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Forschung trifft auf Praxis: Und was kommt dabei raus?

If science provides the right impulses, completely new ideas can emerge in practice. The last episode of the environmental podcast "Knowledge for Future" dealt with the importance of transdisciplinary research, in particular with the synergies and challenges that can arise when research and companies work together. This episode focuses on two concrete examples of such synergetic cooperations: sustainability within the food and fashion industry.Read more

Sieben auf einen Streich

Regionale Ernährungsstrategien als Schlüssel für eine nachhaltigere Stadt-Umland-Kooperation
The German article "Seven at one blow! Regional Food Strategies as key to more sustainable Urban-Rural cooperations" deals with the role of regional food strategies as a promising approach for an integrated, sustainable development of urban and rural areas. The article, written by Stephanie Wunder, Coordinator Food Systems at the Ecologic Institute and Franziska Wolff, Head of Environmental Law & Governance at Öko-Institut summarizes the results of the UBA project "Rural Urban Nexus", led by Ecologic Institute. The text is part of "The Critical Agricultural Report". Since 1993 „Der kritische Agrarbericht“ is an annually published flagship book, that critically reflects about agriculture in Germany in the context of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. The 2020 edition focused on the changing relationship between rural and urban areas. Read more

Rural Urban Nexus – Globale Landnutzung und Urbanisierung

Integrierte Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Stadt-Land-Entwicklung
Der Ende 2019 vom Umweltbundesamt veröffentlichte Bericht "Integrierte Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Stadt-Land-Entwicklung" fasst die Ergebnisse des dreijährigen Forschungsprojektes "Rural Urban Nexus – Globale Landnutzung und Urbanisierung" (RUN) zusammen. Die Untersuchungen des vom Ecologic Institut geleiteten Projektes zeigen, daThe report "Integrated approaches for sustainable urban-rural development" published by the German Federal Environment Agency at the end of 2019 summarizes the results of the three-year research project "Rural Urban Nexus – Global Land Use and Urbanization" (RUN). The findings of the project, that was led by Ecologic Institute, show that there is already a wide range of strategic approaches, instruments and institutional forms for better collaboration between cities and their surrounding areas. Rather than establishing new instruments, administrations and policy makers should make greater use of existing possibilities – especially informal instruments of regional planning – and to integrate sustainable urban and peri-urban development into existing policies. In particular, the development of regional food strategies can be an important entry point and catalyst for achieving sustainable urban rural development.ss eine breite Palette von strategischen Ansatzpunkten, Instrumenten und institutionellen Formen bereitsteht, um die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Städten und ihrem Umland nachhaltiger zu gestalten. Insgesamt geht es weniger um die Etablierung neuer Instrumente, als um die stärkere Nutzung bestehender Möglichkeiten – insbesondere informeller Instrumente der Regionalplanung – und um die Integration einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung von Stadt und Umland in bestehende Politiken. Insbesondere die Entwicklung regionaler Ernährungsstrategien kann ein Katalysator dafür sein.Read more

Looking to the future: Socio-economic and socio-cultural trends in resource conservation

Technological developments and trends can contribute significantly to resource conservation. In addition to political framework conditions, social routines, patterns of action and consumption styles are important, as they have a considerable influence on individual and societal resource requirements. The present trend analysis therefore systematically examines how socio-economic and socio-cultural trends can affect the use of resources. Read more

National Platforms to Fight Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
This video summarises the main activities and findings of the five national platforms. In order to adapt actions and responses to food waste challenges nationally, REFRESH established national networking platforms in the following five countries: Germany, Hungary, Spain, the Netherlands and China. The national platforms set up voluntary agreements and started different pilot activities against food waste, which are presented in this video.Read more

Reducing Consumer Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
This video summarises the REFRESH project’s activities and findings in the field of consumer behavior. Households account for more than half of the food waste generated in the EU. A large survey conducted by REFRESH in four European countries revealed relevant information on consumer food waste behavior that was used to draw conclusions for policy makers.Read more

Research Against Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
In 2019, the European research project REFRESH has come to an end. Since 2015, the 26 project partners from across Europe and China have made considerable progress in tackling food losses and food waste along production and supply chains with an integrated approach towards a more sustainable and responsible food system. This video summarises the main activities and findings within the project's three focus areas.Read more

Provision of Technical Support Related to Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

November 2019 to February 2020
Ecologic Institute supports IEEP with the project "Provision of Technical Support Related to Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – Maintaining and Restoring Ecosystems and their Services" for DG Environment. The concerned task focuses on better understanding the impact from the bioeconomy’s current and future demand on biodiversity in the EU.Read more

Agroecological Transition from Bottom up

In a broadcast on SWR2 on 23 October 2019, Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, says the EU's agricultural policy is setting the wrong incentives. Changing consumer choices is important but needs the right political framework. She notes that a transition in agriculture can only work if municipalities take greater responsibilities and if there is a change in diets towards less meat.

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