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CSO Engagement with Ecological Economics

Objective

Ecological economics (EE) and, in general, sustainability sciences make important contributions to the analyses of sustainability policies in Europe and worldwide. EE develops physical indicators and indices, provides economic valuation of environmental services and negative externalities, applies tools of multi-criteria evaluation to resource use, and promotes environmental policy instruments such as eco-taxes and marketable permits. To provide policy makers with high quality, relevant research, increased collaboration between ecological economists and CSOs is needed. Many CSOs already have a large stock of environmental knowledge but need increased capacity in EE to give an analytical foundation to activism and policy making. The social and disciplinary divide between CSO and academic research poses significant challenges. At the same time, there are real-world demands from CSOs for knowledge of EE – for instance, to assess the liability of companies in oil extraction conflicts, to evaluate plans for palm oil plantations for biofuel exports, or to establish alternative energy plans at the regional level. This project addresses CSO capacity weakness in EE through a number of coordinated activities. The focus is not on theory but on case study learning. Joint working groups will identify and report on key issues for research in water management, mining, energy, forestry and agriculture, based on CSO needs and interests. Previous cooperative research activities will be reviewed and assessed in terms of their effectiveness in meeting CSO needs, and documented and disseminated. In addition, options for future research cooperation will be explored in order to apply EE methods, tools and indicators to CSO work. Findings will be presented and enhanced at symposia embedded in the 2008 EE world conference in Nairobi (with UNEP) and the 2009 conference of the European Society for EE. A website will disseminate the project’s work and continue the capacity building process.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 182 111,52
Administrative Contact
Joan Martinez Alier (Prof.)

Participants (13)

THE CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
India
EU contribution
€ 48 503,10
Address
41 Tughlakabad Institutional Area
110062 New Delhi
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gita Kavarana (Ms.)
CENTRE POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Cameroon
EU contribution
€ 23 893,10
Address
Colline De Djoungolo Derriere Le Secretariat À L'education De L'epc
00000 Yaounde
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Samuel Nguiffo (Mr.)
ACCION ECOLOGICA
Ecuador
EU contribution
€ 30 366,60
Address
Alejandro De Valdez 24-33 Y La Gas Ca
- Quito
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patricia Burbano (Ms.)
ENDEMIT EKOLOSHKO DRUSHTVO
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 40 827,40
Address
Oracka 42
11080 Beograd
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marina Ilic (Ms.)
ASSOCIAZIONE SUD ECOLOGIA E COOPERA ZIONE-ONLUS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 49 369,80
Address
Via Romano Calo 48
00139 Roma
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sara Vegni (Ms.)
VLAAMS OVERLEG DUURZAME ONTWIKKELING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 57 608,80
Address
Vlasfabriekstraat 11
1060 Brussels
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leida Rijnhout (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 72 575,96
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
9020 Klagenfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Willi Haas (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 34 593,10
Address
Calle Viamonte 430
1053 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Walter Alberto Pengue (Dr.)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 29 467,80
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre S/n
2829516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Luísa Baião (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 60 230,30
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Bauler (Dr.)
SERI NACHHALTIGKEITSFORSCHUNGS UND-KOMMUNIKATIONS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 64 622,80
Address
Schwarzspanierstrasse 4/3
1090 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriela Christler (Ms.)
INSTITUTO REDE BRASILEIRA AGROFLORESTAL -REBRAF
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 17 462,40
Address
Rua Visconde De Piraja 111/713
20072970 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Herman May (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION FOR NATURE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUNCE SPLIT
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 18 378,32
Address
Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 7/Iii
21000 Split
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zrinka Jakl (Ms.)