Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement: New types of governance needed
COP 21 in Paris (i.e. the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is widely regarded as a success, reaffirming that multilateralism works and that governments can overcome their short-term political differences to address global challenges. Having been present in Paris during the second week of negotiations myself, I can confirm from my position as an observer on the sidelines that Paris indeed re-established confidence in the problem-solving ability of international negotiations when many had already written off governments as agents of change.
Amsterdam Water Science launched
Amsterdam Water Science is a new water research collaboration between VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam Water Science is a unique programme focusing on water sciences in the Netherlands. It is an interdisciplinary programme on the biological, chemical and physical processes in water systems (marine life, water quality, flooding and droughts) and societal aspects of water management (economics, governance, legislation). One of the topics of interest in this research programme is how extremes influence society and what measures government and the private sector can take in order to manage the quality of water, flood risks and water shortages.
CleanSea: Knowledge and policies against marine litter
Europe’s marine natural resources encompass a vast natural capital that supports economies, societies and individual well-being. Marine litter is widely recognized as a threat to marine ecosystems and a major societal challenge to manage. The recently completed, EU funded and IVM led CleanSea project has developed a host of new insights and tools to address this challenge.