Project overview and contact information

INTERNAS facilitates a knowledge transfer from international environmental assessments to the German political context. It uses a participative and dialog-oriented consultation process to improve the awareness and adaptation of recommendations for policy makers formulated on an international level. Thereby, it strengthens the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in Germany. In addition, INTERNAS develops a standardization for knowledge transfer and indicators for measuring the success of knowledge transfer, while integrating a range of different stakeholders.

The transfer process is analyzed by accompanying research, during which ontologies are being developed. Ontologies are machine-readable representations of human knowledge that are increasingly in use by the United Nations and other international organizations. The development of ontologies is a central contribution for the advancement of measurable and representable criteria and indicators for a good knowledge transfer process, which can then be applied to other areas and processes beyond the INTERNAS project.

INTERNAS is a project of the Initiative and Networking Fund by the Helmholtz Association, in which the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Alfred-Wegener Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) pool and apply their expertise on terrestrial, marine, coastal and polar ecosystems.

Dr. Gesche Krause (AWI)

Bussestrasse 27
D-27570 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1631

Dr. Heidi Wittmer (UFZ)

Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research
Permoserstr. 15
D-04318 Leipzig
+49 341 235 1629

INTERNAS workshops

Workshop 1 - Biodiversity mainstreaming

Biodiversity mainstreaming in Germany

The first workshop took place in Berlin on 23 May 2018. It focused on the results of the regional IPBES Assessment for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and discussed biodiversity concerns that are present in the public, civil society and political sphere. It fostered a discussion about biodiversity mainstreaming and how it could be implemented in administrative and political processes.

Central questions were: How does the mainstreaming work in several different areas in Germany? What is needed for a better integration of biodiversity concerns in Germany? Are there political instruments and processes that can enhance and improve biodiversity mainstreaming?

There were several discussion rounds in the workshop that dealt with

1.     1. The mainstreaming of biodiversity in various political processes

2.     2. Options for mainstreaming in future political processes

Workshop 2 - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Insect protection plan

The CAP Reform in the EU and the Insect Protection plan in Germany

The second workshop took place in Berlin on 12 November 2018. It focused on guidance and implementation proposals provided by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on pollinators and biodiverse landscapes. The workshop looked at two political processes more closely: the next EU CAP Reform and the action program for Insect Protection by the Federal Government of Germany.

Focus Group - Protection and use of the North and Baltic Sea

The first focus group discussion took place in the Haus der Wissenschaften in Bremen on 06 February 2019. The title of the discussion was “Improving the habitat quality and a sustainable use of the German North Sea”. A variety of experts discussed possible planning and policy options for an improved use of the North Sea. In particular, the World Ocean Assessment by the United Nations and the Global report by IPBES were discussed. The focus group provided an overview and a narrowing down of relevant topics that were then deepened in the third workshop.

Workshop 3 - Protection and use of the North and Baltic Sea

Protection and use of the North Sea and Baltic Sea

The title of this workshop was “Protection and sustainable use of the German North Sea and Baltic Sea – measures for an ecological enhancement”. The workshop took place in the Haus der Wissenschaften in Bremen on 12 June 2019. During this event, different members of the civil society, administration and politics discussed a range of options for an ecological enhancement of the German North Sea and Baltic Sea, and a reduction of polluting discharges. The focus was on marine spatial planning as an important political control mechanism. Guidance and implementation measures proposed in the IPBES Global report and the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO) of the United Nations were discussed, also in synopsis with political planning strategies from the German context.

Delphi Process: The UN Sustainability Goals (SDGs)

Delphi Process: The UN Sustainability Goals (SDGs) and their significance for German marine research policy and German forest policy

In 2020, INTERNAS will focus on the UN Sustainability Goals (SDGs), especially on their significance for German marine research policy and German forest policy. The current occasion is the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the updating of the German forest strategy until 2050. In this knowledge transfer and consulting process we will base on the Delphi method. In this, defined experts are interviewed independently of one another. The summarized and anonymized results are presented to these experts again in a second round in order to delve deeper into the subject matter.
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INTERNAS Publications

Happe, A.-K.; Wolf, C.; Raab, K.; Hauck, J.; Scheve, J.; Buttigieg, P.L.; Jax, K.; Krause, G. (2019). INTERNAS: Wissenstransferprozess zur Übertragung internationaler Umweltberichte in die deutsche Politik und Praxis. UFZ Discussion Paper. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung. Leipzig. link

Krause, G.; Happe, A.-K.; Scheve, J. (2019). Der Weg von internationalen Umweltberichten in die deutsche Politik. ESKP Themenspezial Biodiversität. link

INTERNAS (2019). Stellungnahme zur Fortschreibung der marinen Raumordnung für die deutsche Nord- und Ostsee. Erarbeitet von TeilnehmerInnen eines Experten-Workshop am 12.06.2019 in Bremen. link