Responding to the increasing need for cooperation in learning and skills/capacity development for environmental sustainability, including biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions (NBS) learning and teaching, ᴇNᴀBʟS aims to set the basis of networking and collaboration to promote transdisciplinary dialogue and further embed and unfold Nature-based Solutions (NBS) concepts and approaches within universities and vocational schools, the professional sphere and society at large.

In the framework of the project,the creation of 7 Living Labs (DE, NL, FI, AT, LT, EL, CZ) is envisioned to epitomise an integrative approach that includes all ‘voices’ and leaves no one behind. The goal is to mainstream biodiversity and NBS in higher education and Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) by developing and upscaling new forms of teaching, learning and capacity building that are more relational, systems-oriented and applied.

This should will be achieved through multi-actor collaboration and a whole institution approach (WIA) – universities become their own Living Labs – that spans the curricula, pedagogy and didactics, professional development, institutional practices school/university-community relationships and institutional ethos, vision and leadership. Doing so implies working together across silos, sectors and epistemologies as well as a paradigm shift in education and the development of sustainability competencies.

The ultimate objective is for ᴇNᴀBʟS to contribute more generally to i) the advancement of a Nature Positive society through the necessary transformative change of communities, business models and lifestyles, and, specifically, ii) put biodiversity and climate on the path to recovery responding to the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 and the EU climate adaptation strategy.

FOCUS STC main role

  • Project Management Officer, providing administrative assistance to the project coordinator
  • Leader of dissemination & communication
  • Leading the consortium effort towards the upscaling of the ᴇNᴀBʟS Living Lab concepts and principles
  • Supporting the development of the ᴇNᴀBʟS online platform and the monitoring and assessment of the project activities

Project Information

  • Full title: Education and Nature-Based Solutions: enable Society to bend the curve for biodiversity
  • Implementation period: 1/1/2024 – 31/12/2026
  • GA number: 101135035
  • Funding authority: European Commission, European Research Executive Agency
  • Programme: Horizon Europe, Cluster 6 “Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment”
  • Destination: Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Topic: HORIZON-CL6-2023-BIODIV-01-8
  • Total budget: 2,951,847.33 €
  • Website: www.enabls.eu

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