(Number of projects = 58)
The AJAP II project aims to assess the suitability of environmentally friendly measures to combat Asian bush mosquitoes. It also examines how the human population can be involved in the implementation of the measures and how they are accepted.
The team of the German-Iranian IWRM project in Isfahan is developing a concept for integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the region around the Zayandeh river.
ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research evaluates water partnerships between the private sector, civil society and the public sector in various countries. The project team first develops an evaluation concept and then performs a baseline study. IWaSP is a transnational program of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) that aims to establish and support water partnerships.
The aim of CuveWaters is to support and improve Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the northern Namibian Cuvelai-Etosha Basin. ISOE is supervising and co-ordinating this international joint project.
On behalf of HAMBURG WASSER, the project team is developing a new classification of types of consumptions points. So far, the consumption points have been classified as: private apartment, trade, industry etc. and are now being distinguished according to the trade branches as defined by the Federal Statistical Office. The aim is a more detailed recording of the customer base.
It is the aim of the project to develop elements of an integrated mobility strategy taking Hesse as an example and to point out ways to create a nationwide sustainable and social mobility culture.
The aim of the study for the Baden-Württemberg foundation is to develop scenarios of sustainable mobility and ways of transformation together with relevant actors.
In the project OPTIMASS the team is developing new strategies and robust solutions for a sustainable management of Savanna ecosystems. Within the joint project, the research focus of ISOE lies on water resources. The aim is to find out which adapted forms of water management will in the long run secure important ecosystem services.
On behalf of the UBA (Umweltbundesamt) the ISOE is developing a strategy to update the label with the aim to make the eco-label more modern and increase its attractiveness. The focus is on the renewal of the logo.
Within the CLIENT joint project “Semizentral: Resource-efficient and flexible supply and waste disposal infrastructure systems for rapidly growing cities of the future – Phase 2” ISOE is supporting the implementation of a project that is testing the semicentral freshwater supply and wastewater treatment in a new district of Qingdao/China.
In the project “Power efficiency classes for households”, instruments and advisory services that support private households in saving electricity were developed and successfully tested. In the successor project “Power saving advice”, these instruments are to be further disseminated and linked with the consulting services of municipalities and consumer organizations.
In the Homes-uP project a team of German researchers and international partners is investigating the development of the stock of single family homes. They are particularly examining the effects of the demographic change and changing family constellations on the stock of single family homes. Moreover, there will be an analysis of the influences certain factors like climate change, economic and financial crises have on the future of the single family homes’ real estate market segment.
In the project ‘Heat Consulting’, scientists from ISOE are developing new approaches to reduce heat consumption in households. The aim is to identify low-cost and effective behavioural measures that enable low-income households to reduce their energy consumption.
The project team is analysing to what extent water-related vulnerabilities and risks for the population and ecosystems are developing within the context of global change and how these might conceivably be reduced.
Every public health system faces the challenge to strengthen the health of the population while keeping an eye on cost containment at the same time. Nevertheless, these two apparently contradictory aims can both be achieved: many diseases that are caused by overweight/obesity and a lack of physical activity can be avoided or at least reduced by prevention and health promotion. The research approach of participative health research is taking up this idea and adds to it a basically transdisciplinary concept.
Since 2013 a total of 33 collaborative research projects are dealing with various aspects of an “Environmentally and socially compatible transformation of the German energy system”. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has included this initiative into the funding priority Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) and has assigned the Öko-Institut together with the ISOE with the coordination of the funding initiative.
The aim of the joint project is the development of strategies for a sustainable management of the water resources in the Nidda catchment area. These strategies are to serve as a planning instrument for practical water management.
Consumers’ expectations towards a product (e.g. functionality, longevity, price) don’t necessarily correspond with product properties relevant for sustainability (e.g. durability, reparability, energy and resource efficiency). The project aims to strengthen the ecological design of a product as a purchase criterion for buyers, by better matching consumers’ expectations, the product’s development process as well as corporate and product communication. Apart from ecological criteria, social aspects like working conditions or fair payment are also taken into consideration.
The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of ecological and social tipping points. Desertification in arid areas can be a tipping point. The example of the Namibian savannah is used to investigate which processes in ecosystems lead to a change of state and which measures are suitable for effectively countering trends such as desertification.
The joint project MORE STEP investigates social-ecological dynamics in the Mongolian steppe ecosystem. Its objective is the early identification of irreversible changes (tipping points) and their possible consequences. For this project, land degradation and the reduced sustainability of ecosystems by social influences – such as urbanization or changes to the nomadic way of life – are closely examined. Particular attention is focused on wild and domesticated herd animals, the mobility of which is being increasingly limited.
Real-world laboratories are seen as a novel form of networking and cooperation between science and society. The approach of real-world laboratories is aiming to facilitate the connectivity of scientific findings for politics and economy and also to support society’s capacity to act towards sustainable development.
With the help of principles that combine different societal claims of utilization and prevent ecological damage, an integrated water resources management (IWRM) aims to contribute to a sustainable handling of the resource water. Within the project, a guiding principle shall be developed that comprises conceptual foundations and instruments for such an IWRM in the region of Rhine-Main.