Our CIPSEM journey continued from 18th to 19th of May 2016 in the city of Dessau. The visit to the German Environment Agency (UBA) began with an introduction and welcome speech by Mr. Ralph Wollmann, who gave background information about the history of the German Environment Agency and explained its participation and contribution to CIPSEM courses. Furthermore Mr. Wollmann talked about the role of UBA in the german society and the international community.
Lecture on transboundary movement of waste by Dr. Wuttke.
The EM-39 course in front of the main entrance.
Following up were interactive sessions on several topics from the manifold portfolio of the agency. Among others there were talks on water resources management and climate change adaptation in Germany, transboundary movement of waste, environmental risk regulation of pesticides, green economy and much more.
The stay in Dessau was furthermore accompanied guided tours through the price winning main building of UBA and the world famous Bauhaus.
Report and photographs by Hisham Abdelgawad (Egypt)
If you are in Germany, never miss the chance to visit Berlin – a city that combines extraordinary diversity of culture, nature, beauty, historical treasures, and even options of public transportation. We, the CIPSEM participants, had a great opportunity to explore the historical, environmental and economic value of this fantastic city. An excursion to Berlin between 29th March and 1st April brought us to the site where major redevelopment projects are ongoing.
Our last stop for this first day was the greywater recycling project at Block 6. The head behind this project, Mr. Nolde, explained the historical background of greywater recycling in Germany, his aim and objectives of the project and his idea of new water concepts.
Today is a day of farewell but also of new and hopeful beginnings. We are concluding the 65th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Ecosystem Management – Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.
Here you see the participants and CIPSEM staff after the award ceremony.
drastic changes in biogeochemical cycles such as that of nitrogen
land use changes and the loss of ecosystems, fragmentation of habitats, the pollution of water, air and soil.
In the course we have discussed the overarching concepts of biodiversity as such, of restoration approaches, of putting a value on ecosystem services and many other approaches. The course has benefitted greatly from the experience and kind sharing of this group of highly motivated, diverse participants.
In their wonderful short speech on behalf of the group, Ms. Yetunda McLean from Jamaica and Mr. Mindaye Teshome Legese from Ethiopia have highlighted some of the characteristics which everybody contributed to help this group to grow and explore together. This gives good reason for hope, because there are a lot of issues to tackle.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (Goal Nr. 15)
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (Goal Nr. 14).
Let’s take our governments by their words. And also: let’s assume the responsibility we all have for how our circumstances develop, and let’s celebrate the small victories along the way.
Over 350 participants from 65 countries came to Dresden to join the Nexus Conference on Climate Change, Urbanization and Population Growth from 25th to 27th of March 2015. Among them the CIPSEM EM38 course participants representing 22 countries from those 65… not bad at all!
During three days three different aspects of global change were covered in talks and in a poster session: climate change, urbanization and population growth. Special attention was paid on how the integrated management of environmental resources guided by the nexus approach may help to achieve the potential targets of the post-2015 agenda.