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Better or new NGO strategies to tackle the SCP challenge?

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  • 1. Better & New NGO Strategies to tackle the Sustainable Consumption and Production Challenge? Roadmapping… Michael Narberhaus Brussels, December 8th 2009
  • 2. Developing partnerships between research and civil society organisations with the aim to increase the effectiveness of civil society organization (CSO) actions towards SCP.
  • 3. SCP: Fair share of the earth’s resources within planetary boundaries A safe operating space for humanity
  • 4. SCP is a systemic challenge Working on SCP means attempting to influence complex social, political and human systems. •  Multiple actors with different purposes •  Many different social, environmental and economic domains •  Complex ecological trade offs •  Multiple feedback mechanisms (e.g. rebound effects) •  Opportunities for co-benefits
  • 5. Key findings from survey on NGO strategies and tactics •  NGOs have not yet embedded the systemic nature of the SCP challenge •  Mostly single issue focus (mostly climate change) •  Mostly work on eco-efficiency •  Consumption work focuses on individual behaviour change •  Output rather than results focussed •  Little evaluation if at all •  Good at environmental assessment but not good at understanding economic, social and human systems •  Different interest groups are not building enough cross cutting coalitions
  • 6. Roadmapping… Aim: Forge better collaboration between academia and NGOs to provide NGOs with better knowledge and capacity for more effective strategies and tactics for their actions towards SCP? How: Bringing together leading thinkers from academia and civil society to a workshop.
  • 7. What to do with the roadmap? •  Influence research agendas by disseminating Action Town Roadmap conclusions among researchers and civil society organizations at events such as the Action Town Conference in October/November 2010. •  Induce national and European funding programmes (including foundations and trusts) to support activities that focus on root causes of issues, and develop funding monitoring tools that allow for this.
  • 8. Roadmap themes •  What do NGOs need to improve short- medium term focussed campaigning strategies? •  What do NGOs need to develop new and better ways to catalyse long-term social and political change towards a new paradigm? •  What do NGOs need in order to better measure and evaluate the success or failure of their activities ?
  • 9. Thank you. Michael Narberhaus – mnarberhaus@wwf.org.uk http://action-town.eu/

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