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The Central Asia and Mongolia Bioresources and Biosecurity Network

Capacity Development on Access to Genetic Resources, Benefit–Sharing, and Biosafety in Central Asia and Mongolia
This policy report seeks to give an overview of the current state of biodiversity and relevant law, and policy in Central Asia and Mongolia. It elaborates the international and national legal basis for access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their utilization, as well as for the protection of traditional knowledge. Read more
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Wassernutzung und Gewässerschutz

Steuerungsmechanismen der Politik
This book chapter gives an introduction into the environmental policy instruments for the protection of water bodies and reports on a practical case study regarding ground water management in Hessisches Ried. Starting off with this instrumental approach, the chapter introduces the objectives of the German Working Group of the Federal States on water issues (LAWA) with regard to surface water. It continues with the strategic approach as it was embodied in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and finally presents the actors in the area of water policy. Read more

Entflechtungsregeln im Stromsektor

Die Vorgaben des Gesetzesentwurfes zum Energiewirtschaftsrechts
The federal bill addressing non discriminatory network access in the energy sector will significantly reform the existing legal framework for grid operators in Germany. A crucial aspect of the reform is the strengthening of rules for vertically integrated energy companies active in production and distribution as well as grid operation. In her publication, Dr. Camilla Bausch critically analyses and evaluates unbundling rules for the electricity sector against the background of lawmakers' objectives - including promoting competition, reducing conflict of interest cases and quelling market distorting activities. Read more
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Making the Right Choice

A Methodology for Selecting Cost-Effective Measures for the Water Framework Directive
In the third issue of the Journal for European Environmental and Plannning Law (JEEPL), Nicole Kranz, Benjamin Görlach and Eduard Interwies published an article on the selection of cost-effective combinations of measures according to Article 11 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The article highlights the results of the project "Basic principles for selecting the most cost-effective combinations of measures", conducted by Ecologic in 2003 for the German Federal Environmental Agency.Read more
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The Dismantling of the German Federal Health Agency

A Case of (Failed) Institutional Precaution
The precautionary principle is one of the guiding principles of European environmental policy. Looking at Germany's scandal of AIDS contaminated blood bottles, the author examines the failure of the German Federal Health Agency in the fight against AIDS. He identifies potential conflicts looming in the implementation of the precautionary principle and requirements for a suitable institutional framework. Read more

Reforming International Environmental Governance.

An Institutionalist Critique of the Proposal for a World Environment Organisation
In this article Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring argue that a World Environment Organisation (WEO) does not promise to enhance international environmental governance. The authors claim that the establishment of an international organisation alone in a policy field currently populated by regimes cannot be expected to significantly improve environmental governance because there is no qualitative difference between these two forms of governance institutions. This article does not address in detail or extend upon recent proposals for giving more importance to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) or for upgrading it to a special UN organisation.Read more

The Draft Constitution for Europe and the Environment

After extensive discussions and despite reasonable fears of failure, in June 2004 EU leaders finally adopted the Constitutional Treaty, which will replace the Nice Treaty. After signing the Constitutional Treaty in autumn 2004, Member States will have two years to ratify it. This article presents an environmental analysis of the draft Treaty as submitted by the Convention on the Future of Europe in July 2003. Read more
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Qualität hat ihren Preis! – Aber welchen?

Zukunft der Wasserversorgung und Abwasserbeseitigung
Wenke Hansen and Nadine Herbke's article "Quality has its price! But which? - Future of the Water Supply and Wastewater Sector" is published in the documentation of the convention "Füllhorn oder Büchse der Pandora? - GATS, the European Internal Market and the liberalisation of public services in Germany". The article addresses the evolution of prices and charges in the European water and sanitation sector, and the debate over the liberalisation of the German water sector.

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Über Lissabon zu einem nachhaltigen Europa?

Wie die Europäische Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie gestärkt werden kann
The transition to a sustainable development is a strategic aim of the EU. To this end, the European Council adopted during the meeting in Gothenburg 2001 a European Sustainable Development Strategy. The mid-term review of the strategy is scheduled for next year (2005). How has the European Sustainable Development Strategy performed so far? In this article, Ecologic analyses both the relation between the Sustainable Development Strategy and the Lisbon process as well as the weaknesses of the strategy, and suggests a way forward. Read more
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Differential Effects of Enlargement on EU Environmental Governance

This article examines the potential impact of eastern enlargement on EU environmental governance. Whereas some observers see eastern enlargement as a potential threat to EU environmental governance, this contribution argues that it should be seen as an opportunity to intensify ongoing reform efforts. Ingmar von Homeyer from Ecologic Institute was the author of this article.Read more
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Osterweiterung im Integrationskontext

Sektorale Handlungsmuster und ihr Einfluß auf die Erweiterungs- politik der Europäischen Union in den Bereichen Umwelt und Inneres
The dissertation of Ecologic Alumna Kerstin Imbusch deals with policy-making in EU's recent Eastern Enlargement. By comparing the enlargement processes of environmental policy and Home affairs it shows that EU-actors selected sector-specific approaches to deal with this challenge. Read more

The Environment in the Future European Constitution

The article is based on a brochure the author wrote for the project "EcoFuturum - A Sustainable Constitution for Europe" which was co-funded by the European Commission. In the framework of this project Ecologic published a number of policy papers and carried out a series of workshops throughout the enlarged European Union to discuss the impact of the future Constitution on European environmental policy.Read more
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Potential noch nicht ausgereizt

Kostenaspekte der europäischen Wasserrahmenrichtlinie
According to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), all water bodies in the European Union should reach 'good status' by 2015. The WFD is one of the first environmental policy directives of the European Community that explicitly draws on economic considerations for achieving its ambitious objectives. By the end of 2004, an economic analysis of the importance of water uses has to be completed for each river basin district. This article summarises the present implementation status of the economic analysis in Germany and other European Member States and outlines challenges ahead for the reporting deadline 2004. Read more

The Future Directive on Environmental Liability

A tool to implement the precautionary principle?

This paper analyses to what extent the new EC Directive on Environmental Liability sets an incentive for the potentially liable parties to invest in measures to minimise risk and through a system of strict liability triggers precautionary measures that go beyond the existing legal requirements. The paper is available for download.

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Kommunales Flächenressourcenmanagement

Visionen für Politik und Forschung
The Workshop Summary provides an overview of the very complex issue presented from different perspectives at the Workshop on "Land Use Planning and Management at the Local Level". The emphasis of the summary is on the results of the working groups, which analysed current challenges regarding land use management, elaborated recommendations and identified research needs. The workshop summary is available for download.Read more

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