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Fish Protection and Downstream Fish Migration - Priorities for the Future

27 November 2014

In the course of an environmental research and development project of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB), the Federal Environment Agency established in 2012 the "Fish Protection and Downstream Fish Migration" forum. During the five workshops organised by this forum, over 200 representatives from the government, fishery and environmental organisations, energy industry, engineering offices, and research institutions held a discussion about...Read more

Quality of Life, Wellbeing and Biodiversity

The Role of Biodiversity in Future Development
The relationship between biodiversity and human wellbeing is multifaceted and assumes diverse forms across and within populations. In developing countries, for example, biodiversity and natural resources often constitute the basis of people’s livelihoods and thus their material wellbeing. Many individuals also feel a cultural, spiritual, or religious relationship with nature and assign it an inherent value. This study explores these diverse perceptions of biodiversity and its value. The findings serve to advance discussions on how development cooperation can more effectively integrate these views and therewith improve biodiversity and nature conservation. The study is available for download.Read more

Good Practices to Address the Nutrient Surplus from Agriculture in Murcia (Spain)

4 November 2014
The aim of the regional conference in Murcia was to present the region-specific results from the project "Resource Efficiency in Practice – Closing Mineral Cycles." The most promising and cost-effective measures at the farm level to close mineral cycles and reduce resource and economic inefficiency from nutrient losses (N, P, K) were presented. The conference seeks to highlight farmers' experiences with nutrient management, as well as barriers which may prevent uptake of good practices.Read more

Developing a Quantitative Model "Sustainable Germany"

October 2014 to August 2017
The project serves to develop a dynamic and quantitative computer-based sustainabiliy model, that can be used in management games and enables to better understand societal interactions in the context of technological efficiency improvements, social innovation and socio-economic effects. The model focuses on further developing a systemic understanding on dynamic interactions of sustainable developments – much less on providing a clear-cut simulation prognostic or projection.Read more

Exploring Consumption-Focused Policy Mixes for Absolute Decoupling of Well-Being from Resource Use and Environmental Impacts

2 September 2014 to 6 September 2014

At the Degrowth Conference held in Leipzig from 2 to 6 September 2014, Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers and Katharina Umpfenbach, both of Ecologic Institute, presented recent findings from the DYNAMIX project. The presentation slides are available online. This presentation introduces the main objectives of the DYNAMIX project and presents decoupling concepts and various policy mixes for a better well-being.

The objective of the DYNAMIX project is to identify policy mixes to absolute decoupling of economic growth from resource use and its associated environmental impacts. ThisRead more

Good practices to reduce nutrient loss in Southern and Eastern Ireland

28 October 2014
The regional conference “Closing the mineral cycle at farm level - Good practices to reduce nutrient loss in Southern and Eastern Ireland” took place on 28th October 2014 at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Ireland. The aim of the conference was to present the results of the study “Resource efficiency in practice – Closing mineral cycles” commissioned by the DG Environment, European Commission.Read more

Diverging Concepts of Nature and Human Well-being - From Theory to Action

2 September 2014 to 6 September 2014

A new economic paradigm and its multiple facets for future development were intensively discussed at the international "Degrowth Conference" in Leipzig from 2 to 6 September 2014. Also the Ecologic Institute contributed through presentations, workshops and moderations. Christiane Gerstetter and Timo Kaphengst held a workshop on "Biodiversity and well-being in development cooperation". The handout is available for download.

The concept of the workshop strongly built on the current project "The role of biodiversity inRead more

Preparatory Work for the Joint Water-Marine-Biodiversity-Nature Workshop

September 2014 to November 2014

At their December 2013 meeting, the Nature, Marine and Water Directors recognised the need to further strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the different policy areas: marine, water and nature/biodiversity. As a further step, the Directors agreed to organise a workshop with representation from the different policy areas to discuss common understanding of the issues at stake (2-3 December 2014, Brussels).

As background document to this joint Water-Marine-Biodiversity-Nature workshop, a report has been developed to provide an overview on how Member States haveRead more

Good Practices to Address the Nutrient Surplus in Lombardy (Italy)

5 November 2014
The regional conference "Closing the mineral cycles at farm level - Good practices to reduce nutrient loss in the Lombardy region" took place on 5 November 2014 at the "E.c.ho." Hotel, Milan (Italy). It aimed to present the results of the study "Resource efficiency in practice – Closing mineral cycles" commissioned by the DG Environment (European Commission). It focused on the good practices, which were identified as potential ways to reduce the nutrient loss at farm level and to close mineral cycles, based on the current state of nutrient saturation within the Lombardy region.Read more


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