The International Bureau for Environmental Studies is performing scientific and technical activities in international collaboration which are to promote and to perform environmental studies, at developping international collaboration related to environmental problems and at exchanging know-how and data in this field.
The activities are realised within the frame of projects funded by organisations of the European Commission, INTAS, NATO, UNESCO and national governmental agencies.
The activities of the Association more specifically concern:
• the realisation of technical/scientific studies on environmental problems, mainly related to large water basins contaminated by natural or anthropogenic processes; limitations of the effects of radon emanations from natural and industrial sources; the prediction of the environmental effects related to geological processes;
• the promotion of international collaboration for the study of environmental problems by coordinating international, multidisciplinary projects;
• the distribution of data and knowlegde regarding environmental problems, across the realisation of databases and informative websites on environmental problems as well as creating public awaraness for environmental problems;
• the exchange of know-how through the organisation of conferences and workshops, as well as training courses;
• Consultancy for environmental concerns.
The programme brings together natural and social sciences for a comprehensive understanding of environmental challenges and solutions at global as well as local scales. Students will learn about causes and effects of environmental issues related, for instance, to climate change, biodiversity, desertification, and water and land degradation. ; The programme explores challenges linked to governance, power relations and international cooperation. International environmental bodies and policy implications of conventions are considered. Development and sustainability in relation to economic growth, welfare, health, poverty, rights and conflicts are important elements. The programme consists of courses, field research and thesis writing. Field studies can be arranged in several countries in the South. ; The programme prepares students for work in national and international agencies, such as ministries and environmental organisations. They may also find jobs in development aid agencies, schools, research institutions, media and consulting companies.
Through its staff members or associated experts, IBES provides services in a wide set of scientific and applied domains, mainly related to environmental problems.
Expertise is presently available in the following fields for which studies have been performed during the last years.
• Identification and analysis of mechanisms for international scientific collaboration: Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Tunisia - NATO, UNESCO, UN.
• Gas hydrates in marine and lacustrine sediments: effects on their formation / dissociation on the global carbon budget: Black Sea, Lake Baikal (Russia) - European Commission, Belgian Science Policy.
• Effects of global changes on large lacustrine systems: Lake Baikal (Russia), Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi etc.- European Commission, Belgian Science Policy.
• Identification of environmental changes recorded in lacustrine sediments: Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), Lake Teletskoye (Russia) - European Commission, Belgian Science Policy.
• Studies and audits of the environmental impact of sources of industrial and human pollution on surface waters: Lake Baikal (Russia), Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), Black Sea, Lake Teletskoye (Russia), Lake Balaton (Hungary), Lake Tanganyika, coastal zones and estuaries of the North Sea, Black Sea, Scheldt and Seine estuaries, mangroves in India, Kenya, Tanzania, partly in collaboration with associated members) - European Commission, Belgian governmental agencies.
• UP-GRADE BS-SCENE: Up-grade Black Sea Scientific Network, EC FP7 Research Infrastructures, 2009-2012.
• RADPAR: Radon Prevention and Remediation, EC Executive Agency for Health and Consumers, contract nr 2008 1217, 2009-2012
• PERGAMON: Permafrost and gas hydrate related methane release in the Arctic and impact on climate change: European cooperation for long-term monitoring, European Concerted Research Action COST Action ES0902, 2010-2014.
• Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Belgium): Statistical and geostatistical analysis of the radon database of risk zones in Belgium, 2009-2010.
RECENTLY PERFORMED PROJECTS
• INTAS: Assessment of the Feasibility of CO2 Storage in the Russian Permafrost, INTAS N 06-100025-9220, 2007-2009
• Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Belgium): Radon mapping of municipalities located in potential risk zones in Belgium, 2004-2008.
• EC FP6: Black Sea Scientific Network (BLACKSEASCENE), contract No 022868, 2005-2008
• INDUWASTE: Management and Remediation of Hazardous Industrial Wastes in the Western Balkan Countries, EC INCO SSA Contract n° 515919, 2005-2006, IBES coordinator.
• INTAILRISK : Assessment of Environmental Risk for Use of Radioactively Contaminated Industrial Tailings, contract n° INCO-CT-2004-509214, 2004-2007, IBES coordinator
• CRIMEA: Contribution of High-intensity Gas Seeps in the Black Sea to Methane Emission in the Atmosphere, contract n° EVK-2-CT-2002-00162, 2003-2006, IBES participant.