Prof. Dr. Wagner and her team at the Institute for Environmental Law were pleased to accept a Sustainability Award (3rd place) in the category of "Research".
The awards ceremony took place at the beginning of November at the Technical Musuem. There were over 100 submissions for the Sustainability Award and Prof. Dr. Erika Wagner and her team at the Institute for Environmental Law took home a 3rd place award in the category of “Research” for their submission titled “Responsible law – Verantwortung übernehmen in Recht und Gesellschaft”. Their submission summarized six scientific projects of significant importance in support of the three pillars of sustainable development: ecology, economy and social affairs.
The six "nature impact” assessment studies on "coherence" focused on preserving migration corridors for protected species in the Natura 2000 network, compensation payment due to predators (mostly otters) in tides and lakes, ways to combat invasive species by studying ragweed, extending operating lives for European nuclear power plants (by studying Temelin and Dukovany), as well as expert opinions about balancing models of the common good in business, highlighting various legal issues regarding ecology, business, and social sustainability.
The legalities of the issues mentioned above call for urgent legal action by law experts and scholars (authorities, law firms, NGOs, environmental advocates). Further research could bring about sustainable solutions.