Integrated approaches to sustainability – Insights into three participative scenarios on biodiversity, land, and water in France

Organizer: Sandrine Paillard
Format: Online, Evening

The Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability initiative aims to promote integrated and forward-looking approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It mobilises the broad range of expertise needed to build scenarios and pathways for attaining SDGs by exploring their interactions with the other SDGs on different spatial scales. The purpose of this initiative, based on a series of workshops, is to identify new questions and research practices to further our understanding of socio-ecological systems, and inform public debate and policy. As part of the initiative, three workshops were held in France in 2019 and 2020 on Biodiversity, Freshwater, and Land. The workshops provided an opportunity to: i) build scenarios and pathways for advancing towards the environmental goals of the 2030 Agenda in metropolitan France, ii) identify the key interactions among SDGs that the scenarios entail, and iii) analyse the social transformations needed for achieving the scenarios. This session aims to present and discuss (a) the methodology used in the workshops and (b) key insights from the developed scenarios and pathways. Key insights that will be presented and discussed include the role of context-dependent knowledge, engaging with societal actors and dealing with a plurality of values, as well as the systemic and conflictual mode of our current development.

Themes: Integrated Action for the SDGs