• Communities in 22 countries are celebrating the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 22nd September

    (12th September, 2018; updated 13th & 21st September) – Communities in 22 countries across Europe – from Sweden to Serbia and from Ireland to the Ukraine – are celebrating the 2nd European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) on 22nd September 2018. The EDSC is a celebration of the efforts and achievements of the thousands of […]

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  • ECOLISE contributes to postgrowth discussions and conference in EU parliament

    (10 September 2018) – ECOLISE team members Meera Ghani and Tom Henfrey will attend the upcoming Postgrowth Conference at the EU parliament on September 17th-18th, which will discuss alternatives to growth as the basis for economic policy. The conference was initiated by a group of academic researchers associated with the Degrowth movement and will be […]

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  • EESC pushes for European dialogue on citizen-led climate action

    (28 February 2018) – The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) continued its support for grassroots climate action by recently calling for a European dialogue to strengthen and increase the scope and scale of European-based climate initiatives led by citizens, innovative businesses and various civil society stakeholders, collectively referred to as non-state actors. “The proposed […]

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  • EU climate diplomacy statement recognises the role of local communities

    (5 March 2018) – In a policy statement on climate diplomacy the Council of the EU has for the first time acknowledged the role of local communities in dealing with climate change. The Council’s conclusions  issued on 26 February state that the EU “stresses the role to be played by local communities in tackling the […]

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  • Le nouvel appel à projet de mobilisation collective pour le développement rural en France est publié

    (23 January 2018) – Le second appel à projet (AAP) de mobilisation collective pour le développement rural a été officiellement publié. Initié par le Réseau rural national, cet appel à projet vise à soutenir des projets collectifs, nationaux ou interrégionaux en faveur de la ruralité et qui entrent dans les objectifs de la politique de développement […]

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  • Have your say on the EU’s long-term budget!

    (23 January 2018) – The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU’s long–term budget after 2020, inviting citizens to give their opinion on past and future programmes, many of which deal with environment, climate and energy. During 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes. This […]

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  • Ten essentials for action-oriented research

    (22 January 2018) – Researchers have come up with a list of ten essentials for action-oriented research that will accelerate learning about how to achieve transformations to sustainability. The first three essentials are a focus on transformations to low-carbon, resilient living; on solution processes and on ‘how to’ practical knowledge. “Addressing challenges like climate change […]

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  • Citizen science research project begins in Luxembourg’s community gardens

    (19 December 2018) – A collaborative citizen research project involving community gardeners, allotment holders and natural and social scientists from the Natural History Museum and CELL, the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg, has begun in Luxembourg. “We would like to produce the kind of knowledge that interests both gardeners and scientists,” explains project coordinator, Karine […]

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  • EU’s smart villages should also be sustainable, says ECOLISE

    (19 December 2017) – EU efforts to support digital and social innovation in rural communities must ensure that such communities become both smart and sustainable, according to Eamon O’Hara, executive director of ECOLISE. Eamon was speaking at a meeting of policy makers in Brussels focused on social innovation initiatives and their role in revitalising rural […]

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  • ECOLISE 2018 General Assembly registration opens, Luxembourg, 26-28 March

    (18 December 2017) – Registration for the 2018 Ecolise General Assembly which is being hosted this year by ECOLISE founder member, the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL), is now open and closes on 31st January. Please register here. Ana Huertas, ECOLISE vice-president and GA organiser would like to invite two or three people from […]

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