UfU- Independent Institute for Environmental Issues

Start of climate protection project "Climate protection through bio-energy crops on post-mining sites in Vietnam"

Vorschaubild 19.11.2015 - On November 19, 2015, the kick off event for the new UfU climate protection project took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. A small delegation from the German Parliament (Klaus Mindrup, SPD, and Karsten Möring, CDU, both environmental committee), the director of the department for resource and water protection of the German Environmental Ministry Dr. Helge Wendenburg, the head of the devision for soil protection of the German Environmental Ministry Andreas Bieber, the vice president of the Vietnamese Environmental Administration (VEA) Dr. Tung, and 50 Vietnamese and German experts attended the event.
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Annual Report 2013/14 online!

Vorschaubild 19.10.2015 - It gives us great pleasure to inform you about two more years of successful work according to our motto of “citizen-friendly environmental research”. This brochure is the 2013/14 report of the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU). Projects with, or in favour of, more participation of the public have played a central role in the activities of our institute in the course of the two years analysed in the report. This report gives you a roundup of our projects, publications and presentations and tells you which events and communication processes we have presented and which international guests have visited UfU in the course of these two years. Structural data such as sales figures, number of employees and development of membership round off the report.
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New Study investigates the potential for bioenergy crops on contaminated sites in Vietnam

Vorschaubild Between 2013 and 2014 UfU prepared a feasibility study on bioenergy crops in Vietnam. The objective was to investigate the potential for the cultivation of bioenergy crops on contaminated sites in Vietnam. Potential sites were identified and their suitability for the cultivation of bioenergy crops was analyzed. Additionally, the legal, ecological and socio-economical frameworks for the cultivation of bioenergy crops in Vietnam were investigated.
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New Strategic Partnership between Germany and Vietnam concerning Environmental Protection Prepared – UfU-Members received Honors

Vorschaubild On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of official relations between the Ministry for Resource Protection and Environment (MONRE) of Vietnam and the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB), both sides reinforced their commitment to further enhance their cooperation. Between the 15th and the 22nd of October, UfU organized three workshops on the topics of “Standard Setting in Soil Protection, “Industrial Watermanagement”, which served at the same time as the “2nd German-Vietnamese Water Forum”, as well as a colloquium for the presentation of new environmental projects in Vietnam with the participation of the UfU and the GIZ. At the colloquium, eight persons received honors for their outstanding contribution to the cooperation with Vietnam in environmental protection in the last 10 years. Secretary of State Gunther Adler honored among others Dr. Pham Ngoc Han as well as Dr. Michael Zschiesche, both from UfU, for their great achievements in the field of environmental protection for the German-Vietnamese partnership.
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Dialogue Conference on Resource Equity

Vorschaubild In a one-week international dialogue-conference, participants from 38 countries elaborated on possibilities to utilize legal instruments and participation to reach more justice in the context of resource protection. Among the participants were persons from every continent (except Australia). UfU (department environmental law & participation) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation prepared and designed this year’s conference. For UfU, this conference was not only a great honour but it was also content-wise a highlight to discuss world-wide aspects of participation and legal protection. More than 130 participants took part in the opening event in Berlin entitled “Legal Remedies for Resource Equity”, which utilized formats intended to stimulate participation such as “fish-bowl” and “market-place”. The opening conference was followed by a three days networking and training meeting of international environmental lawyers and activists from the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW). For the first time in its history, the network convened in Germany.
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