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System Requirement Specification and System Design Documents

Requirement elicitation and system design (Deliverable 23.1, DESSIN)
The overall goal of the DESSIN ESS software system is to support users implementing the DESSIN ESS evaluation framework and sustainability assessment. This document describes how the software should do this, from the end-user perspective. The document is organized into so-called "user stories". Each user story describes a task that a user would like the software to perform, and explains why performing the task provides value to the user. The users stories are organized into "epics", which are groups of similar stories. Most of the user stories are written from the perspective of an evaluation lead carrying out an ESS assessment, as this was thought to be the most likely user of the system. The software framework presented here was developed by DHI, ECOLOGIC, SINTEF, and IWW in collaboration with the DESSIN user group, which consists of the demo site representatives who will be the end users of the software.Read more

The DESSIN ESS Evaluation Framework

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15 September 2016
Berlin
Germany
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The framework and a practical example of its application were presented by Gerardo Anzaldua (Ecologic Institute), who led the working group developing the framework, and Nadine Gerner (Emschergenossenschaft), who led the application of the framework on three case study sites in a webinar on 15. September. The webinar includes an ample Q&A session with an extended group of members from the framework development team and lasted over an hour. You also can download the Power Point presentation that was used for the webinar.Read more

Governance Regime Factors Conducive to Innovation Uptake in Urban Water Management

Experiences from Europe
Innovative ways to manage the urban water cycle are required to deal with an ageing drinking and waste water infrastructure and new societal imperatives. This paper examines the influence of water governance in enabling transformations and technological innovation uptake in urban water management. A governance assessment framework is developed and applied in three case-studies, examining different scales and types of innovations used to tackle challenges in European urban water management. The methodology combines documentary analysis and interviews to reconstruct historical storylines of the shift in the water governance of urban water management for each site. The research provides detailed empirical observations on the factors conducive to innovation uptake at the local level. Critical governance factors such as commitment to compromise, the necessity to build political support, and the role of "entrepreneurs" and coalitions are highlighted. The paper also explores the role of discursive strategies and partnership design, as well as that of regulative, economic and communicative instruments, in creating barriers and opportunities to initiate and secure change. A number of recommendations targeted at innovators and water managers are presented in the conclusion.Read more

EU Climate and Energy Policy 2030 – What future in a fragile Europe?

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1 June 2017
Berlin
Germany
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On 1 June 2017, Ecologic Institute hosted a Dinner Dialogue on the EU Climate and Energy Policy 2030 featuring guest speakers Artur Runge-Metzger (European Commission, DG CLIMA), Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf (Ecologic Institut) und Franziska Erdle (WV Metalle). Franzjosef Schafhausen moderated the discussion. The 22 participants discussed how the EU crisis and concerns around a loss of democracy impact the future of EU climate and energy policy.Read more

Key Descriptive Statistics on the Consideration of Water Issues in Rural Development Programmes 2014-2020

European level report

As part its on-going participation to a framework contract with the European Commission on supporting the implementation of European water policies, Ecologic Institute led an assessment of how Member States' current Rural Development Programmes (2014-2020) address agricultural pressures on water bodies and promote measures that can contribute to protect and restore the water environment, reducing flood and drought risk. The report is available for download.Read more

Business Makes Climate Protection – Kick-off Conference for the Dialogue Forum

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30 June 2017
Berlin
Germany

On 30 June 2017, the Dialogue Forum "Wirtschaft macht Klimaschutz" ("Business makes climate protection") will be held, bringing together companies from all sectors of the economy, focusing on the development of joint strategies and practical implementation measures for climate protection in companies.Read more

Protecting Aquatic Biodiversity in Europe

How much do EU environmental policies support ecosystem-based management?

As part of the Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS, Ecologic Institute and consortium members have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Ambio examining the potential of Ecosystem-Based Management as an integrative policy concept for improving the integration of freshwater, coastal and marine policies. The article further examines synergies, barriers and opportunities between key European environmental policies to protect aquatic biodiversity across the three water realms. The article is available for download.Read more

World Food Convention

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22 June 2017
Berlin
Germany
In 2050 nine billion people will live on Earth. Already now with only seven billion people to feed, the distribution of resources is unequal and the global food system is not sustainable. With the World Food Convention, the German newspaper Tagesspiegel is organizing an international high level event on 22 June 2017 in Berlin. 500 participants from policy, industry, diplomacy, NGOs as well as science and academia will discuss the most pressing issues of global food production and distribution. The Ecologic Institute is a partner of the World Food Convention. Ecologic Institute's Senior Fellow Stephanie Wunder will speak in the panel "Human Eating Behaviour".Read more

Guidance on "Good Practices" for Rural Development Programmes from a Water Perspective

In the context of a framework contract with the European Commission focused on supporting the implementation of European water policies, Ecologic Institute has contributed to the preparation of a best practice overview report on how water management issues can be addressed within Rural Development Programmes. The report is available for download.Read more

The SWITCH-ON Market Analysis Framework

support to European innovators on commercialising water information products

This policy brief presents the SWITCH-ON toolbox that guides innovators to identify target markets and select a suitable business model consistently. This toolbox, called the Market Analysis Framework (MAF), has been applied by the developers of the 14 SWITCH-ON open data products and services, making it a tested and validated framework. By promoting demand-driven product development, the MAF can help European innovators increase their chances of achieving commercial success, ultimately contributing to the region's smarter, more sustainable, and more inclusive future economy. The Policy Brief No.1 is available for download.Read more

Assessment of Eutrophication Abatement Measures Across Land-based Sources, Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters

This report provides an overview of measures to reduce nutrient pollution from point and diffuse sources, as well as an analysis of the implementation of European policies for eutrophication abatement of inland, coastal and marine waters. Examples of eutrophication abatement strategies in eight case studies are presented and analyzed regarding different aspects such as governance issues, the role of research, stakeholder participation and the choice of measures and funding instruments. The report is available for download.Read more

Further Development of Cooperation with North America within the Transatlantic Climate Bridge

November 2016 to October 2019
Since 2008, the "Transatlantic Climate Bridge" (TACB), an initiative of the German government, has fostered strengthened cooperation on climate and energy policy issues between Germany (and Europe as a whole) on one side of the Atlantic and the US and Canada on the other. After nearly a decade of successful programmes under the TACB framework – including Ecologic-run study tours in Germany by North American policymakers and experts in the policy areas of energy, agriculture, and buildings – the TACB is being revamped to accommodate new North American climate policy circumstances.Read more

Using Land Use (Change) for the Valuation of Soil Protection

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27 March 2017
Berlin
Germany

Despite extensive discussions, no agreement has been found regarding a common soil indicator for measuring Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in Germany. Major obstacles include low data availability and the effort needed to measure physical soil conditions regularly. During an expert workshop on 27 March 2017 in Berlin, a new and simpler approach, developed by Ecologic Institute in cooperation with the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), was discussed to determine its suitability for LDN. The core idea of the approach is to measure land use and land use change, directly referring to soil quality in the sense of LDN. The workshop minutes are available for download.Read more

Coastal Risk Management Strategy for European Coasts

In the FP-7 project RISC-KIT, completed in April 2017, Ecologic Institute and partners added historical and socio-cultural contextuality into political processes of risk management decisions in coastal regions. Lead by Ecologic Institute more than 150 face-to-face interviews were conducted by RISC-KIT partners. The results of the investigation have been processed within the RISC-KIT toolkit, inter alias the web-based management guide as well as contributed to the RISC-KIT policy brief. The results are available online.

Climate Change Summer School for Journalists 2017

February 2017 to June 2017

Journalists, like the general public, often wrestle with the complex scientific foundations, politics and economics of climate change and its solutions. The Climate Change Summer School for Journalists addressed this very challenge with the primary aim of improving media coverage around the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Seventeen journalists from Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the ten-day training course. An overview of the articles and documentaries from journalists involved is available online.Read more

ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading in Bangkok

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24 April 2017 to 4 May 2017
Bangkok
Thailand

In May 2017, Ecologic Institute organised the 17th ICAP Training Course on Emissions Trading in Bangkok (Thailand). The course brought together experts from emerging economies and developing countries to learn about emissions trading as a tool for climate protection, and to discuss the options of implementing such systems in developing countries. The session continues a series of past ICAP events that Ecologic Institute organised across the world since 2009. Twenty-seven mid-career professionals from seven Asian countries as well as Benjamin Görlach and Pedro Barata led the course.Read more

Creating Networks for the Transition to a Bio-based and Circular Economy

TimeLoc
23 May 2017
Berlin
Germany

On 23 May 2017 a CommBeBiz webinar featured a discussion with Ecologic Institute's Holger Gerdes and Zoritza Kiresiewa, on the topic "Creating Networks for the Transition to a Bio-based and Circular Economy." They gave deeper insights into recommendations for effective engagement in the bio-based and circular economy. These recommendations were published in a BioSTEP policy paper, which is available online.Read more

Support to Research and Innovation Policy for Bio-based Products (BIO-SPRI)

April 2017 to June 2018

The overall objective of this project is to provide a range of new information and analyses that will enable policy-makers, the scientific community, primary producers, business enterprises and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions about innovative bio-based products.Read more

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