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Democracy, Efficiency, Transparency

The European Convention's Proposals for Institutional Reform from an Environmental Perspective
The Laeken Declaration, which constitutes the mandate for the European Convention, calls for institutional reforms to improve the EU’s efficiency, democratic accountability and transparency. Although the Convention adopted the draft Constitutional Treaty in June/July 2003, its environmental implications remain highly uncertain. Ecologic published a Brief that analyses the draft Constitutional Treaty. Furthermore, it considers the potential environmental merits and shortcomings of the broader reform options which have provided the backdrop for the Convention’s discussions: What are the basic options for improving the EU’s efficiency, democratic accountability and transparency? How do they fare from the point of view of the environment? Read more

Applying EU Environmental Legislation

Learning from the European Court Cases and the Example of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos
What are the impacts of European infringement procedures regarding the non-compliance with nature conservation legislation on certain areas? And, to what extent can protected areas contribute to fulfill the requirements of the nature conservation legislation by means of sustainable management with appropriate financing?Read more
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Ökologische Schäden und ihre Bewertung in internationalen, europäischen und nationalen Haftungssystemen

Eine juristische und ökonomische Analyse
The interdisciplinary team of lawyers and economists, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. Juliane Kokott and consisting of Dr. Axel Klaphake, Dr. Simon Marr, Dr. Peter Beyer und Ute Beckert, recently finalized its study on international, European and national liability systems in relation to ecological damages, i.e. damages to water, soil and biodiversity. The study was commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency. Read more

EU: CAP and Enlargement – an Opportunity for Nature and Environment?

On 19-21 February, 2003 the international conference entitled "EU: CAP and Enlargement - An Opportunity for Environment and Nature?" took place in Potsdam, Germany. The primary goal of the conference was to analyse and discuss the complex interactions between EU enlargement, the Common Agricultural Policy and the related impacts on nature and environment. In October 2003 conference proceedings have been published in the series BfN-Skripten of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.



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Information Exchange and Observer Status: The World Trade Organisation and Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Paragraph 31 (ii) of the Doha Ministerial Declaration
A report by Prof. Konrad von Moltke on the state of WTO-negotiations on paragraph 31 (ii) Doha Development Agenda (Information Exchange between MEAs and the WTO and Observer Status of MEA-Secretariats in relevant WTO Committees) has now been published. The report was presented by Matthias Buck (policy advisor of Ecologic) at the EU-China-Dialogue on Trade and Environment, 24-25 July 2003 in Dalian, China.Read more

Risiko Mobilfunk

Wissenschaftlicher Diskurs, öffentliche Debatte und politische Rahmenbedingungen
The book "Risks of Mobile Telecommunication" was published in the series "Studies of the Office for Technology Assessment at the German Parliament". Substantial parts of the book are based on a study conducted by Ecologic. The publication presents an analysis of the scientific and public discourse on the health risks of mobile phones and transmitters. Furthermore the book gives an overview of the regulatory framework conditions of mobile telecommunication. Read more

Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions is Possible and Even Profitable

Businesses, cities, states, universities and churches are striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect the Earth's climate. A new transatlantic survey by Michael Northrop reveals a multitude of initiatives, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Michael Northrop directs the Sustainable Development grantmaking program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) in New York City and is the author of this paper.Read more

International Best Practices and Innovation

Strategically Harvesting Environmental Lessons from Abroad
As state and local governments in the U.S. respond to demanding and complex environmental challenges, environmental policies and best practices from overseas are serving as important models. The reasons are clear – countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Australia have addressed similar environmental challenges by developing and implementing creative and often highly successful solutions. The adaptation of international best practices and innovation in environmental policies represents an important and powerful paradigm shift – from one of exporting environmental expertise and dollars, to one of importing good ideas from around the globe. The paper is available for download.



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The Precautionary Principle in the Law of the Sea

Modern Decision Making in International Law
The Doctoral Thesis of Simon Marr, lawyer with Ecologic Legal, has been published. The purpose of this study is to examine the present status of implementation of the precautionary principle in the law of the sea and to extract evidence of its acceptance as part of customary international law. The thesis examines the precautionary principle in the law of the sea. The precautionary principle is a risk management tool for policy makers which has been broadly implemented in international environmental law in a variety of different sectors and formulations.Read more

Nach dem Weltgipfel für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Der doppelte Nexus zwischen Nachhaltiger Entwicklung, Globalisierung und Sicherheit
Nature protection policy and environmental measures within development and international cooperation play a central role in conflicts over resources. Since the mid-nineties the topic of globalization was making all the headlines. Since September 2001, global security has dominated the international agenda. Against the background of this development a special meaning is given to global environmental governance as well as the development of the concept of sustainability. A paper by Sascha Müller-Kraenner and Uwe Brendle.Read more
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Economic Instruments for Water Management

Experiences from Europe and Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean
This publication 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 and Caribbean context and demonstrates the constraints and impediments to their introduction. Read more

Klimaschutz und Recht

Simon Marr and Sebastian Oberthür have together with Christoph Bail co-authored a chapter which has been published in one of the leading German handbooks on European and German environmental law. The chapter, entitled "Climate protection and law", appears in the Handbuch zum europäischen und deutschen Umweltrecht, which is edited by Hans-Werner Rengeling.


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Governance and Private Sector Participation

Ecologic experts on private sector participation and regulatory oversight in the water sector contribute to an OECD publication on "Social Issues in the Provision and Pricing of Water Services". This book explores the interface between environmental and social elements of water pricing policies in OECD countries. It focuses on the affordability of water services, as well as on the social measures aimed at resolving these affordability problems.

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The European Constitution

An Evaluation from an Environmental Perspective
This Ecologic Brief is a part of the project EcoFuturum "Europe's Democratic Challenge: Actively Shaping European Environmental Policy". It is part of a series of contributions to the European consitutional debates, and Ecologic thus continues its tradition of work on "Greening the Treaties".Read more
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The Rhine - a history and a model in regime development

A river at the heart of Europe, the Rhine has a length of 1320 km and a catchment area of 185,000 sqkm. The population density and the degree of urbanisation and industrialisation in its basin have presented a particular water management and river development challenges in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Read more
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Progress in Managing the Environment

On 21 May the Kiev report "Europe's environment: The third assessment" was released in the run-up to the meeting of Environment ministers from the wider European continent in Kiev, Ukraine, which was organised by the UN's Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). Chapter 13 dealing with progress in managing the environment was drawn up with the joint help of Ecologic and IEEP London.
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Institutional Interaction to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Transport

ICAO, IMO and the Kyoto Protocol
In response to Article 2.2 of the Kyoto Protocol, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) have begun to consider greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international aviation and shipping. However, neither ICAO nor IMO have taken any effective action on the issue yet and progress can be characterised as slow. But there are options for furthering the progress within ICAO and IMO. Read more
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Legal and Policy Framework for Flood Prevention and Remediation in Germany

Review of laws, policies and instruments
Dworak, Thomas 2003: Legal and policy framework for flood prevention and remediation in Germany. Review of laws, policies and instruments. For the Séminaire EPR "aspects of flood risk management in Europe". Comparison of six national practices in vulnerability reduction and compensations: Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland. Berlin.Read more

Global Review of Economic Instruments for Water Management in Latin America

Regional Policy Dialogue
Kraemer, R. Andreas; Britta Pielen; Anna Leipprand 2003: Global Review of Economic Instruments for Water Management in Latin America. Regional Policy Dialogue. Environment Network. II Meeting: The Application of Economic Instruments in Water and Solid Waste Management. Washington D.C. 11-12 February 2003.Read more

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