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International Development

International Development

Ecologic Institute's work extends beyond the European Union. Projects in the area of international development cover the monitoring and analysis of European international development policy as well as studies on environmental policy in countries of the Global South. In addition to policy, economic and legal analyses, team members have extensive experience leading expert visits, study tours and summer academies to build capacities and encourage exchange between European professionals and those from the Global South. In addition, Ecologic Institute's research provides the respective countries' governments with information about developing robust environmental and climate governance frameworks.

As with its European work, Ecologic Institute covers a range of environmental issues related to countries of the Global South. Team members are particularly active in the fields of coastal and marine management, water, climate adaptation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, agriculture, green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, sustainable consumption, air quality management, and bioeconomy.

The development team has profound regional expertise in Latin American and the Caribbean region, but also in parts of Asia (e.g. China, Mongolia, Vietnam), Africa (e.g. Morocco, Ethiopia), and the Middle East.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the key reference point for international development cooperation and guide the work of Ecologic Institute in this field. Ecologic Institute also supports the European Union’s work on achieving them  through the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda.

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Bioeconomy

Digitalization

International Development

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Resource Conservation + Circular Economy

Water

Industry

Gerardo Anzaldúa
Senior Fellow

Water

International Development

Digitalization

Governance

Benedict Bueb
Coordinator Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Researcher

Cities

Biodiversity

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

International Development

Adaptation

Land Use

Evaluation

Health

McKenna Davis
Senior Fellow

Climate

International Development

Governance

Education

Matthias Duwe
Head, Climate

Cities

International Development

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Climate

Ewa Iwaszuk
Fellow

Cities

Plastics

International Development

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Climate

Evaluation

Indicators

Education

Governance

Doris Knoblauch
Coordinator Urban & Spatial Governance
Senior Fellow

International Development

Coastal + Marine

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Adaptation

Evaluation

Biodiversity

Cities

International Development

Land Use

Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Sandra Naumann
Coordinator Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions
Senior Fellow

Climate

Plastics

Land Use

Environmental Law – Ecologic Legal

International Development

Governance

Dr. Heidi Stockhaus
Coordinator International Development
Fellow
Selected Projects for International Development

Sustainable Development Goals

 
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Sustainable development is a long-term political goal of the European Union (EU), which has become even more important since the adoption of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, has been monitoring progress in the... Read more

Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Europe 2020 Strategy and Policy Initiatives beyond 2020

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European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat), International
 
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How to link the goals of the Agenda 2030, the Paris Convention, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction and climate adaptation policies? The project examines synergies and challenges in the joint implementation of these processes. To this end, several papers, among... Read more
 
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A sustainable bioeconomy could contribute to replacing fossil-based resources and feeding a growing world population. Inherent to a transformation towards such an economy are economic, ecological and social opportunities as well as risks. This project for Germany’s... Read more

Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Photo: Ewa Iwaszuk

Cities and their peripheries are constantly confronted with challenges such as urban sprawl, climate change and pollution. These processes can exacerbate the degradation of natural ecosystems, and jeopardize ecosystem service provisioning with negative consequences for... Read more

International Cooperation to Restore and Connect Urban Environments in Latin America and Europe (INTERLACE)

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With three quarters of the European Union's population living in cities and further increases expected, societies are increasingly facing socio-political shifts and marginalization. Limited availability of physical space, changing urban demographics, and increasing... Read more
 

Ponderful at a glance

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Even the smallest ponds can play a big role in fighting climate change. Largely neglected and generally undervalued, ponds are also remarkably important for biodiversity conservation. Small water bodies such as ponds are, both globally and in Europe, the most... Read more

Pond Ecosystems for Resilient Future Landscapes in a Changing Climate (PONDERFUL)

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This project aims at strengthening the financing of River Basin Organisations (RBOs) in Latin America. Adequate financing of RBOs is crucial for improving water management and increasing local capacities to prepare for and adapt to climate change. In order to achieve... Read more

River Basins and Financial Redistribution in Practice (EcoCuencas)

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Workshop zu Ökosystemleistungen von Küsten in St. Lucia.
The BMZ/KFW funded project 'Coastal Protection for Climate Change Adaptation in the Small Island States in the Caribbean' aims to improve coastal ecosystem services to reduce the impacts of climate change in Jamaica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the... Read more

Asia

 

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Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. Calls for a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution have increased over the last years, discussions will continue at the next sessions of the UN Environment Assembly in February 2022. After... Read more
 

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In order to reduce air pollution, especially in large cities, Vietnam is discussing the introduction of air quality planning and an integrated permit system as part of the revision of its Law on Environmental Protection. Together with the Independent Institute for... Read more
 
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Vietnam is currently revising its Law on Environmental Protection and therefore also revisiting the chapter on climate change. Ecologic Institute supports the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in adapting the provisions to the requirements of the... Read more
 
For several years, the EU and China have cooperated on the design and implementation of carbon markets. Since 2018, the Ecologic Institute has become part of an international consortium led by ICF to deliver capacity building, training and joint research activities in... Read more

Africa

 

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Complex use conflicts such as those arising around the management of water resources require the coordination and cooperation of public authorities and stakeholders across very different thematic areas and geographic scales. The goal of STEER is to explore innovative... Read more
 
The Ecologic Institute is a part of LEDDRA consortium. Launched in April 2010, the project will add new and will refine existing scientific and policy-relevant knowledge, especially within a cross-national context in the perspective of elaborating scientifically sound... Read more

Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses (LEDDRA)

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All projects on International Development