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Ecologic Institute and Some of its Projects - A Presentation to GIZ Representatives

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On 4 July 2012, a delegation of staff members from the GIZ, the German development cooperation service, visited Ecologic Institute. Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers and Christiane Gerstetter presented selected projects of Ecologic Institute as part of a GIZ-organized training on the "Green Economy".

The presentations focused on projects that are of particular relevance for developing countries and sustainable industrial development:

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Grid Connection of Biogas Plants – an Overview

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28 June 2012
Frankfurt am Main
Germany
During the 2nd VDI conference on biogas Dr. Wolfgang Urban from Ecologic Institute presented technical options for a grid-compatible biogas feed such as conditioning of liquefied natural gas, the formation of heating value districts, computational heating value tracking and additional gas supply. He classified the different options and discussed the economic aspects. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more

Environmental Conversation, Sustainable Development and Political Decision-making

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22 June 2012
San Mateo
United States

On 22 June 2012, Ecologic Institute hosted a delegation of 20 high-ranking delegates from China's State Council, economic and development organizations and the Chinese media at its office in San Mateo, California. Senior Fellow Tanja Srebotnjak began her presentation with an overview of Ecologic Institute's history and the thematic areas where it has built recognized expertise over the years. Afterwards, she described a range of example projects in which Ecologic Institute EU and US support environmental conversation and sustainable development by assisting

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Is it Time for a Societal Change? A View on the Global Environmental Crisis and the Great Questions of Tomorrow

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2 June 2012
Langeoog
Germany

Since the 1950s, German psychotherapists have held an annual professional training conference on Langeoog island in the North Sea. With more than 300 participants, the conference traditionally ends with two keynote speeches from other disciplines. This year, Timo Kaphengst from Ecologic Institute was invited to give a lecture on the global environmental crisis and address the most important resultant political and societal challenges.

The 2012 conference, entitled "On the way from today to tomorrow", aimed to establish an idea of how personal relationships will change in theRead more

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

BALTADAPT: Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

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24 May 2012
Stralsund
Germany

During the 14th Meeting of the Nature Protection and Biodiversity Group (HELCOM HABITAT 14/2012), new recommendations to further implement the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSPA) were discussed between the biodiversity expert group of Member States of the Baltic Sea Region and the HELCOM Secretariat. One important discussion topic was the linkage between the BSPA and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Susanne Altvater from Ecologic Institute was invited to outline possible synergies between HELCOM’s Action Plan and climate adaptation issues. Inter alia she presented the BALTADAPTRead more

Environmental Policy Gaps in the European Maritime Transport and Port Sectors

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21 May 2012
Antwerp
Belgium

In May 2012, Benjamin Boteler of Ecologic Institute was invited to present at the international conference "Key Developments in the Port and Maritime Sector" on the latest developments in EU and international environmental policy and their implications for the sector. The conference, held in Antwerp (Belgium) and organised by the World Conference on Transport Research Society - Special Interest Groups 2 Maritime and Ports, brought together a rich mix of academics, industry representatives, and policy makers to present and discuss state-of-the-art scientific developments in the sector.Read more

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Communicating Research: Getting your Message Across

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In May 2012, as part of the World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy in Dublin (Ireland), Ecologic Institute organized a Special Session entitled "Communicating research: Getting your message across." The event, led by Darla Nickel, Ulf Stein, and Johanna von der Weppen, all experts from Ecologic Institute, targeted water researchers as well as practitioners with an interest in catalyzing the transfer and use of EU-funded research outputs in order to meet the objectives set out in the Water Framework Directive and related directives.

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Marine Strategy 2012: A Review of Current Practices in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

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13 May 2012
Copenhagen
Denmark

From 13 to 15 May 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aarhus University, supported by DHI and ICES, hosted "Marine Strategy 2012", the first European conference on research and ecosystem-based management strategies in support of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Susanne Altvater was invited to present the findings of a review of international approaches to the integrated assessment of aquatic ecosystems conducted by Ecologic Institute for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The presentation is available for download.

The overarching aim of the conference was to takeRead more

Resource Efficiency Targets and Indicators

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3 May 2012
Vienna
Austria

On 3 May 2012 UNIDO convened the first Interim Advisory Board Meeting for the Green Industry Platform to discuss and gather inputs and comments on the Platform. In this context, Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers gave a presentation on "Resource Efficiency Targets and Indicators".

In 2009, the United Nation's Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched the Green Industry Initiative with the objective to mainstream social and environmental considerations into the operations of enterprises, inter alia through

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Ecosystem Services and Land Use - University Course (2012)

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Summer Term 2012
15 April 2012
Berlin
Germany

During the summer semester 2012, the Research Group Ecosystem Services organises a course on "Ecosystem Services and Land Use" at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin). The course is geared toward Bachelor's students in agriculture and horticulture. In this context, Holger Gerdes, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, teaches a class on the economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In total, 14 seminars in the form of lectures, discussions and presentations have been organised. The course also includes a five-day excursion to theRead more

Impact Assessment of Adaptation Options - Methodology for Selecting Options

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2 April 2012
Berlin
Germany

In order to prioritize adaptation options, the project team of "Methodologies for climate proofing investments and measures under Cohesion and Regional policy and the Common Agricultural Policy" developed a typology for adaptation options. Jenny Tröltzsch presented the decision tree for the selection of adaptation options that were further analyzed using a detailed cost-benefit assessment procedure. Furthermore, the presentation included a set of criteria for a broader assessment of the options' impacts. The presentation is available for download.

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Ecologic University Course on Think Tanks Policy Consulting (2012)

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Summer Term 2012
1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012
Bremen
Germany

What does policy consultancy mean in practice? What is a think tank and what does it do? These and other questions were discussed by Doris Knoblauch and Gesa Homann within the framework of a teaching assignment at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences. Some 40 students from the bachelor program participated in the block seminar, which was split into three two-day blocks.

This was the third summer term in which Ecologic Institute Fellows taught the course as so called “practice partners.” Students were introduced to the institute’s workRead more

Getting Ready for Sustainable Sanitation

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29 March 2012
Berlin
Germany

Thilo Panzerbieter, Founder and Executive Director of the German Toilet Organization (GTO), presented at Ecologic Institute, Berlin on worldwide sanitation, information campaigns in Germany and developing countries, and innovative toilet systems adapted to individual circumstances. As a non-profit NGO, GTO aims to protect health, human dignity, and the environment by providing clean and sustainable sanitation facilities accompanied by information campaigns. Karin Beese, Project Manager RADOST at Ecologic Institute, moderated the event.

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Avoiding Carbon Leakage and Competitive Distortions: ETS Design and the Influence of Politics

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27 March 2012
Alajuela
Costa Rica

The International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) successfully convened another ICAP training course on Emissions Trading for Emerging Economies and Developing Countries to build capacity in emissions trading systems (ETS). The ICAP Training Course 2012 took place in Alajuela (Costa Rica) from 19 to 28 March 2012. Benjamin Görlach and Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute led the course and spoke about ways to avoid carbon leakage and competitive distortions as well as the impact of policies on the design of ETS.

The Training Course was the fifth of its kind and continues theRead more

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The Role of Biodiversity Research in Implementing Green Infrastructure Projects in Europe

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23 March 2012
Potsdam
Germany

How can results from biodiversity research be applied in practical contexts and which obstacles have to be overcome? This question was discussed among researchers from different scientific fields from 22 to 23 March 2012 at Potsdam University. Timo Kaphengst from Ecologic Institute gave a presentation on the role of biodiversity research in the implementation of green infrastructure projects in the EU. The presentation is available for download.

Timo Kaphengst presented the results of the project "Design, Implementation and Cost Elements of Green InfrastructureRead more

Design, Implementation and Cost Elements of Green Infrastructure Projects

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7 March 2012
Roosta
Estonia

The Estonian Environmental Board organized a seminar on "Protected Areas as Part of Green Infrastructure" in connection with the annual EuroParc Nordic-Baltic Section Member Meeting. McKenna Davis spoke about the design, implementation and cost elements associated with green infrastructure projects. Attendees included representatives of the European Commission and Baltic and Nordic national parks, environmental ministries, nature conservation agencies and environmental NGOs.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 focused on the coastal zones of the US state of Maryland and the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.Read more

Greening the Economies of Germany and Poland - Conference

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28 February 2012
Warsaw
Poland

EU Member States are facing the most severe financial and economic crisis in recent decades. With soaring energy prices, out-dated energy infrastructure, and ever increasing global greenhouse gas emissions, Europe also faces other significant problems. These challenges are intertwined in many ways. Against this background, Ecologic Institute - in cooperation with the European Climate Foundation - organized a conference in Warsaw to discuss how Poland and Germany can address these challenges in a manner that is mutually reinforcing. Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, State Secretary at the EconomicsRead more

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EEG 2012: Chances and Perspectives for Biogas

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22 February 2012
Berlin
Germany
As part of the BiogasWorld, an international fair for biogas technology, Ecologic Institute's Wolfgang Urban gave a lecture on the further development of the German Renewable Energies Law (EEG) in 2012 and its implications for biogas and biomethane. Additionally he presented results of the monitoring process the EEG has undergone. The presentation slides are available for download.Read more

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