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!

New year, new group

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).

Exploring resource efficiency in Dessau

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.

Increasing​​ resource efficiency

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.


Dealing with contamination

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.

Soils and agriculture

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).

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.

The bigger picture

During our visit to the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences we could upgrade our understanding of how soils and modern landscapes are a highly interconnected part of the Earth system. As director, Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Reinhard Hüttl introduced the manifold research activities of GFZ. Later, we got to build our own Earth system with the fantasic support of Prof. Dr Nils Hovius.

In the end of our stay, we could see firsthand, how climate proxies are being analysed in the GFZ laboratories.