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Mehr internationale Aufmerksamkeit für den Schutz der Biodiversität
Today, the loss of biological diversity has already reached alarming proportions, proportions which climate change is not expected to reach for several decades. Despite this, climate change continues to dominate political debates, whereas biodiversity is still seen as an issue of secondary importance. In this publication, Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Senior Policy Advisor of Ecologic Institute, summarizes why a political and institutional reassessment of biodiversity is so necessary.Read more

Ökosystemleistungen in Kulturlandschaften

European cultural landscapes are significantly shaped by human activities and provide a multitude of ecological services which benefit human society. In an article published in the May 2010 issue of “Natur und Landschaft”, the concept of ecosystem services is evaluaten in regard to its limits and potentials to analyse conflicts between land use and nature conservation.Read more

EU Arctic Footprint - Stakeholder Workshop on Scenario Development

14 April 2010

The one-day workshop brought together 16 European and Arctic stakeholders to develop potential scenarios for the future (up to 2030). The chief objective of the EU Arctic Footprint project is to explore policy options for reducing the EU’s environmental footprint in the Arctic. Given the high level of uncertainty with regard to both policy development and the impacts of current...Read more

Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses (LEDDRA)

April 2010 to March 2014

The Ecologic Institute is a part of LEDDRA consortium. Launched in April 2010, the project will add new and will refine existing scientific and policy-relevant knowledge, especially within a cross-national context in the perspective of elaborating scientifically sound practices and informed policies to combat land and ecosystem degradation and desertification. A brochure was published that represents the LEDDRA philosophy, approach, objectives, methodology, case study sites and partners and can be downloaded.

Ecosystem Services and Land Use

Summer Term 2010
1 April 2010 to 30 September 2010

During the summer semester 2010, the Research Group Ecosystem Services will organise a course on "Ecosystem Services and Land Use" at the Humboldt University Berlin. The course is geared toward Bachelor’s and Master’s students in geography or related disciplines. In this context, Holger Gerdes, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, will teach a class on the valuation of ecosystem services.

In total, 14 seminars in the form of lectures, discussions and presentations have been organised. A five-day excursion to the biosphere reserveRead more

The Risk of Competitive Exclusion During Evolutionary Branching

Effects of Resource Variability, Correlation and Autocorrelation
Evolutionary branching has been suggested as a mechanism to explain ecological speciation processes. In this article the authors use a mechanistic ecological model to examine the influence of demographic stochasticity and environmental fluctuations on the branching process.Read more

International Agreements on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Public Participation - an Introduction

29 March 2010

Christiane Gerstetter, Fellow Ecologic Legal, provided an introduction to various international agreements to a Palestinian audience during a workshop in Ramallah on 29-30 March 2010. The workshop was convened by the Environmental Quality Authority of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Its aim was to raise awareness among Palestinians about international environmental agreements.Read more

First Annual RADOST Conference in Schwerin

24 March 2010 to 25 March 2010
The RADOST project brought together roughly 100 participants to its first annual conference, which took place in Schwerin. The focus of the conference was set on the challenges of climate change in the German Baltic Sea region. Discussions were held about the current state of scientific knowledge and approaches and practical examples of adaptation measures. The conference took place under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.Read more

Economic Valuation of Soil Ecosystem Functions - Scoping Study

January 2010 to March 2010

In the context of this study, a literature review is carried out in order to assess the status of research on the economic value of soil. Based on this analysis, the potential for an all-encompassing assessment of the economic value of soil on the national level will be determined.


As an integral part of the natural functions of an ecosystem, soil provides several services that are also of significant importance for mankind. These services include the provision of food, animal feed, and clean drinking water, protection againstRead more

The Social Dimension of Biodiversity Policy

January 2010 to August 2010
The objective of this project was to characterize the impacts biodiversity loss has or on vulnerable groups in Europe and the developing world and, more specifically, on jobs depending on the use of natural resources from healthy ecosystems. The project used the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) framework to describe the link between biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services in order to generate an understanding of the welfare people attain from such services. The study is available for download.Read more


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