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Linking Biodiversity to Economic and Social Priorities – Regional Workshop

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19 June 2017
Berlin
Germany

On 19 June 2017, Ecologic Institute organized a workshop together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) to explore linkages between biodiversity and national economic and social priorities. The workshop, which was one of three regional events taking place within the European Commission funded project "Linking Biodiversity to National Economic and Social Priorities in the EU Member States" invited 19 regional and national authorities as well as other stakeholders from Western and Central Europe to discuss the preliminary findings of the study and share their insights and experiences. In particular, the workshop aimed to identify policy needs for the urban, rural and coastal regions from the regional to EU level to unlock nature's potential to contribute to socio-economic objectives like jobs, growth, urban and regional development, public health and social cohesion.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

Implementing SDG Target 15.3 in the EU and in the Member States: Exchange of Approaches to Implement "Land Degradation Neutrality" (LDN)

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6 December 2016
Brussels
Belgium
Since the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 countries worldwide have started processes towards the implementation of the goals and targets. Some of the targets are often already part of national strategies and instruments. Others are new and still need to be further specified to national circumstances – target 15.3 and the concept of "Land Degradation Neutrality" is one of these.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

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

A Bioeconomy Strategy for Austria: The Role of Civil Society – BioSTEP Policy Workshop

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20 January 2017
Graz
Austria
The Austrian government is currently in the process of developing a strategy for research, technology and innovation to support the emerging bioeconomy. Following this process, the development of a broader strategy is envisaged that comprises further policy domains and sectors. Against this background, the questions arise regarding what role civil society organisations should play in this process and how they can contribute to shaping the further development of the Austrian bioeconomy.Read more

Environmental Issues in EU Impact Assessments – Any lessons to be learned for Germany?

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26 October 2016
Brussels
Belgium
Impact Assessment is an essential process in the world of policy-making. At the EU level, it is a requirement for every new policy project. UBA led a study to analyze the consideration for environmental impacts in these studies and whether there were lessons to learn for Germany. Ecologic Institute collaborated with Zurich-based INFRAS to scrutinize a sample of IAs published by the European Commission and analyze emerging trends. UBA and the consulting team then organized a workshop in Brussels to discuss their findings with representants of European Institutions (DG Environment, European Policy Research Service, Joint Research Center, etc.) and international IA experts. The presentation slides by Ecologic Institute and INFRAS are available for download.Read more

Kick-off Meeting CIRCULAR IMPACT

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27 October 2016
Brussels
Belgium
Circular Economy promises a lower resource and energy use, new employment sector and economic growth. However, can an European circular economy fulfil these expectations and what environmental, social and economic impact a transition to such an economy bear? The project CIRCULAR IMPACT will answer these questions by collecting and assessing the existent knowledge base. On 27 October 2016, Lucas Porsch from Ecologic Institute presented the goals of the project. The slides are available for download.Read more

Assessment System for Civil Society Initiatives to Measure Sustainability and Transformative Potential

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13 September 2016
Berlin
Germany
On 13 September 2016, the expert workshop "Discussion of an assessment system for civil society initiatives to measure sustainability and transformative potential" took place in Berlin. At the workshop, about 30 participants from science, policy, foundations, and sustainability initiatives discussed the first draft of a criteria catalogue for measuring and presenting the societal benefit of niche sustainability initiatives, especially their sustainability and transformative potential. Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, presented the assessment system. In the workshop, the application of the criteria catalogue to two case studies was also presented. The criteria for estimating the sustainability potential, the transformative potential, the organizational capacity for action, and the scalability of the initiatives were developed from 13 political and scientific assessment systems and from transition literature.Read more

Implementation of "Land Degradation Neutrality" in Germany

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6 July 2016
Berlin
Germany
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In implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Germany has to deal with a range of new challenges. Achieving goals in land and soil protection, for example, cannot build on a long tradition of policymaking or on a solid basis of information and data for monitoring. An expert workshop together with the Federal Agency of Environment (UBA) and Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB) on 6 July 2016 in Berlin sought to clarify how Germany can achieve "land degradation neutrality" domestically. Stephanie Wunder from Ecologic Institute presented results from a report, which served as the basis for intensive discussions among the participants.Read more

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