director ! thomas dworak
policy experts ! maria berglund ! nikolaus fleischmann ! magdalena rogger ! linda romanovska ! guido schmidt !
event managers ! christine matauschek ! michaela matauschek
categories ! Climate Change Adaptation ! Inland Water ! Environmental Economics ! Agriculture ! Coastal and Marine !

Maria Berglund

Policy Expert


Maria Berglund is a Policy Expert at Fresh Thoughts Consulting in the field of water resources protection and sustainable agriculture. Over the past 5 years, she has focused on the linkages between the EU Water Framework Directive and the Common Agriculture Policy as well as water scarcity and droughts issues. Many of her projects have supported the WFD implementation process, including providing input to the EU Expert Group on water and agriculture. These projects have ranged from compiling measures addressing diffuse pollution from agriculture to providing advice on how to integrate water management into farm advisory services. Additionally, she has analysed national rural development programmes as regards water management and conversely examined the extent to which agriculture measures have been included in river basin management plans.

Her most recent projects include investigating the role of water pricing in ensuring sustainable water use in agriculture, carrying out a gap analysis on efforts to tackle water scarcity and droughts, as well as supporting the European Commission in their impact assessment for the upcoming Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water’s.

Prior to joining Fresh Thoughts, Maria worked at Ecologic Institute, an environmental policy consulting firm based in Berlin. There she supported a number of water-agriculture related projects while she completed a Master’s programme in Integrated Natural Resource at Humboldt University to Berlin. Her Master’s thesis analysed farmer acceptance towards the implementation of agri-environmental measures in northern Germany. She also has a B.Sc. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, USA. She is a native English speaker and is fluent in German, holding both U.S. and German citizenship.