Although participation of civil society is considered crucial for the implementation of ambitious sustainability strategies like the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS), many implementation programmes and activities do not yet consistently involve players from this field – focusing more on business actors (ETAP) or researchers (SCORE). This project will address this gap – by actively involving Civil Society Organisation to identify research needs and designing elements of deliberative processes on sustainable consumption and production in the demand areas food, housing and mobility. These ‘deliberative processes’ can be defined as ‘forums and mechanisms for involving stakeholders from civil society through information exchange, open discussions and continuous feedback on decision making on research agendas and political actions in the area sustainable consumption and production’. The project will focus on three demand areas food, housing and mobility, that have been found to be responsible for 70 percentage of environmental damage in the EU. This approach also takes up the focus introduced in the new SCP Action Plan, that will focus on activities in these same three areas. During the project, three workshops will be organised in each demand areas, framed by an opening and a closing conference. An EU Strategy workshop will involve EC and EEA personnel to draw conclusions and plan follow-up actions. An online platform will host an ongoing and open dialogue. The project will last 18 months, the co-ordinator is the UNEP / Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre of Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP, Germany), and the partners are The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD, United Kingdom) and the Regional Environmental Center (REC – Hungary). The partners bring their extensive experience both in organising participatory stakeholder processes and in working with political and academic stakeholders working on sustainable consumption and production.
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