TRANS-Lighthouses - More than green: Lighthouses of transformative nature-based solutions for inclusive communities

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  • Type: Internacional
  • Category:International Research Project
  • 2023 to 2026


TRANS-lighthouses aims to gather evidence on material and immaterial results of NBS in order to rethink and reframe the main elements that compose the complexity of creating social and ecologically just NBS. More than a driving process, the collaborative work on planning and making NBS functional might stimulate a more concerted response towards environmental and climate crises, increasing the commitment of different stakeholders and upscaling their own spheres of action. TRANS-lighthouses adopts a nonlinear perspective and opens up space for the adoption of a fluid and organic position that is able to integrate the diversity of subjects, institutions, knowledge(s), practices and values. TRANS-lighthouses’ ambition is to become a European reference on sociopolitical challenges for supporting NBS projects and solutions. The socio-politics dimension will be part of the public agenda for NBS
towards SYSTEMIC CHANGE. This ambition will be achieved by assessing the benefits and limitations of NBS co-creation that have already been implemented and designed, tested and disseminated economically and socially fairer guidelines for NBS implementation. For this purpose, the project will conduct a thorough assessment, grounded on a transdisciplinary approach and critical analysis. Constituting a well-oiled network of citizens, local governments, scientific institutions and civil society-based partners which acts across borders, disciplines and sectors, TRANS-lighthouses will lead research on activities aiming to implement socioeconomic and political changes capable of enabling pathways for a socially and ecologically just implementation of NBS. TRANSlighthouses integrates a network of NBS lighthouses for urban, rural, coastal and forested areas in 10 EU countries and 6 non-EU.

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Associazione Jangada Onlus (Jangada) Italy
ATHENA Research Centre (ARC) Greece
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France
Cooperativa de Incubação de Iniciativas de Economia Solidária (Kairós) Portugal
Economias BioRegionales (EBR) Spain
Município de Barcelos (CMB) Portugal
Município de Estarreja (CME) Portugal
Nantes Université (NU) (Affiliated to CNRS) France
Roskilde University (RUC) Denmark
Sapienza, Università di Roma (Sapienza) Italy
Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) Sweden
Technical University of Munich (TUM) Germany
The Cyprus Institute (CyI) Cyprus
Universidade dos Açores (UAc) Portugal
Université Gustave Eiffel (uni. Eiffel) (Affiliated to CNRS) France
University of Extremadura (UEx) Spain
University of Louvain (UCLouvain) Belgium
Ville de Bruxelles - Stad Brussel (Brussels) Belgium