Indicators

Reliable, relevant and targeted information is essential for the implementation of environmental policies. Indicators provide a tool for collecting, structuring and communicating this information. In the policy process, indicators play an important role as they provide selected, aggregated and interpreted information at various stages of the policy process. They show trends and states and thus produce knowledge, supporting policy decisions as well as informing the public. In addition to this information and communication function, indicators are used for evaluating and monitoring of policies.
The rational-positivist function of indicators as being a tool for imparting knowledge in the policy process is only one of the various possible analytical approaches. Indicators can also be understood as a tool for describing a problem and to achieve a shared definition of the problem. From another perspective, indicators can also be understood as being political instruments for the implementation of problem definitions and interests. From this perspective, the selection of a particular indicator is a means to emphasize or minimize certain aspects of a problem.
Respectively, the selection of an indicator is not a decision which is solely based on scientific criteria. It is also based on values and interests of the actors involved. The decision to use an indicator is therefore also normative. At the FFU, we deal with the multiple roles of indicators and the process of the development of indicators.

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The project aims at supporting and stimulating the emerging political and social debate on resource policies from a political science, legal and economic perspective. For this purpose the discussion on targets and indicators will be analyzed and options identified for selecting, operationalizing and prioritizing targets on resource policy.

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This project contributes to measurement of progress towards Green Economy and its understanding for political decision making process in Germany. Based on a synopsis of rele-vant measurement concepts it identifies deficits of available concepts and develops suggestions for an adequate indicator system.

December 15, 2011 - September 30, 2014

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In the framework of the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme (IEKP) adopted in August 2007 the Federal Government decided upon several novel measures to reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990. The Climate Initiative is part of this programme and is supported through additional funding from the auction of emission allowances. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has been promoting climate protection projects in developing and emerging countries as well as in transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008.

Term: 01.05.2011 - 30.04.2013

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In the framework of the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme (IEKP) adopted in August 2007 the Federal Government decided upon several new measures, in order to reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990. Part of this programme is the Climate Initiative which is financed by the revenues from emissions trading and which supports national as well as international projects.

Term: 01.09.2009 - 31.08.2012

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The study recapitulates the most important shortfalls and vacancies of the GDP figures. Founded on this analysis, the question of possible complementary indicators has been discussed.

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REALISE FORUM (Renewable Energy and Liberalisation in Selected Electricity markets–Forum) attempted to establish a basis for coherence for national renewables policies in the view of a possible harmonisation or coordination of financing mechanisms and support scheme for RES-E.

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This project aimed to report and revise the existing sustainability indicator for bio diversity, considering the next report of progress by the federal government on the occasion of the National Strategy of Sustainability 2006.

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The 2004 symposium was intended to foster the mutual exchange of information on European and Japanese efforts in recording significant environmental pollution sectors as well as the state of the environment.

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The proposed research project aimed at developing a contribution for an implementable consideration of the requirements of sustainable development in new policy initiatives of the different branches of administration.

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The aim of this research and development project has been the development of a species-specific indicator for the Federal Government sustainability strategy.

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English version coming soon!

In dem Forschungsvorhaben wurden beispielhaft für Deutschland anhand des Umweltausschnittes "Agrarlandschaft und Agrarökosysteme" Indikatoren des Umweltzustands entwickelt.

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