Multi-sector partnerships have gained greatly in legitimacy and popularity in Israel over the last few years. It is widely acknowledged today that in order to create comprehensive change on the ground, it is beneficial to bring different stake holders coming from different interests and strengths to the table. In 2015, The Heinrich Boell Foundation initiated a cooperation with the Heschel Center for Sustainability called, "Stepping Up Sustainability in Israeli Cities" with the aim of creating a "think and do" platform for cities, businesses and civil society that would work together to advance municipal sustainability goals. One of the initial goals was to learn from German best practices in the field. A multi-sector forum was established that traveled to southern Germany, meeting with initiatives in three cities, thanks to the support from The Goethe Institute as part of the 50th Anniversary of German - Israeli diplomatic relations. Heschel Center program coordinator and Director of the Center for Local Sustainablity, Ms. Lorit Lebovitz, conducted research that examined case studies from Germany, Israel and the United States and outlined various models of multi-sector collaboration.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is pleased to invite you to a special event on the topic of The New Economy: Toward Smart Growth and Environmental Innovation. The event will include a keynote by the foundation’s President, Mr. Ralf Fücks, as well as other very interesting guests.
As we approach the critical climate talks in Paris later this year, there are some good reasons to feel hopeful and upbeat. From the tiniest nations of the Pacific to a giant like China, developing countries are demonstrating that reducing poverty and tackling climate change can, and indeed must, go hand in hand (from Oxfam Australia).
Through misuse, we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil every year. For the International Year of Soils in 2015, this Atlas shows, why the soil should concern us all. Jointly published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
From climate change to ecosystem degradation – the solution to these problems could re-side in an economic “valuation” of nature and its services. But can that really give nature any better protection? This publication provides a readily understandable introduction to the subject and illuminates the concepts and instruments that follow from the idea of valuing nature.
The value of nature and its “services” should not only be cherished and given greater visibility as elements of the economy, but should be assigned a monetary value in order to protect them. That is the new mantra. Although the idea is becoming more popular it is also highly contentious, argues Barbara Unmüßig.