Projects – Ecologic Institute EU
Ecologic completed a report reviewing and evaluating practices of public participation in water management in the Havel river basin for the implementation of the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD). Project results were presented by Nicole Kranz at the TU Berlin workshop on 'Public involvement in river basin management' on 9/10 February 2004. The project report is available for download.
Public participation becomes more and more important in environmental decision-making. In 1998, the Convention of Aarhus formulated the right of the public toRead more
In a seminal paper, Ecologic argues for using the 'Open Method of Co-ordination' (OMC) in EU environmental policy. OMC is currently successfully employed to drive and align economic and social policies. Ecologic's paper dispels concerns and criticism of OMC and describes how OMC can be combined with more traditional methods used in the European Community.
The paper titled "The EU Open Method of Co-ordination: Risks & Chances for Environmental Policy" was designed as a policy paper for the conference 'Sustainable Development in an Enlarged Union - Linking National StrategiesRead more
As part of the implementation of the IPPC Directive the Best Available Techniques (BAT) for waste treatment, industries are being identified and described in the BAT REFerence document (BREF) "waste treatment industries". Ecologic is compiling the best available techniques of selected waste treatment facilities relevant to Germany.Read more
The implementation of policies to mainstream environmental issues into international organisations and their activities represents an important part of the sustainable development agenda. To this end, Ecologic supports the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in preparing a UNDP Practice Note on Mainstreaming Environment.
Since 1999, UNDP has worked to make environmental management a consideration in all its activities. The process began with an initial framework for action in 2000, and work from 2001 to 2003 focused on developing a UNDP corporate policy for environmentalRead more
Sustainable development calls for the integration of environmental protection requirements into international development projects. Ecologic assists the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in creating a UNDP Strategy on Environmental Mainstreaming.
UNDP, following instructions from its Executive Board in 1999, has begun integrating environmental management into all its activities. In this context, UNDP is preparing a comprehensive, agency-wide initiative to include environmental considerations in all UNDP policies, programmes and operations. Previous workRead more
The ball you see here is one of the first of its kind. It has two seals: A Fair Trade seal and the FSC seal of the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC works for the protection of forests and the peoples living and working in them. The bladder inside this ball is made from latex (rubber) produced in accordance with the strict social and environmental criteria of the FSC.
The football or soccer ball is size 5, has 32 panels, and fulfils the requirements of theRead more
Sustainable Consumption is one of the key factors on the way to Sustainable Develoment. So far, the implementation of suatinable consumption lacks legally binding international obligations. This study therefore identifies whether and to what extend existing international agreements or organisations could serve as a tool to implement aspects of sustainable development. In addition, the study offers recommendations how further policy integration in the field of sustainable consumption can be achieved. Particular emphasis is placed on international trade law.
The Water Framework Directive restructures the legislative frame for the protection of European water bodies and establishes new approaches to an integrated and comprehensive management of river basins. Part of these novel approaches is the explicit requirement for an involvement of interest groups and the public at large in the different implementation phases of the Directive.
The main objective of the HarmoniCOP (project duration 2002 – 2005) project, which was funded under the 5th European framework for Research, was to increase the understanding of participatory river basinRead more