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Water Liberalisation Scenarios (EUROMARKET)

January 2003 to December 2005
The future of the water sector in Europe has been increasingly at the heart of political debates. Potential evolution of the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector had not, however, been the subject of in-depth studies. The EUROMARKET project filled this gap by analysing a selection of scenarios for the evolution of the European WSS sector, ranging from delegation contracts to community management, and investigating their social, economic, environmental and institutional implications.Read more

Drawing up a Brochure about Citizen Rights under the Aarhus Convention

January 2003 to June 2003
The Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) requests the contracting Parties to promote environmental education and environmental awareness among the public, especially on how to obtain access to information, to participate in decision-making and to obtain access to justice in environmental matters. The new European Directive on Public Access to Environmental Information implementing the Convention on a European level contains a similar provision. The objective of the project is to inform the German citizens about their rights under the Convention by means of a brochure in order to enable them to perform these rights.Read more

Concerted Action on Trade + Environment (CAT+E)

December 2002 to November 2005
Following the conclusion of the Uruguay Round the agenda of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) expanded to incorporate a number of environment related issues, such as services, intellectual property rights, and investment related measures. The EU-funded CAT+E project (Concerted Action on Trade and Environment) aims to ensure dialogue and debate between European Research Institutes on these issues. Through a series of international conferences and publications, the CAT+E network analyses the current trade and environment agenda, strengthens co-oporation among European Research institutes and identifies needs for further research. Ecologic's CAT+E reports are available for download. The trade and environment policy and research agendas have expanded rapidly in recent years. Following conclusion of the Uruguay Round the agenda of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) expanded to incorporate a number of environment related issues, such as services, intellectual property rights, or investment related measures. This rapid expansion of the trade and environment agenda has created a major area of research that is attracting researchers in virtually all member states. Read more

The Precautionary Principle in the European Environmental, Health and Food Safety Policy

November 2002 to March 2004
The precautionary principle is one of the fundamental principles of the European Union governing policies related to the environment, health and food safety. To achieve a better understanding of the application of the precautionary principle in European policy Ecologic advised the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) in the framework of the project "European Precautionary practice". Read more

Consumer Interests and Sustainable Development in International Law

November 2002 to October 2003

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.

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EC External Competences

November 2002 to May 2003
The EC increasingly participates in international conferences and mixed international agreements alongside its Member States. The appearance of both EC and Member States raises questions of competences for the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of such international instruments. In particular in the field of marine environment, substantial progress is hindered by an opaque division of competences between the EC and its Member States and lack of coordination. Accordingly, the German Federal Environmental Agency commissioned Ecologic with the task of analysing the division of external competences between the EC and its Member States taking into account the OSPAR-Convention.Read more

Public Participation and the European Water Framework Directive (HarmoniCOP)

October 2002 to August 2005

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

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EcoFuturum - A Sustainable Constitution for Europe

October 2002 to September 2003

The rapid changes in economic, social and security policy as well as the upcoming enlargement pose a challenge to the European Union and its institutions. Incisive reforms are necessary. This is the background for assigning the task to the Convention of preparing a draft for a forthcoming European constitution. With the Project "Europe's democratic challenge: Actively shaping European environmental policy" Ecologic follows this process from an environmental point of view.

Due to the upcoming enlargement the European Union is facing dramatic reforms. The current reform mechanism ofRead more

Economic Instruments for Water Management

September 2002 to February 2003

The report "Global Review of Economic Instruments for Water Management in Latin America" provides practical examples of experience with economic instruments in water management mainly in European and other OECD countries. It assists in identifying appropriate instruments for the Latin American context and demonstrates the constraints and impediments to their introduction.

The Inter-American Development Bank issued a publication of this report.

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Economic instruments have gained particular attention in recent years as anRead more

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Economics of Groundwater Protection

September 2002 to March 2003
The project discusses methods and estimates of the costs and benefits of groundwater protection. Ecologic contributed an extensive survey of the existing literature in the field, as well as EU Member States' experience with the use of economic methods and instruments in groundwater protection. The project supported the drafting process for the EC groundwater daughter directive.Read more

Climate Protection by Environmental Fiscal Reform in the Areas of Transport and Households - Expert Interviews at European Level

September 2002 to October 2003

Within a project by the Cologne Center for Public Finance (FiFo), Ecologic presented the state of the art of fiscal policy instruments for climate protection in the areas of transport and private households. The report is part of the project "Ökologische Finanzreform - Weiterentwicklung der Ökologischen Steuerreform unter Klima- und Energieaspekten" ("Environmental Fiscal Reform - further development of the Environmental Tax Reform from climate and energy points of view"; FKZ 202 14 195) in behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency.

The necessity of climate protectionRead more

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Development of a national Emissions Trading Scheme

September 2002 to April 2003
In order to implement its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as required under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Community elaborated a directive establishing a community-wide greenhouse gas trading system. Ecologic has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environmemnt to analyse the legal framework for implementing the directive in Germany and also to draft the implementing legislation. Read more
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Cost-effective Sets of Measures in the Water Framework Directive

July 2002 to November 2003

The Water Framework Directive requires the establishment of programs of measures for river basins until 2009 in order to reach the set quality targets for water bodies. In this selection process the consideration of cost-efficiency criteria is mandated. The German study/handbook prepared by Ecologic in collaboration with the Institute of Water Resources Research and Management at the University of Kassel establishes guidelines for this selection process. The handbook has been published in English and German. 

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Article 11 of the EU Water FrameworkRead more

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Devlopment of the German Guidance Document for the Economic Analysis According to the Water Framework Directive

June 2002 to February 2003

This project aimed at specifying the first draft of the German guidance document for the economic analysis according to the EU Water Framework Directive. The revision process was based on the analysis of the WATECO Guidance Document as well as on experience gained through the Mittelrhein and Lippe pilot projects. On 15 January 2003, the revised version of the German Guidance Document was discussed and presented to the interested public.

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In December 2000, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) was passed by the European Parliament and the Council ofRead more

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Social Aspects of Water Pricing

May 2002 to March 2003

Ecologic experts on private sector participation and regulatory oversight in the water sector contribute to the OECD publications "Social Issues in the Provision and Pricing of Water Services" and "Improving Water Management: Recent OECD Experience". The final report and an excerpt of the publication are available for download.

Following estimations, 20% of the world population do not have access to high-quality water. An even greater share of the population lacks access to adequate sanitary facilities. Ecological systems, health issues and economic development do all compete for theRead more

Competition Rules in the Water Sector

May 2002 to December 2002

The Study "The Application of the Competition Rules to the Water Sector in the European Community", carried out jointly by Ecologic and the Water Research centre (WRc) for the DG Competition of the European Commission examined to what extent EC competition rules and policies could be applied to the water sector.

In the wake of the liberalisation of the telecommunications and energy markets, the influence of competition policies on monopolistic economic sectors has increased greatly over the last years. To some extent it created efficiency improvementsRead more

European Forum for Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA)

April 2002 to March 2005

The EFIEA network aims to improve the practice of Integrated Environmental Assessment in Europe, and to build bridges between science and policy. It involves institutions, individual researchers and policymakers representing a variety of disciplines and countries. Ecologic staff have contributed to several EFIEA workshops; in addition, Ecologic supports the organisation of the EFIEA final conference in Berlin.

The idea of the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA) developed through debates at workshops and meetings initiated and held in Brussels. The EFIEA wasRead more

Municipal Waste Management in Latvia and Lithuania

March 2002 to December 2004
For the preparations of the informal Council of Environmental Ministers under the Austrian EU presidency, Ecologic contributed to a discussion paper on the urban environment and environmental technologies. The paper discusses in particular the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment of the European Commmission and the potential for the use of environmental technologies in cities.Read more

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