EEAC Annual Conference ‘14: Broad European debate on social dimension of SD
The EEAC network held its 22nd annual conference – Balanced Future: Social Capital and Human Aspects of Sustainable Development- on 15-16-17 October 2014 at the invitation of the National Council for Sustainable Development of Hungary (nfft) in the Hungarian houses of Parliament.
The conference was dedicated to the social dimension of sustainable development (policy) and focused on the broad European challenges that exist on themes such as: demography and inequality between generations and regions within Europe. A broad international panel of speakers outlined the facts and challenges, but also the chances of the different conference themes during their speeches and presentations. Their contributions will be made available through the EEAC website soon.
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.
26 November 2014 Berlin: David Baldock ‘The Juncker Commission: Setting New directions for EU Environmental Policy’
Together with the Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU) Freie Universität Berlin the EEAC network has invited David Baldock (Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy) to discuss the new directions for the environmental policy of the European Commission. Wednesday 26 November Baldock will speak two hours (18h00-20h00) at the Freie Universität Berlin (Gary Strasse 55c).
Working Group meeting WG Marine, October 2014, Budapest
The EEAC Working Group Marine met during the Annual Plenary Meetings of the EEAC working groups in Budapest this October. During a Tour du Table members of the working group shared the current state of play of national Marine and Water policies and developments. Main topic for the meeting was the implementation process of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Based on a country overview report the members shared their national experiences and the challenges ahead. Both the minutes of the working group as well as the country overview report on the MSFD can be found below.
In 2015 the Working Group will focus on the anticipated shift from a sector-based approach towards a more integrated SD approach in both the MFSD as well as the WFD.
The Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS) and the European network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organise a round table discussion on the transition towards Green Economy, which will take place in Barcelona, the 1st October 2014 (9-11 am).
The debate, moderated by Ferran Rodés (Chairman of CADS) will focus on how businesses and governments can foster the transition towards a green economy.
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.