Ecologic Institute Newsletter No 197 – January 2019
- Environmental Effects of Veterinary Medicines – Teaching Materials
- Using Historical Storms for Flood Risk Management – Publication
- Raw Materials & Environment 2019 – International Conference
- The Evolving Role of Cities in the UN Climate Regime – Presentation
- Urban Food Policy – Presentation
- Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture – CIRCASA Stakeholder Workshop
- District Heating in Decarbonising Economies – Webinar
- Scenarios for Deep Decarbonisation of the EU Industry – Webinar
- Legal Clerkship: Optional Station in Environmental Law – Job Opportunity
Residues of veterinary medicinal products enter water and soil via manure and dung. Farmers and veterinarians can reduce this environmental impact through their practices. Under the auspices of Ecologic Institute, the project team designed four UBA teaching materials for agricultural vocational schools, veterinary trainings and lectures on livestock farming. The teaching materials include presentation slides, worksheets, information on lesson design and background information. They are freely available to teachers and learners.
The volume "Sites of Remembering: Landscapes, Lessons, Policies" of the Rachel Carson Centres' journal called "Perspectives" bridges the gap between humanities research and public policy. It uses a diverse selection of examples from worldwide memory studies to illuminate how society can employ lessons from the past in building resilience to ecological and humanitarian disasters. Dr. Grit Martinez of Ecologic Institute is a co-author. The volume is available for download.
On 19 and 20 February 2019, the German Environment Agency (UBA) is hosting the international conference "Raw Materials & Environment 2019" in Berlin. The conference will discuss environmental issues of mineral and metal supply and mining and will bring together international decision makers and experts in the thematic areas of mining, raw material supply, environmental assessment, climate change, sustainable supply chain management, and sustainable resource management. The aim of the conference is to foster awareness of environmental issues in the national, European and international debates on responsible sourcing and responsible mining. Ecologic Institute is responsible for the organisation and moderation of the conference.
Dr. Camilla Bausch of Ecologic Institute spoke on the evolving role of cities in the context of the UN climate regime at a seminar organised by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) in Spain. This seminar on "The place and role of cities in global governance" brought together representatives of leading international think tanks that study cities. In her presentation on "The Evolving Role of Cities as Non-state Actors in the International Climate Regime", Dr. Bausch outlined the evolution of the role of cities and city networks in the international climate regime over the last three decades.
At the 2018 food conference of the Austrian council presidency Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, discussed the role of urban food policies to support healthy lifestyles. She discussed the opportunities of local food initiatives with regard to health, food security and sustainability. Many local initiatives share the approach of tackling food production and consumption in a more integrated way by reconnecting people to their food production, stimulating healthy eating behaviours and supporting environmentally sound regional production. The session discussed how to overcome barriers and how to benefit from inter-sectorial collaboration throughout the process of planning and implementing coherent policies.
The European CIRCASA stakeholder workshop took place in Brussels on 5 December 2018. This workshop was part of a series of workshops that took place in eight regions across the world. The workshop gathered 30 participants from across Europe, including representatives from the agricultural and food industry, farmers, regional and national policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and the European Commission. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the most promising management options for maintaining and enhancing soil organic carbon (SOC) in Europe; barriers to and solutions for their implementation; as well as to identify the key knowledge and research needs for farmers and other stakeholders for bringing forward SOC management in Europe. On 16 January 2019, these results were reflected on with the CIRCASA Stakeholder Advisory Board. The outcomes of the stakeholder consultation will feed directly into the development of an international strategic research agenda on soil organic carbon.
In the EU, the aim is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to use energy more efficiently. This webinar presented a number of key topics connected to a role that district heating plays in achieving decarbonisation of economies and energy systems. A recording of the webinar as well as the presentations are available online.
This webinar presented findings from two projects on strategies to reach ambitiously low-emission levels in European industry. It looked at technological solutions, but also at strategies such as the reduction of demand and the increase rates of recycling. A recording of the webinar as well as the presentations are available online.
Ecologic Institute offers lawyers the opportunity to complete their elective phase within the framework of the preparatory legal service in the field of environmental law. Please apply online.
Publisher: Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
Person in charge: Dr. Camilla Bausch, Ecologic Institut, Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin