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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.

MSA - Material system analysis of the Czech Republic: A tool for increasing analytical potential of the economy-wide material flow analysis

The project has two major goals: 1) To analyze structure and trends of economy-wide material flow indicators compiled for the Czech Republic; 2) To develop and apply a methodology for material system analysis of the Czech economy.

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. 

Ensuring Quality of Open Education Resources: How to Create and Use Open Access Materials with Regards to its Quality

The aim of the project is to create a) a certified methodology, which will be a methodical tool for creating OER suitable for university studies. The Methodological Portal will summarize the methodological knowledge for creating OER, introduce a series of materials on a given topic (texts, videos, pictures) and provide an interactive space for discussion of users, creating their OER. Based on methodological knowledge, a freely available online course (MOOC) for both Charles University employees and the general public will be created to enhance knowledge and competencies in the field of online resource creation and use. The Methodological Portal and online course will be available after the end of the project to support critical resource assessment as a defence against disinformation.

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.

The aim of the project is a complex evaluation of large-scale forest reclamations on habitats altered by surface mining of brown coal. The goal is to evaluate forest regeneration options with respect to potential value of the reclaimed forest ecosystem considering the primary production of the stand and the possibility of provision of ecosystem services - carbon sequestration, soil water retention, biodiversity, erosion control and cultural services.

Impact assessment of air pollution deposition and climate variability on forest ecosystem services and designing of adaptation measures to minimise these risk factors (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, 2017–2020)

The aim of the project is to develop (i) a software model, which enables, according to a compiled computation procedure, to quantify and economically assess the degradation of forests and corresponding changes in ecosystem services due to the effects of human-related airborne emissions and stress associated with climate change, and (ii) a methodology, documenting a reproducible procedure for the evaluation of alternative adaptation measures in forest management that reduce the risks from exposure to atmospheric pollution and extreme climate events to health status of spruce stands, in terms of the impact of the adaptation measures on particular ecosystem services related to forest stands.

Project ‘Progres - Environmental Research, follows the previous interdisciplinary project ‘Prvouk’. The present proposal corresponds with the framework and research concepts of the Institute for Environmental Studies – Faculty of Science, Environment Center of the Charles University, Department of Social and Cultural Ecology of the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Atmospheric Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Environmental Law of the Faculty of Law, Centre of Environmental Education of the Faculty of Education and Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine of the Third Faculty of Medicine. The aim of the project is to conduct a conceptual and interdisciplinary study regarding the biotic and abiotic interactions between environmental compartments. 

CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs – COACCH (H2020, 2017–2021)

COACCH will develop an innovative science-practice and integrated approach to co-design and co-deliver an improved downscaled assessment of the risks and costs of climate change in Europe, working with end users from research, business, investment, and policy making communities throughout the project. COACCH will advance the evidence base on complex climate change impact chains, assessing their market, non-market, macroeconomic and social consequences in the EU. It will integrate spatially-explicit impact models, macroeconomic models with subnational resolution, statistical downscaling techniques and innovative non-modelling approaches, covering market (agriculture, forestry, fishery, industry, services, energy, built environment, infrastructure) and non-market sectors (ecosystems, health).

GEMCLIME focuses on energy economics and climate change. It covers the drivers of climate change, the examination of climate change and energy-related risks and vulnerabilities, the valuation of economic impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, and the investigation of major policy responses to global climate and energy challenges. The project follows an integrated approach to modelling the impacts of climate and energy policies. Researchers pay attention to the economics of renewable energies and the valuation of non-marketed goods. The results contribute to advances in fundamental economics and have applications to science-based policies.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of municipalities and regions in the field of strategic management and communication. Activities are built based on the advanced quality control methods of Local Agenda 21 (LA21), within which methodological approaches and practical tools for local governments will be systematically developed. The project is primarily educational in nature, in terms of acquisition of knowledge and skills training in all related topics. It includes gathering data for the development of a comprehensive strategic management plan, enhancing professional communication between territorial public administration and citizens and a practical tool for ensuring the quality of project management within local public administration. These aspects will be connected and supported by embedding quality management systems in municipalities. Cross-cutting activities will thus include expert evaluation of processes and outcomes of Local Agenda 21- sharing of experience and providing appropriate training for municipalities - this integrates into itself all the knowledge gained, and tools developed (methodological, technical), in the course of the project. Activities focus on territorial governance across the Czech Republic, and will apply relevant international experiences


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.