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Ecologic Newsletter No 16 – July 2004

Ecologic Newsletter No 16 – July 2004

  1. Labour Unions’ contribution to sustainable consumption and production – UNEP Report
  2. We the peoples: Civil Society, the United Nations and Global Governance - Report
  3. Integrated Water Resource Management for Latin America and the Caribbean
  4. Agricultural Education and Fair Trade - A Path to Rural Development? - Dinner Dialogue with José Zaglul
  5. New Briefing Notes for the European Parliament Environment Committee
  6. Data Gathering for Emissions Trading in Germany - Publication

1. Labour Unions’ contribution to sustainable consumption and production – UNEP Report
Given their organisational structure, their global and local expertise and their influential role in many societies, Labour unions are in a key position for advancing the current developments in the area of sustainable consumption and production. This is one of the results of a study conducted by Prof. Dr. Bernd Heins and Ecologic, which analysed unions and their potential role in the process of sustainable consumption and production. The study was commissioned by UNEP and is now online available.
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2. We the peoples: Civil Society, the United Nations and Global Governance - Report
Initiated by General Secretary Kofi Annan, a panel of eminent persons analysed the relationship between United Nations and Civil Society and published their findings in a report that is now online available. In December 2003, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Ecologic had jointly organised consultations between Juan Mayr, member of the panel, and representatives from German civil society groups.
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3. Integrated Water Resource Management for Latin America and the Caribbean
Policy learning among nations and the exchange of experience play an important role in improving environmental management and policy. To facilitate the exchange between water experts from Central America, the Inter-American Development Bank organised a workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management, which was held in Costa Rica on 24-28 May 2004. In this context, R. Andreas Kraemer presented the economic dimension of integrated water resources management.
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4. Agricultural Education and Fair Trade - A Path to Rural Development? - Dinner Dialogue with José Zaglul
High level representatives, among them the Ambassador of Costa Rica to Germany, exchanged views on the role of education and potential of fair trade in rural areas of developing countries. One of the main issues debated at the Dinner Dialogue on 1 July 2004 in Berlin with Dr. José Zaglul, Rector of Earth University in Costa Rica, was the question of the contribution of agricultural education and fair trade to rural development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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5. New Briefing Notes for the European Parliament Environment Committee
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee often needs to rapidly react to Commission proposals and at the same time often needs a solid basis to develop own initiatives within its field of responsibility. Short written briefing notes by Ecologic/IEEP help to improve the legislative assistance to its Members. The latest briefings are entitled "Linking CDM & JI with EU Emission Allowance Trading", "Prospects for the Implementation of Selected New and Future EU Environmental Legislation in the Acceding Countries" and "The Fourth Air Quality Daughter Directive: Impacts and consequences of mandatory limit values". The Briefing Notes are available for download.
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6. Data Gathering for Emissions Trading in Germany - Publication
The National Allocation Plan (NAP) stipulates the rules for the allocation of allowances to the installations participating in emissions trading. The allowances are allocated on the basis of the actual CO2 emissions of the individual installations. To determine the quantity of emissions, data was gathered on a voluntary basis through a comprehensive data enquiry by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. This article reports on the results of the data enquiry.
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