SERI
Infomail 04/02

Table of contents

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

  • SERI - Partner for sustainability oriented education
  • Gisela Bosch presented a paper on "research policy for sustainable development"
  • Stefan Giljum at the Conference on Industrial Ecology
  • Ines Omann and Sigrid Stagl at the 4th UFZ-Summersymposium
  • 3 week course on SD in Poland
  • Fred Luks at the summer academy of Attac Germany
  • Volunteers at SERI
  • Jürgen Schäfer finished his studies and does research at Essen University
  • New InfoMail editor

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

  • SERI's preparations for the 6th EU framework programme
  • Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour

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

  • Donation for publication - special edition on ecological financial reform

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

  • SCHNEIDER; NORDMANN; HINTERBERGER:
    "Road traffic congestion: The extent of the problem"
  • HINTERBERGER; OMANN; STOCKER:
    "Employment and Environment in a Sustainable Europe"
    and
    Information on "The Jo'burg Memo"
  • SACHS:
    "Nach uns die Zukunft. Der globale Konflikt um Gerechtigkeit und Ökologie"
    and
    "Ambiente e giustizia sociale. I limiti della globalizzazione"
  • DE MONTIS; DE TORO; DROSTE-FRANKE; OMANN; STAGL:
    "Sustainable development and evaluation: Some criteria for quality assessment of MCDA methods"
  • LUKS:
    "Nachhaltigkeit"
  • SPEHL; HELD (Eds.):
    "Vom Wert der Vielfalt - Diversität in Ökonomie und Ökologie"

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

  • The footprint idea has received mainstream media coverage within the
    United States
  • Congress announcement:
    Ibero-American Congress of Development and the Environment.
    Local Challenges in the Face of Globalization.
    8th and 9th of November, 2002 - FLACSO - Quito, Ecuador
  • Schweisfurth Foundation Research Award for Ecological Economics
  • CEPE seeks for Ph.D. student with an economics or an engineering education
  • Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig offers two job vacancies
  • The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG)
    (Die Stiftung für die Rechte zukünftiger Generationen (SRzG))
  • Congress announcement:
    11th GLOBAL DIALOGUE
    Globalisation, cultural diversity and the role of the media
    31st October and 1st November 2002, Hanover/Germany
  • Summer special

6. Going on in Vienna

  • Announcement of the next SERI brownbag seminar featuring:
    Francois Schneider:
    Global "dematerialisation" and "dewaterisation" of regional and national economies, considerations and perspectives
    and
    Joachim Spangenberg:
    Quality of Life, Consumption and the Environment

Contents

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

SERI - Partner for sustainability oriented education

SERI has been listed in the "Who is who - Partners for education for sustainable development" of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
The brochure contains addresses of institutions, organisations and facilities working on the topic of "education for sustainable development" in NRW and should bring together experts and knowledge to force "sustainable education".

You can download the handbook for free by clicking the link here (in German only).

For more information surf to:www.nua.nrw.de/oeffentl/publikat/br_18.htm.

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Gisela Bosch presented a paper on "research policy for sustainable development"

On May 27th Gisela Bosch presented a paper on "research policy for sustainable development" at the Austrian conference for technology assessment (TA02; see www.oeaw.ac.at/ita).
She gave an overview of several of our projects (incl. AIRP-SD and SRSD).
The presentation can be downloaded here.

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Stefan Giljum at the Conference on Industrial Ecology

At the Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology in New London, USA, June 9-14, Stefan Giljum gave a presentation on "Global trade as a driving force of metabolic change in the South: the case of Chile".

The presentation can be downloaded here

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Ines Omann and Sigrid Stagl at the 4th UFZ-Summersymposium

Ines Omann and Sigrid Stagl both participated at the 4th UFZ-Summersymposium
"New Strategies for Solving Environmental Conflicts: Potentials for Combining Participation ans Multicriteria Analysis"
from 26th to the 28th of June in Leipzig Germany.

This symposium was organised by Dr. Felix Rauschmayer and his colleagues and sponsored mainly the European Science Foundation. The aim of this workshop was to bring together scientists and practitioners from the field of multicriteria analysis and participatory approaches. The programme contained paper presentations accompanied by discussions (Ines and Sigrid both discussed one of the papers presented), group work and cultural events. The symposium was very successful, not only because of the friendly and warm atmosphere, but because of the fruitful discussions and group works.

For more see: www.ufz.de/news/events/new-strategies/

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3 week course on SD in Poland

Jan Sendzimir and Gisela Bosch are currently conducting an annual course on SD in Krakow, Poland for polish students with a wide range of backgrounds (architecture, economy, environmental science, engineering, journalism, law, public administration). This course has three major weeklong components that cover the subject of SD: 1) Background (concepts, environmental issues, ethics, resources, economics), 2) Sustainable Communities (Local Agenda 21, Healthy Community Initiatives, sustainable indicators) and 3) Implementation (industrial ecology, design for the environment, green universities). The outcome for the students should be a broad knowledge of SD and its application. As teaching methods a wide variety of tools are used such as lectures, guest lectures, field trips, class projects, community projects, films assigned readings, games and structured discussions.

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Fred Luks at the summer academy of Attac Germany

From July 26 to July 31, Attac Germany will hold ist summer academy in Marburg, Germany. Together with Angela Oels and Elmar Altvater, Fred Luks will hold a two day seminar on limits to growth, sustainable development and globalization.

More information at www.attac-netzwerk.de/sommerakademie/main.html.

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Volunteers at SERI

Several students will join the SERI office in Vienna for internships during the summer.

Andreas Niederl studies "Umweltsystemwissenschaften Volkswirtschaft" at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. In 2000/01 he was participating in the course program of the M.A. Economics at the University of Manchester. His field of special interest at the moment is innovation (eco-innovation, systems of innovation). At SERI he is mainly working on the MFA-project mentioned in the project-overview chapter below.

Daniel Hahn studies Environment, Ecology and Economics at the University of York and will work on Sustainable Trade and Ecological Economics

Martin Eibl studies Environment, Development and Policy at the University of Sussex and will work on Sustainability indicators.

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Jürgen Schäfer finished his studies and does research at Essen University

Jürgen finished his studies in sociology, politics and history in Essen in the middle of July. Until next year he is doing preparations for the research-project called "Policy-analyses and political management - Networks and learning processes of social and political steering" at the University of Essen (http://www.uni-essen.de) as a scientific assistant.

His master thesis (in German with English abstract) on "Virtual networks of knowledge and sustainability strategies - European decision making through ecological communication" can be downloaded from his SERI-website, where you can also download the paper "Knowledge-communities: (Self-Organisation of ecological communication" (in German only), prepared for the academic project "Values and knowledge in change", that leads to his master thesis.

For more information please contact: juergen.schaefer@uni-essen.de

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New InfoMail editor

After more than 30 months this InfoMail is the 24th an last one edited by Jürgen Schäfer. As mentioned above Jürgen finished his studies and quits the job of the managing editor.
Started in early 2000 our InfoMail has developed in the meantime to a well established backbone for the institute's communications and is regular send to around 1200 recipients now.
The new managing editor is from the next InfoMail on - published after the
summer break - Doris Schnepf. Good luck for the new job and all the best.

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

SERI's preparations for the 6th EU framework programme

In preparation of the 6th framework programme of the European Union, SERI participated in several expressions of interest for Integrated Projects/Networks of Excellence, including:

  • GoSD: Governance for Sustainable Development: Options and choices in a knowledge-based society (see www.gosd.net), in cooperation with the Factor 10 Institute; responsible at SERI: Fritz Hinterberger).
  • SDSD.net: Research Network on the Social Dimension of Sustainable Development, (see www.seri.at/SDSDnet.htm; responsible: Joachim Spangenberg).
  • ENVPACT: Instruments and policies for a new environmental compact between the EU and the South (see www.seri.at/ENVPACT.htm, in cooperation with the Autonomus University of Barcelona; responsible at SERI: Stefan Giljum).

We intend to start lobbying and working for the proposed aims after the summer break. Those interested in participating are invited to contact the responsible researchers.

Abstracts of these goals can be found on our website (see links above).

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Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour

SERI supports the Forum Umweltbildung (www.umweltbildung.at) in creating a questionnaire on direct and indirect resource consumption based on material flow analysis (MFA) and material intensity per unit of service (MIPS). The questionnaire should allow interested persons to spot the material flow their consumptive behaviour in selected areas is causing and therewith to inspire them to rethink their behaviour. Areas of interest are living, mobility, leisure, etc., where it is of special interest only to ask questions about consumption patterns that can in fact (and relatively simple) be changed.

For further questions please contact roman.mesicek@seri.at

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

Donation for publication - special edition on ecological financial reform

The Ökom publishing company (Munich/Germany) in cooperation with Kai Schlegelmilch (FVS) will publish a journal on ecological financial reform (Politische Ökonomie 77/78; political economy 77/78).

The journal contains several contributions on the topics:

  • ecological financial reform
  • ecotax
  • subvention policy
  • perspectives / horizons

For more information on the Ökom publishing company please visiti the website at: www.oekom.de/index_english.html

The German Ecotax Association supports this publication and is asking you for a donation to the Ökom publishing company to realize this journal.

Account details:
Bank: Ökobank e.G., account number.: 860 3740, bank code number: 500 901 00, keyword: Spende Ökomheft.

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

Article on congestion and rebound effect

by Francois Schneider, Axel Nordmann & Friedrich Hinterberger:

"Road traffic congestion: The extent of the problem"

Considering the problem on a larger scale and dealing with the dynamics of road use, congestion appears to be less costly than it was thought previously and its impact is relatively negligible when compared with other transport consequences.
The paper concludes with two options:

  • Traffic growth is the priority - congestion should be solved, not for the problem it itself creates, but because it prevents this growth. Traffic impacts will likely increase. Are we ready to accept the consequences, as they appear to disregard what seemed not admissible as congestion impacts?
  • Reducing traffic's impacts are the priority - to reduce the problems caused by traffic obliges us to reduce the level of traffic in general.

Keywords Congestion, costs, externalities, internalities, traffic

Published in:
World Transport Policy & Practice", Volume 8, Number 1, 2002, pp34-41.
Online available at http://wTransport.org

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New publication by

Friedrich Hinterberger, Ines Omann & Andrea Stocker:

"Employment and Environment in a Sustainable Europe"

Abstract
Environmental policy faces major challenges in Europe. The European Treaties require an integration of environmental, economic and social policies in order to allow for a Sustainable Development. This is of special importance for the link between environmental and employment policy. This paper starts with a definition of the three pillars of sustainable development, the viability (resilience) of environmental, economic and social systems. With regard to economic development and the social field, these objectives are relatively easy to operationalise: GDP and employment are a generally used headline indicator of sustainable development. The total material input into an economy can be seen as an indicator showing the environmental impact.
This view brings about major challenges for economic theory: We include the total material input along with resource productivities to describe, explain and evaluate possible developments of economic and environmental variables. With the help of the results from a German research project we show the relationships between the indicators, the productivities and how they can be influenced by policy measures. The simulation results indicate the possibility of win-win situations concerning the environment and employment. Additionally we investigate whether the developed minimum conditions of sustainable development are valid for Austria.

Keywords
Minimum conditions for sustainability, employment and environment, indicators, sustainability strategies, integration of environmental concerns.

Click here to download the paper.

Published 2002 in: Empirica, 29, pp. 113-130. Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Information on "The Jo'burg Memo"

"The Jo'burg Memo - Fairness in a Fragile World"
is now available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian. Please find the corresponding link at www.joburgmemo.org.

The Memo is a contribution to the debate leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002. It has been authored by a group of sixteen activists, scholars, politicians and managers, sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The Memo is arguably the most comprehensive policy statement from a civil society perspective so far.

The members of the Group included Farida Akther, Ada Amon,Tewolde Egziabher, Henri Acselrad, Hilary French, Pekka Haavisto, Paul Hawken, Hazel Henderson, Ashok Khosla, Sara Larrain, Reinhard Loske, Anita Roddick, Viviene Taylor, Christine von Weizsaecker, Sviatoslav Zabelin.
The Group was chaired by Wolfgang Sachs.

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New publication by

Wolfgang Sachs:

"Nach uns die Zukunft. Der globale Konflikt um Gerechtigkeit und Ökologie"

The book contains some of the most important papers published in the last years concerning Globalisation and Environment as well as two large essays titled: "From Rio to Johannesburg via New York, 11.9.2001" and "Development. Raising and Downfall of an Ideal".

Published at Brandes&Apsel Verlag, 19 Euro (in German only).
Click www.brandes-apsel-verlag.de for more.

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Itailian Publication by/da

Wolfgang Sachs:

"Ambiente e giustizia sociale. I limiti della globalizzazione"

Questo libro riunisce i suoi scritti sulla globalizzazione, la critica allo sviluppo sostenibile, su nuovi modelli del benessere, e sul cammino cha da Rio 1992 porta al vertice di Johannesburg 2002. Rispetto al dibattito sulla globalizzazione i vari capitoli sottolineano che la ricerca per una maggiore giustizia nel mondo di oggi richiede l'impegno ecologico. Il libro è già uscito in inglese e tedesco, e uscirà in giapponese.

Recently published / È appena uscito at Editori Riuniti, Roma.
Si può ordinare attraverso librerie o direttamente da www.editoririuniti.it.

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New Publication by

De Montis, A., De Toro, P., Droste-Franke, B., Omann, I., Stagl, S. (forthcoming):

"Sustainable development and evaluation:
Some criteria for quality assessment of MCDA methods"

Abstract
Multicriteria decision aid (MCDA) methods are used to support decision making in case of problems where conflicting economic, environmental, societal, institutional, and technical objectives are involved. This is why MCDA is increasingly applied for questions concerning sustainable development.
The idea of accounting for multiple objectives is addressed in different ways by the various MCDA methods. In particular each method shows its own properties with respect to the way of assessing criteria, the application and computation of weights, the mathematical algorithm utilised, the model to describe the system of preferences of the individual or group facing decision-making, the level of uncertainty embedded in the data set and the ability for stakeholders to participate in the process.
This paper develops a framework for comparing MCDA methods and shows how it can be applied. To demonstrate the potential of the framework, it is applied to three widely used MCDA methods: AHP, Evamix, and NAIADE. This reveals the strengths and weaknesses of these methods with regard to dealing with sustainability issues.

Keywords
Decision-making, sustainable development, quality assessment of methods.

Published in: Revista Multidisciplinar de Gestion Ambiental, La Ley: Madrid.

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New book by Fred Luks

In late July, the new book by Fred Luks will come out:

"Nachhaltigkeit" (in German).

Based on the idea of intra- and intergenerational justice, the book shows the relevance of sustainable development for different areas such as ecology, public finance, social policy and globalization.
Luks shows how the idea of sustainable development evolved and how it affects ideas of social and economic progress. The book is a brief and easy-to-read introduction that includes accessible information on the history, philosophy, ecology, economics and politics of sustainable development.

Nachhaltigkeit. Europäische Verlagsanstalt, Hamburg; 96 pp.; 8,60 €;
ISBN 3-434-46113-2.

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Recently published:

Harald Spehl; Martin Held (Hrsg.):

"Vom Wert der Vielfalt - Diversität in Ökonomie und Ökologie"

Was verstehen wir unter Vielfalt bzw. Diversität? Welche Rolle spielen diese Begriffe in den einzelnen Disziplinen? Welche Zugänge wurden dafür entwickelt? Was gewinnen wir, wenn wir das Konzept Diversität verwenden? Können Ökonomie und Ökologie aus dieser Diskussion lernen? Diese breit angelegten Fragestellungen werden hier ausführlich behandelt.

Der Band ist auf der Grundlage der Tagung "Vom Wert der Vielfalt - Diversität in Ökonomie und Ökologie" entstanden, die die Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie (VÖÖ) und die Evangelische Akademie Tutzing im Jahr 2001 in Tutzing veranstaltet haben.
Analytica Verlag, Berlin 2002. Broschur 289 S. EUR 45,- ISBN 3-929342-69-3

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

The footprint idea has received mainstream media coverage within the
United States

After the paper "Tracking the ecological overshoot of the human economy" by Mathis Wackernagel et al has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the footprint idea has received mainstream media coverage within the United States.
This study, to which 10 researchers from 6 nations contributed, documents that in 1999 we were using the planet 20 percent faster than it can regenerate.
Redefining Progress Sustainability Program Director Mathis Wackernagel is the lead author of the paper. He and his colleagues reached their conclusion by comparing humanity's demand on the environment to the earth's supply of bioproductive areas over the past 40 years.

You can purchase and download the paper from the PNAS web site at
www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/142033699v1.

Due to the fact that the article gets a lot of press interest, Redefiningprogress created a web page with more information about the paper and links to a selection of the press reaction: www.redefiningprogress.org/programs/sustainability/ef/pnas_0602.html

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Congress announcement:

Ibero-American Congress of Development and the Environment.
Local Challenges in the Face of Globalization.

8th and 9th of November, 2002 - FLACSO - Quito, Ecuador

The Ibero-American Conference on Development and the Environment, under the title Local Challenges to face Globalization, intends to set up a plural, social and scientific forum of discussion on concepts, methodologies and experiences that allows both to analyse the relationship among development, environment, and equity in the economic globalization era, as well as to throw some light on the strategies to follows. One of the main goals of this event is to set the bases of an Ibero American Network on Ecological Economics, whose aim will be to strengthen ties among regional research groups as well as to encourage their cooperation with other research groups beyond the continent.

Please surf to www.flacso.org.ec/cidma.html for more information and for registration detatils.

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Schweisfurth Foundation Research Award for Ecological Economics

The Schweisfurth Foundation Research Award for Ecological Economics, posted out every two years, this time on the topic of "Vielfalt und nachhaltige Entwicklung" (Diversity and Sustainable Development), has been given to Stefanie Böge, University of Kassel, for her doctoral thesis " Der Weg zum Standardapfel. Der Verlust der Vielfalt und die fortschreitende Dekultivierung eines Lebensmittels".
There has also been awarded Carsten Wiemeyer and Peter Plöge, University of Bielefeld.

For more information about the Foundation and the awarded topics have a look at www.schweisfurth.de .

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CEPE seeks for Ph.D. student with an economics or an engineering education

The Center for Energy Policy and Economics in Zurich looks for a renewable energy analyst. He/she is expected to analyse energy wood production chains in Europe from a socio-economic perspective and to develop new methods for the demand- and supply-side modelling of energy wood markets and the diffusion of innovations in these markets. He/she should have a solid education in economics (preferred) or in engineering and some practical experience in mathematical and/or applied econometric modelling.

Application should be sent no later than 31 August 2002 to Dr. Reinhard Madlener (Tel.: +41 1 632 06 52; e-mail: madlener@cepe.mavt.ethz.ch), ETH Zentrum, WEC C.25, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland.

For more job vacancies see: www.cepe.ethz.ch/jobVac
Detailed information on CEPE are available here: www.cepe.ethz.ch

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Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig offers two job vacancies

The Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany offers two positions for full or part time researchers as part of an EU funded project on conflicts between biodiversity conservation and fisheries. In this context the Department of Economics, Sociology and Law is looking for economists and/or social scientists (full knowledge of German required).

Further particulars and application details can be obtained here.

Informal enquiries can be made at ring@alok.ufz.de or rauschma@alok.ufz.de .
Please note that the deadline for receiving applications is August 3rd, 2002.

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The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG)
(Die Stiftung für die Rechte zukünftiger Generationen (SRzG), Oberursel/Germany)

The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) is a practice-oriented research institute on the interface of science and politics. In 1997, it was founded by a group of European students that worried about the future and wanted to promote intergenerational justice - both in terms of ecology and economy. To FRFG, intergenerational justice means that today's children and future generations must be capable to meet their own needs and fulfil their rights and aspirations to at least the same extent as the generation governing today. Examples of present discrimination of the future generations include progressive ecological destruction, youth unemployment, national indebtedness.

For more details on FRFG please surf surf to www.srzg.de. Here you will get information on the concept of the new magazine "Intergenerational Justice!". The first edition will cover the process of Rio and the Johannesburg Summit.
You have also the possibility to subscribe to FRFG's newsletter.

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11th GLOBAL DIALOGUE
Globalisation, cultural diversity and the role of the media

31st October and 1st November 2002, Hanover/Germany

In cooperation with: State capital Hanover, the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony, State Chancellery of Lower Saxony, the German Society for Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ), Goethe Institut Inter Nations, the Lutheran Academies in Loccum and Mühlheim a.d.Ruhr......and others

Two years after the end of the World Exposition, Hanover presents itself yet again as the scene of forward-looking international meetings. More than 700 partnerships with exemplary projects of sustainable development grew out of the Expo 2000 program "Projects from around the World". The German participants met last year to talk about cooperation and common interests for the future.

Now all the other partners will be invited for the first time to participate in the 11th Global Dialogue in Hanover. The subject is a direct contribution to a global discussion of international security, the so-called war of the cultures and the alleged claim to hegemony of the western (US-American) social order.

For more Information surf to www.globalpartnership.de/index_engl.html

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SUMMER SPECIAL

As every year we like to provide you the European Commission's link to check the water quality of the Unions beaches. It may help you to choose the location of your summer holiday.

Click here to check your destination.

The SERI team wishes you and your family a pleasant and relaxing summer-holiday 2002.

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6. Going on in Vienna

Next Brownbag Seminar on Tuesday, 23rd July 2002

Featuring

12.30-14.00
Francois Schneider on
Global "dematerialisation" and "dewaterisation" of regional and national economies, considerations and perspectives (in English)

14.30-16.00
Joachim Spangenberg on
Quality of Life, Consumption and the
Environment
(in German)

Both talks will be broadcasted on www.sustainability.tv

Also visit our Brownbag Archive for more info.

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SERI-Infomail 04/2002
Distributed by Jürgen Schäfer
Managing Editor, SERI-InfoMail
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