As part of the Biofresh project, the Symposium "Water Lives: scientific horizons for biodiversity and water policy" took place from 29 to 30 January 2014 in Brussels. The Symposium brought together policy makers and stakeholders from the water, energy and conservation sector, NGOs, the scientific community, and selected experts to discuss challenges in the implementation of the 2020 Biodiversity strategy and the EU Water Framework Directive. Ecologic Institute was substantially involved in the programme development and Timo Kaphengst, Senior Fellow, moderated a science-policy dialogue. ARead more
On 5 November 2013, Ecologic Institute and the Embassy of Canada, Berlin, hosted a presentation by Jeannette Menzies, head of the Canadian International Centre for the Arctic Region (CICAR), on the topic of "Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship". Jeannette Menzies elaborated on Canadian priorities and key initiatives for the next two years in this important regional forum. Arne Riedel, Researcher at Ecologic Institute, moderated the ensuing discussion with an expert audience – including fellows of the Arctic Summer College, via live video stream – covering a number of areas. In addition toRead more
On 27 June 2013, a parliamentary breakfast was held in Berlin to discuss key questions of German resource policy in the next legislative period. In order to allow for an exchange between policy, academia and business, the Resource Policy research project (PolRess) invited members of the German parliament and resource policy experts to a debate. Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers moderated the event.
Even though the "Energiewende", the long-term energy transformation, may be the talk of the town, what happens in transport policy is at least as important for the success or failure of German climate policies. The situation is complex: on the one hand, there is a range of promising projects, initiatives and innovative solutions for sustainable transport. On the other hand, transport volumes are growing along with the economy, and individual mobility is on the rise. As part of the Brühl expert discussion, a panel of distinguished experts, moderated by Benjamin Görlach of the EcologicRead more
The Federal Academy for Public Administration (BAköV) hosted a high-level event as part of the "Brühler Expert Discussions." Professors Klaus Töpfer, Sabine Schlacke, Jürgen Schmid, and Ulrich Cubasch presented their knowledge and recommendations regarding changes in climate and the energy system. The event was moderated by Dr. Camilla Bausch.
The international climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, had just been completed without any exceptional breakthroughs, so the timing was suitable for civil servants to ask and discuss questions about international climate protection and theRead more
The 1st European Think Tank Summit entitled, "Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis and Paralysis: On the Sidelines or Catalysts for Ideas and Actions?" was held on 20 November 2012 at the United States Embassy in Rome (Italy). The first of several regional Summits addressed public policy issues in Europe and brought together over 50 participants from 21 countries. Ecologic Institute's Prof. R. Andreas Kraemer led a breakout session on energy security. Sydney Baloue acted as lead rapporteur for the event. Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf was also in attendance.
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On 1 and 2 November 2012 the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met in Bonn in order to discuss a manual that Ecologic Institute drafted in order to help the NFPs implement the CMS. Furthermore, Ecologic Institute drafted a concept for an e-community platform that was tested by the NFPs at that meeting. The two-day workshop was moderated by Doris Knoblauch.
The focus of the workshop was to engender a conversation between the NFPs on the different parts of the handbook. To this end, participants were involved in in-depth, so-Read more