News 12/18/2023

Towards non-anthropocentric nature-based solutions. Call for abstracts

Coevolvers researchers are organising a special session at the International ESEE - Degrowth Conference 2024 Pontevedra, entitled Science, Technology, and Innovation beyond growth: Cultivating collective creativity for a sustainable future.

The 10th International Degrowth Conference and the 15th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) will be held in the city of Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain) from 18 – 21 June 2024. This joint conference is part of the  “Pontevedra ESEE-Degrowth 2024” activities, which will establish Pontevedra as the European capital of degrowth in 2024.

The event titled 'Science, Technology, and Innovation beyond growth: Cultivating collective creativity for a sustainable future,' will consist of two types of activities, the main Conference and Civic engagement and citizen-oriented initiatives.

An open Special Session, SS18. Towards non-anthropocentric nature-based solutions (NBS): Theory, methodology, and policy implications is organised by Coevolvers researchers Juha Hiedanpää (Natural Resources Institute Finland), Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (University of Erfurt, Germany) Tatiana Kluvankova (Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology), and Mia Pihlajamaki (Natural Resources Institute Finland).

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are promoted as a governance tool to tackle ongoing environmental and societal crises. While the importance of mimicking nature and applying participatory planning approaches in the NBS design and implementation are already well acknowledged, the intertwined dynamics of the social and the ecological affecting the NBS and its workability are still not well understood. Consequently, NBS are often considered as ‘technological fixes’ to environmental problems rather than “organic co-designs” that acknowledge the situational complexity and relational holism in support of community resilience and sustainability transformation. This special session calls for papers that contribute to ecological economics either by providing novel theoretical insights or exploring empirical findings with policy-making relevance. Special attention will be given to the practices of engaging multi-species assemblages in these processes, i.e. multi-species stakeholder approaches to give voice to non-humans in co-creating NBS.