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Hans Hurni

portrait Prof. em. Hans Hurni
Founding president, CDE

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Mailing Address:

Augasse 322B
-3762 Erlenbach im Simmenal

Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 88 22
Phone2: +41 (0) 31 631 88 22
E-mail: hans.hurni(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 88 22
Phone2: +41 (0) 31 631 88 22
E-mail: hans.hurni(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
independent member of Board of Governors, ICIMOD; founding trustee, University of Central Asia (UCA);

Key Publications of Hans Hurni (up to ten) :
Implications of Land Use and Land Cover Dynamics for Mountain Resource Degradation in the Northwestern Ethiopian Highlands (MRD Vol 21/2);
The Implications of Changes in Population, Land Use, and Land Management for Surface Runoff in the Upper Nile Basin Area of Ethiopia (MRD Vol 25/2);
Land degradation, famine, and land resource scenarios in Ethiopia. World soil erosion and conservation. Cambridge studies in applied ecology and resource management, pp. 27-61;
Global change research for sustainable development. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 15–42.

Expertise of Hans Hurni:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeExpert Type
Scientific / Fundamental Research
Research Interface / Management
ScopeImpact of Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Mitigation of Change
Topic AtmosphereClimate
Topic HydrosphereHydrosphere
Precipitation / Runoff
Topic CryosphereGlaciers
Permafrost / Solifluction
Topic PedospherePedosphere
Soil Formation
Soil Degradation / Erosion / Desertification
Topic BiosphereAnimals
Topic Integrated SystemsLife Cycle
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseAgriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Food Security
Land Cover / Land Use / Landscape
Topic TechnologyTechnical Environmental Protection
Topic Politics/LawConventions / Protections
Topic SocietySociety
Population Dynamics / Migration / Urbanisation
Employment / Social Security / Poverty
Education / Communication / Participation
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
Local / Community
Time FramePast
Past: Historical / Archeological
Past: Quarternary
Recent / Today
Statistical FocusMean Change / Trends
Time ScaleSeasonal / Annual
Decadal / Centennial
Data Collection
Data Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Policy Analysis and Formation
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
GeoForum Geo-TechnologyCartography
GeoForum Environmental-TechnologyEnvironmental Technologies
Civil and Rural Engineering
Alpine ConventionAlpine Convention
AC Mountain Agriculture
AC Spacial Planning / Sustainable Development
AC Soil Conservation
Biodiversity Convention Thematic AreasThematic Areas
Agricultural Biodiversity
Forest Biodiversity
Mountain Biodiversity
Biodiversity Convention Cross Cutting IssuesSustainable Use of Biodiversity
Protected Areas
Rio Agreements / Biodiversity-related Conventions
Mountain Research InitiativeMRI Research area
Long-term monitoring and analysis of indicators of environmental change in mount
Integrated model-based studies of environmental change in diff. mountain regions
Process studies along altitudinal gradients and in associated headwater basins
Sustainable land use and natural resources management
Latin America
Central Asia
Hindu Kush Himalayas

Specialties of Hans Hurni:
Sustainable Land and Water Management and Climate Change:
Strategies and technologies to increase resilience to climate variability and climate change as well as options for carbon sequestration. Impacts of biofuels: impacts of biofuels and other mitigation strategies on society and natural resources.

Last update: 1/11/19
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