PhD
The Department of Sociology, Addis Ababa University , Ethiopia
The seminar was a collaboration between the Swedish Interdisciplinary Research Newtwork and The Centre for Gender Studies, Stockholm University.
The recent and dramatic global economic crisis coupled with the drop in oil prices may reduce the pressure on Africa as provider of alternative biofuel energy for rich countries. Read an analysis of the African biofuel challenge by NAI Senior Researcher Kjell Havnevik.
In light of recent biofuels development in Sub-Saharan Africa a seminar was organised on May 20 to discuss aspects of SEKAB’s plans for large scale biofuel production in Rufiji District, Tanzania, and the conditions for development and poverty reduction. New information was presented on the location of SEKAB’s plantation that provided for a more realistic and concrete discussion about sustainability, land and poverty issues. The seminar was organized by the Nordic Africa Institute, Stockholm University, World Wide Fund for Nature in Sweden and the Swedish interdisciplinary research network on livelihoods and natural resource governance in Africa (funded by Sida/Sarec). Participants were mainly from universities and civil society whereas important stakeholders such as Sida, Swedish Foreign Ministry and other ministry representatives, politicians, SEKAB did not attend.
The biofuel issue in Tanzania has also been raised by a member of the Swedish Parliament, Bodil Ceballos (MP) whose question to parliament related to SEKABs activities and plans in the country was answered by the Minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, on May 25.
The links provide access to the presentations to the seminar by Kjell Havnevik, NAI, Peter Roberntz, WWF, Sweden, and Tobias Edman, Metria, Karin Holmgren and Mats Widgren, Stockholm University and Lars Johansson, independent film maker, and a comprehensive report from the discussion of the seminar prepared by Maria Widengård.
*The SEKAB Group is one of Europe’s leading ethanol producers.
Kjell Havnevik, The Nordic Africa Institute, and Atakilte Beyene, Stockholm Environment Institute.