10 – 12 April 2011, Opole, Poland
Nowadays sustainability issues have become an integral part of our socio-, political- and economic development. Sustainable development requires simultaneous and balanced progress in social, economic, ecological and political dimensions that should be totally interdependent. Therefore the importance of institutional basis for sustainable development and environmental management increases in a world where not only economy is continuously globalising, but also environmental problems become more and more cross-borderBearing this in mind, the 11th International Conference on Current Issues of Sustainable Development – Governance and Institutional Change took place on 10th-12th April 2011 at the Faculty of Economics of the Opole University, Poland in cooperation with a wide range of European research institutes. The conference was supported by the Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Region project WATERPRAXIS and focussed on the question by whom and how sustainable development can be influenced.
The specific aims of the conference were to discuss and analyse:
- Institutions, Governance, and Sustainable Development at different levels of socio-economic development.
- The challenge of global governance in the face of climate change and global poverty. Can Europe become sustainable without global sustainability?
- Local governance’s capability to achieve sustainable development
- Socio-technological transitions to sustainable development (e.g. energy, sustainable production systems)
- Challenges in creating sustainable transport systems
- Sustainable waste management
- Corporate Social Responsibility and the problem of climate change and energy efficiency
- Paradigms and the sustainability research agenda. Should research on eco-efficiency and eco-development increase, when social inequalities increase on a global scale? Do we need to focus on research eco-efficiency and environmental management strengthening the emphasis on increasing output and consumption, or a change in people’s mental models?
During two-days of sessions participants from different countries such as Slovak Republic, Germany, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine used the chance to present their research results and shared ideas about the role of today’s institutions and governance for sustainable development and environmental management both orally and by posters.