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27/04/2017 – Florianópolis, Brazil. BRIDGE International Workshop

27/04/2017 – Florianópolis, Brazil. BRIDGE International Workshop

 

April 27, 2017

 

On the 27th of April 2017, UNISUL hosted the BRIDGE International Workshop. The main goal of the event was to connect academics from Europe and Brazil with Brazilian leaders and decision makers to discuss potential collaborations to strengthen the resilience of Brazil to global economic and environmental change, particularly in the areas of food, water and energy.

The workshop was divided in two parts:

  • Part A:  Engagement between policy-makers and academia, aiming at reaching the following objectives: (i) further explain the engagement strategy, (ii) understand the type of modelling work being conducted on the Nexus in Brazil (identification of work, research institutions, and relevant contacts in government/private sector/civil society), (iii) learn more about projected threat/opportunities as understood by our Brazilian colleagues and other stakeholders, and (iv) further explain what we intend to do and clarify channels for both collaboration and impact.

 

  • Part B: Influencing the policy cycle from a scientific and legal perspective had the following objectives: (i) further explain the engagement strategy, (ii) understand the type of law and policy work being conducted on the Nexus or relevant areas in Brazil (identification of work, research institutions, and relevant contacts in government/private sector/civil society), (iii) learn more about projected windows of opportunity as understood by our Brazilian colleagues and other stakeholders, and (iv) further explain what we intend to do and clarify channels for both collaboration and impact.

The first part of the workshop (Part A) had around 120 attendees, including 5 Florianopolis City Counselors, 7 State Deputies, 3 members of the Legislative Assembly of Santa Catarina, the Director of FAPESC, several representatives of the public sector, academics and students of the main Universities in Santa Catarina. The attendees were separated in 4 groups, according to their expertise in the areas of Water, Energy, Food and Conservation. In each small group session the participants were encouraged to share their ideas about the interconnections between their group’s sector and the others in Brazil, followed by the presentation of the summary of the ideas discussed to all the participants. The Part A of the Workshop was concluded with the engagement of all participants in the identification of the most relevant Water-Energy-Food Nexus issues in Brazil.

The second part of the Workshop (Part B) congregated approximately 50 people, mostly academics. The groups engaged in a discussion about the Water-Energy-Food Nexus policy failures and opportunities in Brazil.

As a result of the Workshop, the participants became part of the BRIDGE Community of Practice. The BRIDGE researchers will consult the Community of Practice for information and further discussions related to the most relevant Water-Energy-Food Nexus issues in Brazil.