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EEAC Annual Conference ‘15: ‘Civil Society and Climate Change, on the road to Paris’

The 23rd Annual conference of the EEAC Network “Civil Society and Climate Change, on the road to Paris.”  took place in Paris on November 12-13, 2015. 

The conference examined the role of civil society and its potential and limits in the international climate change debate by inviting both internationally well-known speakers such as Prof Jouzel, Prof Leggewie and Dr. Karlsson  as well as presenting interesting case studies of initiatives that mobilize front line actors in amongst others Ireland, Portugal and Germany. 

The 23rd  EEAC annual conference was held back to back with the ESDN Workshop “Strengthening environmental and sustainable development dialoque in Europe in the context of the 2030 SD Agenda” and was hosted by the French Ministry fof Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

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Who we are

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The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) is a network of advisory bodies established by national or regional governments.  EEAC members offer independent advice to their respective national or regional governments, proposing solutions and new understandings of the critical challenges facing our societies and the planet.  

Working groups

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Working groups (WG) are a key mechanism of collaboration in the EEAC network. The WGs bring together the views of individual advisory bodies on selected and strategic topics, such as sustainable development, energy and ecosystems.

Annual conference

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Every year, EEAC organizes an Annual Conference, hosted by one of its members. The EEAC annual conference theme is mostly related to environment and sustainable development topics. The Annual Conferences section provides information about past conferences and about EEAC's upcoming Annual Conference.

What we do

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The EEAC provides an operational framework for joint activities, knowledge sharing, dialogue, informed debate and deliberation among different stakeholders and disciplines. It seeks to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policymaking and to enrich the advice that individual advisory bodies can give to their governments by encouraging exchange of experience among members. The EEAC network also enables its members to better anticipate and prepare for forthcoming strategic issues at the European level.

EEAC workshop: Key challenges for circular economy policies, 15 June Brussels

On Monday the 15th of June the EEAC network organized the workshop Key challenges for circular economy policies. Amongst others representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, Business, Ngo’s and strategic advisory councils joined the event.

By organizing this workshop the EEAC network provided the opportunity to exchange views with scientists, governmental organizations , civil society and fellow strategic advisory bodies on the circular economy topic. Moreover, by presenting the facts and figures the workshop could make a contribution to an evidence based approach when revising the Circular Economy policy package.

2015: Reactive nitrogen: Towards an integrated approach to protecting biodiversity’ 3rd of June 2015, Brussels.

On the 3rd of June the EEAC network and its partners orginized the workshop: ‘Reactive nitrogen : Towards an integrated approach to protecting biodiversity’ .

The workshop focused on the key messages of the report “Nitrogen – Strategies for Resolving an Urgent Problem’ published by the German Advisory Council on the Environment.  Beside the presentation of the key messages of this report statements from relevant stakeholders such as the European Commission- and Parliament , Copa-Cogeca and the EEB,  were made.

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2015: Marine and Water affairs: discuss key challenges of European seas in EU Parliament

Co Chairs: António Abreu Portuguese National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development (CADS) and Arnau Queralt Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia, (CADS) 

 The Working Group Marine and Water affairs of the EEAC met Tuesday 14th of April in the European Parliament to discuss key challenges of for European seas and oceans. The working group session was opened by Mr. Siemers (European Commission) and included contributions by Dr. Salomon (SRU), Dr Canals (CADS) and Mr. Founier (Oceana).

Later that day EEAC members  Abreu (CNADS), Canals and Queralt (EEAC Chair person) spoke during the roundtable on the bleu economy, an event organized by Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar (MEP). The round table gathered over sixty participants from Ngo’s, interest groups, political fractions, siense and governmental institutions.   

The event marks the beginning of a series of debates organized by the EEAC in Brussels during 2015, on the main European challenges in sustainable development.