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RN12_02c_P: Sustainability, Mobility and Environmental Conflicts
Wednesday, 30/Aug/2017:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Nona Schulte-Römer, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Location: PC.2.12
PANTEION University of Social & Political Sciences 136 Syggrou Avenue 17671 Athens, Greece Building: C, Level: 2.

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Urban Inno Pilot Karlsruhe: Participatory electricBike Infrastructure Planning

Pia Inari Laborgne1, Monika Heyder1, Joanna Skok1, Ralf Trunko2, Brendan McGill3

1EIFER/KIT; 2CyberForum e.V.; 3University of Freiburg

The URBAN INNO project (Interreg 2016-2019, coordinated by the City of Rijeka and Cyberforum Karlsruhe) addresses the challenge of a better linkage of actors within urban innovation ecosystems. A major goal is to develop and implement new participatory methods and tools in order to actively involve end-users in innovation processes. The focal point is on central European cities and urban regions. The project aims at enabling the transfer and exchange of urban innovation models and practices throughout Europe.

In so-called local pilots, different participatory instruments are tested and evaluated on-site.

The paper will present the pilot Karlsruhe. It is focused on integrative and integrated electric bike infrastructure building, embedded into local energy, mobility and climate strategies. Initial point of the inter- and transdisciplinary approach of the project is the improvement of the collaboration between science, municipal actors and other local stakeholders.

In the framework of this pilot, different participatory approaches are developed and tested addressing local citizens as well as other stakeholders like the local energy provider, trade and craft and NGOs. Measures include ebike-renewable energy-tours combined with workshops and the use of public participatory GIS applications in order to test the applicability for participative urban infrastructure planning processes.

The paper will present the approach and results of the project.

Dismantling local protests. Business strategies of environmental conflicts resolution

Robert Bartłomiejski

University of Szczecin, Poland

Starting from the theory of urban regimes, business has been indicated as important stakeholder involved in development plans. In context of urban environmental conflicts, there are several varieties of business interest groups: developers, investors, contractors, service providers. Each of the above categories form a separate subgroup of interest in environmental conflict in the city. The four groups represent different strategies of dismantling local protests against locally unwanted development. The aim of the paper is to present the results of research based on in-depth interviews (IDI) with Polish entrepreneurs. The respondents were involved in public investments and private developments facing nimbyism in Poland. The collected material has given a unique insight into hidden motivations, interests and practices addressed to local communities, municipal authorities and non-governmental organisations. On the basis of case studies, author has distinguished a few approaches, methods and techniques to gain trust of protesting local community or lower their opposition.

Global civil society and climate advocacy in the Amazon Basin: Limits and lessons learned

Deborah Delgado Pugley

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru

Aware of the impacts that both climate change and related policy reforms would bring worldwide, civil society organizations that support forests communities have been keen participants in international climate change talks. Many of them have capitalized on recent advancements in international human-rights law for their activism. This work presents some early lessons on the integration of human rights into climate advocacy and governance reforms for forest-related climate actions. Lessons are taken, mainly, from two areas: (1) the multilateral negotiations on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) at the Conferences of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and (2) the implementation of UNFCCC agreements in countries of the occidental Amazon Basin (Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru).

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