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Ecologic Newsletter No 42 - August 2006

Ecologic Newsletter No 42 - August 2006

  1. The Use of Market Incentives to Preserve Biodiversity - Project Report published
  2. Efficiency of Resources - Innovations for the Environment and Jobs - Conference Announcement
  3. Time to Adapt - Climate Change and the European Water Dimension - Conference Announcement
  4. Democracy, Stability, Integration - A Sustainable European Neighbourhood Policy? - Event Report
  5. Water Framework Directive and Agricultural Linkages at the EU Level: State of Play - Lecture
  6. Would a United Nations Environment Organization Help to Achieve the Millenium Development Goals? - Publication
  7. IEEP Vacancy for Research Officer

1. The Use of Market Incentives to Preserve Biodiversity - Project Report published
EU Member States are increasingly using market-based instruments such as taxes, subsidies or tradable permits to conserve Biodiversity. Ecologic has been commissioned by DG Environment to analyse the current use of Market Based Instruments (MBIs) like taxes, fees and charges to protect biodiversity. Based on this, Ecologic collaborated with its project partners in preparing a report that evaluates the success and failure of these instruments and assesses their potential for wider use in different contexts in the future. The report is available for download.
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2. Efficiency of Resources - Innovations for the Environment and Jobs - Conference Announcement
The intelligent use of energy and raw materials will be a key component of increased employment and economic success. This is because using resources efficiently in ways that improve the environment and conserve raw materials can both lower costs and develop new markets. A conference exploring these ideas, jointly organised by The German Federal Ministry of the Environment and IG Metall, will take place in Berlin on 31 August 2006. Ecologic is supporting the organisation of the conference.
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3. Time to Adapt - Climate Change and the European Water Dimension - Conference Announcement
As part of Germany’s activities during its EU presidency, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment will host an international symposium on the impacts of climate change on water resources in Europe and possible adaptation strategies in water management and related sectors. Ecologic and the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research support the Ministry in organising the event. The conference will take place in Berlin on 12-14 February 2007.
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4. Democracy, Stability, Integration - A Sustainable European Neighbourhood Policy? - Event Report
The current and future impact of the European Union on the sustainable development of its neighbours to the south and east and proposals for the future direction of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) were the themes of this session that took place at the 2006 Annual Conference of the European Foundation Centre (EFC).
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5. Water Framework Directive and Agricultural Linkages at the EU Level: State of Play - Lecture
On behalf of the European Commission, DG Environment, Ecologic Fellow Thomas Dworak participated in a workshop on the WFD and Agriculture and gave a presentation on EU agricultural policies and water management. The workshop was held in Malinska, Croatia on 25-26 April 2006 and organised by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) together with the UNDP-GEF Danube Regional Project. The presentation is available for download.
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6. Would a United Nations Environment Organization Help to Achieve the Millenium Development Goals? - Publication
In this article Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Ecologic Senior Fellow, discusses the need for international environmental governance reform, the advantages and disadvantages of creating a United Nations Environment Organization (UNEO) and its potential in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
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7. IEEP Vacancy for Research Officer
The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) currently has a vacancy for a Research Officer to join their busy Brussels office, to develop its advisory service work and undertake research on „horizontal“ issues such as EU institutional development, the elaboration, implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law, the integration of environmental policy requirements into other EU policies and governance for sustainable development. The post is part of IEEP’s Environmental Governance Team and is to be based in Brussels with regular visits to London.
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