The IÖW is a leading scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources.
Fighting climate change should be one of our priorities today. Additionally, it is utterly important to adapt to the consequences of global warming. But adaptation often fails because of barriers, which are hard to overcome. Based on the international Chameleon Research Workshop, held in autumn 2012 in Berlin, a team of researchers from IÖW, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and renowned international climate adaptation scientists conducted a review of current research on barriers to adaptation and developed recommendations on how to advance barrier research. Results are published in the article “Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaption” in the journal Nature Climate Change.
On the occasion of the 4th international Degrowth Conference in Leipzig the Blog Postwachstum widened its focus towards the international Degrowth debate and extended its offering by English articles from all over the world. From now on, the editors of Blog Postwachstum at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) will also cooperate with the team of The Daly News at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE).
A book promoting policies to make it easier to live the Good Life must do two things. Firstly, it must demonstrate that such policies are necessary; secondly, it must set out how such a policy programme is to be implemented. In other words, it has to show that the politics of sufficiency is feasible.
Online games for the conservation of the environment or crowd-funding for the protection of yellow-tailed woolly monkeys – this is how Alexander Iscenco from Moldova and Bruno Monteferri from Peru combine science and practical approaches for sustainable development. The young scientists are currently guests at the IÖW for the next three months. Here, the laureates of the “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” competition of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) will get to know the institutes interdisciplinary sustainability research and will enrich it with their ideas and experiences.
How can social entrepreneurship contribute to the sustainable use of water? The book Social Entrepreneurship in the Water Sector aims to answer this question. It presents six case studies of initiatives in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America that aimed to find out how the motto ‘Getting Things Done Sustainably’ could be implemented in practice – in areas as diverse as drinking water, sanitation facilities, agriculture, industrial water use and water in ecosystems. The book summarises the findings of the social-ecological research project GETIDOS, run by the University of Greifswald and the IÖW.
In her thesis, IÖW researcher Elisa Dunkelberg presents a new, case-study-based approach to quantifying indirect land-use change (ILUC) caused by biofuels production. Her book, A Case-Study Approach to Quantifying Indirect Land-Use Change due to Expanding Biofuels Feedstock Cultivation came about as part of the research project ‘Fair Fuels?’ This junior research group was supported under the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s social-ecological research funding priority.
A new, interactive internet portal that shows the current situation regarding water in Germany was launched this week at www.bmbf.wasserfluesse.de. The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) unveiled the website at the IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies in Munich, which runs from 5th to 9th May 2014. The website can be used to look up information on topics including how precipitation and evaporation are distributed across the different regions in Germany, how power stations, industry and households use water, and what the possible future scenarios are for water availability in times of climate change.