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Public Participation in SIAs of Trade Agreements

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16 June 2005
Manchester
United Kingdom

Since 1999, the European Commission has been undertaking a series of Sustainable Impact Assessments (SIAs) of multilateral and regional trade agreements. On invitation, Markus Knigge presented at the EASY-ECO conference, organised by the Impact Assessment Research Centre in the University of Manchester's School of Environment and Development, a paper on the role of civil society engagement in these assessments. The presentation focused on the objectives of stakeholder consultations, methodologies for participation, the interplay with the negotiation process and the impediments for effective participation of civil society.Read more

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German Conference on Sustainability in the Context of BRICS+G

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9 June 2005
Berlin
Germany

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), together with GTZ, convened a German National Conference on Sustainability in the Context of BRICS+G.  R. Andreas Kraemer moderated the event on 9 June 2005.  The national conference was held in preparation of an international conference including Brazil, Russia, India, and China in Berlin on 4 and 5 September 2005.Read more

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User charges in the field of air traffic

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30 May 2005
Berlin
Germany

During a workshop conducted by Ecologic Institute and the German Federal Environmental Agency on the matter of user charges on global environmental goods Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf gave two speeches on the legal parameters of the introduction of a levy on air plane tickets as well as on emissions. Participants of the workshop were representatives of the German Government, of the EU-Commission as well as representatives of academia, industry and NGOs.Read more

Arctic Early Warning - The Impact of Climate Change on the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic

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18 May 2005
Berlin
Germany
The Impact of Climate Change on the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic was the theme of a an Expert Roundtable with Representatives of Circumpolar Indigenous Peoples moderated by R. Andreas Kraemer in the context of opening the new Canadian Embassy in Berlin. It was convened jointly by the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, in partnership with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ecologic, and the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat of the Arctic Council on 18 May 2005.Read more
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Best Practices for Transparency in Export Promotion: Comparing the EulerHermes AG against International Standards

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11 May 2005
Berlin
Germany

Export Credit Agencies like the German EulerHermes AG have often been criticised for their restrictive information disclosure and the lack of participation. Through the recently agreed OECD Common Approaches, a trend towards better and earlier information disclosure has been established; however the actual implementation of this agreement remains to be seen. Benjamin Görlach presented recent developments in a workshop organised by the non-governmental organisation World Economy, Ecology and Development (WEED).Read more

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Economic Assessment of Flood Management strategies in Europe

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10 May 2005
Berlin
Germany

Floods have caused substantial economic damage in recent years in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The costs of the 2002 Elbe flood alone exceeded 10 billion Euro. Thirty experts from science and public administration gathered at the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin on 10 May to discuss the role of economic instruments for flood management and the economic assessment of flood management strategies. In his lecture, Benjamin Görlach presented some selected examples of flood management in Europe and discussed the use of economic appraisal tools in the different countries.Read more

Avoiding Resource Wars – How to Design Fair Resource Using Regimes?

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29 April 2005
Loccum
Germany

"Investing in Ecology and Peace: Perspectives of Transatlantic Cooperation" was the theme of a conference at the Protestant Academy of Loccum, Germany, organised in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) of the United Nations Environment Programme.  R. Andreas Kraemer prepared the discussion on "How to Prevent Wars over Natural Resources?", thereby responding to the Worldwatch Institute's "State of the World 2005" summary presented by Michael Renner.Read more

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Trends in the European Water Sector

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21 April 2005
Semmering
Austria

The Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV) organised the ÖWAV-Forum 2005 on  "Water Sector and Politics - Structures, Controls and Financing". The aim of the conference was to discuss the future of the Austrian water sector, in particular the new legal, economic and environmental regulations. R. Andreas Kraemer presented the trends at European level and their potential effects on the municipal water sector.Read more

Ecology and Design

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Summer Term of 2005
1 April 2005
Berlin
Germany

During the summer semester of 2005, Dr. Norbert Kopytziok is directing the course "Ecology and Design" at the College of Architecture, Media and Design of the Berlin University of the Arts. The course focuses on the debate around ecological efficiency which has entered, over the last few years, the area of ecological product construction and Eco-design.

This course will introduce international eco-design criteria and their practicability on the basis of a selection of products. It will look into, and encourage to further develop, the main instruments and strategiesRead more

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European Liberalisation Tendencies - Implications for the German Water Sector

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9 February 2005
Berlin
Germany

The Technical University Berlin hosted the conference "Water - Economic Good, Weapon, Human Right" on 9 February 2005. Ecologic Associate Britta Pielen spoke on the recent trends towards liberalisation in European water policy and the implications for the German water sector. Over the last years, the water and sanitation sector has increasingly been put under reform pressure. In particular at the European level, a political trend towards liberalising the provision of water services can be observed. These attempts are generally justified by the supposedly positive experiences with the liberalisation of other network industries as well as with stricter environmental and quality requirements.Read more

Review of the Benchmarking Practice in the Water Sector – Selected Country Cases

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28 January 2005
Kiev
Ukraine

On occasion of a dissemination seminar held in the context of the Waterbench-Project on ‚Water Utility Performance Benchmarking in Ukraine‘ Nicole Kranz spoke about selected benchmarking and performance indicator systems, best practice and experience from an international perspective. More than 20 participants representing utilities, municipalities, research institutions, government, administration and NGOs from all regions of Ukraine attended the seminar jointly organised with the Municipal Development Institute, Kiev and the State Committee on Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.Read more

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Utility Performance Indicators and Benchmarking in the EECCA

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9 December 2004
Chisinau
Moldova, Republic of

An international workshop, organised by the OECD EAP Task Force, highlighted "best practice" for benchmarking initiatives in the water supply and sanitation sector of the EECCA region (Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia) and provided a discussion forum on potential future applications in the context of investment decisions. In her contribution, Nicole Kranz presented recent national experiences with benchmarking programmes in France, England and Wales, the Netherlands, Brazil and Sweden.Read more

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Light at the end of the tunnel? Participation and Transparency in Export Credit Agencies

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3 December 2004
Berlin
Germany

"Greening of Policies - Interlinkages and Policy Integration" was the title of the Fourth Berlin Conference on the human dimension of global change. Organised by the Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Free University Berlin the conference took place on 3-4 December 2004 in Berlin. Ecologic Fellows Benjamin Görlach and Markus Knigge presented their work on transparency in export credit agencies.Read more

Multilateral Environmental Agreements and WTO Law

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26 November 2004
Hohenheim
Germany

"Sustainable Development within the context of economic globalisation" was the subject discussed at a seminar organised by the University Nürtingen. The event took place 26-27 November 2004 and was dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues within Germany's higher education system. Markus Knigge, Ecologic Fellow, gave a presentation on the relationship between multilateral environmental agreements and the international trade regime.Read more

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Korean Water Experts Visit Berlin

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26 October 2004
Berlin
Germany
On the occasion of a delegation visit of water experts and environmental activists from Korea to the Berlin Water Works on 26 October 2004, Ecologic Fellows Britta Pielen and Nicole Kranz spoke about the German water sector, current developments in EU water policy as well as public participation in water management. Read more

Evolving Climate Policies in Europe and the US: Oceans Apart?

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23 September 2004
Washington, DC
United States

Developing and implementing emissions trading and other measures in climate protection policy were discussed at a Lunch Discussion on 23 September 2004, in Washington, DC.  The event focused on experiences and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation.  It was co-hosted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University; Ecologic director R. Andreas Kraemer spoke on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.Read more

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Public Policies for Changing the 'European Way of Life'

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21 September 2004
Durham, NC
United States

In an Environmental Policy Lecture on Sustainable Consumption and Production - Public Policies for Changing the "European Way of Life", R. Andreas Kraemer presented the international framework and current activities in Europe and Germany. Faculty and students attended this event at Duke University, Durham, NC, on 21 September 2004 and engaged in a lively debate.Read more

4th Transatlantic Dialogue on Precaution

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19 September 2004 to 21 September 2004
Durham, NC
United States
"Risk Management in a Complex World" was the theme of the 4th Transatlantic Dialogue on Precaution, held at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, on 19-21 September 2004, and hosted by the Duke Center for Environmental Solutions. R. Andreas Kraemer, who attended also the previous dialogues in the series, contributed as discussant on ozone depletion and climate change.Read more
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Influence of European Environmental Interest Groups on European Environmental Policy

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11 July 2004
Hamburg
Germany

In his contribution for the symposiom  "Representation of Interests by NGOs at European Level" at the Bucerius Law School, Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf focused on the influence of European environmental interest groups on European environmental Policy. Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf analysed the institutional structures of European environmental NGOs and illustrated their success and deficits in influencing European environmental Policy. Therein, he focused on the Green G8, an umbrella association of European environmental NGOs and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).Read more

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