Global and Multi-level Environmental Governance

Many environmental problems are transboundary or even global in nature, raising problems of spatial fit between biophysical and jurisdictional boundaries and of institutional interplay between public, private and civil society actors. Researchers at German...

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Global climate governance and local vulnerability

Global climate change and international climate change politics have changed the framework conditions for national politics in developing countries in the past 20 years and confront these with the challenge of embarking on climate resilient and low carbon...

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Biodiversity, ecosystem services and forest governance

Natural resources provide a range of different benefits that are often conceptualized as ecosystem or environmental services. As different environmental services or natural resources are used by different stakeholders for different purposes, managing natural...

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Water governance

Research on water governance at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) starts from the premise that the global water crisis is not primarily a physical but a governance crisis. We analyse water governance problems...

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Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management

The department ‘Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management’ at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) examines strategies for the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment in developing countries as well as on a global scale. Climate change, the scarcity of natural resources, and environmental pollution are problems that increasingly require a transition towards a low carbon economy, which at the same time allows for ecologically and socially inclusive development. Furthermore, global changes in the ecology, politics, and the economy are affecting environmental policy and resource management at every level. In view of these developments, the department analyses the ongoing transitions in global environmental and climate policy. It pays particular attention to the change in multilevel governance with regards to forest, land, and water policy as well as climate finance regimes in developing countries. Moreover, this DIE team examines possible governmental mechanisms, policies, and strategies to improve natural resource management and the provision of ecosystem services, which can contribute to sustainable development. Here, the research focuses on possible trade-offs between ecological, economic, and social sustainability, as well as the development of compensation mechanisms.

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Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus
Bhaduri, A. / C. Ringler / I. Dombrowsky / R. Mohtar / W. Scheumann (eds.),  Water International (Special Issue), 40 (5-6), 723-732

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Cover: Climatic Change

Private finance for adaptation: do private realities meet public ambitions?
Pauw, Pieter, Richard Klein, Pier Vellinga, Frank Biermann (2015)
Climatic Change, pp 1-15

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Biodiversity – A vital foundation for sustainable development
G7 Elmau Progress Report
(long version in English)