EEAC Annual Conference 2014: Open for Registration
The EEAC network has the pleasure inviting you to its 22nd annual conference – Balanced Future: Social Capital and Human Aspects of Sustainable Development- which will take place at 15-16-17 October 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.
The conference will be co-organized, together with the Hungarian National Council for Sustainable Development and will offer a varied programme discussing different topics such as challenges in the fields of demography, health, generational imbalances and institutions of Sustainable Development. The Conference will feature several keynote addresses by internationally recognized experts discussing the third dimension of Sustainable Development.
This year’s conference will be held in one of World’s most beautiful houses of parliament, the National parliament of Hungary in Budapest. If you would like to register, please click here.
Who we are
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.
What we do
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.
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.
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.
The EEAC network co-organised the international workshop Safe operating space. Current State of Debate and Considerations for National Policies”- which took place at 23-24 January 2014 in Brussels.
Proposed by Rockström et al (2009a, 2009b) as a first discussion paper, the Safe Operating Space / Planetary Boundaries has gained popularity within the scientific community and social stakeholders and kicked-of a rich scientific and political debate. The SOS concept seeks on the basis of precaution to establish thresholds at different scales, beyond which human activities risk irreversible damage, changes of natural systems (regime shifts) either as a long-term gradual process or even suddenly if tipping points are exceeded.
About the conference
Ecosystem services play a fundamental part in supporting human life. This recognition is gradually leading to a new approach to ecosystem management.
Policy makers and scientists are actively exploring how we ensure the long term viability of our ecosystems.
This year’s EEAC conference offered leading experts a European platform to highlight the latest policy developments and research initiatives.
Three rounds of interactive workshops offered new insights and information on ecosystems management at the European, UK and Wales levels.
Numbers and figures of the 21st EEAC annual conference
Over 240 participants joined the plenary conference day of the 21st EEAC annual conference at Bangor University. Scientist, policy makers and policy advisors from fifteen countries listened to 30 speakers in different sessions on managing ecosystems for people, environment and economy.
Keynote address by Jacqueline McGlade
The conference was opened by Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, former director of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and currently working for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi. please find Jacqueline McGlade her Keynote address ">Managing Ecosystems for People, Nature and Economy
Workshop EEAC working Group Sustainable Development May 2013, Berlin
The Working Group Sustainable Development held a two-day session in Berlin. Participants represented Councils for Sustainable Development or similar multistakeholder bodies and institutions working in the field of sustainable development came from Belgium, Catalonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, and Wales and were joined by attendants from Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Also, attendants represented the European Economic and Social Committee’s Sustainable Development Observatory and the Global Network of Councils for SD, a project run by the Stakeholder Forum.