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CSO Engagement with Ecological Economics

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Address

Campus De La Uab Bellaterra
08193 Cerdanyola Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 182 111,52

Administrative Contact

Joan Martinez Alier (Prof.)

Participants (13)

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THE CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

India

EU Contribution

€ 48 503,10

CENTRE POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT

Cameroon

EU Contribution

€ 23 893,10

ACCION ECOLOGICA

Ecuador

EU Contribution

€ 30 366,60

ENDEMIT EKOLOSHKO DRUSHTVO

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 40 827,40

ASSOCIAZIONE SUD ECOLOGIA E COOPERA ZIONE-ONLUS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 49 369,80

VLAAMS OVERLEG DUURZAME ONTWIKKELING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 57 608,80

UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 72 575,96

UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 34 593,10

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 29 467,80

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 60 230,30

SERI NACHHALTIGKEITSFORSCHUNGS UND-KOMMUNIKATIONS GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 64 622,80

INSTITUTO REDE BRASILEIRA AGROFLORESTAL -REBRAF

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 17 462,40

ASSOCIATION FOR NATURE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUNCE SPLIT

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 18 378,32

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217745

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 814 101,50

  • EU contribution

    € 730 011

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain