Latest issue No 4 December 2013

Four years of OBELIX research comes to an exciting end in Brussels


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The European Commission funded OBELIX project, coordinated by IVM, came to an exciting end in October at successful workshop in Brussels attended by over 60 stakeholders from academia, policy and industry. Researchers from 7 laboratories throughout Europe determined the exposure of the developing baby to contaminants and researched the link between exposure and health effects later in life.

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Institutional-Economic Incentives for Sustainable Watershed Management in the Blue Nile River Basin

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The natural resource base in the Blue Nile basin is under severe pressure due to unsustainable farming practices upstream of the basin. This causes both on-site productivity loss upstream (Ethiopia) and off-site externalities such as sedimentation of irrigation canals downstream (e.g. sedimentation of the Gezira irrigation scheme in Sudan). 

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Towards no net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe

 

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The EU aims to achieve no net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services by 2020, a major challenge. IVM researchers Nynke Schulp, Astrid van Teeffelen and international colleagues quantify trends and assess policy options to meet this aim.

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Policy Entrepreneurs and Strategies for Change: The Case of Water Management in the Netherlands

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The capability and understanding of how to affect policy is becoming increasingly important in view of global social and environmental challenges. The purpose of Brouwer´s study is to deepen our understanding of policymaking processes, elucidating the strategic modus operandi of so-called policy entrepreneurs; highly talented individual change agents who are constantly on the alert for policy opportunities.

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Biermann and De Moel win the 2013 VU Societal Impact Awards, senior and junior category


Hans&Frank_rv_3082_MC_DiesNatalis 2013Frank Biermann receives the Senior Societal Impact Award for his “path-breaking research on global environmental policy”, including his pioneering conceptual work on “earth system governance”.

Hans de Moel wins the Junior Societal Impact Award for his highly relevant PhD research on calculating the risk and potential economic damage of river flooding in The Netherlands. 

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