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Projects – Ecologic Institute EU

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Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania

March 2002 to December 2004

The new Member States' thorough preparation for the accession to the European Union is a precondition for an effective enlargement of the EU. Therefore not only the national level but also the regional and local level should be placed in the centre of attention, in order to implement European legislation. The aim of the two projects "Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania" is to prepare regional and local environmental administration in Latvia and Lithuania for their EU-accession.

During the course of the project "Capacity Building in Latvia and Lithuania"Read more

UMTS: Health Risks of Mobile Telecommunication

February 2002 to August 2002

The debate over possible health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) like e.g. mobile phones has increased in the last years. Ecologic produced a study about the "analysis of the scientific discourse on possible health effects and ecological risks by mobile telecommunication and transmitters" for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag.

The discussion regarding the issue "electrosmog" and the possible health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) has arisen in the last 10 years. However, since the auction of the UMTS licences and the launch ofRead more

The Mediterranean Action Plan and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Identifying Goals and Capacities Improving Co-operation and Synergies

February 2002 to June 2002

With the project "The Mediterranean Action Plan and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Identifying Goals and Capacities - Improving Co-operation and Synergies", Ecologic focuses on a series of institutional challenges and opportunities which the two major regional organisations in the Mediterranean basin are facing.

Since 1976 Mediterranean countries and the EU have been combatting environmental pollution and degradation in the Mediterranean region under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). In response to the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the original pollutant-centred approachRead more

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Ecotaxes in Europe - Current Situation and Recommendations for Germany

February 2002 to April 2002

In the project report "Ecotax" Ecologic presents the state of the art and perspectives with regard to Environmental Tax Reform. The report reflects the scientific and political debate in Germany, as well as experiences in other European countries and the discussion on an EU-wide harmonisation of energy taxes.

For a quite a long time, the concept of Environmental Tax Reform (ETR) has been the topic of much controversial discussion. Following the lead of other European states, who introduced elements of an ETR in the early 90s, similar decisions were taken by theRead more

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International Comparison of Water Management

January 2002 to March 2003
On 15 October 2003, Wenke Hansen, Ecologic, one of the main authors of the comparative study on the international water sector presented some key messages of this study. On the occasion of the publication of the study in five volumes and the European Commission's Communication on the Internal Market Strategy the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (BAK) and the Austrian Association of Cities had invited to the event at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels "Liberalisation of water for Europe's citizens? - The Internal Market Strategy in the light of European experiences". Read more
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EU Environmental Governance

December 2001 to April 2002

Different reform initiatives and processes of general interest or of specifically an environmental nature, like the Lisbon process or the 6th Environmental Action Program, will have substantial influence on the future shaping of European environmental politics. The study "EU Environmental Governance" analyses and assesses these initiatives and lays down new options for their further development.

The study "EU Environmental Governance" forms part of the contribution given by the Belgian presidency on the discussion about environmental governance in the European Union. The slant ofRead more

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Eastern Enlargement: An Opportunity for Environmental Business!

December 2001 to July 2002

An important issue with regard to the Middle and Eastern European enlargement of the European Union is the development of environmental infrastructures. The EU promotes this process, e.g., with the financing programme ISPA. For German enterprises this provides new business opportunities. Therefore Ecologic organizes this seminar, informing the respective businesses about existing challenges and risks.

Engineering businesses and environment technology companies that wish to work in the Accession Countries tend to be small- and medium-sized enterprises. Their human and financialRead more

Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) and Waste Disposal in Germany

December 2001 to May 2010
Ecologic Institute acts as a consultant to the German Federal Ministry of the Environment concerning the negotiations on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers under the Aarhus Convention, the preparation of the first Meeting of the Parties, and the legal and administrative implementation of the Protocol in the EU and Germany. The Protocol requires Parties to establish pollutant release and transfer registers. The registers contain information on facility-specific emissions and waste transports. The information will be available to the public on the internet.Read more

Applying EU Environmental Legislation to the Field of Marine Protection

November 2001 to October 2003
Ecologic Institute prepared a background paper for this international conference, which took place on the island of Zakynthos (Greece) on 19-20 May 2003. The main objectives of the event were to examine procedures for non-compliance with the nature conservation legislation of the EU; to offer a forum to discuss possible actions to achieve compliance with European legislation and the overall aim of sustainable marine protection; to provide an opportunity to share best practices and exchange experiences and know-how concerning the sustainable management of marine protected areas and financial instruments for nature conservation; and to deliver results which are applicable to the development of the national park administration and an appropriate conservation strategy on Zakynthos.Read more
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RhineNet - Participatory Management of the Rhine River Basin

October 2001 to September 2006

RhineNet is aimed at promoting public participation within the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Rhine river basin through the co-operation of various institutions and organisations. The project’s final conference will be held on 15-16 November 2006 in Luxembourg.

The conference will present the project’s results, provide for experience exchange with other projects dealing with public participation and water management, present and further develop a vision for future co-operation among RhineNet members, and provide a platform for discussion of future approachesRead more

Access to Genetic Resources

October 2001 to February 2002
This project analyzes the results of the meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing, held in Bonn on 22-26 October 2001. The study has benn elaborated withthe view to informing the German negotiating position for the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.Read more
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Implementation of the Agenda 21

September 2001 to May 2002
What has be done to promote a sustainable development within the European Union? What kind of policy approaches or initiatives have been developed at the European level in order to implement in a comprehensive way the objectives of Agenda 21? On behalf of the European Commission- DG Environment, IEEP - in association with Ecologic - has been commissioned to carry out the EU's implementation report. The draft report responds to all 40 chapters of Agenda 21 outlining a general assessment of the state of EU implementation as regards the objectives of the Agenda 21 as well as constraints, major challenges and recommendations for additional measures that could be taken at EC and international level to support further progress. Read more
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Performance Indicators and Benchmarking Systems

August 2001 to September 2001
Around the world, benchmarking to compare the performance of water supply undertakings is attracting interest. The focus is on management aspects and efficiency, but environmental and resource protection have not yet been reflected adequately in most systems. This project provides presents an overview with examples of benchmarking systems from all over the world. Some systems developed by international organisations and from Member States of the European Union (other than Germany) are explained in more detail. Read more
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International Treaties relating to Forests

July 2001 to December 2001
This report aimed to provide an overview of developments in the myriad of international treaties that impact on the conservation and sustainable use of forests. The report focussed particularly on developments relating to public participation of affected stakeholders. Read more

Environmental Liability

July 2001 to June 2002
The overriding objective of this research project, called for in the Environmental Research Agenda of the German Federal Environmental Agency, is the analysis of existing liability regimes in the light of the further development of the European liability regime. Using an interdisciplinary research approach, both national liability regimes within and outside Europe and international regimes will be examined regarding the extent to which environmental damages can be compensated, the procedures and methods in existence for determining and calculating damage and compensation in theory and practice and the manner in which the compensation is carried out. Read more

Trading Away the Last Ancient Forests

June 2001 to April 2002
This report surveys the WTO rules relating to sustainable forest management.  The first version was prepared for distribution at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, and the final version was presented at the second session of the UN Forum on Forests. Read more
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Options for a Financial Mechanism Under the Kyoto Protocol

June 2001
The issue of financial transfers to developing countries is an integral part of the negotiations on completing the "unfinished business" of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) of 1997 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). Ecologic examines how such a Special Climate Change Fund could be developed and implemented. Read more
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EU-Enlargement, Common Agricultural Policy and Nature Conservation

May 2001 to September 2001

The forthcoming enlargement of the European Union poses a major political, economic and ecological challenge for the EU, the Member States and the Candidate Countries. One of the last and most difficult chapters to be discussed in the accession negotiations is the agricultural chapter of the aquis communautaire.

Against this background, Ecologic has carried out an international Workshop entitled "EU-Enlargement: Impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on Environment and Nature" on behalf of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the German Federal Ministry ofRead more

Trade, Societies and Sustainable Development (SUSTRA)

May 2001 to December 2004

In cooperation with the European SUSTRA-Network Ecologic analyses the relationship between trade, environment and sustainable development. As a part of the project, Ecologic convened an international workshop on the architecture of global governance of trade and sustainable development which focussed on the global institutional set-up, the relationship between multilateral environmental agreements and WTO rules as well as the role of non-State actors in the international fora. The results of the workshop were summarised and published in a policy brief.

The Seattle failure marked aRead more

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