ackling and managing risks with Sustainable Development Goals

Project: Research

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The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) has launched a common research theme for 2018-2020: PEER Research on Sustainable Development Goals: Tackling and managing risks with SDGs (PEER-TRISD) and had decided to mobilise its expertise to promote and support the implementation of the Agenda 2030. PEER as a network excels in the research on the biophysical and socio-ecological impacts linked to the implementation of the SDGs and the associated risks, and is therefore well-positioned to consolidate and advance this area.

PEER-TRISD aims to:
- Create a common understanding on what SDG-related risks exist, should be monitored, anticipated, and governed in the public and private sectors;
- Analyse the monitoring, anticipation and governance needs, the existing UN, EU and national level systems and specific SDG systems; and
- Co-create recommendations that can support risk management in the implementation of SDGs in the policy field but also among the practitioners,
Identify needs for future research efforts and policy measures.

The pathways toward SDGs may lead to negative, unintended side-effects such as environmental impacts of green consumption patterns (rebound effects) or over-use of water or chemicals for the intensified food-production. There is no specific SDG for risks, and both the SDGs and the associated 169 targets address risks in an incoherent fashion.

However, SDGs are implicitly about reducing or controlling risks. For example, they deal with acting on climate change, tackling sustainability questions in cities and communities as well as responsible consumption and production patterns. SDGs also involve other key areas of risk governance such as risk prevention; risk-benefit balancing; risk communication; uncertainty management; and compensation for risks
Effective start/end date01/11/201831/05/2021


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