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The BElgium Ecosystem Services (BEES) cluster project aims at identifying and stimulating research on ecosystem services in Belgium. It will do so mainly by organizing a series of workshops covering different aspects of Ecosystem Services (ES) Research. These workshops will discuss diverse aspects of the issue, and will include a key note lecture by at least one key researcher from abroad, specialised in the topic. The format of the workshop (presentations, debate, brainstorming sessions) can vary, depending on the objectives of the workshop. It is very likely that the workshops will also lead to more intense bilateral communications with experts from outside the project consortium.

BRAINPOoL – a project funded by the European Commission through its FP7 research programme – is one of several initiatives designed to advance this process. More specifically it is designed to work with two key groups. First, it will help the users of quantitative data – policymakers, journalists, NGOs, members of political parties and informal social networks - to specify what will best help them achieve their goals and then to use that effectively. Typically the data will be indicators, although sometimes users will create their own indicators from data raw material. Second, it will help the suppliers of these data meet the needs of users in the way they design, and communicate about, what they produce.

CEECEC représente un projet européen visant une collaboration active entre chercheurs et ONG à propos de thèmes touchant à la résolution de conflits environnementaux. Ainsi, au niveau international, six centres de recherche et huit ONG travaillent ensemble sur des études de cas pour mettre en place des méthodologies d’analyse des conflits liés aux ressources naturelles et d’aide à la médiation environnementale, à la lumière des théories de l’économie écologique.

Within the policy and science community concerned with sustainable development, it is widely accepted that the first decades of the 21st century are a crucial turning point for the world community. Widespread poverty, growing inequality between and within a lot of countries, increasing pressures on vital ecosystems and ecosystem services combined with an intensive process of economic and cultural globalisation present enormous challenges for a world which aims for some form of sustainable development. Policy-makers, civil society organisations and scientists alike are looking for tools, concepts, approaches, theories… which can help in orienting policy in a way that a more sustainable development would become possible. It could be that the challenges of sustainable development are translated into equally important challenges with regard to the governance of sustainable development. Transition approaches - and among them ‘Transition management’ (TM) - have been increasingly popular alternative ‘tools’ in Northern Europe to conceive such shift in the governance of sustainable development. CONSENTSUS (“CONstruction of ScENarios and exploration of Transition pathways for SUStainable consumption patterns”) focuses on 2 crucial aspects – and moments - of Transition Management approaches: - Phase 1 was dedicated to an exploration of the significance and the conduct of scenario constructions identifying and discussing alternatives to the current food consumption regime. Phase 1 allowed - via a case study in the realm of food consumption - to identify and order the avenues towards a sustainable consumption mode of our societies; - during Phase 2, we worked on one of these prospectively identified transition pathways and tried to understand the mechanics, dynamics and governance of a specific ‘niche’ of food consumption patterns. The objective was, once that a particular transition pathway was identified, to comprehend how alternative consumption behaviour could be “up-scaled” (i.e. generalized).

Le projet COSY-food se fixe deux objectifs pour répondre au constat précédent : Objectif n°1 : co-construire une vision fédératrice de l’alimentation durable à travers la co-production d’un outil d’évaluation multicritères des systèmes de production-distribution-consommation alimentaires Objectif n°2 : sur base de cette vison fédératrice et des résultats de l’évaluation, le projet vise à faire travailler ensemble les différents acteurs pour identifier les freins communs au développement du secteur tout en garantissant sa durabilité. Une innovation majeure sera produite, et son implication sur le système alimentaire durable (SAD) de la RBC discutée. Concrètement cela veut dire de co-créer un espace où les acteurs pourront travailler ensemble pour identifier les freins et leviers au développement de l’alimentation durable. L’outil d’évaluation permettra de mettre en évidence les forces et les faiblesses en termes de durabilité. Cet outil permettra aussi d’évaluer sur des critères objectifs si les nouvelles initiatives alimentaires qui se développent peuvent prétendre au label « alimentation durable ». Les espaces de co-création spécifiques serviront à adapter les grands types de système de distribution (du panier à la grande distribution) qu’ils représentent, ces deux innovations majeures.

This FP7 (EU) project addresses gaps in the current understanding of the complexity of the contexts of individual behavior and how these should be taken into account when devising policies for transitions to sustainable development. InContext distinguishes two strands of contexts determining the opportunities (drivers) and constraints (barriers) shaping individual behaviours related to sustainable development: a° the external context to individual behaviour: politics, policies, infrastructure, social institutions, culture, habits, lifestyles (societal or structural factors). b° the internal context to individual behaviour: knowledge, personal interests, values, priorities and basic needs as the motivational factors for any behaviour (individual or agent-based factors).

Cette étude et le rapport qui s’en est suivi constitue en quelques sorte une introduction aux méthodes de prospective et de planification à long terme. Cette étude débouche sur l’élaboration d’une grille d’analyse qui est ensuite appliquée à une série d’exercices de prospective et de planification, comme autant d’étude de cas qui contribueront à consolider et valider notre grille d’analyse.

Le projet POINT vise à comprendre les divers types d’utilisation des indicateurs par les décideurs de l’Union Européenne. Le CEDD a choisi de travailler spécifiquement sur les indicateurs composites.

The Wellbebe project aims at building indicators and index of well-being in order to complement or substitute GDP as leading indicator for designing and assessing social progress and human development. Next to finding indicators of well-being in Belgium, the broad objective of the research is to promote a democratic and participative transition towards more sustainability in quality of life. Therefore, it is necessary to know what criteria citizens use to assess their quality of life. There is a growing scientific support that the measurement of well-being or quality of life requires additional indicators, going beyond income (or resource based indicators in general) or happiness (or utilitarian indicators). To develop satisfactory indicators, it is also important to define the conception of well-being, quality of life, etc., on which the indicator should be based. It is not only important to be consistent with scientific knowledge, but also to make sure that the conceptions of well-being or quality of life underlying the indicators correspond to those shared by the population.

TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four years, from January 2014 until December 2017. TRANSIT will utilize a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance. The theory will be based on insights from other theories e.g. transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.