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Running projects

The city as a space for creative learning

The city as a space for creative learning is a two-year project aimed at primary and secondary school students in Jihlava and its surroundings (09/2020-06/2022). Several schools will simultaneously run programmes focusing on active citizenship in various fields: ecology, democracy, national minorities, public space, etc. Thanks to the cooperation with artists and Jihlava personalities from the ranks of active citizens, professional outputs such as an exhibition, video, comics, theatre performances will be created on these topics. All the class projects, or schools involved in the project, will receive publicity thanks to a student online TV, a joint professional exhibition and a children's Pecha Kucha. The pupils will thus have the opportunity to reach not only their classmates and parents, but also the general public.

Schools for the Future

The main goal of the project is to create an environment for transformational learning to support pupils’ self perception of themselves as agents of change. Empowered to imagine and contribute to building alternative futures, the project will support pupils' capacities for decision-making and making their voice heard, to reflect critically on the values shaping society today and active participation in creating a socially just and ecologically sustainable society.

Global Excellence in Modeling Climate and Energy Policies (GEOCEP) (H2020, 2021–2025)

GEOCEP, a new interdisciplinary MSCA RISE project, led by Charles University, is funded by the European Commission. The project will connect the frontiers of climate change and energy economics with state-of-the-art natural and social sciences.

Research and solution of barriers to the application of the FSC standard in Czech forestry (TAČR Éta, 2020–2023)

The project will help to understand the obstacles that prevent small and medium-sized forest owners from implementing the FSC standard of sustainable forestry and find solutions to overcome them. It will therefore contribute to the adaptation of Czech forests to the changing climate and the international timber market.

Modelling of Sustainable Forestry Scenarios Contributing To Climate Change Adaptation – Examining the Impacts on Energy Sector and GHG Emissions in the Czech Republic and Public Acceptability of These Scenarios by Czech population – LESY

The aim of the project is to identify forest development scenarios, options to implement adaptation strategies in forestry and to analyze impacts on energy, emission balance and the acceptability of given scenarios by the Czech public. The project translates adaptation measures into scenarios of development of crop and production characteristics, adds economic dimension (costs and benefits), social aspects (population preference), links scenario analysis in forestry and energy (the potential of usable biomass), and provides a follow-up balance of greenhouse gas emissions from forestry (mitigation effect), and a revision of the emissions of other pollutants. The project output is a complex assessment of scenarios in forest development in the country, including effects on other sectors and society.

Green logistics: Tools for assessment of effects of environmental attributes on the demand for logistic services

To promote supply of pro-environmental services, we will develop and validate an instrument which will allow firms to exploit environmental motivation of their consumers to stimulate the demand for environmentally friendly logistic services.

Recreational purposes of Vltava river cascade and its economical potential under the climate change (2019-2022)

Project aims to assess the economic potential of recreation function in the Vltava River cascade and to predict its further development under the different scenarios of climate change. 

LIFE-IP: N2K Revisited - Integrated LIFE project for the Natura 2000 network in the Czech Republic (2019-2026)

The main objective of the LIFE-IP: N2K Revisited project is to establish a more effective management system for Natura 2000 network sites in the Czech Republic. The aim is to link appropriate management more effectively with corresponding planning, based on accurate assessments of status and trends of the target features, accompanied by cooperation with land users. The project will effectively utilise knowledge of the benefits provided by natural capital to society and take into account relevant costs. The project will also support regional authorities, municipalities and land users to help them mobilise their own resources, including recommendations for the EU 2027+ programming period.

Frontiers in Energy Efficiency Economics and Modelling

This research aims at pushing the frontiers of research on energy economics and modelling. We examine the causes of the energy efficiency gap, focusing on adoption and substitution of energy durables by households, and investigate to what extent consumers are willing to provide some flexibility to the energy system through demand response. 

Sustainable Development on Regional Level - Combination of Theory and Practice

The three-year lifelong learning project exploits the innovation potential of universities to support capacities of local actors for sustainable development in the regions of the Czech Republic. In interaction of several institutions, training system for the Local Action Group network will be developed, tested and implemented as a Certified Methodology. Methodical materials and the Portal of regional sustainable development based on the latest scientific knowledge and the existing good practice will cover 9 thematic areas of sustainable regional development. Mapping situation on-site will serve as a base for decision-making; new evaluation tools will assess the impact of educational interventions. The results will support regional development processes based on the bottom-up initiatives.

Integrated models for analysis of regulatory impacts and simulations of long-term scenarios of energy sector development – RegSim 

The project develops integrated models for the analysis of the impacts of regulation and simulation of long-term scenarios of energy development. In the Czech Republic, complex modeling and predictive economic and energy models are not developed or used in the fields of energy consumption, transport and environment, although regulatory impact assessments are an integral part of the legislative process and the need for quantification of the economic and distributional impacts of development and simulation technology utilization in the longer term faces a number of upcoming policies and measures. 

RCE Czechia: Regional centre of expertise Czechia

RCE Czechia is currently a community of 22 partners - Czech universities, schools, non-governmental organizations, representatives of local government and small-scale entrepreneurs - who aim to build a culture of sustainability and involve citizens in democratic processes.

Web pages of VCSEwiki (only in English)

VCSEwiki is a on-line platform - colaboration tool for education of  problems of environment and sustainable development in English. Enviwiki should serve to support interdisciplinary education of environmental problems in English  it offers space for creating, publishing and sharing of specialized text and offers also methodological support. 

Web pages of Enviwiki (only in Czech)

Enviwiki is a on-line platform - knowledge base - devoted to education oriented on problems of environment and sustainable development. Enviwiki should serve to support interdisciplinary education of environmental problems in Czech universities: it offers space for creating, publishing and sharing of specialized text and offers also methodological support. Published articles can be used both by teacher and students also in primary and secondary schools.

Journal web page

Envigogika is a specialist peer-reviewed professional open access periodical published by the Charles University (Prague). The journal publishes original academic papers and additional informative articles from the field of environmental education (EE), education for sustainable development (ESD) and also from other related areas. Journal is registered in the ERIH PLUS databaseDOAJ database and has DOAJ Seal of quality.

Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Czech Republic

The Center is involved in the national inventorying system, co-ordinated by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. It is responsible for annual inventorying of greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector applying the IPCC methodology.