• National Green Tribunal bans crop burning in India

    Farm studies by SANDEE researchers identify the reasons for burning in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

  • Research Dissemination in NCDS, Orissa

    tathya - a leading newspaper in Bhubaneswar covers SANDEE researcher Unmesh Patnaik's research study

  • Economics of Climate Change

    Analysis of climate change impacts, adaptation measures, mitigation strategies, and institutions and policies for long-term adjustment to climate change

  • Improving the environmental performance of Pakistan's textile sector

    Pakistan's textile industry

  • Ecosystems Management

    Analysis of ecosystem changes, conserving ecosystems, and institutional arrangements to manage ecosystem services

  • Nepal Earthquake Relief Support Fund

    Rebuilding School to Support Children's Education

  • Policies and Programs for Greener Development

    Evaluation of different environmental policies, regulations and programs and their implications for sustainable development

news and events

SANDEE Research Study published in Environmental and Resource Economics

This paper describes the design, implementation and results of a uniform-price reverse auction and real payment system to incentivize the avoidance of open-field burning of rice straw by smallholder farmers in Nepal. The main objective of the study was to reveal the private costs to farmers of avoiding rice straw burning. The study used survey and auction data from a sample of 317 farmers from 18 villages in Southern Nepal. Using a sealed bid one-shot reverse auction a level of payment .. read more

How to Stop the Pollution Caused by Burning Rice Residue? A Study from Bangladesh, by Mohammed Ziaul Haider

Rice is the most important crop in Bangladesh. Rice straw, produced as a by-product, can be used for many purposes. However, farmers burn a great deal of straw, contributing to a range of environmental pollution problems including atmospheric brown clouds and black carbon. This Brief examines farmer behaviour in Bangladesh and discusses whether farmers can be induced to use other methods to get rid of rice residue. read more

The Happy Seeder: An Agricultural Solution to Air Pollution in South Asia, SANDEE Research Study by Ridhima Gupta

One of the key environmental problems facing South Asia is a layer of air pollution, known as the Atmospheric Brown Cloud that covers large parts of the region. Much of this pollution is caused by farmers burning agricultural field residue. This pollution has a significant negative impact on people's health and on regional climate and crop output. A recent SANDEE study from India's Punjab region looks at the factors that drive field residue burning. read more

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The Public and Private Benefits from Organic Farming in Pakistan

Organic agriculture can benefit both the environment and farmers in Pakistan. Growing organic crops can be at least as profitable as growing conventional crops because of lower input costs and higher output prices. For instance, in the..read more

Ground water and farm incomes at risk from climate change in Tamil Nadu, India

Research from South India suggests that climate change will affect ground water availability with serious and negative implications for agriculture. Any increase in temperature above a threshold of 34.3 degree centigr..read more

Demand for Piped Drinking Water and a formal Sewer System in Bhutan

In this study, we estimate demand for sewage connections and piped drinking water in Bhutan. To estimate household willingness to pay for these services, we use data from a sample of 18,766 households surveyed through the Bhutan Liv..read more

Visitor entrance fees can pay for marine turtle conservation at the Rekawa sanctuary in Sri Lanka

To protect endangered turtles that nest in one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka wildlife officials need to consider increasing the entrance fee charged for turtle watching. Researc..read more

Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture - Implications for Food Production in Tamil Nadu, India

Policy makers in India need to pay careful attention to the potential impacts of climate change on food production. Research in Tamil Nadu suggests that rice and sorghum yields are likely to decline because ..read more

Does REDD+ Work? Examining the Ecological and Economic Impacts of a Pilot Programme in Nepal

Paying communities to preserve and manage their local forest resources using the internationally recognized REDD+ approach can be a practical and effective way to combat climate change. A ‘before-and-af..read more

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SANDEE's mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to undertake research on the inter-linkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental changeand to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies.
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SANDEE's 31st Biannual Research and Training Workshop, Dec. 10 - 13, 2015
Kathmandu, Nepal

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Valuing and Designing Payment Systems for Ecosystem Services, A short course held in conjunction with EAERE 2016... APPLY NOW

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SANDEE's Executive Director Prof. E. Somanathan gave a keynote address on 'The Impact of Temperature on Productivity and Labor Supply: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing', in EfD's 9th Annual Meeting held in Shanghai, China from November 5-8, 2015

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