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EPFL Scientific Cooperation 13 February 2004 10:40 – 11:00 Hans Hurni. Some innovations in current and future scientific cooperation The Example of the NCCR North-South. Overview of contents. 1. The role of research for development 2. The unique setting of the NCCR North-South

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Some innovations in current and future scientific cooperation the example of the nccr north south

EPFL

Scientific Cooperation 13 February 2004

10:40 – 11:00

Hans Hurni

Some innovations in current and future scientific cooperation The Example of the NCCR North-South


Overview of contents

1. The role of research for development

2. The unique setting of the NCCR North-South

3. Innovative approach of the programme

4. Some practical tools of the programme





  • Role of research for development

  • Modern development is a blessing and a curse

  • Research for sustainable development is yet insufficient and needs much more efforts


  • Role of research for development

  • Modern development is a blessing and a curse

  • Research for sustainable development is yet insufficient and needs much more efforts

  • Research and cooperation with developing and transition countries need to be enhanced


  • Role of research for development

  • Modern development is a blessing and a curse

  • Research for sustainable development is yet insufficient and needs much more efforts

  • Research and cooperation with developing and transition countries need to be enhanced

  • Strengthening research capacity in developing and transition countries is of mutual benefit both to the North and the South



  • The unique setting of theNCCR North-South: Research partnerships for mitigating syndromes of global change

  • A programme implemented by the Swiss Association of Research Partnership Institutions (SARPI)

  • Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the participating research institutions North and South

  • Following the guidelines for research partnerships established by KFPE

  • Secured for a first phase from 1.7.2001 to 30.6.2005, with prospects for a continuation until about 2013


Long-term objectives of the

NCCR North-South

The 12-year programme has three long-term objectives:

(a) Research:To further disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research aiming at sustainable development;

(b) Capacity development:To help strengthen institutions and train staff in partner countries to build competence and capacity for developing socially robust knowledge for mitigation action;

(c) Empowerment:To support the societies of partner countries and their institutions in their efforts to address the syndromes of their regions more autonomously.


The core partners in Switzerland:Swiss Association of Research PartnershipInstitutions (SARPI)


NCCR North-South:Network of “Joint Areas of Case Studies” (JACS)



The syndrome mitigation framework

  • Assessing syndromes of global change:Patterns of problems occurring in different contexts

  • Appraising and negotiating sustainable development:Patterns of potentials for working towards syndrome mitigation and sustainable development

  • Supporting actions towards sustainable development:Patterns of processes supporting or endangering sustainable development


Syndrome

Waste Dumping Syndrome

Smokestack Syndrome

Urban Sprawl Syndrome

Green Revolution Syndrome

Mass Tourism Syndrome

Dust Bowl Syndrome

Sahel Syndrome

Contaminated Land Syndrome

Favela Syndrome

Asian Tigers Syndrome

Aral Sea Syndrome

Scorched Earth Syndrome

Katanga Syndrome

Rural Exodus Syndrome

Overexploitation Syndrome

Major Accident Syndrome

Core problems

Climate change

Loss of biodiversity

Soil degradation

Scarcy and pollu-

Tion of freshwater

Threats to world

health

Threats to food

security

Population growth

And distribution

Man-made

diasters

Pollution ofthe

world‘S oceans

Global disparities

in development

Core problems and syndromes of global change


The ‚syndrome concept‘ as basis for sustainability-oriented research

Syndrome contexts

Basic assumption:

Specific clusters of core problems for each syndrome

Core problems of non-sustainable development



Searching for ‚syndromes of global change‘ sustainability-oriented research


Highland –lowland context sustainability-oriented research

Foto: U. Wiesmann


Semi-arid context sustainability-oriented research

Foto: U. Wiesmann


Urban-periurban context sustainability-oriented research

Foto: U. Wiesmann


Research framework and sustainability-oriented researchmajor research thrusts


Involvement of ips in jacs planned
Involvement of IPs in JACS sustainability-oriented research(planned)


Involvement of ips in jacs per 30 6 2003
Involvement of IPs in JACS sustainability-oriented research(per 30.6.2003)


4. Some practical tools of the programme sustainability-oriented research


Variation of research approach sustainability-oriented research


Intervention levels and activities in a multi-level stakeholder approach (here with reference to sustainable land management)



Pamirs self sufficiency level
Pamirs: Self-sufficiency level stakeholder approach




Environmental sanitation in urban areas stakeholder approach

NCCR North-South, IP3, 2002


  • Practical implications stakeholder approach

  • Syndrome mitigation is a key prerequisite for sustainable development


  • Practical implications stakeholder approach

  • Syndrome mitigation is a key prerequisite for sustainable development

  • Managing scarce resources requires innovative thinking and appropriate technologies


  • Practical implications stakeholder approach

  • Syndrome mitigation is a key prerequisite for sustainable development

  • Managing scarce resources requires innovative thinking and appropriate technologies

  • Software skills combined with hardware offer the best potentials for successful partnerships


  • Practical implications stakeholder approach

  • Syndrome mitigation is a key prerequisite for sustainable development

  • Managing scarce resources requires innovative thinking and appropriate technologies

  • Software skills combined with hardware offer the best potentials for successful partnerships

  • Technology transfers are likely to succeed if there are similarities in frame conditions and levels of development between involved partners




Thank you stakeholder approach


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