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SP32 - New rhythms of development at community level: Ideas to achieve & scale-up climate resilience & transformational change

Convened by Stefano Moncada (University of Malta), Edith Kuerzinger, Darley Kjiosavik (Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)) and Luca Nguyen (University of Malta)

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Traditional and linear responses to the triple planetary crises, climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, have not comprehensively, if at all, provided credible solutions to ensure a sustainable future for the planet, and did not sufficiently address the developmental challenges faced by countries and communities alike. Besides, other concurrent unpredictable events such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, can add a layer of complexity to already existing climate and environmental challenges. There is thus the need to create resilience-building measures that are not reactive in nature, and that can sustain transformational changes, but take a systematic approach to fast changing scenarios, considering also untapped resources such as the community action with its capacity to respond rapidly and in an innovative and adaptive way with the local resources and social capital at their disposal. Concepts such as frugal innovation, circularity, economics of wellbeing, sustainable mobility and use of space, if supported by traditional and community knowledge can support the creation of solutions to provide different patterns of development, more inclusive and durable, gradually moving away from extractivism, while using nature and biodiversity to restore and increase wellbeing for all.

Research that seeks to discuss new trajectories of development from a conceptual level (wellbeing, circularity, de-growth, sustainable development, etc) as well as applied (urban, rural, remote, coastal and island areas), especially with a focus on the role played by indigenous, traditional and community knowledge are welcome.

This panel is organised by the EADI Working Group on Climate-Resilient Development and Transformational Change