Work Package 2


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Work Package 2

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