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Environmental Policy Group in the media

September 2013: Labyrint radio: Arthur Mol about the certification of sustainable aquaculture

How to promote sustainable production of food? That is the question that triggers the attention of Arthur Mol, professor of environmental policy, both at Wageningen University and in Beijing, China.  This week Arthur Mol and his colleagues published an article in the journal Science on one of the research projects regarding sustainable production of aquaculture. 

For the radio interview see Labyrint (in Dutch) and here for the article 'Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?' published in Science

April 2013:

Arthur Mol shared his views on the new Chinese leadership and environmental challenges with a journalist from the online Chinese newspaper Chinadialogue.net

The article 'Will China’s new premier Li Keqiang improve the environment?' by Luna Lin is available online.

January 2013: Antarctisch onderzoek in het niews


The science section of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad of January 19, 2013 is entirely devoted to Antarctica. This also includes an article (“Met zijn allen naar het zuiden”) on Antarctic tourism that  features Machiel Lamers research in this area. It makes reference to the Science article that Lamers co-authored last year on the future conservation challenges of Antarctica.

For the full article see NRC (in Dutch) and here for the paper published in Science.



November 2012: TV report on research visit to a prefecture in China


ENP researcher Bettina Bluemling and two Chinese colleagues visited  a county (Gangu) of Tianshui prefecture, in the frame of their research on biogas production, use and its maintenance network.  Tianshui TV broadcasted a report entitled "Gangu biogas attracts foreign expert".


June 2012: Environmental Policy group leading Dutch and global institution in environmental governance research

In preparation of and input for the Rio+20 conference (June 2012) the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, supported by the Rathenau institute, prepared an analysis of sustainability sciences in the Netherlands, compared to similar research in the world. It found that the Netherlands was leading in many areas of sustainability sciences, among which in the area of Environemntal Governance. Wageningen University and its Environmental Policy Group was the leading Dutch institution in contributing to this profiling position on Dutch environmental governance research globaly.


See Rathenau report and KNAW report


Januari 2012

Het Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving heeft de visie van Jan van Tatenhove op de natuurverkenning 2011 gepubliceerd: ‘Integraal en grensoverschrijdend Noordzeebeleid essentieel voor bescherming zeenatuur’

Voor het gehele artikel, zie de nieuwsbrief of website.


10 Januari 2012

Al Jazeera has published an aricle of Arthur Mol on China's emerging middle class and what that means for the environment:
China's middle class as environmental frontier

For the full article see Al Jazeera


10 November 2011

EU delegation visits Centre for Marine Policy (in Dutch)

Op donderdag 10 november bezocht een delegatie van zeven EU parlementariërs en fractiemedewerkers (Groenen) het Centre for Marine Policy (CMP) te Leeuwarden. Het Centre for Marine Policy maakt deel uit van Wageningen UR en is direct verbonden met ENP. Namens ENP was Judith van Leeuwen aanwezig.

Het CMP richt zich op de ontwikkeling van geïntegreerd marien en maritiem beleid. Het CMP integreert kennis vanuit verschillende disciplines zoals mariene ecologie, economie, governance, visserijonderzoek, maritiem onderzoek en zeerecht. De EU parlementariërs kwamen naar het CMP om daar met experts te debatteren en kennis te nemen van de stand van zaken omtrent de herziening van het gemeenschappelijk visserijbeleid. Namens de provincie Friesland was Klaas-Arie Becks deelnemer. Andere deelnemers waren vertegenwoordigers van het LEI, IMARES en ENP, onderdelen van Wageningen UR.


8 November 2011

Book presentation Environmental Governance in the Information Age by Arthur Mol (in Dutch).
Op 8 november presenteert Arthur Mol zijn boek op de PBL-academie workshop. Zie de poster voor meer informatie.

October 2011


Aarti Gupta co-authored a policy brief that was commissioned as part of the Rio + 20 preparatory process.

20 October 2011

The paper by Birgit de Vos and Simon Bush has been selected for inclusion in Science for Environment Policy, the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers, distributed to over 13,000 subscribers. the article is entitled 'Far more then market-based: Rethinking the impact of the Dutch Viswijzer (Good fish guide) on fisheries’ governance' and published in the journal European Society for Rural Sociology.

17 October 2011

Michiel Lamers has been on the radio to talk about opportunities and drawbacks for tourism in Antartica. More information (in Dutch) to be find here.

Summer 2011

The paper of Arthur Mol about 'China’s Ascent and Africa’s Environment' was picked up by the Vietnamese media. The paper is published in a special issue of Global Environmental Change entitled 'Social Theory and the Environment in the New World (dis)Order'. Pham Van Hoi built on the work of Arthur Mol by applying the main ideas to the situation of Vietnam.

20 April 2011

An interview with Simon Bush in Trouw on Information on sustainable fisheries towards consumers (in Dutch):

De witvisoorlog om de panga

De pangasius wordt nog niet overal duurzaam gekweekt, maar volgens de Viswijzer is de vis wel 'op weg naar duurzame certificering'. Leg dat de consument maar eens uit. See: Trouw 20-4-2011



30 March 2011

Congratulations to MSc student Liset Meddens! Liset has been elected as the Dutch Youth Delegate to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) of the United Nations for the upcoming two years. ENP wishes Liset all the best! (see the news by Omroep Gelderland).
Please find the abstract of her MSc thesis here.

29 March 2011

An interview with Gert Spaargaren in Trouw on Green Consumption (in Dutch):


"Een duwtje richting groen helpt wel"

Zijn consumenten bereid hun gedrag te 'vergroenen'? De overheid denkt van niet, hoogleraar Gert Spaargaren van wel: zie het succes van het energielabel voor auto's. See: Trouw 29-3-2011



Spring 2011

ENP proudly announces the nomination of MSc student Liset Meddens for the position of Youth Delegate to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) of the United Nations. ENP's staff congratulates Liset with her nomination and wishes her good luck at the election (held on the 30th of March).


Autumn 2010

An interview with Kristine Kern was published in the special edition of Energy Cities Info. Topic was The Europeanisation of local authorities in the context of climate governance.

September 2010

The publication 'Does Democracy Lead to a Better Environment? Deforestation and the Democratic Transition Peak' by Meilanie Buitenzorgy and Arthur Mol has been noticed by the press. The following links provide information about the media attention for this research:

Vilt: Democratie én dictatuur goed voor instandhouding bossen (in Dutch)
Resource: Democracy helps prevent deforestation
Trouw: Democratie en dictatuur zijn goed voor de natuur (in Dutch)
Conservation Magazine: Democracy & Deforestation; Is autocracy better for the planet?


June 2010

Research by Bettina Bluenling and colleagues has been noticed by the press:
Findings from Wageningen University broaden understanding of agriculture


December 2009

The graduation and PhD thesis of Jingyi Han has been noticed by the Dutch press.
De Telegraaf: 'Markt duurzame energie China vrij' (in Dutch)


November 2009

Gert Spaargaren and Peter Oosterveer in gesprek met Folkert Jensma (NRC) over de 'groene sint' en duurzame consumptie. Milieuorganisaties zouden veel vaker Groene Sint-achtige acties moeten organiseren want het is teleurstellend dat bij de Hema en Jamin niks duurzaams te vinden is.

NRC: De stelling van Gert Spaargaren en Peter Oosterveer: De groene moraal is vaak simplistisch

December 2008: MSC eco-label has more impact to the preservation of fish stocks than WTO agreements

Peter Oosterveer compared two global governance arrangements to address endangered fisheries, namely (negotiations within) the World Trade Oraginsation (WTO) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. He concluded that the MSC approach is very promising in achieving more sustainable management of fisheries.

The following links provide information about the media attention for this research of Peter Oosterveer:

IntraFish - Scientist: MSC a better preserver of fish stocks than WTO
SeafoodSource - Professor Says MSC More Effective Than WTO

ScienceDaily - Quality Mark Provides Better Protection For Fish Stocks Than Does The World Trade Organization