In March 2013, the first European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference took place in Hamburg (Germany). The overarching topic was "Integrating Climate into Action," with the objective of translating shared ideas into action for adaptation to climate change. Such action could ensure reduced vulnerability and growing resilience to climate change in Europe and internationally. The Ecologic Institute presented the results of three projects concerning climate change adaptation issues. The presentation slides are available for download.
In response to the growing pressures from climate change, the maintenance and restoration of natural habitats has emerged as an effective strategy to increase the resilience of ecosystems and support sustainable livelihoods. However, the integration and implementation of such ecosystem-based approaches is still lacking while awareness of the concept and its potential remains substantially low. Sandra Naumann gave a presentation on "The use of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation: barriers and success factors" at the European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCARead more
On Earth Day 2013, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Ecologic Institute officially launched the 2013 Arctic Summer College. Following successful programs in 2011 and 2012, the Arctic Summer College 2013 again creates a network of emerging leaders and experts that are brought together for 8 weeks in web-based seminars (webinars) from 8 July to 26 August 2013 on Mondays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time.
On the occasion of the launch of the 2013 Arctic Summer College, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Europe Program and Ecologic Institute welcomed William M. Eichbaum, vice president of Marine and Arctic Policy of the World Wildlife Fund, R. Andreas Kraemer, Director of Ecologic Institute, and Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, Director of Polar Programs of the National...Read more
This report presents an analysis of the Peatland Rewetting Project in Belarus, which explores the potential of carbon emission reductions from rewetting degraded or depleted peatland located within the Belarusian territory and the opportunity to trade credits representing these reductions in a voluntary carbon market. Peatland rewetting as applied in the Belarus Project represents an ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation and is approached in this report as such. The report is available for download.Read more
As part of the project "Strategic Development of the National Climate Initiative," a discussion on the first draft of potential funding guidelines entitled "Support for small-scale innovation" took place. The goal was to discover, taking expert opinion into account, what a successful support program for such small-scale innovation might look like.
What are the expected impacts of climate change at the regional and local level at the German Baltic Sea coast? How can local stakeholders adapt to these? What kind of scientific information do they need as a basis for implementing such measures? These questions were discussed by 75 scientists in the fields of climate and natural science research, political science...Read more
An expert discussion took place on the premises of Ecologic Institute on 11 December 2012 regarding the possible support of an initiative entitled "100% Climate Protection for Retailers." The support would help retailers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from sales venues, production locations, and logistics.
The concept was developed by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and...Read more
The first meeting of the working group for scientific support of the Master Plan for 100% climate protection – part of the "Strategic development of the National Climate Initiative (NCI)" project – was held in Berlin on 10 December 2012. The meeting allowed the participants to not only get to know each other but also provided them with the oppurtunitiy...Read more
The interdiscplinary research project "European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE) assesses the impacts of environmental crime as well as effective and feasible policy options for combatting it, with a focus on the EU. The project is funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU (FP7). Ecologic coordinates the work of 11 European universities and think tanks involved in the project.
The killing of elephants for their tusks, the export of harmful waste in contravention of existing regulations, the deliberate discharge of noxious substances from vesselsRead more