Eight members of the ELEEP Network for Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy met with staff from the Atlantic Council of the United States and Ecologic Institute (represented by Dominic Marcellino, Fellow) in Budapest, Hungary from 27 – 29 June 2012. European elements of ELEEP to this point have focused primarily on Western European countries and perspectives. This study tour broadened the scope of ELEEP activities in Europe to include
On 6 July 2012, Andrew Ayres of Ecologic Institute presented a paper on water management and expanded biofuel use at the Fourth International Conference on Applied Energy in Suzhou, China. The paper, entitled "Germany’s Water Footprint of Transport Fuels," details how the water footprint indicator can be used to estimate the water resource use necessary to produce fuels in Germany under the requirements of the EU Biofuels Directive. The presentation is available for download.
At the conference, Andrew Ayres explained how previous estimates of the water footprint of Germany’sRead more
The aim of the EU's Natura 2000 Network is to protect Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats. This project developed a methodological framework for assessing the overall economic value of the benefits provided by the Natura 2000 network. A first estimate suggests that the benefits could be between €200 and €300 billion per year at present, which equals 2% to 3% of EU GDP. The project report is available for download.
Climate change will have clear physical consequences for our natural environment. The Mediterranean, Middle East, and Sahel (MMES) form a region under particular threat from, among other things, changes to rainfall patterns. Climate change may also have wider socio-political consequences for the region: it can undermine human security and create conflict over scarce water resources. A new study by Ecologic Institute investigates policies that MMES countries have developed to address the physical impacts of climate change on water and examines how effective these policies are for ensuring...Read more
The EU-funded research project "Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security" (CLICO) investigates how climate change influences water, human security, and conflicts in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and the Sahel region. Ecologic Institute recently published a working paper written by ElizabethRead more
In May 2012, as part of the World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy in Dublin (Ireland), Ecologic Institute organized a Special Session entitled "Communicating research: Getting your message across." The event, led by Darla Nickel, Ulf Stein, and Johanna von der Weppen, all experts from Ecologic Institute, targeted water researchers as well as practitioners with an interest in catalyzing the transfer and use of EU-funded research outputs in order to meet the objectives set out in the Water Framework Directive and related directives.
This new handbook was developed as part of the project RADOST (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast). It provides a concise overview of adaptation policies being planned and implemented at the national, regional, and European level, including the status of National Adaptation Strategies for all Baltic Sea EU Member States. The handbook is available for download.Read more
With the slogan, "Every Drop Counts," the 12th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environmental policy, took place from the 22 to the 25 May in Brussels, Belgium. With the focus this year being on water, Ecologic Institute disseminated information, best practices, and lessons learned from a number of high-profile projects carried out on behalf of the DG Environment and DG Research & Innovation of the European Commission, the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and other sponsors.
On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and in cooperation with Rödl & Partner GbR and Hochschule Ruhr West, Ecologic Institute analyzed measures for the protection of water bodies and human health implemented by German water management companies and how these services are recorded in benchmarking indicators. Moreover, the necessary framework to assure the continuation of these services in the long-term was discussed as well as proposals for the further development of current benchmarking systems. The final project report is available for download.
The draft ofRead more
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) organized the forum on Fish Protection and Downstream Fish Migration for the next 3 years as part of a R&D project of the Environmental Research Plan of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Ecologic Institute provides content and organizational support for the forum on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency. The forum includes members from federal and regional water resource management authorities, NGOs, consultancies, water managers and hydropower.Read more