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Promoting Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China

June 2006 to October 2006
The Chinese legal framework on public interest litigation in environmental matters shall be strengthened in order to address threatening large-scale environmental damage due to China's industrial development process. Existing concepts of other countries have exemplary character. In the framework of the project, Ecologic drew up a report on public interest litigation in Germany, which was subsequently  presented at a workshop organised by the GTZ in Beijing in the fall of 2006. The report and the presentation are available for download. Read more

Resource Equivalency Methods for Assessing Environmental Damage in the EU (REMEDE)

May 2006 to April 2008

The implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) requires a coherent procedure in respect to the evaluation of the environmental damage. The REMEDE project aims to develop and explain resource equivalency methods to be applied in accordance with the requirements of the EU-ELD. It reviews experience in the application of resource equivalency methods and develops a toolkit for decision makers for the application of resource equivalency methods.

The REMEDE project contributes to theRead more

Impacts of Climate Change on the Swiss Economy

May 2006 to July 2007
In response to new scientific results on global climate change and its impacts for human societies (Stern Review 2006, Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC), and as a contribution to the debate on international climate protection efforts after 2012, Switzerland has published a new strategy on its future climate policy in August 2007. Ecologic contributed to one of several studies that formed the basis for the development of this strategy. The study as well as related material is available for download. Read more

Development of a Water Monitoring Programme for Cyprus

April 2006 to November 2007
In order to implement the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in due time, the aim of this project is to develop an efficient monitoring programme which will both be adapted to the special natural conditions of Cyprus and meet the requirements of the WFD. Amongst other things, Ecologic will be involved in sketching and comparing different scenarios for an efficient monitoring programme. Ecologic supports to a great extent the cost estimation of different options for implementing a water monitoring programme in Cyprus. Read more

WFD and Agriculture – Participation to the ICPDR Workshop in Malinska

April 2006

On behalf of the European Commission, DG Environment, Ecologic Fellow Thomas Dworak participated in a workshop on the WFD and Agriculture and gave a presentation on EU agricultural policies and water management. The workshop was held in Malinska, Croatia on 25-26 April 2006 and organised by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) together with the UNDP-GEF Danube Regional Project.

The agricultural sector is one of the key polluters of the Danube River Basin (DRB). To successfully achieve the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives by 2015,Read more


WFD and Agriculture – Final synthesis 2005-06 of the SSG activity

April 2006 to December 2006
Under its mandate for 2005-06, the Strategic Steering Group (SSG) on WFD and Agriculture has initiated numerous activities including five issues reports and two important conferences hosted under the UK and Austrian presidency, respectively. Due to the huge amount of information and debates produced by these activities, a synthesis of the SSG activities during the duration of this mandate was identified to be necessary. The European Commission, DG Environment commissioned Ecologic to prepare this synthesis document. Read more

WFD and Agriculture – Analysis of the pressures and impacts

April 2006 to October 2006

Under the mandate of the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Ecologic and the Warsaw Agricultural University (WAU) have been commissioned to update the working document “WFD and Agriculture - Analysis of the Pressures and Impacts”. The initial report has been prepared in the frame of the DG RTD project “Common Agricultural Policy meets Water Framework Directive – Opportunities for the future” and presented at the UK Presidency conference on WFD and agriculture in September 2005.

Diffuse pollution fromRead more


Economic Assessment of Environment and Resource Costs in the Water Framework Directive (AquaMoney)

April 2006 to March 2009

The concept of environmental and resource costs plays a central role in the economic analysis of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). However, so far there are no methodological guidelines regarding their practical assessment and inclusion in the economic analyses of the WFD. The AquaMoney will bridge this gap by developing hands-on guidance for assessing environmental and resource costs and testing them in ten European case studies.

The concept of environmental and resource costs plays a central role in the economic analysis of the WFD. It is particularlyRead more


Development of Sava River Basin Management Plan

March 2006 to May 2007
This project aims to support the countries of the Sava river basin (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia & Montenegro) in their long-term objective of elaborating a Sava River Basin Management Plan. Read more

Future Direction of a Sustainable European Neighbourhood Policy

March 2006 to May 2006
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) seeks to create a system of graduated co-operation and association contracts. The core will be a pan-European internal market. However, the integration of other policies, most notably in the areas of security co-operation, energy and the environment, play a crucial role. Other geopolitical actors like Russia will compete with the EU on the concepts that will define the common European space of the future. Read more

EU Enlargement: A Success Story?

March 2006 to May 2006

Two years after the accession of ten Eastern and Middle European Countries, Ecologic assesses in this project the implications of this last accession round. The project, commissioned by the Member of the European Parliament Giesela Kallenbach (Leipzig), raises the question whether this enlargement round was a success or not.

Since the last accessions, enthusiasm for enlargement has vanished. Opinion polls indicate enlargement fatigue. The EU struggles with a lack of support from the European public, particularly after the referenda in France and the Netherlands on the EuropeanRead more


Support for the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

February 2006 to February 2007

The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) poses enormous challenges to the Member States as well as to the European Commission. As part of a pan-European consortium, Ecologic supports the European Commission in the implementation of the Directive. The main objective is to provide independent, impartial and punctual advice on scientific, socio-economic and technical issues related to the WFD.

The WFD entered into force in December 2002. For the implementation of the Directive to be successful and effective, a common understanding and approach across political bordersRead more

Climate Change and Water Management - Adaptation Strategies for Europe

February 2006 to July 2007
How can societies adapt to the consequences of global change? This question gains importance at EU level given the alarming trends that are being observed, and is one of the focal points of the German EU presidency in 2007. This project analyses the challenges that climate change poses to water management in Europe, and develops options and strategies to meet these challenges. Read more

Resettlement from flood-prone areas

February 2006 to October 2006
How can societies adapt to increasing flood risk in river basins and coastal areas? While a large range of potential adaptation options exists, in the more severe cases it will be necessary to consider retreating from flood-prone areas and relocating settlements and critical infrastructure.The Hertie School of Governance and Ecologic have recently completed a study project, the outcome of which is a report on policy options to achieve and encourage resettlement in flood-prone areas. The report is now available for download. Read more

Governance and Ecosystems Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity (GEM-CON-BIO)

February 2006 to January 2008

GEM-CON-BIO aims to explore the interactions between governance modes and sustainable development objectives in particular biodiversity conservation. The objective is to identify through case studies, what type of governance processes and institutions can best contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Best practice guidelines will be developed and disseminated to those involved in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies.

Ecosystem management is a particular approach to management which concentrates on maintaining theRead more


Evaluation of Sustainability of Sewerage Systems in Metropolitan Areas: Emscher and Berlin Case Studies

February 2006 to May 2006
This project aimed at realising a comparative evaluation of the development of urban wastewater systems against the  background of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This evaluation was based on five case studies undertaken as part of the project and discussed at an international conference in Milan on 4 May 2006. An expected result was to gain knowledge on the technological, economic, management and institutional consequences arising from a shift from an approach dominated by point-source emission standards to one focusing on the good ecological standards of water bodies. Ecologic undertook two of the case studies, one being on the Emscher Region and one on Berlin. Read more

Environmental Policy Integration and Multi-level Governance (EPIGOV)

February 2006 to January 2009

There is a rapidly growing body of literature analysing and discussing measures to achieve the integration of environmental concerns into other policy areas (environmental policy integration, EPI). The project aims to structure these findings and to identify avenues for future research.

The project focuses on two main themes:

  1. Is it possible to identify modes of governance which are typically used to promote EPI at particular levels, eg. local/regional, national, EU, global? If so, which governance modes are typically used at which levels
  2. Read more

Improving Assessment of the Environment in Impact Assessments

January 2006 to August 2006

The European Commission developed a comprehensive approach to impact assessment, requiring that all likely economic, social and environmental impacts of major Commission proposals are given due consideration. However, not every impact assessment accorded equal treatment to all dimensions of sustainable development. The primary objective of the project is to assess the extent to which environmental impacts are taken into consideration when impact assessments are performed, and to suggest ways in which to improve consideration of environmental impacts within the assessment process.

TheRead more


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