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At the service of the environment and sustainable development

AEIDL’s skills relate to the field of sustainable development, “a development which meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (*)

While the goal of sustainable development and respect for the environment had been a horizontal dimension of the local development projects AEIDL has been engaged in for over ten years, especially through its involvement in the LEADER initiative, it was the coordination of the EU’s LIFE programme, which - from the early 2000s – led to the environmental aspect of sustainable development becoming one of AEIDL’s main fields of activity.


(*) Our Common Future - Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development of the United Nations, 1987.

  • Promoter: AEIDL
  • Duration: 2014 - 2017

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The Social Innovation for Resilient Communities (SIRCle) project uses adult education to address one of the most pressing needs of our time, namely how to marry our love for the planet with our capacity to thrive financially.

Adult learners will acquire the skills needed to set up social enterprises, or transform existing workplaces, both to reflect their unique sense of purpose and to contribute to the resilience of their region. In this way, they will both flourish as people and will support the development of a new economy based on the creation and distribution of the goods and services needed to deliver a sustainable future.

The SIRCle Project was born in a close collaboration between the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and the Findhorn Foundation (FF) and brings together a diverse range of organisations from Austria (Plenum), Belgium (AEIDL and Still Consulting), Romania (Asociatia Romania in Transizie), Spain (Altekio) and Portugal (FFCUL).

Together, we have created the highly experiential and innovative curriculum: ‘The Evoneers Journey’ that uses a core story of change that unfolds over nine stepping stones. This core framework can be adapted to different timescales, online and offline formats, and to the context and needs of participants. Participants, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will journey individually and together into finding a way to express their contributions to local and global sustainability.

The curriculum is supported by links to over 200 learning patterns and teaching videos that point the way to addressing the challenges and issues that will inevitably arise on the journey.

The eight partner organisations were granted €446.285,00 under ERASMUS+ to implement the project over a three-year period, from September 2014 to September 2017.

At the service of the environment and sustainable development

AEIDL’s skills relate to the field of sustainable development, “a development which meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (*)

While the goal of sustainable development and respect for the environment had been a horizontal dimension of the local development projects AEIDL has been engaged in for over ten years, especially through its involvement in the LEADER initiative, it was the coordination of the EU’s LIFE programme, which - from the early 2000s – led to the environmental aspect of sustainable development becoming one of AEIDL’s main fields of activity.

(*)Our Common Future - Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development of the United Nations, 1987.

  • Client: European Commission (DG Environment, DG Climate Action, EASME)
  • Duration: 2001-2020

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To inform, promote, make known, popularise ... - AEIDL has been the "Communications Team" of the LIFE programme, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment, since 2001.

The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.

LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013), which have been the subject of coordination and communication contracts awarded to AEIDL. During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. A new Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the 2014-2020 funding period. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.

The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME.

As the LIFE Communications Team, AEIDL’s task is to provide technical support and assistance for European-level communication activities. This primarily involves the dissemination of the results of supported projects and facilitating the transfer of experience and know-how to specific target groups. AEIDL is responsible for a variety of specific tasks, including the production and dissemination of thematic publications and best practices, the design and maintenance of the LIFE website and databases, and the organisation of seminars and events.

Within AEIDL, the LIFE team consists of 14 people, including specialists in nature and the environment, as well as communications (journalism, graphic and web design, database design and management, etc.).

FAB - Farmland Achievements for Biodiversity

As part of a project venture consisting of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Institut für Agrarökologie und Biodiversität Mannheim (IFAB-Mannheim) and independent experts, AEIDL is involved in the FAB (Farmland Achievements for Biodiversity) platform project, supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV).

FAB will mainly consist of a European platform for the exchange of information and best practices on Payments for Farmland Biodiversity Results.

AEIDL will assist the grouping with the technical web and database (web-based inventory) design aspects of the project.

There is a dual purpose to the project: 1) To provide information that might allow managing authorities to modify existing agri-environment type schemes under current CAP/European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) rules; and/or inspire the development of results based schemes outside the CAP framework. 2) To inform policy developments to facilitate the design and implementation of true Results Based Payment Schemes (RBPS) in the future.

The audience of the project is primarily the managing authorities, national authorities, Commission services and other stakeholders (such as NGOs) that are involved in the design and development of RBPS schemes. The Commission wishes to gain a broad overview of the full spectrum of RBPS types in order to gain sufficient understanding of the range of possible ways in which a greater emphasis on results, and subsequent outcomes, could be integrated within schemes to incentivise environmental management on farmland.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Partners: IEEP, IFAB-Mannheim and independent experts
  • Duration: January-December 2014

Tools and Guidebooks on renewable energy and energy efficiency

The EU’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) awarded the contract for compiling an inventory of tools and guidebooks on renewable energy and energy efficiency to a consortium consisting of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), AEIDL and Prospect Consulting & Services.

The contract focused on tools and guidebooks developed under the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) programme, as well as other European programmes (Structural Funds, LIFE, ALTENER/SAVE, FP6 for R&D, etc.) and also national/regional programmes. Through the development of a publicly accessible inventory, the EACI aimed to avoid duplication and promote better sharing of knowledge and experience. AEIDL was specifically responsible for the design and development of the database and website, and for the production of printed publications of the inventory. AEIDL also contributed to other tasks, including the collection, classification and evaluation of the tools and guidebooks, and the compilation of short summaries of each product.

  • Client: Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Partners: Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Prospect C&S
  • Duration: 2008

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DG Environment: Targeted information and dissemination strategy

Between 2001 and 2004, and again between 2005 and 2009, AEIDL assisted the European Commission’s DG Environment (DG ENV) in a targeted information and dissemination strategy.

This involved compiling, expanding and updating DG ENV’s address list, creating a database of photos for use in publications, and undertaking ad hoc public relations activities (help in launching new products, conducting satisfaction surveys, etc.).

  • Client: European Commission européenne, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Duration: 2001-2009

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Presentation of the policies of the environment department of the Belgian Federal Public Service

Between 2003 and 2005, the environment department of Belgium's Federal Public Service (SPF) for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment, commissioned AEIDL to compile factsheets for its website on the various areas in which it was taking action or intervening.

The issues it tackles are complex and technical, and little known to the public at large, despite their relevance to wide sections of the population, including consumers, associations, companies and public officials.

The challenge for AEIDL's team of journalists was to retain the integrity of the information, while also making it "digestible" for as many readers as possible. The issues treated were very wide-ranging and included biodiversity, GMO, ecolabels, the European strategy for hazardous chemicals (REACH) and vehicle pollution. Each issue was edited in such a way as to take account of the different groups targeted.

  • Client: Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2003-2005

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Information related to the Aarhus Convention

In 2004, AEIDL assisted the Belgian Federal Department for the Environment in providing electronic access to information falling within its competence.

The two project partners, the Eco-Conseil Institute and AEIDL, were chosen by the Federal Department to list, collect and organise the environmental data, which had to be made available to the public under the Aarhus Convention (which concerns access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters).

More specifically, AEIDL was responsible for organising the classification of the information and the way in which it was presented to the public.

  • Client: Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment (Belgium)
  • Partner: Institut Eco-Conseil (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2004

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Launch of the “Practical handbook on green public procurement”

The European Commission’s DG Environment entrusted AEIDL with the organisation of a one-day event to launch a "Practical Handbook on Green Public Procurement".

This event took place on 29 October 2004.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
  • Duration: October 2004

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BACCHUS: Best practices in the field of energy

In the context of the European SAVE (Specific Actions for Vigorous Energy efficiency) programme, AEIDL took part in the Bacchus project.

The project involved the transfer of best practices between energy agencies and regional development agencies.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
  • Partners: EURADA (EU) and ECUBA (Italy)
  • Duration: 1991-1995

     
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