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Basic Principles for Selecting the Most Cost-effective Combinations of Measures for Inclusion in the Programme of Measures as Described in Article 11 of the Water Framework Directive

Based on a description of the relevant national and European guidelines for the implementation of the WFD and a case study analysis of the prevailing pressures on German water bodies, an exemplary catalogue of applicable measures and instruments were compiled. The included measures and instruments are described in greater detail in data sheets contained in the annex. The study differentiates between concrete technical measures and administrative, economic and informational instruments, which facilitate and support the implementation of the measures.Read more

Capacity Building on the European Community's Environmental Policy

EU Legislation on river basin management and the reduction of nutrient pollution
Hansen, Wenke; Tanja Dräger and Ruta Landgrebe 2004: Capacity Building on the Community's Environmental Policy. EU Legislation on river basin management and the reduction of nutrient pollution. Ecologic - Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin.

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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

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

Joining Forces in the Mediterranean

Options for a Co-operation between MAP and EUROMED
Options for a co-operation between UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan and the EU initiative EUROMED are now presented in an Ecologic Brief. The Brief points out ways for an improved environmental integration and the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region.Read more

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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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