UfU- Independent Institute for Environmental Issues

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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5° International Solar Cities Congress

Vorschaubild we are pleased to invite you to attend the 5° International Solar Cities Congress by sending an abstract for oral presentation or a poster for exhibit. The theme of this edition is “Energy in the cities: Innovation facing Climate Change”.
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Legal Remedies for Resource Equity

Vorschaubild The handling of natural resources is key to the multitude of significant global challenges we face – for example, growing inequality, human rights violations, biodiversity loss, economic crises, climate change, etc. Natural resources have traditionally played a central role in economic growth but their extraction and use have also been linked to significant environmental degradation and human rights violations. Disputes over control and extraction of natural resources are expected to intensify in coming years, bringing these issues to the forefront of international relations. This has caused many to question the adequacy of our current legal, political and economic frameworks on the regional, national and international level. It is against this backdrop that the dialogue conference “Legal Remedies for Resource Equity” will take place on September 15, 2014.
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The Environmental Information Act in Germany in Practice

Vorschaubild UfU is monitoring the implementation of Germany’s Environmental Information Act (Umweltinformationsgesetz UIG), in particular, through providing empirical information about its user-friendliness for citizens. The results of a study undertaken in 2012 are now available and have been compared with the findings of an earlier study in 2008/2009. The results highlight several causes for concern about the implementation of Germany’s Environmental Information Act.
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European conference “Climate Protection by means of Energy Efficiency”

Vorschaubild The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) invites you to take part in the European conference “Climate Protection by means of Energy Efficiency” in Berlin on February, 13/14, 2014.
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My City in Climate Change 2050

Vorschaubild Exhibition of art works of young people from Peking and Berlin opened at 04th of June at 11 o’clock with lots of visitors in Aedes Network Campus Berlin. More people, solar energy, skyscrapers, flying cars and telephone via telepathy – that’s how students in Peking and Berlin imagine their city in the future.
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Germans prepared for the hydrogen car

Vorschaubild : Almost all Germans have heard of hydrogen cars, most of them are excited about it. They are not afraid of risks, but they are skeptical about the costs and supply of hydrogen refueling stations. Hydrogen will make an important contribution to the German energy transition by being produced decentralised and from renewable energy sources. This is the core result of the representative survey on hydrogen mobility presented by the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU).
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Successful Ways to Climate Protection – Online

Vorschaubild In November 2012, UfU organised the international Conference „Communication, Education, Participation – Successful Ways to Climate Protection“. The focus was on how to involve citizens effectively in climate change policies and how to strengthen the topic in the global debate. On our homepage, you can watch the videos of the keynote speaker’s presentations and you can find additional materials and photos.
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