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The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research
Daniela Rat

Daniela Rat

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Daniela Raț studied at the West University of Timișoara, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in law and her LL.M in European Union Law. Further, she was awarded a one year research fellowship by the German Federal Environmental Foundation and conducted her research on sustainable transport policies at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Currently, Daniela is a MSc candidate for the interdisciplinary International Master of Environmental Sciences program at the University of Cologne. Her broad research interests range from biodiversity policies to transport policies, renewable energy policies and environmental ethics.
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Using genetic resources, whether from plants, animals or micro-organisms, refers to the process of analyzing their beneficial properties and using them to contribute to scientific knowledge or to develop new products. The rapid development of modern biotechnology has allowed us to use genetic resources that improved our understanding of the living world and led to […]

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Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice
Cecilia Erba

Cecilia Erba

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Cecilia earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on environmental crimes in Europe. She then specialized on sustainable development and natural resources at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization). She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on arctic affairs and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment on international cooperation for sustainable development. She currently works for A Sud, a non-profit association dealing with environmental conflicts, community rights, justice, sustainability and climate change.
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Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than 1000 cases around the world against the fossil fuel industry and governments. While the former usually are aimed at obtaining compensation regarding companies’ pollution, the latter have somehow higher ambitions: they […]

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The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities
Cecilia Erba

Cecilia Erba

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Cecilia earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on environmental crimes in Europe. She then specialized on sustainable development and natural resources at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization). She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on arctic affairs and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment on international cooperation for sustainable development. She currently works for A Sud, a non-profit association dealing with environmental conflicts, community rights, justice, sustainability and climate change.
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On April 27th, the EU agreed a total ban on neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, on the ground that they contaminate water and soil and pose a serious threat to bees and other pollinators. Italy was among the Member States that supported the measure. In February however Mr. Martina, the then Italian Minister […]

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Green must be the new black

Green must be the new black
Alessandro Gangarossa

Alessandro Gangarossa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MSc double degree in Economics and International Relationsfrom University of Lugano (Switzerland) and Catholic University of Milan . During my master I could deepen my interest and specialize in EU law and policy, especially regarding EU Trade Law and trade defence policy, which was the topic of my final dissertation. This interest brought me to intern at the Commercial Office of the Consulate General of Egypt in Milan. Other than trade I am interested in national and international politics, as well as the EU political development.
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Through the Belt and Road Initiative China aims to build highways, railroads, ports, power plants linking the country with Eurasian neighbours, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. The negative impacts on the environment will be undeniable not only as the projects are carried out and the infrastructures built. Creating new capacity and developing the present one […]

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Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February

Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February
Cecilia Erba

Cecilia Erba

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Cecilia earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on environmental crimes in Europe. She then specialized on sustainable development and natural resources at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization). She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on arctic affairs and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment on international cooperation for sustainable development. She currently works for A Sud, a non-profit association dealing with environmental conflicts, community rights, justice, sustainability and climate change.
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Arctic temperatures are rising and polar ice is melting, but starved polar bears aren’t the only implication. Oil and gas fields, metals and minerals, new trade routes, fisheries: the world’s northernmost region is home to a pool of resources that are just opening up to exploitation. But at what cost? A not-so-frozen world The Arctic […]

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Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?

Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?
Igor Sarkissian

Igor Sarkissian

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Sarkissian holds an M.A. in Advanced European and International Studies from Sciences Po Lille. Focusing mainly on European affairs and the EU, he worked as an intern for the economic and trade section of the EU delegation to Vietnam. His areas of interests include the economic, foreign and trade policy of the EU, the decision-making process of the European institutions and the relations between Europe and Asia.
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The European Union is both one of the world’s largest traders and a strong contributor in the fight against climate change. It currently has over 40 trade agreements implemented and several others underway, which equals to many more threats to the environment. To effectively conciliate its two desired positions, it has to make progress towards […]

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Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage
Cecilia Erba

Cecilia Erba

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Cecilia earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on environmental crimes in Europe. She then specialized on sustainable development and natural resources at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization). She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on arctic affairs and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment on international cooperation for sustainable development. She currently works for A Sud, a non-profit association dealing with environmental conflicts, community rights, justice, sustainability and climate change.
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The production of fossil fuels is still considered of strategic interest in Italy. As of the end of 2015, 114 exploration and 202 exploitation licenses were in force on national territory. Such activities pose a huge threat to the preservation of the environment and the health of local communities. The recently uncovered Val d’Agri affaire […]

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Making nature count: What can the EU do?

Making nature count: What can the EU do?
Ann-Kathrin Beck

Ann-Kathrin Beck

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Ann-Kathrin Beck is currently finishing up her graduate degree in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Previously, she has gained professional experiences with the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Ghana, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Indonesia and the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, always eager to find the connections between environmental and development policies – her two main research interests. Her master thesis focusses on the external dimension and potentials of EU forest governance.
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Even though they are crucial in tourism and recreation, food and appreciation, air and water filtration, as well as erosion and flood control, environmental products and services are barely represented in classic accounting. Ecosystems provide invaluable yet rather intangible services and contributions to national economies that classic indicators such as the GDP neglect. Therefore, they […]

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Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side

Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side
Natasha Emily Foote

Natasha Emily Foote

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Natasha holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex. She has a particular interest in issues of food production and alternative approaches to agriculture, as well as in conservation, notably the ways in which human and conservation interests conflict.
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Despite current conservation efforts, every indication points to the fact that our biodiversity and, along with it, our ecosystem services are in a dire state. Reports indicate that we have lost up to 80% of our insects in what is being called an ‘insectageddon’, and the recent state of nature report estimates that 60% of […]

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Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission’s case against Poland

Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission's case against Poland
Ann-Kathrin Beck

Ann-Kathrin Beck

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Ann-Kathrin Beck is currently finishing up her graduate degree in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Previously, she has gained professional experiences with the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Ghana, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Indonesia and the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, always eager to find the connections between environmental and development policies – her two main research interests. Her master thesis focusses on the external dimension and potentials of EU forest governance.
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Over the past two years the relationship between the Polish government under the lead of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the European Commission has been tense. Growing economic fears and nationalistic sentiments were cleverly utilized by the government to gain popularity. The first clash with the EU thus arose from the system […]

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