Challenges in food, water and energy systems are locally and globally connected. For local actors, including cities, it is difficult to anticipate whether solutions to one issue in the FWE-nexus are sustainable across food, water and energy systems, both at the local and the global scale. The GLOCULL project therefore aims to develop an Urban Living Lab approach for innovations in the FWE nexus that are locally and globally sustainable. To support future implementation of this approach, guidelines and a participatory assessment tool kit will be developed through co-creation in 7 Urban Living Labs, based on an integrated assessment of local-global interactions in the FWE nexus and transdisciplinary action-research in the local Living Labs. On May 16th ,17th and 18th GLOCULL university partners came together in Maastricht to discuss the Living Lab experiments and project deliverables and to visit SUPERLOCAL, the Dutch Living Lab under investigation.
A global symposium about opportunities for local development and systems change.
ICIS, the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development at Maastricht University, presents itself at its 20-year jubilee. This will be done through interactive lectures and workshops in English and Dutch based on parts of its work (transformation of society, the “new economy”, smart sustainable cities, living and urban labs, value (creation) and values, sustainability assessment and wicked sustainability problems).
Furthermore, there will be time to network or simply to meet and greet. If so, please come to Maastricht for a half day event. We hope to meet you at ICIS!
On Friday, the 10th of November, ICIS presented and tested the LABkit with ca 50 participants of the “City-makers Congress” in Rotterdam.
Sustainability certification provides little to no financial benefits for small-scale farmers on Indonesian palm oil plantations.
The study association of the master's programme in Sustainability, Science and Policy, ASAP, has kept a community garden for about four years in Maastricht on the Mergelweg. Under the inspiring leadership of Colin Laviolette, around eight students maintain the garden.
From 7-8 June 2017, the URB@Exp project consortium held a final conference in the city of Graz, Austria to present and discuss the results of this 3-years transdisciplinary research project co-funded by JPI Urban Europe.
In February the NVRD (The largest national waste management association of the Netherlands), the City of Maastricht and Maastricht University EDLAB launched an innovation challenge for solutions for the problem of dumped waste.
A committee of four Dutch and German professors gave the institutes very high marks for societal relevance, research quality and viability during an independent assessment.
Annika de Flor has won the Kremers Award for her Master thesis: 'Water-related Ecosystem Services in the Environmental Impact Assessments in the Peruvian mining industry’.
Two months after the official project kick-off, delegates of the ten organisations participating in the ENERGISE consortium convened in Maastricht to review the work done so far and to plan the tasks ahead.
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