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Here is the slideshow for Work Package 2 as presented in Budapest for the CONVERGE project's Kick-Off Meeting in September 2009.

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  • 1. Converge Kick-off WP2: Understanding the processes of convergence and divergence Matt Fortnam Department of Earth Sciences
  • 2. WP2's Overall Objective
    • To develop the concept of Convergence across social, economic and ecological systems in the context of globalisation
  • 3. Tasks
    • Establish baseline information on the processes of contraction, convergence and divergence
    • Establish definitions relevant to convergence
    • Review a selection of established sustainability frameworks
    • Evaluate global trends of convergence
    • Identify opportunities to create new processes of convergence and to enhance existing processes
    • Develop a practitioner-informed review report of convergence
  • 4. Deliverables
    • D10 Review of relevant existing sustainability frameworks (month 4)
    • D11 Synthesis (literature) report of the understanding of convergence and divergence (month 7)
    • D12: Definitions of convergence – applicable and comparable for different countries (month 7)
    • D13: Report of internal peer review of Synthesis (D11) and Definitions (D12) (Month 10)
    • D14: Practitioner-informed review report of convergence (month 18)
    • D15 Map showing the various stages of convergence of the major nations of the world (month 24)
    • D16 Country ranking report of degree of convergence (month 24)
  • 5. Draft work plan
    • Year 1
    • Month 1-2: Draft baseline after input from partners at kick-off
    • Month 2-3: Partners to review report, provide feedback, and recommend literature for inclusion
    • Month 3-6: Report of internal peer review of Synthesis (D11) and Definitions (D12)
    • Year 2
    • Month 18-24: Outcomes from WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6 used to develop Final report of understanding C&C,
    • Month 20-24: Analysis of the stages of convergence of the major nations using WP3’s indicator frame.
  • 6.
    • Introduction: To project; purpose of report
    • Concept of C&C: The concept; Extended concepts proposed to address climate change; C&C used in the context of other global divisions, e.g. ecological footprint
    • Principles of C&C: Equity, eco-justice, contraction, convergence, limits to growth, allocation trading; linking physical and social sustainability
    • Divisions of the world
    • Definitions important to C&C: Globalisation, capitalism and sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable communities; eco-justice; one world perspective/biophysical limits; well-being; wants and needs...
    • Indicator regimes, e.g. happiness index, Green GDP
    • Existing sustainability frameworks: Natural Step, 5 Capitals, UK SD framework (all have a one world baseline!)
    Draft structure/contents for baseline study
  • 7. Practical questions
    • What information would you like the baseline study to contain in order for you to begin your WP?
    • How should it be structured in order for it to be most useful for your work?
  • 8. Overview of the baseline study so far
    • The report aims to:
    • Undertake an initial synthesis of the state of the art regarding C&C (to be progressed following kick-off meeting)
    • To define what we mean by terms underpinning the planned Converge research (to be discussed and refined at the kick-off?)
    • To introduce the various sustainability frameworks which Converge may adapt or combine to incorporate the principles of Convergence
  • 9. Contraction & Convergence (C&C): climate change
    • Smooth transition to a low level of greenhouse gas emissions
    • Equal per-capita share of ‘carbon’
    • Acceptable emissions to the Earth be estimated
    • Determine how much each country needs to cut back its emissions
  • 10. C&C: extended concept
    • Framework needed to fully address the broader sustainability challenge
    • C&C unites a simple ethical principle of basic human equality with the need to live within the earth’s biophysical limits
    • C&C of ecological footprints
  • 11. What are the principles of Convergence?
    • Equity
    Eco-justice Precaution Efficiency Biophysical limits Contraction to targets Convergence Trading of resource allocations Sustainable growth
  • 12.
    • The Natural Step
    • In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing …
      • Concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust
      • Concentrations of substances produced by society
      • Degradation by physical means
    • and in that society
      • people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs
  • 13. Biosphere Human Society Economy
  • 14.
    • The Five Capitals Framework
    Read more: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/our-approach/tools-and-methodologies/5capitals