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Fourth Meeting of the Policymaker Platform (PMP4)

8 hours 20 min ago
WorkshopClimateEnergyEUGovernanceBy 1 January 2020, all EU Member States need to submit long-term climate strategies. How will these be implemented afterwards? What are possible positive narratives about the future that they can describe? These were key themes of the fourth meeting of the Policymaker Platform - a dialogue workshop for government officials and experts organized by Ecologic Institute under its Climate Recon 2050 project.Read more22 October 2019 to 23 October 2019BerlinGermanyCarel MohnOskar KulikElena SteccaMatthias Duwe

Carbon Leakage Risks in the Post-Paris World

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:17
ReportClimateEconomicsTradeWith the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the world of climate policy has changed, with important implications for the debate on carbon leakage. This report looks at how the risk of carbon leakage changes for different constellations of climate policy targets, how the incentives for countries have changed, and what carbon leakage entails for global emissions under these constellations.Read more

Learning from Neighbours – Climate Protection Laws in Europe

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:21
ClimateEnvironmental LawEcologic Legal February 2019 to May 2019In this project, Ecologic Institute created a 40-page overview of climate protection laws in Europe and their potential contribution to the discussion of a German climate protection law. The overview addresses the interested public through clear language with as few technical terms as possible. The overview is available for download.Read more

Climate Change Law – Overview of the Legal Frameworks at the International, European and National Level

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:53
LectureClimateEnvironmental LawGovernanceEcologic LegalOn 4 November 2019, Dr. Stephan Sina, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a lecture on "Climate Change Law – Overview of the Legal Frameworks at the International, European and National Level" at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The lecture was part of a lecture series during the International Students’ Week. The aim of the lecture was for students to gain an understanding of the legal frameworks at the different levels and their interaction.Read more4 November 2019BerlinGermanyDr. Stephan Sina

Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg – Ergebnisse und Diskussion

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:35
ArticleBiodiversityEnergyWater

Naumann, Stephan, Ulf Stein and Hannes Schritt 2019: Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg – Ergebnisse und Diskussion. In: WasserWirtschaft 2019, 10, 36-39....Read more

Investing in Nature for European Water Security

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:59
ReportBiodiversityWaterEcologic Institute and its partner EMVIS Consultant Engineers have supported The Nature conservancy (TNC) in the preparation of this report, by outlining the key water challenges in Europe and the types of Nature Based Solutions that are applicable for addressing these challenges in Europe. The report is available for download.Read more

The Economic Cost of Climate Change in Europe

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:54
Policy BriefAdaptationClimateSynthesis Report on COACCH Interim ResultsThis policy brief synthesises the latest results from the COACCH project on the economic costs of climate change in Europe and identifies areas of possible discussion to explore with stakeholders at the second COACCH workshop. The policy brief is available for download.Read more

A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 09:47
ReportClimateEnvironmental LawEUGovernanceEcologic LegalUrsula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, took office today, on 1 December 2019. As one of her first proposals, she promised to propose a European Climate Law in the first 100 days of her term in office. This 'Law' is a critical step to make Europe climate neutral. It can close gaps in existing EU climate rules. These gaps will impede the EU from becoming climate neutral before 2050. A new paper by Ecologic Institute discusses what a European Climate Law should look like, and how it could close existing gaps. The paper is available for download.Read more

Urban Nature-based Solutions in Germany – experiences, successes and future challenges – Expert workshop

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 17:13
WorkshopCitiesEUFinanceGovernanceOn 5 May 2020, the expert workshop "Urban nature-based solutions in Germany – experiences, successes and future challenges" will take place in Berlin as part of the NATURVATION project.Read more5 May 2020BerlinGermany

National Platforms to Fight Food Waste

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 12:37
VideoAgricultureConsumer PolicyFoodResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityResults of the EU Research Project REFRESHIn four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the main activities and findings of the five national platforms. In order to adapt actions and responses to food waste challenges nationally, REFRESH established national networking platforms in the following five countries: Germany, Hungary, Spain, the Netherlands and China. The national platforms set up voluntary agreements and started different pilot activities against food waste, which are presented in this video.Read more

Valorising Unavoidable Food Waste

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 11:56
VideoAgricultureConsumer PolicyFoodResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityResults of the EU Research Project REFRESHIn four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video shows options studied within REFRESH of how to use food side flows in a more sustainable way than it is done today. One example is feeding treated surplus food to omnivorous livestock.Read more

Reducing Consumer Food Waste

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 11:46
VideoAgricultureConsumer PolicyFoodResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityResults of the EU Research Project REFRESHIn four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the project’s activities and findings in the field of consumer behavior. Households account for more than half of the food waste generated in the EU. A large survey conducted by Refresh in four European countries revealed relevant information on consumer food waste behavior that was used to draw conclusions for policy makers.Read more

Research Against Food Waste

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 16:46
VideoAgricultureConsumer PolicyFoodResource Conservation + Circular EconomySustainabilityResults of the EU Research Project REFRESHIn four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the project's main activities and findings within the three focus areas of consumer behavior, a voluntary agreement approach for business engagement and the valorisation of unavoidable food waste.Read more

Information Platform on River Restoration

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 14:31
WebsiteBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterumweltbundesamt.de/renaturierungThis information platform provides information for potential actors of renaturation projects. The aim of river restoration is to return rivers and streams to their natural state and to improve their ecological status.Read more

Auenrevitalisierung in Kooperation mit der Landwirtschaft an der Hase

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:57
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterRevitalisation of River Hase's Floodplains in Cooperation with Farmers The water landscape of the Hase and its tributaries Lower Saxony is ecologically upgraded. The dykes are relocated, floodplain revitalisations and watercourse conversions are carried out. This can only be done in close cooperation with all those involved, but above all with agriculture, which makes land available and extensifies uses.Read more

Steigerung der Erlebbarkeit der Ruhr im urbanen Raum

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:39
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterIncreasing Nature Experience of the Ruhr in the Town of ArnsbergMore than 20 individual measures were implemented to ensure the continuity and restoration of the Ruhr in Arnsberg. This resulted in a near-natural river landscape in the middle of the city. The restored Ruhr is increasingly shaping the cityscape. Flood protection has also improved significantly.Read more

Systematische Gewässerentwicklung an der Wern

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:17
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterSystematic river development on the WernThe river Wern in Franconia was modified in the 1930s in order to enable agriculture right up to the edge of the river. As a result, biotope and species diversity declined significantly. Since 1995, the Wern has been gradually regaining a near-natural state through systematic, sectional restoration measures.Read more

Flächenmanagement und Gewässeraufwertung an der Nebel

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:01
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterLand Management and River Restoration at the River NebelLong-term land management enabled extensive restoration of the river Nebel in Mecklenburg. In the lowland areas, construction measures were necessary because there is not enough flow velocity for a self-dynamic development. Restoration also increased ecosystem services such as carbon storage and landscape cooling.Read more

Renaturierung und technischer Hochwasserschutz an der Helme

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 08:28
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterRestoration and Technical Flood Protection at the River HelmeAn innovative approach combines technical flood protection and restoration of the river Helme near Sundhausen in Thuringia. The risk of flooding is significantly reduced and companies are settling in the now flood-free industrial areas. Rare and protected species, such as the endangered river mussel (Unio crassus), also benefit from near-natural flood protection measures.Read more

Barrierefreiheit und Lebensraum für Fische an der Ahr

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 07:41
VideoBiodiversityDigitalizationWaterContinuity and Habitats for the River Ahr's fishFish can again reach reproduction areas in the upper Ahr without any obstacles. In addition, the Ahr estuary was restored and almost 100 obstacles to fish migration were rebuilt or removed over a distance of 62 km up to the Eifel region. Cooperation between water management, nature conservation and fishing enabled the creation of this habitat network.Read more

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