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Since 2007, the ESDN is organizing thematic workshops in order to facilitate informal exchange of standpoints and experiences between the ESDN Members. This section of the website provides a one-stop-shop documentation of all ESDN Workshops so far. Please click on one of the workshops for more details:

Berlin 2019: Transformation towards Sustainability in Times of Rising Populism

Berlin 2018: Communication of Sustainable Development and the SDGs: Strategies and Good Practices

Berlin 2017: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the sub-national level: Practical experiences and governance needs

Berlin 2016: Developing the ESDN peer learning approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs

Paris 2015: Strengthening environmental and sustainable development dialogue in Europe in the context of the 2030 SD Agenda

Brussels 2015: Monitoring and reviewing sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe: current debates in EU Member States and on the European level

Berlin 2014: Transformative environmental and sustainability policy: new thematic issues, actor constellations and governance modes

Brussels 2014: Fostering Urban Sustainable Development: Potentials and Challenges for National and European Policy

Brussels 2013: The Future of the EU SDS - Expectations and Possible Contributions from the ESDN

Brussels 2012: Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development - Dimensions, Issues and Actors of an Emerging Arena

Berlin 2011: Perspectives for European SD Policy & Governance in the context of recent EU policy strategies and Rio+20

Berlin 2010: Reforms for Measuring Welfare and Wealth in the Context of Sustainable Development

Madrid 2010: From Green Growth towards a Sustainable Economy?

Brussels 2009: New Driver for Sustainable Development Strategies - The Power of Smart Linkages

Brussels 2008: Post-2010: The Future of the EU SDS and its Interface with the Lisbon Process

Experiences with Participatory Tools and Mechanisms, Berlin, 9-10 April 2008

The 2nd ESDN workshop was hosted by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) & German Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

Whenever the governance of sustainable development (SD) is under discussion, the quest for involving different stakeholder groups (e.g. civil society organisations, business representatives, academia, sub-national levels, etc) in policy-making is imminent. According to Agenda 21, SD strategies should build on trustful partnerships and “the widest possible participation”. The rationale behind this quest is diverse, and so are the types and degrees of participation. One can distinguish between several types of participation: ad-hoc forms like internet consultations, workshops, round tables and dialogues, and institutionalised forms like committees, advisory groups and National Councils of Sustainable Development (NCSDs). Most of these types differ in terms of breadth of participation (involvement of all stakeholder groups or a selected few) and degrees of participation (informative, consultative and decisional). The main purpose of the workshop is to exchange information and experiences in applying different participatory processes and mechanisms.

Below please find a detailed documentation of the workshop:

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