Always adapting and improving our course programme, we had the first session on group dynamics today. Sustainable development cannot be achieved by only a few individuals, after all. Issues we have addressed include
- How to work in teams effectively while benefitting from everybody active participation,
- how to build sustainable (working) relationships,
- how to deal with a multitude of goals and
- pitfalls in communication.
Angela Francke, who had been awarded the honorary title of ‘most dynamic personality’ by former participants in her element: facilitation of group work.
Towards establishing group rules – brainstorming on the many ways in which respect is important.
What do we need to consider in terms of diversity?
The intermediate outcome of brainstorming on what should be taken into consideration for sustainable and effective group work.
Here are a few useful models for some background knowledge:
The very important other event taking place in the CIPSEM-world today is the marriage of Trupti and Carlos. Coming from India and Bolivia, they got to know each other during the 65th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Ecosystem Management – Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology in 2015. Today, they have married in Copenhagen. We send our best wishes and are very happy with and for you!
This goes to show that love and determination can get us a long way – in everything.
Thank you for the pictures, Angela!
Today, we could welcome the participants of the 41st UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management for Developing Countries. From the first impression, we can be glad to work with a group of dedicated individuals on the manifold aspects of environmentally sustainable development during the next six months. We will keep you updated!
Here are some impressions from the opening ceremony (pictures by Harald Schluttig).
The participants of the 73rd UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management have received a warm welcome at the German Environment Agency in Dessau… as well as lots of input with regard to the topic of our training programme. Please see the image caption for details.
The participating experts with our host Ralph Wollmann in the headquarters of the German Environment Agency in Dessau (Photo by André Lindner/ Eromonsele Akhidenor)
Early Monday morning: we are on our way to Dessau (Photo by CIPSEM)
The UBA office building in Dessau has been designed as an environmentally friendly building … (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
… , so we are exploring it in detail during our visit (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
(Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
We also get to see the office workspaces. The height-adjustable desks are a revelation, and immediately pictures are being shared with co-workers around the world. (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
After an introduction into the tasks and set-up of the German Environment Agency by our host Ralph Wollmann … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… we are being introduced to a number of crucial topics, all of them are discussed intensively (Photo by CIPSEM)
This includes for example the German perspective on sustainable development and Green Economy, which we could discuss with Björn Bünger, … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… and also circular economy and waste management (Photo by CIPSEM)
We also got to discuss Sustainable Resource Use – Strategies and Instruments in Germany with Mr Jens Günther … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… Management of WEEE in Germany with Mr Matthias Fabian, …(Photo by CIPSEM)
… the concept of Best Available Techniques with Ms Almut Reichart (Photo by CIPSEM), and have also learned about UBA activities on waste technology and know-how transfer from Ms Anne Bachmann.
We got to replenish our energy reserves in the UBA canteen (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor).
In the evening, we have explored the Bauhaus in Dessau, which is just one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area (Photo by CIPSEM).
Meet the participants of our 73rd UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management:
Today we have embarked on a 4-week-journey of learning from an with each other how we can move towards a more resource efficient world, in the context of our different countries, communities and institutions.
There is a sense of urgency, as Prof Jeffrey Sachs has pointed out in his keynote talk during this year’s conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, PAGE.
Freiberg has a long mining history. Naturally high background values, mining and ore processing have led to high concentrations of heavy metals in the area, as well as in the downstream flood plains. During our visit to the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dr Ingo Müller and Dr Natalja Barth have elaborated on the historic development, as well as monitoring and soil protection efforts by the State Agency. We have received a good overview on farming activities on soils with high heavy metal concentrations and also learned a good deal about the set up of the agency and its interactions with key stake holders.
On Monday, we went to visit the Centre for Agriculture and Environment in Nossen. There, we received a warm welcome by Dr Bergfeld, head of the Agriculture Department of the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG). After an introduction into the agency and its responsibilities, we got to follow the way soil samples take in the laboratory (see captions for details).
Introduction to the Centre for Agriculture and Environment, Nossen, and the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology by Dr. Bergfeld
Dr. Goldstein explains sample preparation at the Saxon State Association for Environment and Agriculture (BfUL).
Destruction of soil aggregates and separation of corse and fine fraction.
Standard soil analysis explained.
Automatic measurement of grain size distribution (based on Köhn).
Here, undisturbed samples are being analysed.
Dr. Mais elaborates on the analysis of organic compounds.
Mr. Nusche explains the analysis of macronutrients.
The optimal pH for low mobility of heavy metals in soils.
After lunch, Dr Trapp and her colleagues introduce us to the test done in Nossen and in other facilities of the LfULG, for example, to give recommendations on the varieties most suitable for local conditions.
Dr. Trapp introduces us to the multifunctional research on crop production done in Nossen.
We also receive insights into the specific challenges in trials related to organic agriculture.
Experiments in the vessel station help with pre-selection prior to large scale test under field conditions.
The art of group selfies 😉
Diversity in, on and around a Saxon loess soil. An interest in land care unites.
The field trials require a set of special machines, such as this one for conservation agriculture. We are lucky because we get to see them all.
A last round of questions and answers with Dr Schmidt.