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GLOBALANDS: Global Land Use Governance - First International Workshop

27 May 2013

The GLOBALANDS project has taken major steps forward. On 27 May 2013, the first international expert workshop took place at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin. With inputs from high-level experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Commission, the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and others, the participants discussed the status and perspectives of sustainable land...Read more

Climate Adaptation at the Local and Regional Level

22 April 2013
Washington, DC
United States

On Monday, 22 April 2013, Ecologic Institute organized a roundtable discussion on "Climate Adaptation at the local and national level". The event was hosted by the American Security Project and profiled the contributions to the field of two members of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP). ELEEP is a transatlantic network of young professionals working in...Read more

Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin

April 2013 to July 2013

The last years have shown a boom of urban gardening initiatives in Berlin. Among the core motivations of many gardeners has been the wish to actively experience and contribute to sustainable agriculture. Within the European FP7 research project "SOLINSA – Support and Learning of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture" the Ecologic Institute conducted a case study about urban gardening initiatives in Berlin, in particular the "Allmende Kontor" located at the former Tempelhof airport. The study analysed the role that sustainability plays among other motivations in these initiatives,Read more

Testing the Carbon Calculator

EU wide Farm‐level Carbon Calculator
Elbersen, B.S. (Ed.); Andersen, E.; Frelih‐Larsen, A.; Jones, P.; Kuikman, P.; Naumann, S.; Oñate, J; Staritsky, I.; Von Toggenburg, J. (2013). EU wide Farm‐level Carbon Calculator. Lot 2: Testing the Carbon Calculator Deliverables 2.1 and 3.2. to the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (JRC/IES). Alterra‐Wageningen.Read more

The Impact of Biotechnology on Developing Countries

In this study, Ecologic Institute researchers Timo Kaphengst and Lucy Smith summarize the advantages and disadvantages of the increasing share of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in developing countries. The accrued benefits and/or disadvantages vary widely across the reviewed countries and depend on the governance structures of each country. On the one hand, GM crops can increase export revenues; on the other hand, developing countries' resulting dependency on Western biotechnology companies could grow and threaten local farmers, especially smaller ones. Moreover, GMOs are leading to a reduction in biodiversity. In light of this, the authors recommend that GM crops no longer be promoted in developing countries. The study is available for download.Read more

Data Availability at Farm Level for Farms Across EU-27

EU wide Farm-level Carbon Calculator
Kuikman, P.J., E. Andersen, B.S. Elbersen, A. Frelih Larsen, P.J. Jones, S. Naumann, J.J. Oñate, I. Staritsky (2013). EU wide Farm-level Carbon Calculator: data availability at farm level for farms across EU-27. A report on Deliverable 1 to the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (JRC/IES) by Alterra - WageningenUR, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 73 pp.Read more

Impact Assessment of EU Environmental Inspections

February 2013 to August 2013

Many EU Directives are not sufficiently enforced in the member states and the EU commission considers the strengthening of its role in Environmental inspections.  The project assesses the impacts of such a policy and analyses the different options to strengthen the role of the EU commission in environmental inspections.

The assessment focuses on three policy areas (water, nature conservation and trade with endangered species) and on five member states (Poland, Sweden, UK, Germany and Spain).Read more

Small-scale Solutions for Eco-friendly Youth Villages in Israel

13 January 2013 to 17 January 2013
Berlin, Potsdam and Müncheberg

The vision of establishing agricultural youth villages in an eco-friendly way brought managing representatives from two Israeli youth villages, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Volcano Institute, to Berlin, Potsdam, and Müncheberg. From 13 to 17 January 2013, the visitors explored applicable small-scale methods for the treatment and use of greywater, the production of energy...Read more

Benefit of Governance in Drought Adaption (DROP)

January 2013 to June 2015
Water scarcity and droughts are on the increase and expected to aggravate further due to climate change. Early actions are required to adapt to these changes. The transnational project 'Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP)' aims to enhance the preparedness and resilience of Northwest European (NWE) regions to such periods of drought. Ecologic Institute is one of the five knowledge partners of DROP which jointly develop further an existing Governance Assessment Tool and apply the tool in the six regions of the participating water authorities.Read more

Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherung in der Mongolei

Although Mongolia's GDP has grown consistently in recent years due to the booming mining sector, poverty is still widespread. This article aims to determine the extent to which agriculture contributes to food security in Mongolia and highlights the problems and challenges this sector is facing. In this article, published in the Geographische Rundschau, the authors Zoritza Kiresiewa (Ecologic Institute), Ankhtuya Altangadas, and Jörg Janzen answer these questions.Read more


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