Agenda 2030 presents an ambitious vision that covers the ‘five Ps’ of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. However, this vision will come under severe pressure if shifts, shocks and stresses like climate change and financial, social and resource crises are not properly addressed. Therefore, the ability to deal with and use these shifts, shocks and stresses to spur renewal and to promote sustainability seems more important than ever. For that reason, the further integration of the concept of “resilience” in European policy-making is of major significance.
Although the concept of resilience is increasingly used in various fields (including in the context of environmental protection and sustainable development), a gap still seems to exist between scientific output and the specific needs of policy-makers and practitioners in this area. The EEAC network has therefore had a conference aimed at bridging the gap between science and policy, by conducting an informed debate and sharing knowledge on how resilience can be taken into account in policy-making.
The plenary conference programme took place over one and a half days, and touched upon the role of resilience policies in contributing to the effective implementation of Agenda 2030, focusing in particular on the food, energy and water nexus, the challenges of creating resilient communities, and the roles of the different governmental levels. The conference brought together representatives from global and European institutions, national and regional governments, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, and advisory councils.
This year’s event was organized jointly by the EEAC and the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS), and took place in Barcelona on 20 and 21 October 2016.
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