The Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as an Opportunity and Challenge for Civic Engagement

Duration October 2020 – March 2023

Project manager Liska Beulshausen, Jana Rückert-John

Client Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)

Cooperation partner Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE), Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)

Cooperation between civil society organizations dealing with environmental issues on the one hand and social issues on the other is still rare and sometimes characterized by reservations. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular offer potential for collaboration between organizations and their members on various social and environmental issues.

Against this background, the aim of the transdisciplinary research project is to test and analyze cooperative relationships between different actors in the field of engagement policy. For this purpose, the ideas of “building bridges” and entering into “unusual partnerships” will be tested experimentally in model projects over a period of one year. It also takes a look at the transformative learning processes that result from the collaborations and the conducive and obstructive conditions associated with them. In addition, recommendations for the support and promotion of civil society organizations by environmental policy will be formulated.

Contact: Liska Beulshausen

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