Publications, project success stories, videos and expert groups reports

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Expert groups reports

EKLIPSE Expert Working Group report

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This document reflects the results of a quick scoping review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature and is not intended to be comprehensive. It explores the multiple dimensions of impact that naturebased solutions projects may have when implemented at different scales, from building to regional. To meet this objective, an impact assessment framework was formulated, which is intended to be used to guide an assessment of the effectiveness of nature-based solutions projects. It is the first step in the process, and is likely to be refined by other expert working groups in 2017.


Societal challenge 5 'climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials'

advisory group recommendations : programming period 2018 – 2020

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Societal Challenge 5 of the European Commission‘s Horizon 2020 programme seeks to achieve "a resource- and water-efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and ecosystems". In accordance with the mandate from Horizon 2020, the recommendations for and actions under this challenge should help draw a clear pathway towards concrete actions, transform society, and drive innovation as part of a broader knowledge development and innovation.


Changing gear in R&I:green growth for jobs and prosperity in the EU

Report of the European Commission Expert Group ―R&I policy framework for Green Growth & jobs

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The report presents the notion of a global transition towards an environmentally sustainable future which is more adequate and profitable to the European peculiarities. Such ― green trajectory includes but goes beyond the traditional green sectors and European policymakers are invited to align policies to favour it. This would allow the EU to take a leading pioneering position and competitive advantages from that tilted playing field. This transition built on green research and innovation will positively impact new job creation by enticing companies to locate in Europe new high growth activities.


The role of science, technology and innovation policies to foster the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Report of the Expert Group “Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the SDGs

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This report presents the conclusions of the independent Expert Group on the “Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that was established by the European Commission (EC) to provide advice on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for implementing the new global sustainable development agenda (2030 Agenda). The Group gives recommendations, both in terms of general policy orientations and concrete areas of engagement, for EU STI policy to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Europe and beyond, as well as for possible engagement in international initiatives concerning STI. It recommends the EU to capitalise on its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which is seeking to invest more than 60% of its budget for sustainable development and is fully open to international participation.


Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe

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Evidence demonstrates that relatively modest investment in cultural heritage can pay substantial dividends. These can be taken economically but also in terms of improving environmental sustainability and social cohesion.


Towards an EU research and innovation policy agenda for nature-based solutions & re-naturing cities

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Nature-based solutions simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits by bringing more nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes.


From niche to norm

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Suggestions by the group of experts on a 'systemic approach to eco-innovation to achieve a low-carbon, circular economy'.



Success Stories

15 May

Turning waste into wastewater treatment

Water scarcity in the Mediterranean, South America, Africa... It is a growing global problem, as climate change pressure mounts and inefficiencies in water use and treatment continue, particularly in water-intensive industries.

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