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Ecologic Newsletter No 35 – January 2006

Ecologic Newsletter No 35 – January 2006

  1. How does climate protection enhance economic development? – Press release
  2. US Energy and Climate Policy: Legislative Mandates after EU Carbon Trading and Montreal – Dinner Dialogue
  3. Nature Protection in the Caucasus - Conference announcement
  4. Water Framework Directive and Hydromorphology
  5. Ecologic at the International Climate Conference in Montreal, Canada
  6. Building partnerships for the development in the water sector – Workshop documentation online
  7. International course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Morocco - Lectures
  8. Partnership between Ecologic, Yale University and IDDRI

1. How does climate protection enhance economic development? – Press release
On 23 January 2006, high level representatives from 14 countries and the European Commission met in Warsaw to open a two-day international conference on future EU climate change policy. Minister Prof. Jan Szyszko opened the Conference, which was attended by about 90 participants. The conference was the first in a series of events sponsored by the European Commission, intended to promote stakeholder and policymaker dialogue on these very important issues within New Member States, Accession Countries and Candidate Countries.
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2. US Energy and Climate Policy: Legislative Mandates after EU Carbon Trading and Montreal – Dinner Dialogue
US energy and climate policy was the topic of the Transatlantic Climate Dinner in honor of Lee Lane, Executive Director of the Climate Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The event participants discussed the possibility of and need for an effective US climate policy, in light of the developments at the sub-national, federal and international levels. This Transatlantic Climate Dinner took place on 14 December 2005 in Berlin.
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3. Nature Protection in the Caucasus - Conference announcement
The Caucasus is a region of extraordinarily rich biodiversity. Many threats and challenges to its biodiversity can only be addressed on a regional level. Transboundary co-operation in the Caucasus region therefore plays a key role in promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and can contribute to peace and understanding in this ethnically diverse region. Ecologic is organising this conference on behalf of KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW development bank) and WWF. It will take place in Berlin on 9-11 March 2006.
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4. Water Framework Directive and Hydromorphology
On 17-19 October 2005 the European Workshop on "Water Framework Directive and Hydromorphology" convened officials from European Member States and Accession Countries as well as representatives of relevant stakeholder groups in Prague to set the agenda for the further process of addressing hydromophological pressures in the context of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. The workshop served as a platform for facilitating exchange on both technical issues, such as hydromorphological risk assessment, heavily modified water bodies, and mitigation measures, as well as policy integration issues with particular foci on navigation, hydropower and flood defence. The workshop summary report is available for download.
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5. Ecologic at the International Climate Conference in Montreal, Canada
The 11th conference of the parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Montreal between 28 November and 9 December 2005. The conference simultaneously served as the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) after its entry into force in early 2005 (COP/MOP 1). Ecologic, represented by Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, Senior Associate, and Dr. Camilla Bausch, Senior Fellow, attended and supported the German delegation.
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6. Building partnerships for the development in the water sector – Workshop documentation online
As part of the project "Building partnerships for development in the water sector", Ecologic, in co-operation with RegioWasser, conducted interviews of experts and stakeholders from the water sector, the development sector and academia to determine the potential of such partnerships. The results of these interviews were discussed during a workshop on 23 November 2006 in Bonn. Some 40 participants were given an opportunity to learn about examples of local water partnerships and discuss the advantages, risks and general framework of municipal development aid in the areas of water provision and wastewater disposal. The workshop's documentation is now available for download.
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7. International course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Morocco - Lectures
R. Andreas Kraemer and Nicole Kranz contributed to a week-long international capacity-building course on IWRM for Northern Africa. The training course was jointly organised by the World Bank Institute and InWent and hosted by the Office Nationale de l’Eau Potable in Rabat. It brought together participants from several Maghreb countries and offered an opportunity for joint learning and exchange of knowledge on the issues of IWRM.
R. Andreas Kraemer led a session on the management of floods and droughts.
Nicole Kranz spoke on participative water management.

 

8. Partnership between Ecologic, Yale University and IDDRI
The present international system of global environmental governance is insufficient to respond to current and future challenges in environmental protection and sustainable development. Ecologic, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and IDDRI, the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales, established a partnership to co-operate more closely in this research area and to move towards a stronger system of Global Environmental Governance.
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