Planetary Health in the Anthropocene

The EEAC Network, in collaboration with the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia, held its second of three consecutive webinars on the concept of planetary health on October 21st 2021. During this second webinar, entitled “Planetary Health in the Anthropocene”, Nick Jacobs (Director, IPES-Food), Jordi Serra-Cobo (Lecturer, IRBio), and Aleksandra Kazmierczak (Expert – Climate change and human health, EEA) touched upon the food-health nexus, the profound relation between biodiversity loss, land use change and threats to health, as well as on the relation between climate change and human health. The recordings of the session will be uploaded in due time, the presentations can already  be found here.

Session recordings are online: Planetary Health: introduction to a new paradigm

The EEAC Network, in collaboration with the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia, organized its first of three consecutive webinars on the concept of planetary health today. During this first webinar, entitled “Planetary Health, Introduction to a New Paradigm”, Josep Maria Antó-Boqué (ISGlobal), Sarah Dickin (Stockholm Environment Institute) and Peter Sousa Hoejskov (World Health Organizaiton, Regional Office) touched upon the concept of Planetary Health from different angles, like human health and the one health concept, and discussed policy coherence and entry points for the concept of Planetary Health across the Paris Agreement, Agenda2030, the  Sendai Framework, and the New Urban Agenda. The recordings can be found here, and the presentations can be found here.

New event: Towards Planetary Health, three consecutive webinars on 14, 21 and 28 October 2021

The EEAC Network, in collaboration with the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia, is organising three consecutive webinars on the concept of Planetary Health. This series of webinars will take place on the mornings of 14 October, 21 October and 28 October.

The webinar series, entitled “Towards Planetary Health”, will allow the EEAC Network to contribute to widening the understanding of the concept of planetary health, and will offer policy advisers, policymakers and other interested parties a deeper understanding of the importance of the current threats to Planetary Health and the need to take action at national, subnational and local levels.

Due to the importance that the EEAC Network attaches to Planetary Health, the webinar will be open not only to its members, but also to a wider constituency. Read More or Register right away.

Latest publications: recent work by the Advisory Council on Sustainable Development of Catalonia

Ten Recommendations for a coastal integrated management in Catalonia

On 9th September 2021, The Advisory Council on Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS) presented the report “The Coastline on the Edge. Recommendations for an integrated management of the Catalan coast”. The report proposes tools that shape a framework of integrated policies for the transformation towards sustainability, making it compatible with the blue economy.

The report proposes 10 recommendations that include several possible actions. They focus on a wide range of topics including the creation of a Coastal Conservatory with a similar scope as the French “Conservatoire du littoral”; the regulation of tourism in overexploited areas; promoting fiscal greening with the review of the ultimate destination of the tourism tax for conservation purposes or studying the creation of a tax for secondary residences; the restoration of hydromorphological dynamics on rivers to ensure sediment inputs in coastal areas; and the re-dimensioning and reformulation of certain critical infrastructures for climate adaptation.

The publication’s lead authors include Dr Puri Canals-Ventín and Dr Carles Ibáñez-Martí, members of CADS. The report is the final result of a strategic thinking process that included a series of public debates considering the quadruple helix. Throughout the process, CADS gathered expert and scientific site-specific knowledge on coastal management in Catalonia and surrounding environments. At the moment the report is only available in Catalan.

Ten top priorities for sustainable development in Catalonia

An opinion on the top ten priorities for sustainable development in Catalonia was approved by CADS in July 2021. This is the first of a series of rankings that CADS will issue annually, identifying the main challenges to achieve sustainable development as a call to action to the Government and to the whole of society. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic and amid global change, the top priorities that CADS focuses on in 2021 are: 1) climate change and 2) biodiversity loss, 3) slow decarbonisation of the economy, 4) poverty and 5) access to housing, 6) school dropout rate, 7) childhood vulnerability, 8) gender equality, ( industrial weakness to deliver goods and technology for sustainability transition and 10) the gap between urban and rural areas. The ranking will be delivered to the Government and will be available on the CADS website in Catalan and English.

Last articles of the special issue on the 2030 Agenda of IDEES, the online magazine on contemporary issues published by the Government of Catalonia

Since September 2020, CADS has coordinated the special issue of the IDEES online magazine published by the Centre for Contemporary Studies, an in-house think tank of the Government of Catalonia. Along one year, this monograph has offered approaches and reflexions in order to set how to speed up the path towards sustainable development through the view of leading world experts.

This special issue of the IDEES journal was launched end of September 2021 with the release of new articles regarding to:

–   The future of Oceans and Seas, by Mr Rémi Parmentier, a founding member of Greenpeace International and Director of The Varda Group.

–   Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, by members of the Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF).

–   The need to accelerate the Transition towards the Circular Economy, by Dr Jordi Oliver Solà, Executive Director of Inèdit.

–   Water challenges, by Dr Ignasi Rodríguez Roda, senior researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA).

–   An Epilogue by the edition coordinators

The monograph, entitled ‘The 2030 Agenda: transforming the world in response to a planetary emergency’ is published in CatalanSpanish and English.


Towards net-zero: Sound policies need science. Session recordings now available

Following the release of the Fit for 55 package and the EU Climate Law’s promise to create a Climate Change Advisory Board, IEEP and the EEAC Network gathered scientists and policymakers to discuss how scientific evidence can best be used in the context of European climate policymaking.

After EEAC Chairman Arnau Queralt’s introduction, the discussion, moderated by IEEP Executive director Céline Charveriat, focused on what has been proposed in the Fit for 55 package in terms of the role of scientific advice in recent European climate policy initiatives. Later on, the speakers discussed how science, and the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change in particular, can further support Europe’s climate objectives, i.e. a 55% reduction of gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, and climate neutrality by 2050.

Insights from the panels

“The European Climate Law brings science into the heart of European climate policy by establishing a new Climate Change Advisory Board. Yet, many challenges remain to ensure that the best available knowledge reaches policymakers, notably overcoming policymakers’ own confirmation bias.”

— MEP Jytte Guteland, S&D, Rapporteur for the European Climate Law

“EU policies have long-term effects on Europe’s economy, environment and society and should therefore be based on the best, most accurate scientific understanding.”

— Christina Moberg, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

“The European Climate Law sets a sound framework and tools to deliver the climate neutrality objective, including bridging the gap between politics and science. The Fit for 55 package is the first stress test for its efficiency. Timely implementation is necessary to capitalise on the benefits and deliver high standard policy decisions.”

— Elisa Giannelli, Policy Advisor, E3G

“The European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change will strengthen the role of scientific expertise and advice in outlining actions and opportunities to reach the EU’s climate goals.”

— François Dejean, Head of Climate change mitigation, energy and transport, European Environment Agency (EEA)

“The European Scientific Advisroy Board could take inspiration from the way the Danish Council on Climate Change is governed and operates, as a watchdog, an advisor, and a contributor to the public debate.”

— Peter Møllgaard, Chair of the Danish Council on Climate Change

“We need to develop modelling tools that are better adapted to addressing just transition questions; but we need to use these modela as tools to explore options and trigger policy discussions, involving all stakeholders.”

— Pierre-Marie Aubert, Coordinator, European Agriculture Initiative, Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI)

Recording of the event

Listen to the full conversation in the recording: Webinar | Towards net-zero: Sound policies need science – YouTube

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The 29th EEAC Annual Conference: Digital Transformation for a sustainable Anthropocene: Ethical, Green and Inclusive

The 29th Annual Conference of the EEAC Network will focus on the digital transformation within a European context, and the issues and opportunities it raises for sustainable development. Two levers and important elements of the transformation, both central to the European Green Deal and the European Digital Strategy will be explored in particular. These are, firstly, the relationship between the green and digital transformation (the twin challenge), and, secondly, the ethical and social implications of this transformation, including the application of Artificial Intelligence Systems (AI) in the European area. Curious to learn more about the conference? Please visit the conference page on this website.

Latest publications: Recent work by the Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD)

In this item, some of the latest opinions by the Federal Council for Sustainable Development in Belgium (FRDO-CFDD) are listed. The original opinions are available in French and Dutch.

The council has issued an opinion on the preliminary draft of the federal government’s sustainable development  plan. The government should present a final plan in the autumn of 2021. The council also issued an opinion on a study of Belgium’s implementation of the SDGs.

In addition to its work on the SDGs, the FRDO-CFDD recently published an opinion on the federal implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive II, an opinion on the federal government’s action plan for the circular economy, and an advice on transport fuels from renewable sources.

Latest publication: A Well-Being Framework for Ireland

Covid-19 has had profound impacts on societal and economic well-being. As Ireland begins to recover from the pandemic, progress will need to be understood beyond traditional measures of economic growth. Ireland has committed to developing new measures of well-being and progress, and the latest  report by the Irish National Economic and Social Council presents findings from a consultation designed to ensure that the well-being framework is shaped by the priorities of citizens and stakeholders.

Latest publication: Building Blocks for a Low-Carbon Society

In the report Transition Towards 2030 – Building Blocks for a Low-Carbon Society – the Danish Council on Climate Change presents its proposal for a strategy that can help Denmark reach its 2030 target, taking into consideration its long-term goal of becoming a low-carbon society by 2050

In this year’s report the Danish Council on Climate Change has chosen to focus on the elements of transition that should form part of Denmark’s transition to a green economy towards 2030, as an important step on the road to becoming a low-carbon society by 2050.

Elements of transition here refer to transitions within production or consumption, which can function as building blocks in the effort to create a society that emits markedly less greenhouse gas. This may e.g. include the introduction of electric cars, biogasification of manure or energy renovation of buildings. In this report the Danish Council on Climate Change has explored the potential of 20 different elements of transition with a view to putting together a package of elements enabling Denmark to meet its 2030 target based on a set of clear criteria.

The main conclusions and recommendations in the third report from the Climate Council “Transition Towards 2030 –  Building Blocks for a Low-Carbon Society” can be found here.