7th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum: The impact of evaluating environment and climate policies

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The 7th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (2018 EEEN Forum) will bring together evaluation practitioners, academics, policy-makers, representatives of civil society and other users of environmental evaluations to share views, knowledge and experiences about the impact of evaluating environment and climate policies in recent years.

Dates: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November 2018
Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, Belgium
Co-hosted by: European Economic and Social Committee and European Environment Agency

Event themes

In order to achieve the goal set out in the 7th Environment Action Programme of “living well, within the limits of our planet”, the European Union and its members states have put in place a range of environment and climate policies. These seek to address the challenge of turning Europe into a resource-efficient, green and low-carbon economy. The 2018 Forum will reflect on how environment and climate policies are serving these societal and environmental challenges, focusing on the evaluation of these policies and the impact of the evaluations in the policy cycle.

The 2018 Forum will focus both on the evaluations of the impact of environment and climate policies and on the impact of the evaluations of environment and climate policies.

The following proposed themes reflect the so-called enablers of the 7th Environment Action Programme and will provide the broad framework for the EEEN Forum 2018:

1. Better information by improving the knowledge base

Developing the necessary knowledge base is one of the key challenges to find out whether policies are effective in serving their purpose. Even more important is the way that developments in the knowledge base are communicated. Which stakeholders are being addressed by evaluation results? What do evaluators communicate and how should they communicate?

2. More and wiser investment for environment and climate policies

If we want to increase the efficiency of our investments, we need to improve knowledge on the socio-economic impact of environment and climate policies. Do evaluations sufficiently address these socio-economic aspects? As the focus on finance and investments for sustainability intensifies (not least the Sustainable Development Goals), what are the challenges for the evaluation community?

3. Better implementation of legislation

As environment and climate policies are developed and implemented at many levels – international, European, national, regional, local – there are many different levels at which legislation is being evaluated. What can the European environmental evaluation community learn from others, including international, national, or regional actors? What can be learned from other policy areas? Can we learn from the different methodologies being used and their impact?

4. Full integration of environmental requirements and considerations into other policies

How do evaluations of environment and climate policies address the challenges of the future, including the fact that many policies are interlinked and that we experience synergies and trade-offs between them? How do evaluations deal with the integration dimension? Does the integration dimension influence the methodologies needed? How do evaluations deal with the need for systemic approaches needed for the transition towards circular economy, bioeconomy, low-carbon economy?

How to participate

Application deadline: 6 September 2018 at 23:59 (CEST)

There are several ways you can participate in the event:

As a speaker

If you wish to contribute to the event as a speaker with a presentation linked to the event themes, please fill in the submission form by 6 September 2018. You will be asked to submit a short biography, title and text of your abstract. Selected speakers will be notified about the acceptance of their contribution and requested to confirm their attendance at the beginning of October.

As a session organiser

If you wish to organise a session at the event, you are welcome to submit a session proposal. Proposals should include a short session description, outline and a list of speakers, and should be submitted through this form no later than 6 September 2018. Final programme with accepted sessions will be published on the event website at the beginning of October.

As a discussion leader

If you would like to moderate a session at the 2018 EEEN Forum, please submit your expression of interest through this form by 6 September 2018. Selected discussion leaders will be notified about their acceptance and requested to confirm their attendance at the beginning of October.

As a participant

To join the event as a participant, please submit your expression of interest through this form by 6 September 2018. You will be asked to write a few words about why you would like to participate in the Forum. Selected participants will be notified about their acceptance and requested to confirm their attendance at the beginning of October.

Note: At the European Environment Agency, we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Please refer to the Specific privacy statement for further information on how your personal details are collected and further processed.

Financial conditions

Participation in the event will be free of charge and upon registration only.

Contact

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About EEEN Fora

Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) logoThe purpose of the international Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) is to advance the practice, policy and theory of evaluating environmental programmes, policies and other interventions. Since 2012, the European Environmental Evaluators Network (EEEN) has been organising Fora to promote more systematic and collective learning in these areas.

The EEEN Advisory Group

  • Kris Bachus - University of Leuven
  • Matthias Duwe - Ecologic Institute
  • Lisa Eriksson - Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jenny Faichney - Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Andrew Farmer - Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Odile Heddebaut - IFSTTAR
  • Matt Keene - US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paula Kivimaa - University of Sussex & Finnish Environment Institute
  • Eeva Primmer - Finnish Environment Institute
  • Andrew Pullin - Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
  • Georg Rebernig - Environment Agency Austria
  • Marleen Van Steertegem - Flemish Environment Agency
  • TBC - European Economic and Social Committee (2018 EEEN Forum co-host)

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