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Science-Policy Interface and the Role of Impact Assessment in the Case of Biofuels

The EU target to raise the share of biofuels in transport to 10 % by 2020 remains one of the most controversial environmental policy decisions in recent years. In this book chapter written by Timo Kaphengst and Katharina Umpfenbach of Ecologic Institute together with Bernd Hirschl and Anna Neumann, the authors examine the role of scientific evidence and impact assessments in the policy process leading up to the adoption of the Renewable Energy Directive.

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Quality Requirements for Sustainability Evaluations

Sustainability aspects are often insufficiently considered, if at all, within standards for evaluations or impact assessments. This book chapter points out the challenges raised by sustainability evaluations and the aspects which should be added to existing evaluation standards.



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Engaging Stakeholders in Formulating National Adaptation Strategies in the Baltic States

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30 May 2012
Tallinn
Estonia

The BaltClim project supports the formulation of national adaptation strategies for climate change in the Baltic States. At a working meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, on 29 and 30 May 2012, Dr. Grit Martinez of Ecologic Institute was part of a German group of experts that shared their experiences in formulating and implementing adaptation strategies with representatives from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Her presentation focused on insights from the RADOST (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast) project with regard to stakeholder consultation and participation. TheRead more

Rio+20: Financial Resources for Improved International Environmental Governance

The international architecture for financing environmental protection and institutions has become quite confusing, spread out across an increasing number of bilateral and multilateral actors, funds and financing mechanisms. This study, commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency, investigates the current system and provides recommendations on how to improve it. The study is available for download.Read more

Reform of Global Sustainable Development Institutions

From 17th to 18th April 2012, the conference "Green Development and Governance Innovation: Prospects on the Rio+20" took place in Shanghai. Organisers are the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Shanghai and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). On the 18th April, Sascha Müller-Kraenner gave a presentation on the reform of global sustainable development institutions. The paper is available for download.


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Economic Growth and Sustainability? Framing a New Model for Development

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3 April 2012
São Paulo
Brazil

Twenty years after the first Rio Summit, the global community faces continued challenges in reconciling economic prosperity and growth with environmental sustainability. At a civil society conference held in São Paulo, Brazil, Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC framed the debate and laid out major challenges and opportunities on the agenda of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20").

Individual economies both in the developed and developing world have successfully begun decoupling their growing economies from a simultaneous increaseRead more

Environmental Complaint-handling and Mediation Mechanisms at National Level

April 2012 to November 2012

Improving the implementation and enforcement of European environmental legislation will be one of the key priorities of the EU’s upcoming 7th Environmental Action Programme. In a study for the European Commission the Ecologic Institute, together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy and BIO Intelligence Service, is studying several options to improve the national complaint-handling and mediation mechanisms in the environmental field.

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Environmental law is characterised in many cases by its lack of directly and individually affectedRead more

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The Frontiers of Networked Governance

In this paper, researchers from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Ecologic Institute propose that a more decentralized governance structure is one possible solution for dealing with complex problems. The authors argue that highly complex problems, such as achieving sustainable development, are better solved by networks of diverse actors interacting and collaborating both inside and outside of government - what the authors call "governance networks". Such collaboration would make solutions more effective at the implementation stage. The report is available...Read more

US-German Workshop: Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change – a Discussion with Practitioners

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7 March 2012
Annapolis, Maryland
United States

A workshop co-organized by Ecologic Institute in Annapolis, Maryland investigated how the public's view of climate change can influence local government's ability to adapt to climate change. It was a part of the exchange activities of the RADOST project (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast) with partner regions in the USA. The examples provided at the workshop...Read more

US-German Workshop: Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change – a Discussion with Practitioners

TimeLoc
7 March 2012
Annapolis, Maryland
United States
A workshop co-organized by Ecologic Institute in Annapolis, Maryland investigated how the public's view of climate change can influence local government's ability to adapt to climate change. It was a part of the exchange activities of the RADOST project (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast) with partner regions in the USA. The examples provided at the workshop focused on the coastal zones of the US state of Maryland and the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.Read more

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