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Paper - Dynamic Modelling of Key Resources common to WP3 Case Studies - 7 papers [D51]

Work Package 3 (WP3) ultimately aims to contribute to the Objective 2 of the Converge Project – “to test convergence and divergence as a frame for a holistic indicator framework”. In the past 3 years, workshops were undertaken in 3 test communities, in partnership with Work Package 7 (lead by the University of Iceland). The test communities were: The country region Iceland; Tirunelveli and Tutticorin districts, Tamil Nadu, India; Bristol UK.

Converge Film

Event in India - Convergence on a Finite Planet - photos from the day

Project partner SCAD was joined by colleagues of the CONVERGE project in India last week for an international conference on Convergence on a Finite planet.  From the Schumacher Institute's perspective, traveling to India to discuss the question of rights and responsibilities with a developing-world congregation put us irreparably in contact with the inconvenient reality in the west of both our privileged existence and the huge resource required to service it.

A person in the UK has an ecological footprint on average 5.4 times that of a person living in India. With a world average biocapacity of 1.8 global hectares per person, India uses half of its 'fair share' and the UK uses around 3 times its fair share...

"Global Convergence on a Finite Planet" - Event in India

 "Global Convergence on a Finite Planet". Conference in India: 21st-23rd, 2013.

Venue: SCAD Francis Xavier Engineering College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Recognising that the sustainable development challenge is becoming increasingly acute, in the face of population growth, escalating consumption, a sharp rich-poor divide, environmental pressures, and climate change - the CONVERGE project focuses on how a transition to global equity for human society within the finite limits of our one planet (- Convergence) might inform EU policy. The recent context of the failures of the international SD processes at Rio to develop real ways forward indicate that we cannot simply slide SDGs into the system and expect radical change. From a Convergence perspective the way forward needs to be constructed by taking on the challenges of the Brundtland report and focussing on ’ Equity within Planetary Boundaries’. The issue of equity and development has been the reef on which international cooperation has foundered. Crucially, the discussions of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are bringing environment and development agendas move closer together. This will greatly strengthen the ability of a more united movement to work for the radical changes necessary for all our futures.

Concept note and call for papers:

Key Overall Question: Can Convergence be a unifying frame for Environment and Development movements and international agreements?

Specifically: how can Convergence contribute to the development of effective and equitable international Sustainable Development Goals ?

Example Initiative - The Grameen Bank

The Bangladeshi-based Grameen Bank (www.grameen.com) is a microfinance and community development organisation (formally established as a bank in 1983) set up to target the rural poor – it was founded with the primary goal of poverty alleviation through socio-economic improvements deriving from provision of small loans to individuals excluded from using traditional banking services.

Convergent Initiatives