History

1976

Ecoropa Founding
Declaration of the Ecological European Action Group

1977

First Colloquium

1978

Working group on "Political Criteria for Ecological Action"
"Ecoropa Messages"
Support for Austrian referendum on nuclear power
Austrian referendum on nuclear power

1980

German Ecoropa chapter established
Symposium "Towards an Ecological Economy"

1981

“Economics" Conference
Conference “Ecology and Health”
Founding of Ecoropa-France

1982

Colloquium "Ecology and Labour"
Colloquium "Economic Alternatives"

1983

Berlin Convention for Peace
Submission against arms races to the UN General Assembly
Reflection Workshop "Peace"
International Water Tribunal
International Water Tribunal
Second Workshop in La Baume

1984

Economic Conference "Small is Possible"
Publication of "The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams"
Meeting “Health/Nutrition”

1985

Spring Meeting
Center for Alternative Technology
Meeting "Reorganizing the Association ECOROPA"

1986

Chernobyl disaster
Emergency meeting "Chernobyl"
Meeting

1987

General Assembly
Conference "Gaia and the Biospere"

1988

Meeting and public presentations in Guernica
Committee meeting

1989

"Save the Forest - Save the Planet" Campaign
Committee meeting
3.3 million signatures handed over
Meeting
Gaia Symposium

1990

Meeting "Modern Agriculture"
Participation at "Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly"

1991

FAO Campaign
10 million signatures
Meeting "Agriculture, FAO, GATT, UNCED"
Meeting

1992

Conference on "Forests" and "European Union"
Participation at UNCED
Earth Summit in Rio

1993

Petra Kelly Seminar
Support for Asociación de Naturalistas Palentinos
Meeting "ECOROPA’s goals, structure, organisation, projects, including proposal for action on industry"
Meeting "Agriculture, GATT, EU, NAFTA",
World Uranium Hearing
Meeting "European Issues"
Action against nuclear power station Superphenix

1994

Meeting on "Agriculture" and "GATT, EU, NAFTA"
Establishment of Setreng Institute of Ecophilosophy

1995

Participation at "International Forum on Globalizsation"
Participation in UN and other meetings
Action against "European Directive on Biotechnological Inventions"
Meeting "Resource Efficiency versus Sufficiency"
Symposium “In hommage de Denis de Rougemont”

1996

Participation at Conference "Lessons from Chernobyl"
Participation at anti-nuclear demonstration in Islamabad
Meeting "20 Years ECOROPA"

1997

Meeting "Agriculture"

1998

Meeting with "Diverse Women for Diversity"
Meeting "Agriculture and Genetic Engineering"

1999

Meeting

2000

Participation in "Earth Charter Campaign"
Meeting "Agriculture"
Launch of "Earth Charter"
Suport to TRIPS-CBD case

2001

Meeting "Options for the future of ECOROPA"

2002

Meeting "25 Years of Ecoropa – Ecoropa’s Future"

2003

Informal weekend meeting
Outcome in the TRIPS-CBD case
Meeting "Elections"

2004

Convention on Biological Diversity COP7
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
VDW Study group on Biotechnology
Working Group on Biotechnology of the World Council of Churches
„The Role of Civil Society in International Environmental Negotiations“
Development of Training Materials for the BCH Capacity-Building Project
German Parliamentary Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development on „The Role of Biodiversity in Development Cooperation"
Advisory Board of Birdlife Germany
Advisory Board of Birdlife Germany
Earth Dialogues Barcelona
Cartagena Protocol MOP1
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
VDW meeting "The Precautionary Principle as Guiding Concept for Science and Politics"
NGO Workshop on the Cartagena Protocol its Article 18
UN Workshop on Capacity Building under the Cartagena Protocol
Roundtable on Social Investment
Expert consultation for Capacity Building for the BCH

2005

Ecoropa conference "Sustainable and decentralized agriculture“
International Task Force on Global Public Goods
"GMO-free Regions, Biodiversity and Rural Development" conference
GENET meeting
"Elaboration of a German National Strategy on Biological Diversity"
Expert Group on Article 18.2 a of the Cartagena Protocol
First Wilhelmshöhe Talk on the „Elaboration of a German National Strategy on Biological Diversity“
Advisory Board of Birdlife Germany
Working Group on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena Protocol
Second Wilhelmshöhe Talk on the „Elaboration of a German National Strategy on Biological Diversity“
Cartagena Protocol MOP2
Award for Freda Meissner-Blau at GLOBArt
„German National Strategy on Biological Diversity“
Heinrich Böll Foundation Summer School
Inauguration of the Rural Academy Eichstetten
"Earth Charter +5" Conference
Inaugural Conference “Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns“
Convention on Biological Diversity: SBSTTA11

2006

Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Advisory Board of Birdlife Germany
VDW meeting "Conflicting Thought Patterns in Biology"
Cartagena Protocol MOP3
NGO meeting in preparation fo COP8 of the Convention on Biological Diverstity
Conference „The Role of Precaution in GMO Policy"
Meeting between Ecoropa's Honorary President and President
Convention on Biological Diversity COP8
German Society for Human Ecology conference "thics and Environmental Policy"
Immanuel Kant Weltbürger- Award for Michael Meacher und Christine von Weizsäcker
VDW Study group on GMO applications in agriculture
Project Team on COP9 of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Project Team COP9 and Working Group meetings of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Chamber on Sustainable Development of the Council of Protestant Churches in Germany
"Participation in Biopolitics" workshop in by Forum Umwelt und Entwickling
Symposium „Monitoring andd Indikators in Agricultural Biodiversity“
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
VDW Study group on agriculture and biodiversity
öko-Instute meeting "Perspectives of Biodiversity, Food, Agriculture and Genetic Engineering"
Annual Ecoropa meeting and Founding of Ecoropa e.V.
Project Team on COP9 of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development

2007

Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
VDW Study group on agricultural biodiversity
"Biofuels" conference calls in preparation for SBSTTA 12
"Biofuels" conference call in preparation for SBSTTA 12
Working Group on Liability and Redress of the Cartagena Protocol
"Biofuels" conference call in preparation for SBSTTA 12
CBD NGO Strategy meeting
NATURKongress 2/07 "Growth in Nature and Society"
Conference "Securing GMO free Production"
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
"Biofuels" conference call in preparation for SBSTTA 12
"Biofuels" conference call in preparation for SBSTTA 12
VDW Advisory Board meeting
VDW celebration "50 Years Göttingen Declaration"
"GMO-free Regions, Biodiversity and Rural Development" conference
GENET Annual Meeting
Civil G8 Dialogue
Project Group on COP9 of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Symposium "Higher Education and Sustainable Development"
NGO Preparatory Meeting for MOP4/COP9
Biannual German Evangelical Church Assembly
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
VDW Study group on agriculture and biodiversity
CBD Alliance strategy meeting for SBSTTA 12
VDW Study group on agricultural biodiversity
Convention on Biological Diversity: SBSTTA12 & WGRI2
Project Group on COP9 of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Expert Meeting on the Revised African Model Law on Safety on Biotechnology
Preparation for "Planet Diversity"
Symposium "Human Ecology Perspectives and Higher Education in Germany and Switzerland"
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress
Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Strategy Meeting on Access and Benefit-Sharing
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS WG5)
UNEP/IUCN ABS Module Draft Discussion
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8j (WG8J 5)
Seminar "The Commons Project"
First German National Forum on Biodiversity

2008

Lecture Series in preparation of COP9 in Bonn
SBSTTA 13
VDW Conference "Sustainable Research on the use of fertile land compatible with nature"
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress
NGO Workshop and press conference on Biosafety
Political Dialog "Poverty Eradication and Biodiversity"
Meeting of the Chamber on Sustainable Development of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany
Lecture Series "Sustainable Politics in Global Environmental Change"
Study Group on Global Future of the German Society for International Politics
Cartagena Protocol MOP4
Planet Diversity
NGO Capacity Building Day for COP9
Convention on Biological Diversity COP9
Expert meeting on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with regard to GMOs
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress
CBD Alliance Board meeting
NGO Preparatory Meeting for MOP4
„Community Conserved Areas as successful models of governance of protected areas“
Meeting of the German COP9 delegation with civil society organizations
COP 9 side event "Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) – Consent or Consultation?”
Press conference "Condemned to Succeed – NGO Demands to COP 9 in Bonn"
Regional Workshop on the German National Strategy on Biodiversity
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2)
International Workshop on Biodiversity and Poverty Reduction
Nuclear-free Future Awards 2008 Ceremony
German Environmental Award for Ernst von Weizsäcker
Neckargemund Talks Women and Environment
onsultation Area: Application of genetically modified organisms in developing countries
Meeting of the Chamber on Sustainable Development of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany
WECF Board of Trustees
Annual Ecoropa meeting
Strategy meeting on Ecoropa's involvement in the CBD negotiations
Preparation of a European Network of Scientists

2009

Group of Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress
Biosafety Capacity-building Activities Meetings
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (WGABS 7)
Working Group on Gender of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies: Ethical Aspects of Synthetic Biology
Expert Group on Traditional Knowledge associated with Genetic Resources
"Biodiversity and Gender" at the German Federal Agency for Nature Protection
WECF Symposium „Innovation for Sustainability. The Crisis as an Opportunity”
Symposium "Architecture of a Climate Regime after 2012" on the 70th birthday of Ernst von Weizsäcker
Founding of ENSSER
Meeting of Prof. Sigmund Kvalöy and Christine von Weizsäcker
Symposium "Biodiversity: Ensuring Food Security?!"
ENSSER meeting
Awarding the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ernst von Weizsäcker
NABU Advisory Board meeting
WECF Board of Trustees
Meeting of the Chamber on Sustainable Development of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany
Lecture Tour in Japan in preparation of COP10 and MOP5
Awarding of the Bavarian Nature Protection Award 2009 to Christine von Weizsäcker
Meeting of Dr. Susanne Gura and Christine von Weizsäcker
GENET Meeting & Seminar
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8j (WG8J 6)
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS WG8)
Memorial Service for Edward Goldsmith

2010

„Which kind of Growth for Quality of Life?"
Biosafety Capacity-building Activities Meetings
Liability and Redress Meeting
Japan Tour: Preparation for the CBD and Cartagena Protocol meetings in Nagoya
Women in Europe for a Common Future - Board of Trustees
UN negotiations on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledege
ENSSER-EEA Symposium: „Science and Society, Integrity of Science under Attack“
Ecoropa General Assembly
CBD negotations: SBSTTA14 & WGRI3
CBD Alliance Board meeting
Neumarkt Sustainability Award to Ernst von Weizsäcker and Claus Biegert
Meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress
WECF Board of Trustees
Joint Aarhus Convention/Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety workshop
Scientific Conference: Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety
Cartagena Protocol MOP5
Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ING-9)
Convention on Biological Diversity - COP10
Planet Diversity
Workshop Parliamentary Group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen on COP 10 decisions
Meeting of the Forum Environment and Development on COP10 decisions
CBD Alliance Board meeting

2011

ABS Strategy meeting
WECF - Board of Trustees
IEG Woman/Major Group meeting in preparation for Rio+20
Club of Rome Working Lunch on Climate Change and Biodiversity
Aurelio Peccei Lecture: The Biodiversity Crisis and its Governance
Green Week: Who owns Biomasse? The inequitable struggle for agricultural resources
Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Ministerial Roundtable 1 on „Green Economy“
Breakfast Meeting of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment
Meeting of the President of the Governing Council with representatives of Global Major Groups
Representation and effective participation of NGOs and other Major Groups in the IPBES process
Ministerial Roundtable 3 on “International Enrionmental Governance”
UNEP side event on „The Green Economy and Forests“
RIO+20 preparation meetings
Second Meeting of the Advisory Group on IEG
12th Meeting of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum
Meeting of the UNEP Director with Ecoropa and WECF
Global Major Groups & Stakeholder Forum: Towards Rio+20: The role of Civil Society
Ecoropa Annual Report and General Assembly preparation
Meeting of the Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung
ENSSER conference: Sustainability and holistic assessment of technologies and biotechnologies“
Biosafety Capacity-building Activities Meetings
Preparation meeting for the "Future of Energy" conference
Ecoropa General Assembly
Nagoya Protocol ICNP1 meeting
Aarhus Convention MOP4
Meeting of Ecoropa members
WECF - Board of Trustees
"Our daily Rice – Doable for all, but how?"
64th Annual UN Conference "Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens"
„Limits to the Anthropocene“
European expert meeting in preparation for SBSTTA (Vilm meeting)
UNEP Consultations
Editorial meeting on ABS
Meeting of the Working Group on 8(j)
Convention on Biological Diversity: SBSTTA 15
Innovation Award of the Land of North Rhine Westfalia to Ernst von Weizsäcker
"Generation Sustainability – When, if not by us?"
WECF - Board of Trustees
Second Intersessional Meeting in Preparation of Rio+20

2012

13th Meeting of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum
Special Session of the Governing Council of UNEP
Biosafety Capacity-building Activities Meetings
Informal Informals in Preparation of UNCSD Rio+20
Meeting for the Annual Ecoropa report
European expert meeting in preparation for SBSTTA (Vilm meeting)
Second IPBES meeting
Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung - Meeting of the Working Group on Biodiversity
Award of the Land Baden-Württemberg to Ernst von Weizsäcker
Convention on Biological Diversity: SBSTTA16 & WGRI4
Symposium „The Economy of Enough“
3rd Meeting of the Preparatory Committee on UN-Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20
Pre-Conference Informal Informals on UN-Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20
Neumarkt Sustainability Award to Christine von Weizsäcker
Second session of the ICN of the Nagoya Protocol
Development Cooperation Focus Seminar
Ecorpa website sprint
International Scientific Conference on Biosafety
Expert meeting of the NGO Forum Environment and Development on Financing the Strategic Plan of the CBD
WECF Board of Trustees and
Indian GMO Conference
Cartagena Protocol MOP6
Convention on Biological Diversity COP11
Bonn Symposium 2012 „Paradigm Change 2015. Towards a new agenda for sustainable development“;
Expert Conference „Biodiversity and Society“:
Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Conference „Global Food Security and Poverty Eradication as Challenges for Peace and Sustainability“,
WECF Board of Trustees

2013

First IPBES meeting
UNEP Expert Group on Participation
Meeting with VDW on IPBES
Meeting withVDW on areas of cooperation
Student Sustainability Conference
Meeting of the Working Group on biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Annual Meeting of Environmental Award Winners
Strategy meeting on the EU Draft Directive implementing the Nagoya Protocol
Workshop on Participation Strategy for IPBES
WECF Board of Trustees
20 Years Anniversary of the NGO "More Democracy"
Workshop on Public Participation at IPBES
Meeting with the Honary President of Ecoropa
Meeting of Ecoropa members
Experts Meeting on Socio-Economic Considerations in Biosafety
Meeting of the Working Group on Biodiversity of the German NGO Forum Environment and Development
European expert meeting in preparation for SBSTTA (Vilm meeting)
Convention on Biological Diversity: Working Group on Article 8(j) & SBSTTA17
GENET Annual Meeting
WECF Board of Trustees
Stakeholder Day in preparation of IPBES 2
Second IPBES meeting

2014

Inauguration Ceremony for Scientific Advisory Council of the Secretary General of the United Nations
Environmental Award „Trophée de Femmes“ for Christine von Weizsäcker
Participation in the Third Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Nagoya Protocol, Korea
Informal Advisory Board of the Biosafety Clearing House
POWA Project of the German Food Aid Organization „Welthungerhilfe”: Kick-off Meeting of the German Advisory Group
Tenth Meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-building for Biosafety
3rd Internation Convention of Environmental Laureates
European expert meeting in preparation for SBSTTA18
„Urbanity and Human Ecology – Modifying European Urban Life for Sustainability" Conference
Working Group Biodiversity of the Forum Environment and Development
Convention on Biological Diversity: WGRI5 & SBSTTA18
Aarhus Convention MOP5
ENSSER conference "Science in the Eye of the Storm"
“Green Freedom Congress” of the Parliamentary Party Group of the Greens
IPBES Pan-European Stakeholder Consultation
CBD COP 12, Cartagena Protocol MOP7 and Nagoya Protocol MOP1
Conference „Contributing to the Eradication of Poverty and Hunger in Ethiopia and Somalia”
Lecture course: The Role of International Organizations and NGOs focusing on the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols”
Working Group Biodiversity of the Forum Environment and Development

2015

Concordia Award to Freda Meissner-Blau
Ecoropa Annual Meeting and General Assembly
Annual General Assembly