SERI
Infomail 01/03

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We are pleased to announce the SERI Annual Report 2002. The report can be downloaded at www.seri.at/report2002/Annual_report_2002.pdf

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Table of contents

1. SERI-News
General news from SERI and SERI members

  • Annual report on projects and publications
  • Marcus Stewen has accepted a job at KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau)
  • Jorg Meyer-Stamer has announced the first edition of the PACA News

2. Project-Overview
News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

  • Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS)
  • Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour
  • The final report of the ESTO-project is now available (Title: National research activities and sustainable development: a survey and assessment of natioanl research initiatives in support of sustainable development)
  • Completed project: Ways towards sustainability in the European Union - beyond the European Spring Summit 2003
  • Publication: World Summit Papers der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung„Freier Handel, nachhaltiger Handel -ein Widerspruch?“
  • Sustainable Consumption: creation of a research network

3. Friends
Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

  • SERI at the FRONTIERS II Conference

4. Selected publications
Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

  • Klaus Hubacek, Stefan Giljum (2003): Applying physical input-output analysis to estimate land appropriation (ecological footprints) of international trade activities. Ecological Economics 44 (1), pp. 137-151
  • Fred Luks (2002): The Jo'burg Memo: beyond development-as-global-growth. In: Comments on the Jo'burg Memo. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. World Summit Johannesburg Paper No. 18. S. 20 - 24.
  • Francois Schneider, Justina Catarino, Anabela Nogueira, Fatima Rodrigues and Cristina Santos (2002) Towards Dewaterisation and Dematerialisation of Regional Water Use Basins with Water Flow Analysis. In: Proceedings of Science for Water Policy (SWAP) The implications of the Water Framework Directive University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Joachim Spangenberg., Ines Omann, Friedrich Hinterberger, (2002). "Sustainable growth criteria. Minimum benchmarks and scenarios for employment and the environment." Ecological Economics 42(3): 429-443
  • Sebastian Brandl/Eckhart Hildebrandt (2002) “Zukunft der Arbeit und soziale Nachhaltigkeit” Zur Transformation der Arbeitsgesellschaft vor dem Hintergrund der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte. Soziologie und Ökologie, Band 8. ISBN 3-8100-3630-7
  • Stefan Giljum, (2002) Globaler Freihandel und Nachhaltige Entwicklung: Utopie oder Realität?, Kurswechsel, Vol. 4/2002, pp. 75-85

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

  • The Fifth International Conference of ESEE Statement to the Iraq crisis
  • The Green 8 on the European Constitution
  • Abolish EURATOM
  • Research Scholarships in Integrated Development of Agricultural and Rural Institutions (IDARI) in CEECs
  • Call for application
  • R.I.O Award 2003

6. Going on in Vienna

  • Brownbag seminar with Markku Wilenius
  • Students session
  • Zukunftsfähiges Österreich - Eine Herausforderung für die Bildungsarbeit

Contents

1. SERI-News
General news from SERI and SERI members

Annual report on projects and publications

All projects and activities running in 2002 as well as last year’s publications have been included in an annual report which can be downloaded from www.seri.at/report2002/Annual_report_2002.pdf
If you want to know more abour our projects, please look at www.seri.at/projects.

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Marcus Stewen has accepted a job at KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau

From March 2003 on Seri member Dr. Marcus Stewen will be working as project manager in the Europe division of the KfW (Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau) in Frankfurt/Main, focussing on natural resources and energy savings. Beside of its important role in promoting Small Medium enterprises, the KfW is Germany s biggest Environmental Bank, responsible for the German solar energy programmes as well as for climate change projects and the implementation of the EU-CO2 - certificate trade in Germany. Furthermore, together with the GTZ, it is the implementing institution for the German development policy, especially for the financial cooperation with the so called developing countries. In 2001, KfW received about EUR 1 billion from the German government for loan and financial agreements with poor countries worldwide. Since August 2002, Marcus Stewen works in projects in Albania, focusing on Water Supply and Sewerage, Energy Production and Family Planning. He also prepared a paper for the EC-Stability-Pact Conference in Brussels on the Winter Energy Crisis 2002/03 in South East Europe. At the moment he works for 2 months in the division for the principles of financial cooperation (Grundsatzabteilung). From March 2003 on, he will work as project manager in the Europedivision, responsible for some eco-projects in South East Europe and the Caucasus: e.g. the biggest national park in Georgia (Borjomi-Kharagauli) and one of the oldest seas in the world, the Prespa sea between Albania, Macedonia and Greece.

If you have any questions concerning the KfW-Engagement in South East Europe and Caucasus, mail to marcus.stewen@seri.at


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Jörg Meyer Stammer announces the creation of the partnership “Mesopartner”

The first draft version of the Mesopartner homepage is online. SERI-member Jörg Meyer Stammer, decided, together with two partners, to formalize a partnership by early 2003. This partnership has already been operational for a while, with Michael Giese and Jörg Meyer-Stamer organizing two training courses for GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeti) professionals in 2002 and Jörg Meyer-Stamer and Christian Schoen conducting a PACA (Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage) training course in Serbia in October 2002. In the near future, the main focus of Mesopartner will be PACA.

For further information please go to www.mesopartner.com

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For the current news on SERI check also http://www.seri.at.

2. Project-Overview
News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS)

MOSUS applies a global ecological-economic simulation model to quantify the interrelations between socio-economic driving forces and the state of the environment and to evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in the EU.
MOSUS will formulate EU development scenarios and evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in order to present quantified policy recommendations for responding to environmental challenges and changes.

For more information see www.seri.at/mosus or contact Stefan Giljum


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Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour

SERI has developed a questionnaire for the self-assessment of the consumptive behaviour especially for the younger generation. On the basis of the Material Flow Analysis a questionaire was created so the interested public can self assess there material requirement in the consumption clusters food, construction/housing, transport and lifestyle.

As consumptive behaviour is a key to dematerialisation, the awareness of this fact by consumers is crucial, as it is necessary to have an idea of the environmental stress potential of specific consumption goods to be capable to personally evaluate the impacts of decisions. An online-questionnaire that is easy to use and understand allows that.

Contact: roman.mesicek@seri.at

Online version of the questionaire in german language: www.umweltoekonomie.at/mfa


The final report of the ESTO-project is now available (Title: National research activities and sustainable development: a survey and assessment of natioanl research initiatives in support of sustainable development

In 2001 SERI was invited by the European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) Network at the EU Joint Research Center, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) to participate in a cross-country comparison of research programmes in support of Sustainable Development. The study s goal was to provide an overview of the types of programmes and the organisational context of research activities in this area. It mapped the key national actors involved in sustainability research and assessed the national research programmes in support of SD in seven EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kindom. The project found that research activities on Sustainable Development are organized differently in the various countries depending on their national research context, the existence of a national sustainability strategy and framework programs. Most programs fall under three thematic categories: sustainable consumption, economic sustainability and sustainable technologies. For this study SERI Austria identified five Austrian research programmes and gave an overview of the relevant stakeholders in this research area. The final report analyses the similarities and differences of research policy approaches and their programmes in support of Sustainable Development.


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Completed project: Ways towards sustainability in the European Union - beyond the European Spring Summit 2003

MOSUS applies a global ecological-economic simulation model to quantify the interrelations between socio-economic driving forces and the state of the environment and to evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in the EU.
MOSUS will formulate EU development scenarios and evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in order to present quantified policy recommendations for responding to environmental challenges and changes.

The study can be downloaded from www.seri.at/BeyondSpring03/


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Completed project: Publication - World Summit Papers of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung „Freier Handel, nachhaltiger Handel -ein Widerspruch?“

Tobias Döppe, Stefan Giljum, Mark Hammer, Friedrich Hinterberger, Fred Luks, Doris Schnepf and Joachim Spangenberg (2002) "Freier Handel, nachhaltiger Handel -ein Widerspruch? Hintergrundpapier für die Debatte um Handel und nachhaltige Entwicklung nach Johannesburg". World Summit Papers der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Nr. 21:

Abstract:

This background paper deals with the ongoing debate on free trade versus sustainable trade. The objective of this paper is to reveal contradictions between these two concepts and provide suggestions, how to reform the current system of "free trade" towards a sustainable develop-ment. The results of this discussion are summarized in the form of 10 thesis at the end of this paper. The deepening and acceleration of the international division of labour, termed lobalisation, has both positive and negative economic, ecological and social consequences. The ideologised demand for "free trade" neither fulfils the multidimensional goal of sustainable development, as it solely focuses on economic aspects, nor does it specify the conditions of positive and negative effects. Therefore a discussion on framework conditions is urgently needed, as well as a discussion in which economic sectors a liberalisation is appropriate and in which other measures promise better results. A world of inequality and injustice is incompatible with sustainability. However, inequality in ecological (resource use), economic (competitiveness, technology) and social (income, working conditions) terms is one central characteristics of current globalisation processes. These trends are underlined by case studies presented in this paper. Sustainable trade in the 21 st century is possible, but requires a fundamental reorientation of trade policy towards the goal of a socio-economic and ecological development. On the one hand, this development has to increase welfare especially of the marginalized parts of world population, on the other hand it has to safeguard living conditions of future generations.



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Sustainable Consumption: creation of a research network

Linked to the Laxenburg conference on " Lifecycle Approaches to Sustainable Consumption" ( see infomail 7'02) SERI organised an evening session to exchange ideas about future sustainable consumption projects. In the follow up of this two meeting participants agreed on a scientific network on sustainable consumption. SERI took the responsibility for setting up a homepage for this network. Information will (soon) be found on www.sustainable-consumption.net.

For further informations please contact sylvia.lorek@seri.de


For detailed information about SERI’s projects please surf to:
http://www.seri.at/projects

3. Friends
Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

SERI at the FRONTIERS II Conference

The FRONTIERS 2 Conference - European Application in Ecological Economics - took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 12-15 February 2003 and focused on current applications of ecological economics for environmental planning and management, in education and for testing the robustness of research tools. Friedrich Hinterberger, President of SERI was part of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the conference. A couple of SERI members participated in the confernece, giving presentations or chairing sessions.

All abstracts, papers and presentations can be downloaded at: www.seri.at/frontiers2.

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4. Selected publications
Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

Klaus Hubacek, Stefan Giljum (2003): Applying physical input-output analysis to estimate land appropriation (ecological footprints) of international trade activities. Ecological Economics 44 (1), pp. 137-151

Abstract
In the last few years some studies have been presented, which link land use accounting and input-output analysis (based on monetary input-output tables-MIOTs) for the calculation of direct and indirect land appropriation of production and consumption activities. The compilation of the first comprehensive physical input-output tables (PIOTs) for some western European countries in the 1990s opened new possibilities for linking physical accounting and input-output analysis. Using a physical multiplier for this kind of calculation is more appropriate, as the most land intensive sectors are also the sectors with the highest amounts of material flows. Physical input-output analysis illustrates land appropriation in relation to material flows of each of the sectors, which is more appropriate from the point of view of environmental pressures than land appropriation in relation to monetary flows of a MIOT. Physical input-output analysis has so far not been applied for any land-related studies. Based on a physical input-output model of the EU-15, physical input-output analysis is applied in this paper, in order to calculate direct and indirect land requirements for the production of exports from EU-15 to the rest of the world.

Fred Luks (2002): "The Jo'burg Memo: beyond development-as-global-growth". In:Comments on the Jo'burg Memo. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. World Summit Johannesburg Paper No. 18. S. 20 - 24.:

Abstract
The Jo'burg Memo takes up many issues that are frequently neglected in the main-stream debate but are central to the discourse on global justice (i.e. sustainable development). It is a timely contribution in its focus on concerns that are hardly ever discussed in the depth they deserve. In the comment Fred Luks focuses on four issues: the connection between justice and ecology, the questionable concept of development, the problem of economic growth and delinking and, finally, on some symbolic aspects of the debate..

The paper can be downloaded from: www.worldsummit2002.org/download/wsp18

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François Schneider, Justina Catarino, Anabela Nogueira, Fátima Rodrigues and Cristina Santos (2002) "Towards Dewaterisation and Dematerialisation of Regional Water Use Basins with Water Flow Analysis". In: Proceedings of Science for Water Policy (SWAP) The implications of the Water Framework Directive University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Abstract
The concept of "dewaterisation" is introduced. The concept deals with reducing the fundamental sources of water shortages and pollution: reducing water abstraction linked to a region and preventing the introduction of water pollutants within economies
The paper can be downloaded at: www.mariecurie.org/swap/swapoutput.htm.

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Joachim Spangenberg, Ines Omann, Friedrich Hinterberger, (2002). "Sustainable growth criteria. Minimum benchmarks and scenarios for employment and the environment." Ecological Economics 42(3): 429-443

Abstract
The relationship of economic growth and environmental impact has spurred fierce debates between growth optimists referring to the phenomenon of the environmental Kuznets curve, and pessimists referring to the limits to growth. However, no operational set of simple criteria has been developed so far to assess the sustainability of a given growth pattern. This is all the more true for measures combining environmental and social criteria.The paper undertakes to sketch out such criteria, and to assess them by applying them to transdiciplinary sustainability scenarios and model simulations with PANTA RHEI, one of the most complex models of the German economy.Theoretical considerations, as well as the empirical work with the model, demonstrate that there are indeed trade offs between economic growth and environmental impacts, and a positive correlation of growth and employment. Nonetheless, it is still possible to develop carefully orchestrated strategies that combine economic competitiveness, low unemployment rates and an easing relief of the pressure on the environment. Social and technical innovation, reduced working time, a modernised social security system, green taxes and salary increases proportional to labour productivity growth are essential parts of any such strategy. The triple effectiveness of such strategies regarding environmental, social and economic sustainability is demonstrated by the model runs..

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Sebastian Brandl/Eckharat Hildebrandt (2002) “Zukunft der Arbeit und soziale Nachhaltigkeit” Zur Transformation der Arbeitsgesellschaft vor dem Hintergrund der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte. Soziologie und Ökologie, Band 8. ISBN 3-8100-3630-7

Abstract
The book „Zukunft der Arbeit und soziale Nachhaltigkeit“, in german, (Future of employment and social sustainability) from Sebastian Brandl and Eckhart Hildebrandt is about the discourse of the future of employment and argues, that the current tendencies in the field of gainful occupation as for example flexibilisation etc. need a more amplified concept inbetween the area of sustainable development. Especially the social dimension of sustainability is addressed.

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Giljum, S. (2002) Globaler Freihandel und Nachhaltige Entwicklung: Utopie oder Realität?, Kurswechsel, Vol. 4/2002, pp. 75-85.

Abstract
Wie der Begriff Nachhaltigkeit, so hat auch das Schlagwort der Globalisierung in den 1990er Jahren die gesellschaftliche Diskussion stark geprägt. Der zunehmend liberalisierte Handel von Gütern über nationalstaatliche Grenzen hinweg ist dabei eines der zentralen Merkmale des Globalisierungsprozesses. Basierend auf empirischen Untersuchungen über die mit dem internationalen Handel verbundene Nutzung von natürlichen Ressourcen in verschiedenen Weltregionen analysiert dieser Artikel die Problematik und Gefahren, welche das gegenwärtige System des zunehmenden Freihandels aus Sicht der Nachhaltigkeit mit sich bringt. Es wird aufgezeigt, durch welche Mechanismen der liberalisierte Handel zur Übernutzung der global verfügbaren ökologischen Kapazitäten beiträgt und zu einer Neuverteilung von Umweltbelastungen auf globaler Ebene führt. Schließlich werden einige Ansätze und Instrumente vorgestellt, welche das globale Handelssystem in Richtung einer Nachhaltigen Entwicklung reformieren könnten.

For more information see www.kurswechsel.at or contact Stefan Giljum

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For more information about these and other publications please visit:
http://www.seri.at/publications

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5. Links + Other
News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

The Fifth International Conference of ESEE Statement to the Iraq crisis

The participants of the fifth international conference of ESEE (European Society of Ecological Economics) past a declaration against a military solution to the Iraq crisis.

The full text of the statement can be downloaded here.

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The Green 8 on the European constitution

Eight leading environmental organisations have expressed their strong disappointment about the proposal of the Convention Praesidium for the first 16 articles of a new Constitution. While mentioning Sustainable Development, the proposal does not make any referece to the environmental dimension. Nore does it take upt the environmental integration principle as foreseen in paragraph 6 of the EU treaty so far.

Please consult the website of Friends of the Earth Europe for further details.

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Abolish Euratom

As Europe is finalising its new constitution, now is the time to remove this out of date, undemocratic and biased agreement from the core of the European Union. Civil society organisations across the continent are shall declare that Euratom must be abolished. Contact info, can be accessed at: www.foeeurope.org/activities/Nuclear/abolish_euratom.htm

The Declaration will be presented to the Convention on the Future of Europe in early February. Every signature increases our chances to abolish Euratom!


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Research Scholarships in Integrated Development of Agricultural and Rural Institutions (IDARI) in CEECs

The IDARI project is funded by the EU's 5th Framework Programme and co-ordinated by the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway. It involves collaboration with the University of Leeds, United Kingdom; CIRAD in Montpellier, France; and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany as well as academic institutions in 10 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs).

In total 11 Research Scholarships for take-up in July 2003 for full-time
doctoral study will be offered. The objective of the project is to test and demonstrate how institutional change and learning impacts on rural innovators in CEECs. The research will be carried out by the CEE students and lead to a PhD award.

For more information have a look at : www.env.leeds.ac.uk/life/econecolscholarship.html

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Call for application

The European Association of Environmental and Resources Economists (EAERE), the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Venice International University (VIU) are pleased to announce the annual "European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics" for postgraduate students. The theme of this year's Summer School is Political Economy of the Environment.
The School will take place from the 1st of September to the 6th of September at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of Piazza San Marco.

For further information please consult the Summer School Website.

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R.I.O Award 2003

RIO stands for Ressoruces Input Optimisation. The award will feature innovative companies, offering resource input optimized goods and services.
For more information about the award and the application, have a look at www.rio-innovation.de/.

For other interesting links click below:

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6. Going on in Vienna

Brownbag Seminar with Markku Wilenius

Markku Wilenius, research director of the Finland Futures Research Center and accociate member of the Club of Rome will talk at the brownbag seminar at SERI Vienna on Friday, 7th March 2003, at 1 pm. The topic of the talk is: Visions of Europe.

For further information, please surf to: www.seri.at/brownbag.

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Students session

Within the context of “Students at SERI” Rocio Iglesias, student from Spain, currently doing an internship at SERI, and Stefan Giljum, co-worker at SERI, will give the following presentations:
Rocio Iglesias : “Sustainability Science in Europe”
Stefan Giljum: “Biophysical dimensions of North-South trade: material flows and land use"
The presentations will be held in english and will take place on Thuesday 27th of march from 1.30 - 3.30 pm at the SERI office in Vienna. Each presentation will last aproximately 20 minutes with a following discussion.

If you are interested in joining the students meeting, please email to johannes.hacker@seri.at

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Zukunftsfähiges Österreich - Eine Herausforderung für die Bildungsarbeit

20th March 2003, 9.30 - 16.00, Schloß Wilheminenberg, Savoyenstr. 2, 1160 Wien. Organized by "Koordnierungsstelle der österr. Bischofskonferenz für internationale Entwicklung und Mission" with lectures by Joachim Spangenberg and Alfred Strigl as well as Josef Riegler

Contact: j.zimmermann@koo.at

For more information on SERI related events in Vienna pleas surf to:

http://www.seri.at/events.

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  These were our messages and news for this month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities in co-operation and partnership. It’s a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate in this process.

SERI is the first "virtual" research institute on sustainable development with associated researchers all over Europe. If you want to get more detailed information on the Institute and its members please visit our website: http://www.seri.at.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute, together with a supporting legal association, exists since September 1999 according to Austrian Law. The headquarters have been established in Vienna. We would like to invite you to participate in this undertaking.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) is a Pan-European think tank aiming to explore sustainable development options for European societies. SERI's research agenda and methodology is based on previous work carried out by Friends of the Earth and the Wuppertal Institute. The Institute aims to develop the concept of environmental space and shows ways to substantially reduce the resource throughput of modern industrial societies. The research carried out by members of SERI supports the dialogue within European civil society. It specifically aims to further develop the exchange of ideas between environmental citizens organisations, governments, trade unions and industry. The scientific dialogue SERI aims to engender is supported by its web page and this newsletter, conferences, meetings as well as publications.

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