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Ecologic Institute: An International Think Tank for Environment and Policy (ECOLOGIC)

Ecologic Institute is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy with offices in Berlin and Brussels. Ecologic is active in a broad range of environmental policy issues, with a focus on European policy processes, but also at the national, regional and international levels. As an independent, non-partisan body, it undertakes applied research and analysis to increase awareness and understanding of the political, economic and technological forces driving global change. The institute is experienced in mediating and accompanying dialogue processes between a variety of stakeholders. Ecologic is mainly project-financed. The Ecologic team has been involved in numerous projects on water and biodiversity protection policy (REFORM, Cost of Policy Inaction on Biodiversity, Opportunity costs of EU biodiversity action) and in the development of dissemination and communication tools (e.g. WaterDiss2.0, BASE, mountain.TRIP).


Ecologic in BioFresh

As one of 19 project partners, Ecologic focuses its research on current ecosystem services of freshwater biodiversity and how these will be affected by changes of biodiversity in the future (in WP6). Ecologic also contributes to the awareness raising and outreach activities of the project (in WP8). Our activities in this area will mainly focus on fostering an effective science-policy dialogue by developing suitable strategies for communication with policy-relevant stakeholders and by producing dissemination material that will distill the key project outcomes and conclusions for different policy fields (e.g. biodiversity policy, water policy, agricultural policy).

This project is part of the Ecologic Institute`s contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

Eleftheria Kampa

Eleftheria Kampa (PhD) is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute focusing on water and river basin management and policy, with specific emphasis on the Water Framework Directive (WFD) of the European Union (EU) and water policies in the Mediterranean region. Eleftheria has worked on numerous research projects funded under the Framework Programmes FP5, FP6, and FP7 of the European Commission (EC) as well as on service contracts for national and European institutions. Eleftheria coordinates knowledge dissemination and stakeholder participation in the FP7 project REFORM on river restoration and supports the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in a 3-year forum on fish protection and downstream fish migration.


McKenna Davis

McKenna Davis (MSc, f) works as a fellow at Ecologic Institute, focusing on the areas of biodiversity and nature protection as well as green/blue infrastructure and ecosystem service provisioning. She has been involved in several projects assessing the socio-economic costs of conservation as well as the social dimensions of biodiversity policy and ecosystem-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. McKenna holds a Master of Science in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, Germany, concentrating on wildlife conservation and management.

Timo Kaphengst

Timo Kaphengst (Dipl. Landscape Ecologist, m) is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, where he serves as the coordinator of biodiversity and forest research. Focusing on environmental economics, he addresses international and European biodiversity policies, the impacts of land use and land use change, and biomass use for energy generation. He has led several projects for European and national institutions on a wide range of topics. In Biofresh, Timo is contributing to the science-policy-interface strategy and is engaged in different dissemination activities. 


Gerardo Anzaldúa

Gerardo Anzaldúa (MSc, m) is a Researcher focusing on water policy and environmental economics at Ecologic Institute. He has conducted research on economic aspects of the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), including assessments of the governance and pricing structures of the water and wastewater sector in various Member States. Gerardo has also been active in evaluating the potential of the ecosystem services approach in the context of biodiversity conservation and climate protection. Gerardo holds a M.Sc. in European Business from ESCP Europe.

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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/