The role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach for our seas and oceans II

The Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organized a follow-up workshop to the session held in the European Parliament on 14 November 2017.

The aim of the latest workshop was to further discuss the strengthening of the management of Marine Protected Areas, with special attention to the question how science can improve Good Environmental Status measurements, monitoring and reporting. Furthermore, the workshop delivered a set of recommendations that will be presented to the European institutions and relevant stakeholders.

The workshop took take place at the premises of the Federal Council for Sustainable Development in Belgium (Brussels) on May 29th, 2018.  Read more

EEAC Annual Conference 2018: Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030: Key leverages for transformation

Incentivised by the urge to act and the need to transform politics, society and the economy, the world signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. In 2018, the world in general and Europe in particular will need to progress to implement and mainstream these agreements into concrete policies.

However, this fundamental change remains too often an abstract ambition rather than an inclusive practice. The sustainability transformation in the European Union as well as in many of its member countries still faces too many lock-ins. To advance on our journey on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond Europe we have to push key leverages for transformation.

The 26th EEAC Annual Conference is dedicated to identifying some of these key leverages and to foster our common European debate on the implementation of the SDGs in Europe. The rich diversity of EEAC’s scientific and stakeholder councils will meet in Berlin and deliberate with high-level experts from academia, society and politics. In inclusive and participatory conference formats, a rich network will further strengthen its bonds across national boundaries as well as academic and policy silos.

The EEAC Network will organize this 26th EEAC Annual conference in cooperation with The German Council for Sustainable Development, The German Advisory Council on the Environment and the German Advisory Council on Global Change. The conference will take place in Berlin on 11 to 12 October 2018.

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EEAC Network looks back at successful session at the UN Global Festival of Action ‘18

The EEAC Network participated in the United Nations Global Festival of Action 2018, which took place in Bonn from 21 to 23 March 2018.  The EEAC Network co-hosted a session together with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and a consortium of German NGOs.

The session focused on means, strategies and tools of communicating the SDGs to different audiences in Europe. Participants identified common challenges in communicating SDGs to different target groups, including the public, influencers, policymakers and constituencies, to increase awareness of decision-makers in politics, business and society for their role in engaging for a sustainable future.

The session included diverse presentations, lively discussion and knowledge exchange with a global-audience on different communication means, strategies and approaches. Read more.


EEAC – EASAC submit joint workshop outcome document on Marine Affairs

The Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Marine Working Groups of the European Network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council   (EASAC), presented their joint letter on the ‘Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’ on the 29th of January 2018.

The letter includes recommendations on – amongst others – the need for an integrated scientific approach to our oceans and seas; the need to increase ‘marine literacy’ among EU citizens: ‘no green without blue’, and the need for strengthened political support for successful and complete implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Furthermore, the letter calls upon the Members of the European Parliament to: Support the establishment of a European Marine University; to organize a European Year of the Oceans and Seas; to make sure that political support goes beyond policy-making and to support more research in order to develop knowledge on the potential for ecologically efficient aquaculture and the potential for the harvesting of species groups from lower trophic levels.

The letter also includes the main outcomes of the workshop ‘The Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’, which was organized by EEAC and EASAC in November 2017.

Click here to read the outcome document.

EEAC Network pleased to be observer to EU multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs

The EEAC Network will act as an observer to the European Commission its high level multi-stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as of 10 January 2018.

the EEAC Network – as an observer– will do its utmost best to serve as a liaison between the endeavour to promote sustainable development at European level and getting civil society and the scientific community engaged in implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at national and subnational level.

The EEAC Network also aims to contribute to the vertical interlinking of stakeholders, from the European to the national and regional level. EEAC’s role as an observer provides the national and regional advisory councils for sustainable development with relevant and up-to-date information regarding sustainable development at European level. This information can be integrated in the advisory work of the national and subnational councils, ensuring that endeavours to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development between European and national and regional stakeholders are better aligned.

On Behalf of the EEAC Network Arnau Queralt Bassa (EEAC Chairman, and Co-Chair of the EEAC WG on Sustainable Development red.) and Dr. Gábor Bartus (Co-Chair EEAC WG on Sustainable Development, red) will fulfill the role as observers. Both are deeply dedicated to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Message from Maastricht is now available online

The EEAC pleased to present the Message from Maastricht. In the Message, the Chairs of the EEAC member councils have set down their conclusions, based on the outcomes of the 25th EEAC Annual Conference, the deliberations they had, and the reflections received. The council Chairs share their thoughts on some of the issues raised at the conference and they also highlight the actions they intend to take to contribute to the implementation of sustainable development by means of the 2030 Agenda, and beyond.

CLICK HERE  to read the Message from Maastricht.

Now online: The 25th EEAC Annual Conference Magazine

The EEAC Network celebrated its 25th Annual Conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with an extraordinary event entitled ‘Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface’.  The members of the EEAC board are very pleased to present the conference magazine. The magazine accompanies you on a journey through the conference day and includes articles, interviews, a column, videos and photo impressions.


MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos welcomes EEAC-EASAC Marine Workshop

The EEAC and EASAC organized a workshop on the role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach to our seas and oceans. The workshop was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 14 November 2017, and was hosted by the office of Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.

Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos welcomed al participants in a personal video message.  For more information about the workshop and its outcome click HERE




EEAC’s latest study – “Twenty-five years on: Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC ‘

As part of its 25th anniversary the EEAC Network commissioned David Baldock to write a paper on Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network. The purpose of this paper is a review of the period since 1992, reflecting on some of the major themes, concepts, drivers and constraints, and the players involved. Most visible amongst those players are of course the European institutions, national and regional governments, NGOs and lobbies. Of special interest here, however, is an informal network first established in 1993: the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).

This paper does not attempt a studied history, still less an evaluation of this engagement, but it does try to capture some of the main themes and the ways in which they were addressed by the EEAC against a background of EU developments, David Baldock was quoted as saying.

The EEAC Network is pleased to share this paper as part of the outcome documents of its 25th annual conference: Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface.  Read More