Maria Berglund is a researcher at the Ecologic Institute. Her areas of expertise are water management and agriculture policy within the European Union (EU). Specifically, she focuses on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), especially on the linkages between the WFD and the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). She also works on water scarcity and drought issues as well as the linkages between climate change and water security. She is a native English speaker and is fluent in German.
Maria Berglund joined Ecologic Institute in 2006. Many of her projects have supported the WFD implementation process, including providing input to the Strategic Steering Group on water and agriculture. Most recently, this has involved analysing the current rural development programmes with regard to water management, assessing the draft river basin management programmes on how they address agriculture pressures and developing a handbook for administrators on how to integrate water management decisions into Farm Advisory Systems. In other projects, she has dealt with policy and technical instruments for addressing water scarcity as well as diffuse pollution from agriculture.
Maria received a B.Sc. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Within this study program she designed her own major, “International Environmental Law and Policy”, focusing on international development. During her studies, Maria worked at Oregon Public Interest Research Group, campaigning on forest initiatives, and interned for a law firm based in Philadelphia and worked on environmental health related cases.
Maria is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt University-Berlin.