Responses to soil erosion in agricultural areas in China as well as the exchange of experiences as regards good practice in the EU in soil conservation management and monitoring were among the subjects of the first plenary meeting of the FP7-project LEDDRA. The meeting took place in Yichang (China) from 27 to 30 April 2011 and was organised by the Changjing River Scientific Research Institute (CRSRI). Ruta Landgrebe and Sandra Naumann participated as representatives of Ecologic Institute.
The Common Agricultural Policy has undergone fundamental reforms over time in order to respond to changing economic conditions as well as societal expectations and demands. Ruta Landgrebe, a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, spoke to a GIZ delegation from China about the developments and perspectives of agricultural and rural development policy in the EU and its implementation in Germany.
Today, the Common Agricultural Policy benefits society by encouraging the production of safe and high quality food, thereby supporting the maintenance ofRead more
The guidance document provides a tool to assist the WFD (Water Framework Directive) implementation at the farm level, giving advice to national and river basin management authorities on how mandatory and voluntary measures included within the WFD Programmes of Measures can be made operational at the farm level. This guidance document was developed through a collaborative programme involving the WFD Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) partners. Ecologic Institute intensely supported the drafting of the guidance itself as well as the organisation of the CIS workshop on "Clear measures forRead more
Over 100 scientists, policy makers, and experts from pertinent government agencies and associations discussed at the conference "Climate Change in Agriculture", which took place on 20 January 2011 at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of the Federal State of the Saarland in Berlin and was moderated by Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel. Norbert Röttgen, the German federal minister of the...Read more
Biodiversity in agricultural habitats has been on the decline for years. However, the reform of the CAP could play a deciding role in stopping this decrease. To do this, the EU must guide the current discussions in the right direction, i.e. toward a more sustainable agriculture in Europe. Examples of funding instruments and measures that protect species diversity in agricultural...Read more
The underlying goal of the Agricultural Water Pricing Project is to draw relevant EU-level conclusions about water pricing policy and water allocation policy in the European agricultural sector and to assess the local situation regarding these policies on a European level. The findings are relevant for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive - WFD (2000/60/EC) as well as for the Communication on Water Scarcity and Droughts, for both of which water pricing in agriculture is a crucial – yet until now neglected – element. The final report and the annexes are now available forRead more
The study "An Assessment of the Balancing of EU Development Objectives with Other Policies and Priorities", to which Ecologic Institute contributed, evaluates the coherence between the EU’s development policies and its other policies. Its authors describe the positive and negative impacts of these policies on development priorities and provide recommendations to achieve better policy coherence. The study was commissioned by the European Parliament and is available for download.
In November 2005, the EU reaffirmed its commitment to promoting policy coherence forRead more