ERD 2011/2012: European Report on Development

December 2010 to March 2012

Throughout the world, humanity is putting unsustainable pressure on natural resources and this manifests itself in new challenges and opportunities for developing countries. Water, energy and land are intimately connected. For example, producing more food needs more water and more energy, as well as more land, and developing countries are a frequent target for investment in land for agricultural production. Trying to tackle climate change by producing bio-fuels adds to pressure on land and water. None of us can escape the consequences of the impending resource crisis.

At a meeting on 6 April 2011 in Brussels around 80 eminent academics and high-level policy makers from Europe and the South met to discuss this and what the guiding principles for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012 should be. The following overarching question discussed at the meeting was:

What does the evidence tell us about the appropriate roles of the public and private sector, and their interactions, in managing natural resources for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change?

To put this question into a sharper focus, ERD 2012 will be divided into three main parts:

  1. Context, concepts and frameworks: with attention on the land-water-energy nexus, including such issues as resource-efficient production, water access for productive uses, threats to food security, land acquisitions, and bio-fuels.
  2. Case studies: to illustrate resource scarcity, the major transitions outlined under the land-water-energy nexus, as well as the move towards a global low-carbon world by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  3. Policy implications: pulling together evidence and trends from the case studies that outline best practices and roles for the private sector and options for public-sector engagement, from concrete regulations/subsidies/taxes and punitive steps, to cooperative initiatives including public-private partnerships leading to better natural resource management.

European Report on Development 2011/2012 - Confronting scarcity: managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

Research reports and studies | May 2012 | Dirk Willem te Velde (Overseas Development Institute) James Mackie (European Centre for Development Policy Management) and Imme Scholz (Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik)
The third edition of the European Report on Development focuses on water, energy and land. It examines the constraints on each, the interrelationships between them and then considers how they can be managed together to promote growth in developing countries that is...

The Ministerial Roundtable: Water, energy and food security nexus

Round-table | 13 March 2012 08:30 - 13:00 GMT+00

This roundtable is co-convened by the German Government and the Government of Oman. Participants will discuss how the nexus perspective can be incorporated in local, national and international planning activities and decision making with a focus on water, food...

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Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change: What roles for the public and private sectors? - European Report on Development 2011-2012 consultation

Consultation | 8 - 9 June 2011

The main purpose of this consultation event in Bonn was to inform the analysis and writing process of the European Report on Development 2011-2012, particularly chapters 6 (Water) and 7 (Energy). Various academic authors have been commissioned to write...


European Report on Development 2012, Draft Outline - Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change: what role for the public and private sector?

Working and discussion papers | March 2011
This document is the draft outline of the next European Report on Development – ERD 2012 as presented to the ERD Steering Committee (European Commission + 7 Member States). The working title of the report is: “Effective natural resource management for inclusive and...