The development of Scotland's first Land Use Strategy offers a landmark opportunity to define the way Scotland's land is used for generations to come and in particular to deal with the mitigation and adaptation efforts required under the recently enacted Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The aim of this research project is to set out the existing evidence base on land use strategies (or similar) outside Scotland.
Due to the novel nature of the proposed land use strategy, there is a need by the Scottish Government to identify and seek further evidence ofRead more
During the summer semester 2010, the Research Group Ecosystem Services will organise a course on "Ecosystem Services and Land Use" at the Humboldt University Berlin. The course is geared toward Bachelor’s and Master’s students in geography or related disciplines. In this context, Holger Gerdes, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, will teach a class on the valuation of ecosystem services.
In total, 14 seminars in the form of lectures, discussions and presentations have been organised. A five-day excursion to the biosphere reserveRead more
In the context of this study, a literature review is carried out in order to assess the status of research on the economic value of soil. Based on this analysis, the potential for an all-encompassing assessment of the economic value of soil on the national level will be determined.
As an integral part of the natural functions of an ecosystem, soil provides several services that are also of significant importance for mankind. These services include the provision of food, animal feed, and clean drinking water, protection againstRead more
Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the research programme on Social-ecological Research (SÖF), an interdisciplinary research group has been established aiming to improve the understanding of the relationship between market-based instruments (MBIs), ecosystem services, and the quality of life in Central European cultural landscapes. BMBF-funding was granted over a period of four years and amounts to 1.76 million Euros. Holger Gerdes, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, will be doing his PhD within the framework of this research group.
Ecosystem services characterise the diverse benefits which the human society obtains from nature. Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), an interdisciplinary research group analyses the impacts from the use of market-based instruments in climate and nature conservation policies on the provision of ecosystem services. Central European cultural landscapes serve as investigation areas.
Besides the provision of food and fibre, cultural landscapes in Central Europe provide services whose benefits are not orRead more
In 2006, the European Community adopted a new regulation dealing with the geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs. Ecologic, along with ADAS and London Economics, carried out an evaluation of the scheme focusing on the development and effectiveness of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) systems.
The PDO/PGI protection scheme, adopted in 2006, was designed to protect both consumers and producers by providing a certification scheme for the origin and method of production of agriculturalRead more
This project introduces national policy makers in the Black Sea countries the basics of selecting cost-effective measures to reduce nutrient pollution. The measures considered within this project are both technical measures that can be locally applied as well as instruments, such as N-taxes, applied on a national/basin wide level. Additionally, this project presents case studies dealing with nutrient pollution in each of the following sectors: agriculture, industry and municipal. The reports are available for download.
Cost-effectiveness analysis of various measures in theRead more