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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. more


World Water Day 2017: It doesn’t always have to be drinking water – using wastewater as a resource

Watering crops

The distribution conflicts with regard to water resources are no longer limited to arid areas of our planet. Even in Germany where water is comparatively abundant, conflicts of use occasionally arise. The worldwide water demand is continously increasing. It has already come to a point where two...more


Scientists recommend realignment of biodiversity research


Current research results show the main cause behind the ongoing loss of biological diversity to be uncertain knowledge or a complete lack of knowledge about the complex links between nature and society. Scientists therefore recommend that a stronger transdisciplinary approach now be taken towards...more


International conference on oceanography and limnology: ISOE-scientist introduces PlastX


In February, 2500 scientists from around the world came together in Hawaii to discuss the current status of aquatic research. Topics in plankton ecology, coral eco-systems and the nitrogen cycle, along with the research subject of human-environment-relationships were addressed. During the session...more


Sustainable corporate management at ISOE: sustainability report published

ISOE Entrance

For over 25 years, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has been involved in research on the topic of sustainability. From the beginning, we also have kept an eye on our own handling of resources. In the sustainability report that has just been published, ISOE is for the first time...more


netWORKS 4 – In what way can municipal supply systems contribute to a climate-just urban development

feet in rubber boots rain puddle city

Water infrastructures are playing a decisive role for the creation of climate-just towns. They have to be robust and resilient against the effects of climate change like torrential rain or periods of extreme heat. At the same time they have to promote a resource-saving use of water. In order to...more


Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals – water reuse in Namibia

Wastewater ponds in Outapi

How can municipal wastewater be collected and treated by using a pond system in order to enable irrigation agriculture throughout the whole year? A team from science, industry and a municipality is working on this research question in the Namibian Cuvelai catchment area which is a one of the...more


The Value of Nature – Lecture Series on Social Valuation of Ecosystems

The value of nature

How can the conservation of species, biological diversity and natural systems be meaningfully substantiated and justified: in terms of the economic value of natural resources and services, or for ethical and moral reasons? Are non-economic options of valuating nature widely defensible or are they...more

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Institute report 2017

Institute report 2017
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