The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System

We investigate the interactions and inter-dependencies between people and nature at Mount Kilimanjaro under land-use, climate, and governance change. Our results will provide the scientific basis for political and societal decision-making that will facilitate transformation towards sustainable relationships between nature and people at Kilimanjaro. Kili-SES

Duration:     2021-2025
Funding:     German Research Union (DFG) - Research Unit
Partner:     Germany: University of Bayreuth, University of Kassel, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Philipps University of Marburg, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW); Switzerland: University of Bern; Tanzania: TANAPA – Tanzania National Parks, KINAPA – Kilimanjaro National Park, TPRI – Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, TAWIRI – Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, COSTECH – Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, University of Dar es Salaam, Mweka College of African Wildlife Management, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Mzumbe University
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz


Governing climate change adaptation at the Baltic Sea Coast

The objective of GoCoase is to evaluate different adaptation paths to climate change impacts on the German Baltic Sea coast at the regional level. Rising sea level and increasing frequency of extreme events increase the likelihood of storm-generated floods that are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards which imperil coastal stretches worldwide. Existing as well as expanding urban agglomerations on the coast, growing natural resource exploitation and higher concentration of industrial, logistic and transport facilities and other infrastructure (i.e. offshore wind farms) in near-shore waters increasingly expose human populations, critical infrastructure and other assets to these natural hazards. Against this background, GoCoase will develop adaptation scenarios together with local and regional stakeholders comprising both coastal protection infrastructure as well as near-shore land use changes.

Factsheets on climate change adaptation and coastal protection developed as part of the project can be found here (only available in German).

Duration:     08/2018-12/2021
Funding:     Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Partners:     Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Landschaftsökonomie (TUB); Leibniz Universität Hannover, Franzius-Institut für Wasserbau, Ästuar- und Küsteningenieurwesen (FI); EUCC – Die Küsten Union Deutschland e.V., Rostock-Warnemünde
Contakt:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz und Andrea Wunsch


Indirect Rebound Effects. Lifestyle‐segmentation and Interventions with Efficiency‐Feedback and Sufficiency

The socio-ecological transformation to a resource-saving “Green Economy” is hampered as increases in resource and energy efficiency via technological innovations are often associated with rebound effects. Changes in consumer behaviour reduce or even overcompensate the savings of resources and energy. The project iReliefs analyses efficiency- and sufficiency-related rebound effects at the level of private households in Germany.

Duration:     07/2018-12/2021
Funding:     German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Partners:     Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; University of Potsdam
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Anke Jacksohn


Cleaning Litter by Developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas (CLAIM)

Recognized as a major environmental problem, the presence and accumulation of plastic debris in the marine environment has seen a substantial increase with global production of plastics increasing twenty-fold in the last fifty years. CLAIM focuses on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches, targeting the prevention and in situ management of visible and invisible marine litter in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. CAU will contribute to following project’s objectives: (1) the identification of  ecosystem services under threat from visible and invisible plastic pollution in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, (2) estimating the cost-effectiveness of alternative marine litter reduction technologies and (3) public preferences for alternative marine litter reduction technologies.

Duration:     11/2017-2022
Funding:     EU - Horizon 2020 (BG-2016-2017)
Partners:     Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece), Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (Denmark), Kunglia Tekniska
    Hoegskolan (Sweden), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Pensoft Publishers Ltd (Bulgaria), IRIS SRL (Italy), IkerConsulting (Spain), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia), Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mar (Tunisia), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), PP-Polymer AB (Sweden), Lebanese University  (Lebanon), Waste & Water SARL (France), Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK), New Naval Limited Liability Company (Greece), Universite D’Aix Marseille (France)
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Salma Khedr


Dealing with change in SIDS: societal action and political reaction in sea level change adaptation in Small Island Developing States

Small Island Development States (SIDS) are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate change and associated triggered coastal processes. The overall objective of the project is to consider the challenges for formal and informal institutions and island societies of dealing with changes due to sea level rise, as well as potentials and pitfalls of adaptive capacities.

Duration:     2017-2021
Funding:     German Research Foundation—Priority Program 1889 Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)
Partners:     Hamburg University; Leibniz Universität Hannover
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz


Kiel Centre for Globalization: Global supply chains, environmental regulation and green innovation

The project analyses how participation in global supply chains hampers or facilitates the investment in state-of-the-art production equipment or production processes that are more environmentally efficient. Related to this, the project also investigates the effectiveness of incentives such as financial grants, energy taxes, or carbon trading schemes for changing carbon emissions. These issues are investigated using firm level data for Germany and China.

Duration:     2016-2021
Funding:     Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Kiel University, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Partner:     Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Aoife Hanley and Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz