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German Federal State Exchange Program "Climate Protection" - Sixth Meeting

24 April 2013 to 25 April 2013

Climate protection activities and adaptation measures face some barriers which need to be broken down in order to achieve local climate protection goals. Over the last three years, regular meetings have been held to serve as an exchange platform regarding current developments in local climate protection and individual strategic projects.

Project stakeholders and local practitioners report on individual strategic...Read more

Conservation on Thin Ice: What You Need to Know about the Changing Arctic Environment

22 April 2013
Washington DC
United States

On the occasion of the launch of the 2013 Arctic Summer College, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Europe Program and Ecologic Institute welcomed William M. Eichbaum, vice president of Marine and Arctic Policy of the World Wildlife Fund, R. Andreas Kraemer, Director of Ecologic Institute, and Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, Director of Polar Programs of the National...Read more

Bridging the Science-policy Interface – Achieving a Sustainable Dialogue Between Policy Makers and Scientists within BioFresh


Creating an open dialogue between scientists and policy makers has been recognized as a crucial aspect of effectively integrating scientific findings into relevant policy fields. Ecologic Institute, together with Oxford University and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC), organized a one day event dedicated to exploring this topic within the BioFresh project’s annual meeting in Machern, Germany. Amongst the speakers were Ecologic Institute’s Timo Kaphengst, Ulf Stein and Dr. Eleftheria Kampa. The presentation slides are available for download.

One central aim of theRead 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

Integration des Klimawandels in die ökonomischen Analysen nach europäischer Wasserrahmenrichtlinie

Literaturrecherche und Analyse der Bewirtschaftungspläne von 18 deutschen und europäischen Flussgebietseinheiten
Climate change will most likely impact the effectiveness and cost of measures to improve water quality. This must be taken into account in the future when selecting measures in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). Until now, the consequences of climate change have not been systematically incorporated into the economic analyses called for by the WFD. A new study in the RADOST focus topic "Water Management and Agriculture" evaluates analytical approaches used to date, thereby contributing to the necessary discussion on how existing and future programs could consider and integrate the consequences of climate change. The report is available online.Read more

The Use of Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Barriers and Success Factors

20 March 2013

In response to the growing pressures from climate change, the maintenance and restoration of natural habitats has emerged as an effective strategy to increase the resilience of ecosystems and support sustainable livelihoods. However, the integration and implementation of such ecosystem-based approaches is still lacking while awareness of the concept and its potential remains substantially low. Sandra Naumann gave a presentation on "The use of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation: barriers and success factors" at the European Climate ChangeRead more

The Economic Benefits of the Environment Natura 2000 Network

Synthesis report
Brink, P. ten et al. 2013: The Economic benefits of the Natura 2000 Network. Synthesis Report. Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), GHK, Ecologic Institut, Metroeconomica, EFTEC, Luxembourg. ISBN: 978-92-79-27588-3. The publication is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.Read more

Ecologic University Course on Science-based Policy Advice (2013)

summer term 2013
1 March 2013 to 30 August 2013

What does policy advice mean in practice? How does science-based policy advice work and where are the problems and challenges? These and other questions were discussed by Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers and Timo Kaphengst within a teaching assignment at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences. Some 40 Bachelor's degree students participated in the seminar, which was split into three two-day blocks.

This was the fourth summer term in which Ecologic Institute Fellows taught the course as so called "practice partners." Students were introduced to theRead 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

Master Plan for 100% Climate Change Mitigation - Second Working Group Meeting of the Municipalities

7 February 2013 to 8 February 2013

Funded by the National Climate Initiative (NKI in German) of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), the second working meeting of the scientific support for the municipalities in the project "Master Plan for 100% Climate Change Mitigation" was held on 7 and 8 February 2013 in Hanover.

The 19 "Master Plan Municipalities" commit to particularly ambitious climate protection targets, such as...Read more


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