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River Basin Adaptation Planning through Stakeholder Engagement

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9 February 2017
Brussels
Belgium
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Engaging stakeholders in adaptation planning is widely considered to enhance the degree of acceptance and political relevance of environmental policy measures, yet significant room exists for improvement in the design and implementation of stakeholder participation in decision-making processes. A European Policy Event entitled 'Implementing COP22 agreements: River basin adaptation planning through stakeholder engagement' was organised by Ecologic Institute within the EU-funded BeWater project to address this topic. The event's key messages and European policy recommendations are available for download.Read more

Konzepte zur Minderung von Arzneimitteleinträgen aus der landwirtschaftlichen Tierhaltung in die Umwelt

Veterinary pharmaceuticals and their transformation products have gained increasing attention as environmental contaminants in both the scientific and public spheres. A multidisciplinary research team led by Ecologic Institute identified and analysed measures that contribute to reduce the input of veterinary pharmaceuticals into the environment. The publication, which presents the project's results, compiles existing approaches and measures for reducing the entry of veterinary pharmaceuticals into the environment, and derives additional measures of relevance for the environment. By way of literature and media research, more than 40 measures to reduce veterinary pharmaceutical input from agriculture into the environment have been identified, their effectiveness assessed and – in a dialogue with stakeholders – been given a first prioritisation. The publication is available for download.Read more

RISC-KIT: Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT

Van Dongeren, A., Ciavola, P., Viavattene, C., De Kleermaeker, S., Martinez, G., Ferreira, O., Costa C., R. McCall, 2014. RISC-KIT: Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts–toolkit. In: Green, A.N. and Cooper, J.A.G. (eds.), Proceedings 13th International Coastal Symposium (Durban, South Africa), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 70, pp. 366–371, ISSN 0749-0208....Read more

Environmental Change and Human Security in Africa and the Middle East

For many populations that are already socially marginalized, resource dependent, and with limited capital assets, human security will be progressively undermined by environmental change. A new book, co-edited by Katriona McGlade, Fellow and Coordinator of International Development at Ecologic Institute, examines interactions between environmental change and human security in the Middle East and Africa. The collected volume, published by Springer, demonstrates that global environmental change in general, and climate change in particular, are putting both human security and human rights at risk.Read more
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Common Understanding of Using Mitigation Measures for Reaching Good Ecological Potential for Heavily Modified Water Bodies

Part 1: Impacted by water storage
The Water Directors of European countries agreed to set up a specific Ad-hoc Task Group (ATG) on best practice and guidance to deal with hydromorphology. One of the core activities of the Working Group (WG) ECOSTAT of the WFD CIS has been to compare the ecological quality expected by different countries for water bodies impacted by water storage. This report is based on information collected via a template on mitigation measures for water bodies impacted by water storage, which was completed by 23 countries.Read more

Greentech (made) in Germany

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4 September 2016 to 10 September 2016
Berlin, Leipzig, Freiberg
Germany

A group of 17 representatives from think tanks, policy and business as well as journalists from various European and non-European countries were invited to Germany as part of the Visitors Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany. During their stay, the group explored green technologies in the water and resources sector as well as the policies that shaped the legal framework for innovative products and technologies. Participants could speak with representatives from ministries, research institutes, think tanks, public-private partnerships and businesses in Berlin, Freiberg and Leipzig.Read more

6th Workshop on Fish Protection and Downstream Migration – Success Factors – Plant Management – Hydromorphological Improvements

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20 September 2016 to 21 September 2016
Darmstadt
Germany

The sixth workshop of the Forum was marked by the beginning of the 2nd management cycle of the Water Framework Directive. At the event, the results of the first management cycle with regard to the status of the fish fauna and the envisaged measures to improve this quality element were reflected. In this context, the assessment methods for the fish fauna in surface water bodies and the passability of barriers and the resulting measures were considered.Read more

Developing Participatory Adaptation Plans for River Basins

A Handbook
This handbook by Ecologic Institute is intended to provide the reader with the necessary information how to guide the participatory development of a River Basin Adaptation Plan. The handbook begins with more general contextual information about the BeWater project before highlighting the importance of adaptation, the state of the art in river basin planning, society's role in the process and finally the need for resilient social-ecological systems. The handbook is available for download.Read more

Soils2Sea: Future Governance Approaches for Reducing Excess Nutrients at Local Farm Scale

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15 November 2016 to 16 November 2016
Jordberga
Sweden
The second BONUS Soils2Sea workshop in the Swedish case study region brought together project partners from BONUS Soils2Sea, as well as an engaged group of Polish and Swedish farmers, representatives from the community Mykanow, a representative from a fishing association, the Länsstyrelsen Skåne (The County Administrative Board Skåne), and Havs- och vattenmyndigheten (Swedish Marine and Water Authority). Highlights of the workshop were a film screening of a Soils2Sea documentary recently shot in Poland, presentations on the Tullstorp river restoration project, and a world cafe stakeholder discussion on different governance scenarios to regulate nutrients. The workshop was followed by a field trip to the Tullstorp river, where the different restoration measures and the recently created wetlands could be experienced hands-on.Read more
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Harmonisation of Good Ecological Potential for Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB)

September 2015 to August 2016

In the latest Work Programme 2016-2018 of the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Water Directors of European countries agreed that a specific Ad-hoc Task Groups (ATG) should be set up on best practice and guidance on dealing with hydromorphology. Ecologic Institute has been commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency to provide to support and advice in the preparation of a report on the comparison of mitigation measures for the definition of good ecological potential (GEP) of heavily modified water bodies (HMWB).Read more

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