Géraud

Géraud de Ville

The Open University, Department of Engineering and Innovation
Brussels, Belgium

Planet Under Pressure

Conference

April 6, 2012

Between the 27th and 29th March 2012, thousands of leading experts, decision-makers, practitioners, students and citizens came together in the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference, to assess the state of the planet, global challenges and offer new solutions.

In advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June, the first outcome of the conference was the “State of the Planet” declaration, outlining where new knowledge, solutions and opportunities lie. A key theme within the declaration is the need for research that is more integrative, international and solutions-oriented, linking across disciplines, different knowledge systems, across the North and South, and co-designed and implemented with input from a range of stakeholders (governments to local community members).

A focus on new mechanisms to facilitate interactive dialogue on global sustainability among various stakeholders and the policy-making community at different scales is also put forward. COBRA will make a significant contribution towards the aims and ideals of the Planet Under Pressure declaration. We are an interdisciplinary and diverse stakeholder team, taking a whole systems perspective within the project, and linking research directly with outcomes through our participatory action research approach.

Within the next week, we will have another wave of project team members supporting activities both in Tumucumaque and the North Rupununi, sharing worldviews and knowledge across Europe and South America. With only six months having passed since the start of the COBRA project, we are all very excited by having achieved some of what many important decision-makers are just beginning to talk about.

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