Despite three generations of rural development policies and with the 4th starting in 2007, rural areas still face considerable problems. Many problems of European societies such as an ageing population, high unemployment rates, social disparities and the lack of adaptive potential to the global market are more pronounced in rural areas than elsewhere. To overcome these problems, it is essential to link public, private and inter-sectoral initiatives to foster innovation. RAPIDO has been established to analyse current best practices concerning the development of innovation in agriculture, forestry, the food sector and the wider rural areas, as well as to analyse methods to transfer knowledge to different target groups.
Climate change is one of the main concerns of our modern civilisation. Agriculture is commonly estimated to be responsible for 9% of total greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. The research project PICCMAT aimed to identify farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to suggest policy instruments to support the necessary changes in land management to stakeholders and policy makers.
On Wednesday, 22 May, Ecologic Institute – together with Fresh Thoughts Consulting and Milieu – will hold a workshop on the subject of "Supporting adaptation efforts in coastal and maritime areas through guidance and good practice examples".
In March 2013, the first European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference took place in Hamburg (Germany). The overarching topic was "Integrating Climate into Action," with the objective of translating shared ideas into action for adaptation to climate change.
On behalf of the Competence Centre on Climate Impacts and Adaptation of the German Federal Environment Agency, Ecologic Institute is conducting an online survey on the further development of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change. The survey will help prepare for the 2014 update of the Adaptation Action Plan, which will be presented in a progress report on the German adaptation strategy. It is targeted at representatives of regional and local politics and administration, enterprises and business associations, research and consultancy institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations in Germany.