Development of a Forecasting Framework and Scenarios to Support the EU Sustainable Development Strategy


       

SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME

PRIORITY 8.1


Policy-oriented research, Scientific support to policies, Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area

 


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Workshop in Florence (Oct. 19-20, 2006)

"Development of core elements of integrated sustainability scenarios for agriculture"

(Goal definition & Pre-Backcasting)

Download the schedule (pdf, 92 kb)

Download the workshop guidelines (pdf, 72 kb)


Download the Report: Part I (pdf, 1.3 Mb) and Part II (pdf, 1.8 Mb)


I. General objectives of the Agriculture Workshop

- Translation of the policy objectives of topic complexes to goals for major activity and policy fields;

- Description of Agriculture Sustainability Scenario Elements (SSEs);

- Development of Narratives of Integrated Sustainability Scenarios (ISS) for Agriculture;

- Pre-Backcasting: addressing requirements and potential measures deemed promising to reach the defined ISS, focussing on cross-cutting measures


II. Expected input by the experts

It is a target of the workshop to collect and review the knowledge on existing scenarios relevant for the activity fields and important elements for agriculture. The experts are working on running research projects strictly related to the agriculture sustainability question. Each expert will provide after the workshop a written input of 10-15 pages on essential sustainability scenario elements and on the requirements and potential measures deemed promising to reach these integrated sustainability scenarios. These papers shall serve as input to formulate narratives of sustainability scenarios.


III. Presentations and Speakers

First day

WHERE SHALL WE GO TO?

Key questions:

  • How a desired long-term vision of sustainability for agriculture look like (paying attention to the environmental, economic and social development aspects)?
  • Which essential elements of agriculture sustainability that are integral part of the vision can be defined for the purpose of developing sustainability scenarios?
  • How can current policy objectives of topic complexes be translated to match with the objective sustainability scenario?
Second day

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

Key questions:

  • Which requirements and potential measures can be described that are deemed promising to reach the defined sustainability scenario (pre-backcasting)?
  • Which measures address activities or driving forces that show cross-sectoral impact and hence are potentially of multi-beneficial effect without shifting problems?
Presentations Presentations
  • Stakeholder presentation (pdf, 2.6 Mb) by Andreas Frangenberg, European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture5

1 On the web: www.policyweb.uhi.ac.uk/topmard

2 On the web: www.mea-scope.org

3 On the web: www.seamless-ip.org

4 On the web: www.sensor-ip.org

5 On the web: www.sustainable-agriculture.org

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