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.
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.
Workshop of the EEAC Working Group Energy November 2012, Brussels
The working group on Energy gathered in Brussels during the energy week to speak about the consequences of the economic and financial crisis and its effects on the low carbon economy.
After the openings address by the WG chair, Christian Hey, Secretary General of the German SRU; Christian Hudson of the German Institute for Economic Research, Stefan Scheuer, Secretary of the Coalition for Energy Savings, and; Pierre Dechamps, member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisors gave thoughtful insights on the day’s topic.