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

BioSTEP Policy Paper
The BioSTEP consortium published a policy paper with recommendations for effective stake-holder and public engagement in a bio-based and circular economy aiming to support the ongoing review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy..The recommendations are based on the results of BioSTEP’s stakeholder engagement activities, including an online stakeholder consultation and a series of policy workshops, and on the results of an in-depth analysis of participatory practices in national and regional bioeconomy strategies.Read more

Science Sips on Citizen Science and Plastic in the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans

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28 April 2017
Berlin
Germany
Ever tried oysters from a natural heritage site, or discussed plastics pollution of the oceans while sipping seaweed cocktails? The second Science Sips event takes place on 28 April 2017 at the Berlin Museum for Natural History and features talks on the topics citizen science and plastic in the ocean. The event series is part of the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and addresses the challenges and opportunities for sustainable use of marine ecosystems.Read more

Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in EU Coastal Areas

Recommendation for EU, National, and Regional Policy Makers
Europe's coastlines are a product of human cultivation. Since settling on the coast, humans have engineered the coastal characteristics to suit the purposes of states, the economy and human recreation. At the time of the Treaties of Rome, Europe had just emerged from the devastating aftermath of the Second World War with a 'great hunger' for a liberal life style, leisure activities and travel. The diverse and scenic views of Europe's coasts offered the ideal destination for such endeavors. Soon, a rapid coastal urbanization coupled with a steady increase in mass tourism emerged. Spurred by the trust in technical and engineering capacities, new bold attitudes about building and living on the sea often interfered with the natural sediment transport of coastal systems, leading to erosion. Today, more than 42% of Europeans live in coastal regions with coastal infrastructure worth about 959 billion EURO. Recent and historic high-impact storm events have demonstrated that weather events pose a significant risk and can immobilize cities and countries. The FP7 project, Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISC-KIT), recently issued a policy brief to communicate lessons learned and to support the dissemination of tools, which coastal managers to improve coastal resilience in Europe and elsewhere.Read more

The Circular Economy

A Review of Definitions, Processes and Impacts
The promise of the circular economy is to reduce the use of natural resources while improving the economic and social results of the economy. The EU has made the move to a more circular economy one of its key ambitions, motivated by the knowledge that a long-standing commitment to protect the environment must be reconciled with the fact that some Member States strive to boost economic growth and employment. Ecologic Institute leads a new EU-funded H2020 project called CIRCULAR IMPACTS, which seeks to analyze the impacts of the transformation to a circular economy and help policy makers identify the process changes, policies and sectors where the double dividend of the circular economy can be reaped. The first report of CIRCULAR IMPACTS is now available for download and provides an overview of the various definitions and processes of a circular economy transition.Read more

International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2016

The first volume of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy includes an important discussion on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals that are the basis for the post-2015 development agenda up to the year 2030; the Yearbook focuses in particular on Goal 15, which includes achieving a "land degradation-neutral world." It also provides a comprehensive and highly informative overview of the latest developments at the international level, important cross-disciplinary issues and different approaches in national legislation. Ecologic Institute's Timo Kaphengst contributed to the chapter on "The UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Soils: Status and Future Options". Elizabeth Dooley had been involved as advisory editor.Read more

Sicherung der Konsistenz und Harmonisierung von Annahmen bei der kombinierten Modellierung von Ressourceninanspruchnahme und Treibhausgasemissionen

Reader on the exchange of experience during the SimRess Modeling Workshop, 7/8 April 2016, Berlin

Simulation models play an important role for assessing the potential effects of policy instruments. This reader documents the presentations and discussions held during the two-day expert workshop "Simulation of resource use and resource policy" on 7 and 8 April 2016, in Berlin. The reader is available for download.Read more

A Taste of the Future of the Seas

February 2017 to October 2017

The Project "A Taste of the Future of the Seas" brings scientific insights about sustainable use and protection of oceans to the public with an interactive series of events held at the Museum for Natural History in Berlin. Three dialogue-oriented and action-packed functions will offer the opportunity to learn about advances and challenges in sustainable marine science - and will motivate participants through fun, sensory experiences to act and consume consciously.

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