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Sustainable and Climate Friendly Soil Management (SmartSOIL)

November 2011 to October 2015

Farming practices exert an important influence over soil functions, soil organic matter and carbon stocks, which in turn are essential to regulating greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. SmartSOIL is an EU-funded project which will develop an innovative approach assessing the impact of farm management on soil organic carbon stocks, crop productivity and other ecosystem services. SmartSOIL will develop a decision support tool to enable farmers, advisors and policy makers to discuss and select the most appropriate and cost-effective practices for different farming systems, soils andRead more

Co-ops in the Clouds: Marketing Mountain Foods

Small-scale producers working in Europe's mountain regions create some truly unique and incredible products. However, they often face problems in marketing, distributing, and selling their products. This animated video, produced by Ecologic Institute as part of the mountain.TRIP project, introduces ideas and approaches for solving them. Yes, it takes hard work and careful planning, but the potential of mountain products really is enormous.

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Climate Proofing of Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

October 2011 to July 2012

The White Paper on climate adaptation stresses the relevance of integrating adaptation needs and opportunities into key policy areas. This mainstreaming of adaptation responses into all areas of EU policy concerned by climate change will ensure that EU-funded investments and measures are "climate-proof", i.e. remain robust in their effectiveness and value under different climate change scenarios. The project: "Methodologies for climate proofing investments and measures under cohesion and regional policy and the common agricultural policy" will strengthen the discussionsRead more

Pressures and Measures in the RBMPs with a Focus on Agriculture

October 2011 to October 2012

In this project, Ecologic Institute compiled and evaluated information on the environmental effectiveness of agricultural measures used in River Basin Management Plans. The assessment took place in the context of the "Comparative Study of Pressures and Measures in the Major River Basin Management Plans in the EU".

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) required Member States to report their first River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) by March 2010. The European Commission (EC) has been assessing the compliance of RBMPs against the provisions of the WFD and carrying out a "bottom up"Read more

Potenziale für eine optimierte und Ressourcen schonende Biomethanbereitstellung

Leitlinien für den weiteren Ausbau der Biogasnutzung
Dr. Wolgang Urban, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presents guidelines for the further expansion of biogas in the conference proceedings "Biogas in Agriculture - Status and Perspectives." These proceedings contain the specialists' contributions of the second FNR/KTBL Congress "Biogas in Agriculture - Status and Prospects", dealing with current biological, processual, and operational measures to stabilize and improve the investment process. In addition, new conversion methods, the effects of system damages, and legal developments for biogas production are discussed. The proceedings can be purchased at the price of 25 Euro in KTBL online shop.Read more

Challenges and Potential for an Optimized and Resource-efficient Deployment of Biomethane

TimeLoc
23 September 2011
Göttingen
Germany
During the biogas Congress 2011 Ecologic Institute's Dr. Wolfgang Urban spoke about the options of use for biomethane. He pointed out that the resource 'biogas' is limited and exposed to utilisation competition. In addition, it is to be considered in relation to factors as availability of water and soil, waste and residues potentials. The greenhouse gas benefits of biogas depents of it's usage paths details. To make biomethane energy-efficient and climate-friendly combined heat and power production should be promoted. Furthermore, a CO2 footprint for biomethane should be developed, the GHG emissions from the biogas deployment and preparation minimized and the further coverage of waste and residue potentials pushed.Read more

Global Land Use and Sustainability (GLOBALANDS)

September 2011 to June 2014
August 2012 to June 2015
The pressure on land and natural resources is increasing worldwide. While there are many sectoral policies tackling different environmental problems, land use is not regulated in an integrated and overarching way. The discussion on sustainable biofuels and biomass highlights the continued lack of an effective and innovative framework to deal with complex land-use issues. The aim of the GLOBALANDS project is to identify existing land use policies and develop possible governance tools towards a more resource efficient and sustainable global land use.Read more

Integrating Ecological, Carbon and Water footprint into a "Footprint Family" of Indicators

Definition and role in tracking human pressure on the planet
In this article, the authors provide for the first time a definition of the "Footprint Family" as a suite of indicators to track human pressure on our planet and under different angles. It builds on the premise that no single indicator per se is able to comprehensively monitor human impact on the environment, but indicators rather need to be used and interpreted jointly.Read more

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Europe

August 2011 to February 2013

Resource efficiency is a key policy issue for the European Union. In this context, this project will provide independent expert advice on issues relating to sustainable management of natural resources. More specifically, the project focuses on water resource management and the management of resources used for agriculture. Scientific, technological and best practice solutions are identified and assessed for their potential to improve the sustainability of water management and agriculture. These issues are analysed in terms of their funding from other EU policies, their potential socio-Read more

First LEDDRA Plenary Meeting in Yichang, China

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.

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