Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the research programme on Social-ecological Research (SÖF), an interdisciplinary research group has been established aiming to improve the understanding of the relationship between market-based instruments (MBIs), ecosystem services, and the quality of life in Central European cultural landscapes. BMBF-funding was granted over a period of four years and amounts to 1.76 million Euros. Holger Gerdes, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, will be doing his PhD within the framework of this research group.
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From 19 – 30 May 2008, the ninth Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity takes place in Bonn, Germany, the last before 2010. Until the year 2010, the 1992 UN Convention aims to considerably reduce the extinction of species. This is also the goal of the pan-European initiative Countdown 2010 of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ingo Bräuer from Ecologic, member and representative of the initiative welcomes the German Green Party as the first political party in Network Countdown 2010. The Green Party signed the Declaration on 7 May 2008, culminating a day of action on biodiversity in front of the German Bundestag. This brings the total to 622 organisations, including governments, public authorities, NGOs and businesses that have joined the initiative Countdown 2010.
Following the successful Spring European Council 2007, which set very ambitious goals in the area of energy and climate change, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on the use of market-based instruments for environment and energy related policy purposes. Since market-based instruments have proven to be cost-effective means of achieving policy goals, the paper aims to stimulate a broad public debate on how taxes, tradable emissions rights and other market-based instruments can be used more widely and effectively for environmental and energy policy purposes at Community and national levels. This green paper is a joint project by Commissioners Dimas and Kovács, in association with Commissioners Barrot and Piebalgs. In the field of biodiversity conservation, it builds on work carried out by Ecologic and others.
Countdown 2010 is a pan-European initiative to halt the loss of biodiversity, hosted by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).Thus far, more than 100 European organisations from all sectors
Taking action to halt the rapid loss of biological diversity was the focus of this year’s Green Week, the European Commission’s annual conference and exhibition event dedicated to the environment. Under the banner Biodiversity is Life!, the Green Week took place from 30 May to 2 June 2006 in Brussels. Stephanie Schlegel and Rainer Müssner participated actively in the different sessions including "Understanding for management: research, indicators and monitoring"; "Biodiversity on the political decision table"; "The system of international governance and biodiversity" or "Reap what you sow: Agriculture and forestry".