Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy
Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A.
Missing German and EU climate targets is not embarrassing - it is contrary to international and human rights. Even the unambitious targets themselves are illegal; all the more so their misconduct. More on this in our new legal opinion on the Paris Agreement here.
The scarcity of phosphorus (P) is a global concern that is not restricted to western industrialized nations. Based on several third-party funded projects, the industrialized nation of Germany, the emerging economy of Costa Rica, and the developing country of Nicaragua are examined in our new article in SUSTAINABILITY with regard to their legislation in the field of environmental protection and agriculture, in particular with regard to soil protection and fertilizer law. It becomes clear that soil protection in all three countries has not yet been adequately standardised in law and at the same time the efficient use of organic or recycled P fertilizers instead of (finite) mineral P fertilizers is inadequately regulated. here.
A contribution in the Global Compact International Yearbook deals with fundamental issues of the sustainability debate: the limits to green growth and technological innovations, the preconditions of societal transformation towards sustainability, the complexity of human motivation, the underrated ambitiousness of the long-term goal in the Paris Climate Agreement. See, among other papers, here.
During the last years, the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on questions of phosphorus and scarcity of natural resources in general, as well as on land-use and climate change - from a transdisciplinary point of view. See, among other papers, Economic Instruments for P, N, Climate, Biodiv.
The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on the normative grounds of sustainability - respectively on the theoretical basis of both ethics and law. The most informative is the big German volume "Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit", but there is also a number of English papers. See, among other papers, here.
Beatrice Garske, M.Sc., LL.M. oec. is a member of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy since 2012. She works as a research assistant in the project InnoSoilPhos (Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Soil Phosphorus Management). In this BonaRes project the research unit cooperates with various other institutions within the framework of Leibniz Science Campus Phosphorus Research Rostock since 2015 (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Beatrice Garske mainly works on governance of phosphorus, soil and land-use as well as agricultural policy. Her special focus is on economic governance instruments and integrated solutions for interlinked environmental problems.
Since 2015 Beatrice Garske is working on her PhD thesis on economic governance instruments for agricultural phosphorus use including the interlinkages with soil, water, biodiversity and climate (in cooperation with University of Rostock, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Soil Science). She holds two masters degrees in International Area Studies, M.Sc. (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Geosciences and Geography) and in Business Law and Economic Law, LL.M. oec. (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Law, Economics and Business). From 2011 to 2015 Beatrice Garske worked as graduate assistant at Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe with emphasis of work in technology transfer and research policy. In 2011 and 2014 she was awarded two scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service for Go East Summer School of Sciences Belarus Geostrategic meaning, history and geography at Federal University Baranovichi, Belarus and Lake Baikal Summer School of Science at the Biologic Institute of Federal University Irkutsk, Russia.
Beatrice Garske volunteers as spokesperson for the agricultural committee of Friends of the Earth Saxony and contributes as writer to the website on degrowth Wachstum im Wandel. As a board member of Ökolöwe Environmental Association Leipzig she is involved in environment and sustainability topics on a local level, too.