Infomail 06/01

Welcome to the summer edition of SERI's InfoMail.

The monthly published electronic news bulletin of the Vienna
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI).

Table of contents

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

  • SERI members' meetings in Cologne and Carinthia
  • SERI members at Frontiers 1 conference
  • Fritz Hinterberger on evolutionary economics
  • SERI at ISEE 2002 in Tunisia

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

  • "Work and Environment" in Brussels
  • Labour and Environment in Austria

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

  • SERI interns
  • Marie Curie Post-Doc Fellows

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

  • Work and Ecology: English version available
  • SACHS: "Das Kyoto Protokoll. Lohnt sich seine Rettung?"
  • ROSINSKI: "Strategies and Mechanisms of Cleaner Production
    Investments in Developing Countries"

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

  • 'LIFEBOAT' campaign from Friends of the Earth Europe
    July 21st 2001, BONN/Germany
  • Announcement of the fifth International I S E E / R C ' 2 0 0 1
    conference: "Ecological Economic Management and Planning in Regional and Urban Systems" September 26-29, 2001, Moscow, Russian
  • Conference announcement: "Sustainable Development in Amazonia - Strategies and Instruments" Manaus, Brazil, 24-27 October 2001
  • Pre-announcement: "German Congress Rio+10 = Johannesburg" November 23rd-25th, 2001, Munich, Germany
  • SUMMER SPECIAL

6. Going on in Vienna

  • lecture pause till september


Contents

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

SERI members' meetings in Cologne and Carinthia

A group of SERI members met in Cologne end of June for a 2 days meeting in a former flowers shop. A nice environment for some important to dos, including the new "business" structure for SERI projects as well the planning of some politically important projects. We will inform our members and the public in due time and announce that another meeting will be held in the Carinthian mountains in the last week of August. Those interested to join us (and to become members of SERI), please write to Fritz Hinterberger (fritz@seri.at).

SERI members at Frontiers 1 conference

Sigrid Stagl, Fritz Hinterberger and Joachim Spangenberg attended the Frontiers 1 conference in Cambridge, UK earlier this month. The conference explored new paths for Ecological Economics research in Europe. See http://www.euroecolecon.org/frontiers/ for details. Frontiers 2 is scheduled for 2003 and is highly recommended to European researchers in the science behind sustainable development.
Joachim Spangenberg's paper is available upon request from the author: Joachim@seri.at

Fritz Hinterberger on evolutionary economics

Fritz Hinterberger attended the annual meeting of German-speaking evolutionary economists (Ausschuss Evolutorische Ökonomik im Verein für Socialpolitik; see http://www.evolutionsoekonomik.de/) in Schloß Wartensee near St.Gallen, organized by Kurt Dopfer, from the university of St.Gallen. The paper presented by Fritz Hinterberger was co-authored by Marcus Stewen and Joachim Schwerd on the role of policy implementation in an evolutionary world. It can be obtained from the author (write to Fritz@seri.at).

SERI at ISEE 2002 in Tunisia

The next biannual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics will take place from 6-9 March 2002 in Sousse/Tunisia. SERI intends to suggest a couple of sessions and is certainly interested to collaborate with friends and colleagues all over Europe. Please contact us if you are interested in such an undertaking. See http://www.euroecolecon.org/TunISEE-2002.pdf for a conference announcement posted at the ESEE's website.

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

"Work and Environment" in Brussels

On September 11th the project "Work and Environment" - for which SERI is one contractor for the information transfer - will present its results for the first time in English. From 9 am to 4 pm a seminar will provide detailed background information, with comments from the EP, the Commission and civil society groups. In the evening high level officials will discuss the European sustainability strategy and the possible inspiration from the study.

The event is co-organised by the European Trade Union Institute (www.etuc.org/etui) and the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation, the Heinrich Boell-Foundation and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

The conferenece venue is the European Trade Unions Building, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5, B 1210 Bruxelles, Belgium.

More information can be obtained from Joachim Spangenberg by eMail: Joachim@seri.at

The English summary of the results is now available. For details see the announcement of the English version at category four in this InfoMail.

Labour and Environment in Austria

On 22nd of June the federal ministery of agriculture, environment and water organised a workshop, where SERI (Fritz Hinterberger, Ines Omann) and the iff/Social Ecology, Vienna (Heinz Schandl, Helga Weisz) presented the interim results of their feasibility project on labour and environment and discussed them with representatives from research and administration in order to get comments and ideas for the last phase of the project.

For details on this project please surf to:
www.seri.at/oekwipol/laufendeprojekte/aundoe.htm (in German only);
or write to Ines Omann: ines.omann@kfunigraz.ac.at

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

SERI interns

This summer, SERI will work again with a couple of interns from all over Europe, who are supposed to help us in our daily work and learn about how an internet-based research institution functions. Of course, we are still inviting young researchers/students for later periods to join our team for a restricted period of time.

Please see http://www.seri.at/Ausschreibung_Praktikantenstelle.pdf for details.

Contact us at: office@seri.at

SERI would still like to invite post-doc researchers intending to apply for Marie Curie Fellowships to work with SERI or members of the SERI network in other parts of Europe.

See www.cordis.lu/improving/src/hp_mcf.htm for more, or try the links below for detailed information:

http://www.cordis.lu/improving/src/hp_ncp.htm
http://www.cordis.lu/improving/src/mc_tsf_pg.htm
http://improving-mcf.sti.jrc.it/project/
http://www.mariecurie.org/
http://www.cordis.lu/tmr/src/grants1.htm

But we are also looking for interesting places of research to which our researchers could go for some time!

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

Work and Ecology: English version available

"Pathways to a Sustainable Future" - This is the title of a study by the German-based "Work & Environment Interdisciplinary Project" sponsored by the trade unions-linked Hans-Böckler Foundation.

The document breaks down in the following four parts:

Part 1: Sustainable Development and the European Union

Part 2: Concepts for the Future (including: Sustainable growth: the socio-economic scenario *** Integrated sustainability: the socio-environmental scenario *** The future of work and sustainability *** Contrast scenario *** Comparison of scenarios)

Part 3: Policy for Sustainability (including: Strategy and action zones *** Strategy bundles from economic, environment and employment perspectives *** Action Zone 1: Environmental concept for structural change *** Action Zone 2: Social concept for structural change *** Action Zone 3: Technological and social innovation *** Action Zone 4: Working hours policy *** Action Zone 5: Changing consumption patterns)

Part 4: Conclusion and Outlook

The brochure can be obtained in printed form free of charge from "Der Setzkasten GmbH": lavista@setzkasten.de or as a PDF-formatted file from the project home page: www.a-und-oe.de.

The English version of the project 'work and ecology' is now also for download at:
www.seri.at/personendaten/js/verbundresults.pdf.

New publication by

Wolfgang Sachs:

"Das Kyoto Protokoll. Lohnt sich seine Rettung?"

Seit mehr als zehn Jahren verfolgen die USA in internationalen Klimaverhandlungen den Plan, die Lebensspanne ihres fossilen Industriemodells zu verlängern - und blockieren damit nachhaltige Lösungen. Ihr Ausstieg aus dem Kyoto-Prozeß könnte daher als Chance begriffen werden, zu einer geradlinigen Klimapolitik zurückzufinden. Wolfgang Sachs skizziert Situation und Alternativen.

Published in: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Juli 2001.

You can download the article as a pdf-file at: www.seri.at/sachs_kyoto.pdf (in German only).

For more information on the recent edition of this journal click: http://www.blaetter.de/aktuell/rahm0701.htm.

New publication by Niki Rosinski:

"Strategies and Mechanisms of Cleaner Production Investments in Developing Countries"

This article presents the "Strategies and Mechanisms for Promoting Cleaner Production Investments in Developing Countries", implemented by the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of UNEP. The aim of the project is to encourage financing towards cleaner production investments, by demonstrating how this can be economically viable and financially attractive, in addition to be environmentally beneficially. One of the real challenges of the project is thus to contribute to bridging the gap between the financial community and the industrial world in developing countries.

Published in the June edition of "Ökologisches Wirtschaften" on the UNEP/DTIE project.

To get more information on this journal surf to:
http://www.oekom.de/verlag/german/periodika/oekowirt/index.htm.

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

2nd announcement

'LIFEBOAT' campaign from Friends of the Earth Europe
July 21st 2001, BONN/Germany

Friends of the Earth invites thousands of people concerned about global warming to build a giant climate RESCUE BOAT with their messages from around the world, a symbol of the need for political action now.

If you join 'this year's most important public gathering to save the climate treaty', accommodation, paddles and a party provided.

Information and registration at http://www.foeeurope.org/lifeboat or by e-mail: boat@foeeurope.org.

Announcement of the

Fifth International Conference of the International Society
for Ecological Economics (ISEE) Russian Chapter
(Russian Society for Ecological Economics)
I S E E / R C ' 2 0 0 1

"Ecological Economic Management and Planning
in Regional and Urban Systems"

September 26-29, 2001
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

The Fifth International Conference of the ISEE Russian Chapter in Moscow will be an international forum to discuss advances in ecological economics approaches to decision and policy making by government and business in transition to sustainable development at regional and urban levels. Specifically, it is aimed to exchange findings in the these areas, expose Russian scholars to relevant international research and practice, discuss the Russian experience to date, and recommend further efforts contributing to sustainable society.

Abstracts to be submitted to ISEE.RC@ipu.ru.
Deadline EXTENDED till July 30, 2001.

Please, visit the Conference website for further details
http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/STAFF/safonov/ISEERC2001.htm.

Conference announcement

"Sustainable Development in Amazonia - Strategies and Instruments"

Manaus, Brazil, 24-27 October 2001

This conference at the beginning of the new century marks the summit of the three- years AMAZONIA 21 Project between Amazonian and European scientists and consultants, and the starting point for the further collaborations. It offers the great opportunity to deepen the communication on sustainable development strategies and to search for new paths of exchange in one of the most exciting regions of the world.

For more information on this conference and for registration details please surf to:

http://www.amazonia21.org/

Pre-announcement German Congress Rio+10 = Johannesburg

The Congress will take place from November 23rd-25th, 2001, in the heart of
Munich. A broad participation of environment and development NGOs, trade
unions, clerics, and officials is expected.

Unfortunately the program although otherwise exciting (SERI was involved in
the preparation phase) except for a few speaches the congress will be held in
German, as simultaneous translation is not yet covered by fund rising.

For more information contact Joachim.Spangenberg@seri.de, or browse to
www.Natwiss.de for more information (from August/September).

SUMMER SPECIAL

After a year of hard working everyone needs time for recreation. The summer-holiday is the best opportunity to relax with your family, your partner or just on yourself.

If you plan to spent your summer-holiday somewhere on Europe's beaches, SERI has for you the important information on bathing water quality.

Below you find the official and very detailed website of the European Commission about the water quality in the European Union:
Click http://europa.eu.int/water/cgi-bin/bw.pl to check your destination.

The SERI team wishes you and your family a pleasant and relaxing summer-holiday 2001.

6. Going on in Vienna

During summer, SERI's lecture series will pause and restart in September. Please check our next infomail early September for further details.


SERI is the first "virtual" research institute with associated researchers all over Europe.

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.

Have a nice day – your SERI-Team.

SERI-Infomail 04/2001
Distributed by Jürgen Schäfer
Managing Editor, SERI-InfoMail
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