TIGERS-TALK 11: 07.11.16 - Mario Giampietro
Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation
In this talk, I will present the project “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” (MAGIC); a four-year project (2016-2020) funded under the H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage programme, topic “Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation” (WATER-2b-2015). In the third millennium, the shift from an “empty world” to a “full and globalized world” is reaching its maximum speed and this generates new challenges for the governance of sustainability. Conventional solutions, such as re-adjusting the mix of production factors –substituting a less-limited resource to compensate for a shortage of another– or externalization of the problem by taking full advantage of presently favourable terms of trade, may become unsustainable in the long run. Implementing policies involving the nexus between water, food, energy and land use calls for an urgent overhaul of existing theoretic and analytic tool-kits. Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM) is an innovative approach to the analysis of the nexus. It is based on complexity theory and in particular on relational analysis across scales and dimensions. It allows us to carry out integrated, non-equivalent checks on societal metabolism with regard to its: Feasibility–compatibility with external constraints, which are determined by processes beyond human control; Viability–compatibility with internal constraints, determined by processes under human control; Desirability–compatibility with normative values found in society, determining the stability of its institutions. I will briefly outline the MuSIASEM approach and present several examples of its application.
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