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).
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
Manuel Lago (PhD), Senior Fellow at Ecologic, is an environmental economist with a focus on economic valuation of environmental goods and services, and the use of such estimates for policy making.