Ecologic Newsletter No 190 – July 2018
- European Waters – Assessment of Status and Pressures 2018 – Publication
- Opportunities and Barriers for Water Co-Governance – Publication
- Statement on the Sixth Monitoring Report of the Federal German Government for 2016 – Publication
- Nature-Based Solutions in European and National Policy Frameworks – Publication
- What Research and Investment does the EU Need in the Areas of Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials? – Publication
- Food Waste Prevention and Valorisation: relevant EU policy areas – Publication
- Preventing and Remediating Degradation of Soils in Europe – RECARE Final Policy Conference
- Promoting User-Centric and Globally Competitive Innovation – Presentation
- European Youth Event (EYE2018) – Panel Discussion
In 2018, the European Commission will publish its report on the assessment of the second River Basin Management Programme (RBMPs) and will start the process of evaluating the Water Framework Directive (WFD) (EC, 2017a). To accompany and inform this process, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced this report on the state of Europe's water. In addition, the Water Information System for Europe (WISE) Freshwater visualisation tool presents more, and more detailed, results. Dr. Eleftheria Kampa and Dr. Josselin Rouillard, both from Ecologic Institute which is a partner in the European Topic Centre on Inland Waters, Coastal and Marine, contributed as authors to the EEA Report, which is available for download.
Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture (DWPA) and its governance has received increased attention as a policy concern across the globe. Mitigation of DWPA is a complex problem that requires a mix of policy instruments and a multi-agency, broad societal response. In this article – to which Dr. Grit Martinez and Dr. Nico Stelljes of Ecologic Institute contributed as co-authors – opportunities and barriers for developing co-governance, defined as collaborative societal involvement in the functions of government, and its suitability for mitigation of DWPA, are reviewed using seven case studies in Europe, Australia and North America. The article is available for download.
In June 2018, the joint statement of the Expert Commission on the "Energy of the Future" Monitoring Process was published. Ecologic Institute provides scientific support to the work of the Expert Commission with a focus on the key topics that Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing and the Expert Commission selected for their joint statement. The joint statement is available for download.
To what extent do current policy frameworks support or hinder the implementation of Nature-based solutions (NBS)? This report examines if and how the concept of NBS is addressed in select EU and Member State policies and funding instruments. While multiple EU and national policy instruments explicitly acknowledge nature-based solutions and related concepts, significant potential remains to increase the level of support for NBS uptake and mainstreaming, according to the authors of Ecologic Institute. The report is available for download.
What Research and Investment does the EU Need in the Areas of Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials? – Publication
This summary pocket book presents key recommendations gathered in the project REsearch network for forward-looking activities and assessment of research and innovation prospects in the fields of Climate, Resource Efficiency and raw mATErials (RECREATE) regarding future research and innovation needs in "Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials". The results include very concrete recommendations on selected topics, overarching recommendations which shall help integrating the different research areas better and recommendations regarding the use of various methodologies. The summary pocket book is available for download.
In this report the authors, which include Stephanie Wunder, Keighley McFarland and Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers from Ecologic Institute, provide an overview of the most relevant EU policies and instruments with an impact on food waste generation and/or prevention. The report explains the relevance of the different policy areas at EU level and identifies the gaps, overlaps and unintended effects of EU regulation. Finally, it identifies potential opportunities for improvement in each policy area. The report is available for download.
What is the best way forward for soil protection in the EU? How can we improve EU policies to secure the delivery of soil ecosystem services? These questions will be at the core of the final conference of the RECARE project to take place on 27 September 2018 in Brussels. Registrations for this event, which is organised by Ecologic Institute, are welcome.
On World Environment Day 2018 the National Territorial Planning Agency of Albania (AKPT) held an event where government officials, NGOs, universities and research institutes as well as members of the general public gathered to discuss the progress of the BRIGAID H2020 project and its prospects in the Balkan country. Gerardo Anzaldúa, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented the first results of his working group on business development and financing support to climate innovators. The presentation slides are available for download.
On 1 and 2 June 2018, Ecologic Institute's Lina Röschel, Hugh McDonald, and Philipp Voß participated in the European Parliament's European Youth Event as invited expert panelists. The event was attended by more than 8000 Europeans aged between 16 and 30, who gathered to learn, discuss, and generate ideas for change in Europe. Philipp Voß, Hugh McDonald and Lina Roeschel drew on their research at Ecologic Institute and spoke on three different panels under the topic of "Protecting our Planet", discussing oceans, fresh water, and climate change.
Publisher: Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
Person in charge: Dr. Camilla Bausch, Ecologic Institut, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin