Table of contents
4. Selected publications
5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
SERI statement of Barcelona indicators
On the occasion of the Spring Meeting of the European
Council in Barcelona (15.-16. March 2002), where the publication of
structural- and sustainability indicators was a highlight, SERI also
produced a statement concerning this process.
SERI presented positions on sustainability measurement for Europe
From February 11th to 14th in Uppasaly, the Baltic University
Program held a workshop for its members: academics from Sweden, Finland,
Russia, Belorussia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Denmark and
Joachim H. Spangenberg represented SERI at the German chancellery
A number of SERI researchers had participated in the "Work and Environment" research project 1998-2000, and SERI had been entrusted with the knowledge transfer from the project (together with DIW and WZB, Berlin). One highlight of this transfer process was the opportunity to present the research resultes to those in the German chancellery in charge of the national sustainability strategy on Feb. 5th.
Joachim H. Spangenberg, representing SERI pointed out
that the current draft (www.dialog-nachhaltigkeit.de) was a major progress
from an environmental point of view, including factor 4 and factor as
a target and covering energy, land use and - rather implicitly - material
News on Joachim H. Spangenberg
On Feb. 24th, Joachim H. Spangenberg was re-elected as council member of the German "Scientists Initiative - Responsibility for Peace and Sustainability", an association of natural scientists which is involved in a variety of international campaigns for peaceful conflict solution, disarmament, sustainable development and international justice.
Stefan Giljum in Keele (U.K.)
From March to June 2002, SERI member Stefan Giljum is
working at the "School of Politics, International Relations and
the Environment (SPIRE)" at the University of Keele, U.K. with
a Marie Curie Fellowship, granted by the European Union.
For more information on the Marie Curie Programme in Keele
Ines Oman joined the MCDA European Working Group meeting
The 55th meeting of the European Working Group on Multicriteria
Aid for Decisions was held from 14th to 16th March 2002 at the UFZ in
Leipzig, under the topic "Nature in and Nature of MCDA".
AIRP-SD website now online
In the course of our oingoing EU project AIRP-SD (Adaptive
Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development), and
with the aim of reaching a wide range of the general public as well
as creating a general base for information, a project-related website
has been installed (www.airp-sd.net).
New project on free/fair trade
Under commission of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Berlin) SERI is going to write a background paper and developing a concept for a conference with the working title 'Free Trade - Fair Trade'. Contents of the paper will be the relationships of globalisation processes - especially trade - and sustainable development with a focus on different positions and policy perspectives.
For more information contact: Mark Hammer at:
ESEE research network
SERI helps to organize a process to include Ecological
Economics research themes in the 6th Framework Program of the EU.
For more details see http://www.seri.at/esee-rn/
SERI at ISEE 2002
A considerable number of SERI Members attended the ISEE 2002 Conference in Sousse/Tunisia early March and gave presentations, chaired sessions and renewed, expanded contacts of the network. The members attending were Sigrid Stagl, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Ines Omann, Stefan Giljum, Roman Mesicek, Mark Hammer and Reinhard Madlener.
SERI had organised two sessions on "Global (in)equality
in social and material terms".
More information, abstracts, papers and presentations are available at: http://ww.seri.at/isee2002.
New publication: Special Issue on Sustainability - ed. by Friedrich Hinterberger: published in the journal "Population and Environment" 23(2), Nov 2001
The concept of "Total material flows" was developed
over the last decades in parallel by various research and policy institutions
in order to map the environmental impact potential from the micro level
of an economy up to its macro level. On the micro level, "mips"
denotes the total material input per unit of service - a production/consumption-related
indicator, and a concept widely used today in business practice and
environmental impact assessment.
The issue comprises 5 papers which were first presented at the Biannual meeting 2000 of the European Society for Ecological Economics, held in Vienna.
Authors include Jeroen van den Bergh, Pentti Malsaka, as well as SERI members Joachim Spangenberg, Aldo Femia and Fred Luks.
For more information on the journal click below:
New paper by Joachim H. Spangenberg and Sylvia Lorek:
"Environmentally Sustainable Household Consumption - From Aggregate Environmental Pressures to Indicators for Priority Fields of Action."
The paper analyses the current way of assessing the environmental
impact of households and finds it arbitrary, the resulting information
meaningless at best, disinforming at worst.
The paper is published as Wuppertal Paper No. 117 and
can be downloaded as pdf-file from http://www.wupperinst.org/Publikationen/wp.html.
Publications by Joachim H. Spangenberg:
A paper on "Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften und Wachstum" (Sustainable economy and growth) by Joachim H. Spangenberg has been published in Utopie kreativ 136, February 2002, pp. 131-144.
Unfortunately only in German so far, it points out the criteria a really sustainable growth must meet: reconciliation with reduced social and environmental pressures. Per capita production and resource productivity are the key elements in assessing the sustainability of a growth pattern. The results for the current development path are negative: we are not (yet) on the long road towards sustainability.
He also collaborated in the "Memorandum für einen Politikwechsel" (Memorandum for a policy change), published by VSA Publ., 46 p., December 2001.
Environmentalists, trade unionists, citizens rights activists, the peace and the solidarity movement have joined forces in Germany to call for a change of the predominant neoliberal policy pattern, shared by the governing Social Democrats and Greens on the one hand and the opposition of liberals and conservatives on the other. In six projects it outlines a policy for social justice, full employment, peace, international solidarity and environment protection.
Report of a Workshop Co-Chaired by the Presidents of the Brussels EU-Chapter of the Club of Rome and the "Factor 10 Institute"
The EU Member States agreed in June 2001 to a common strategy for sustainable development as an integral part of the EU strategy for transition to a knowledge economy; with sustainable development at the heart of integrated policies for growth, employment, social cohesion and the environment. In addition, the agreement in July 2001 on the Kyoto protocol for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and the commitment of the EU Member States to ratify the protocol, now makes practical measures for resource-use reductions essential and urgent.
However, sustainability is not a question of the environment
You find this report for download in the publications section of SERI's Eco-Info-Society (EIS) Website at: www.seri.at/eis/.
New publication by: Ministerium für Umwelt und Naturschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz NRW; Landesumweltamt NRW; TAUW GmbH, Moers; sid GmbH, Wuppertal; Kit - Kech Informationstechnologien, Schwätzingen and WDL-EDL Dr. Michael Fröhlich, Köln.
"Entsorgungsatlas NRW - Statusbericht der Entsorgungsanlagen."
It gives an overview over the North Rhine-Westphalian disposal infrastructure (except of landfill, described in a second publication), the different ways of waste management and the first all including account of all waste categories of a German federal state after the revision of the German "Umweltstatistikgesetz".
Get your free copy at:
New publication by: Andreas Busch et al. (Eds.):
"Zur Ökologisierung der Ökologie. Gedenkschrift mit jüngeren Beiträgen von Prof. Dr. Hermann BARTMANN zur Ökologischen Ökonomie."
Hermann Bartmann died on Christmas Eve 2000. This volume
compiles his pieces of his unfinished text book on ecological economics
with chapters on the fundamentals of ecological economics, monetary
evaluation, ethics, growth as well as policy considerations from various
heterodox theories such as post Keynesian full employment and international
Numeral Unit Spread Assessment Pedigree (NUSAP)
NUSAP net is a open web community dedicated to uncertainty
and quality in environmental assessment, with a special focus on the
further development, application and dissemination of the NUSAP method.
Have a look at www.nusap.net.
Advice for www.elearth.com - environmental information online center
ELearth is an useful and powerful online data center upon
environment information, where people can browse, search and get the
useful environment information in fast speed from anywhere in the world
at any time. This portal is very automatic with full-scale database
support. The modules can allow registered members to exchange their
environment information with anyone in the world. Once be a member,
you can add yourself in resource list, post category messages or post
your career opportunities unlimitedly.
To check out this online portal just click here:
The miniature earth
If we could turn the earth population into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have nowadays, it would be something like this:
Click here: www.luccaco.com/terra/terra.htm
!!!PostDoc position in Lisbon!!!
Funded Post-Doc position at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon (or for a PhD student or possibly other with experience) to work in a team on Material Flow Accounting in portuguese regions and regional industrial ecosystems.
Summer School on "Innovations toward sustainability"
Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and
Research (BMBF) in its "RIW" research program on "Frameworks
for Innovations towards sustainability", an International Summer
School on "Innovation for Sustainable Development: Institutions,
Incentives and Economic Policy" will be held at Seeon Monastery
in the vicinity of Munich, Germany, 7-11 September, 2002.
Applications to Prof. Dr. Till Requate, email: email@example.com.
2nd International Congress Environment and Identity in the Mediterranean
July 3 5, 2002, Corte Corse (France)
Themes include Environment and society, Business and environment, Ecological economy, cultural identity and solidarity, Environment and employment, Human environment and identity, Didactics of minority languages, Physics and environment, Waste and pollution (transportation, sound nuisance), Food and environment, Management of natural landscapes and the forest.
Submission Deadline: 30 April 2002.
for more details.
EnviroInfo Vienna 2002
Environmental Communication in the Information Society
The upcoming conference EnviroInfo Vienna 2002 will cover the complete field of environmental communication, including computer net-works, the Internet, the media, mediation and face-to-face interaction. It focuses on informatics applications for the environment including the identification of pressures, the monitoring of environmental status and threats, the localisation of impacts from human activities and taking suitable responses for sanitation and prevention.
More Information at: http://enviroinfo.isep.at.
Have a nice day - Your SERI-Team.
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