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Policy Brief // Sharing societal metabolism insights with European Policymakers: Main messages for policy makers

Blackstock KL, Matthews KB, Waylen KA, Juarez-Bourke A, Miller DG, Wardell-Johnson D, Guimarães-Pereira A, Cadillo-Benalcazar J, Kovacic Z, Renner A, Ripa M & Giampietro M. This policy brief analyses the problems existing within approaches of five policy areas pursued in the European Union and the UN SDGs. It was developed by "MAGIC Nexus", a project by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

 

MAGIC “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” seeks to understand how to govern complexity, with reference to five policy areas (Common Agricultural Policy; Natura 2000; Circular Economy; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Directives; and Water Framework Directive). These policies, combined with many others, are utilized to enable the European Union and its Member States to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. However, achieving the SDGs is challenging; and the response has been critiqued as inadequate.

 

Key messages

The nexus is not only a technical problem but requires attention to how the problems areframed, to whether the solutions are feasible, viable and desirable; and to transforming institutions and governance processes. The MAGIC approach can assist in this. Reliance on existing initiatives for policy coherence and sustainable development indicators may not be enough to achieve the SDGs– in particular, we need an implementation strategy and indicators that pay attention to embedded and indirect spillover effects.

 

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October 2019

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Blackstock KL, Matthews KB, Waylen KA, Juarez-Bourke A, Miller DG, Wardell-Johnson D, Guimarães-Pereira A, Cadillo-Benalcazar J, Kovacic Z, Renner A, Ripa M & Giampietro M. (2019). Sharing societal metabolism insights with European Policymakers: Main messages for policy makers.

 

 

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