Projects – Ecologic Institute EU
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- 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 Read more
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.