A participatory integrated approach for promoting sustainability in developing countries: The case of the Mekrou River basin in West Africa.
Authors: Vasileios Markantonis, Arnaud Reynaud
Abstract: Transboundary river basins support economic, social and ecological services that are of fundamental importance to people in developing countries. This paper provides a participatory evaluation framework for assessing the socioeconomic and ecological issues linked to the development of the Mekrou river basin, which requires a balance between securing the conservation of ecosystems, promoting sustainable economic activities and adapting to the local social characteristics. Specifically this work: 1) Reviews the state of the art for valuing the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of development measures in transboundary river basins, 2) Defines priorities per sector of activity in the Mekrou river basin (household, agriculture, ecosystem services, tourism) following a participatory process based on a Web survey and consultation with relevant local stakeholders. 3) Evaluates the most appropriate techniques and tools to value costs and benefits of policies policy priorities and takes into account data needs, practical and policy challenges.”
The participation of stakeholders in planning the use of forest roads. The experience of Tenerife
Authors: Montserrat Acosta González, Serafin Corral
Abstract: In this communication the use of forest planning on the island of Tenerife will be analysed. Sustainable forest planning implies the participation of stakeholder communities. In recent years the influx of people to the Islands’ forest environment has notably increased, emerging conflicts between the users of forest tracks. Due to that, the Insular Council of Tenerife is working on a regulation on the uses of those pathways. This communication deals with both a framing analysis and the design and implementation of a participatory multi-criteria approach to explore together with the stakeholders possible alternatives related to the above mentioned forest planning and management issues. Aimed at that, a set of tools has been implemented, consisting in the integration of institutional analysis, several participatory methods, multi-criteria analysis and geographical information systems.”
Europe Wide Views (EWViews) on Sustainable Consumption: A pan-European citizen consultation involving more than 1000 citizens described on the example of Austria
Authors: Leo Capari, Mahshid Sotoudeh, Niklas Gudowsky, Ulrike Bechtold
Abstract: On the 26th of October 2014, more than 1000 European citizens took part in the transnational event Europe Wide Views on Sustainable Consumption. The citizen consultation took place in 11 EU member states at the same date and based on the same methodological framework. The citizens were invited to share their views on sustainable consumption and provide a broader knowledge base for decisions of European policymakers on the issue sustainable consumption. During the consultation the citizens discussed measures aimed at private citizens and the different roles that citizens could play in increasing sustainability in society.
In our contribution we will give an critical overview of the process, which took place at the 26th of October in eleven European countries. This includes the methodological approach as well as the results and the way of the results to the European Parliament and other relevant adressees.”
The ecological responsiveness of twenty first century food firms and consumers: A case study investigation
Authors: Zaina Gadema-Cooke
Abstract: This research critically examines ‘green’ perceptions of food supply chain businesses and consumers especially with respect carbon footprinting and labelling. Specifically, in light of the significance of the launch of the world’s first standardised life cycle accounting methodology developed and published in the UK, known as PAS 2050, responses were sought from both UK food consumers and food industry businesses including a civic society organisation whose mission is to: ‘accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy’. Investigation comprised circulation of a self-administered closed survey questionnaire (n=428) using a convenience sampling approach to capture descriptive attitudinal data of UK ‘food shoppers’. Perceptions of food supply chain businesses were investigated through a qualitative case study approach incorporating semi-structured interviews with ‘key’ food chain actors responsible for environmental and sustainability strategic management. Key actor interview data are thematically framed as evidence for policy making within a theoretical framework of ‘ecological responsiveness’.”