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EU Commission launches debate on further use of market-based instruments to support environment and energy related policy purposes

Following the successful Spring European Council 2007, which set very ambitious goals in the area of energy and climate change, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on the use of market-based instruments for environment and energy related policy purposes. Since market-based instruments have proven to be cost-effective means of achieving policy goals, the paper aims to stimulate a broad public debate on how taxes, tradable emissions rights and other market-based instruments can be used more widely and effectively for environmental and energy policy purposes at Community and national levels. This green paper is a joint project by Commissioners Dimas and Kovács, in association with Commissioners Barrot and Piebalgs. In the field of biodiversity conservation, it builds on work carried out by Ecologic and others.

Vulnerability and Distribution of Native Bird Species in Germany

July 2006 to November 2006
Many bird species depend on agricultural areas and forests. Specific cultivation practices are often a cause of their endangerment. A focus of this study is to analyse which bird species are significantly affected by agriculture and forestry in Germany. Cultivation rules for the protection of selected bird species will be developed. Methodological and technical aspects as well as legal implications will be addressed. Read more

Ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

August 2006 to February 2007
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the most exhaustive agreement for maintaining the world’s ecological underpinnings. In 2006, the Parties to the CBD agreed to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss. As host of the next Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2008, Germany has a special role to play. As part of this project Ecologic supports and advises the German government in setting the agenda. Key points that need to be tackled in order to reach this goal were discussed at an Expert Workshop from 13-15 December 2006 in Potsdam and summarised in the so called Potsdam recommendations. Read more

Naturerbe – Eine Frage der Kultur

Nature conservation contributes significantly to preserving the natural heritage of Germany. However, conservation has been unable to stop biodiversity loss and the negative effects of intensive land use in such a closely populated country. In this chapter, Rainer Müssner shows how in times of demographic and social change, nature conservation has dangers as well as concrete options as to how to preserve the German cultural landscape.

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The importance of landscape issues in public policies

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5 September 2006
Berlin
Germany

The Free University of Berlin organised a conference on behalf of The Permanent European conference for the study of the rural landscape (PECSRL) on 4-9 September 2006, focusing on the theme: European rural future: Landscape as an Interface. Rainer Müssner from Ecologic gave a presentation about the importance of landscape issues in public policies. This presentation focused on the following key questions: Is "landscape" a priority issue at the national / European policy agenda?, do we have a coherent "landscape policy"? and what can be done to increase politicalRead more

Transboundary landscape management - learning from the water sector

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4 September 2006
Berlin
Germany

There are obvious successes in Transboundary Water Management. How can the Landscape sector profit from these experiences, considering there exists an insufficient level of co-operation between states? Rainer Müssner in collaboration with Eduard Interwies gave a presentation focusing on these issues at the 22nd conference of The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape.Read more

Governance and Ecosystems Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity (GEM-CON-BIO)

February 2006 to January 2008

GEM-CON-BIO aims to explore the interactions between governance modes and sustainable development objectives in particular biodiversity conservation. The objective is to identify through case studies, what type of governance processes and institutions can best contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Best practice guidelines will be developed and disseminated to those involved in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies.

Ecosystem management is a particular approach to management which concentrates on maintaining theRead more

The Use of Market Incentives to preserve Biodiversity

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25 April 2006
Brussels
Belgium

On invitation of DG Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment, Ingo Bräuer, Fellow at Ecologic, gave a presentation on the use of Market Based Instruments in the field of nature conservation.Read more

The Value of Biodiversity

December 2005 to March 2006

Escalating human impact on ecosystems is increasingly affecting the capacity of eco-systems to provide services critical to human well-being. The objective of this project is to document EU examples where decreasing bio-diversity has led to the loss/degradation of ecosystem services, and consequently to economic costs and/or social losses. Therefore, 37 relevant examples from 18 Member and Accession States within the EU were analysed. The final project report is available for download.

The outcomes of this scoping study clearly demonstrate that throughout the EURead more

The Use of Market Incentives to Preserve Biodiversity

December 2005 to April 2006
EU Member States are increasingly using market-based instruments such as taxes, subsidies or tradable permits to conserve Biodiversity. Ecologic has been commissioned by DG Environment to analyse the current use of Market Based Instruments (MBIs) like taxes, fees and charges to protect biodiversity. Based on this, Ecologic collaborated with its project partners in preparing a report that evaluates the success and failure of these instruments and assesses their potential for wider use in different contexts in the future. The report is available for download.Read more

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