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Stockholm Resilience Centre
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a leading international centre in sustainability science for biosphere stewardship, at the Stockholm University.Project description for AFRICANFUTURES: Seeding transformative futures for people and nature in Africa
AFRICANFUTURES is a 4 years Formas funded project led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre with the aim to co-produce scenarios of how transformative change could lead to more sustainable futures for people and nature in Africa. The failure to meet global sustainability goals, most notably for biodiversity, highlights the need to develop transformative strategies to restore the planet. Scenarios are powerful tools to examine how different choices could affect nature and human wellbeing in the future. However, global scenarios largely ignore the fundamental role of the biosphere in supporting a good quality of life and, furthermore, do not allow participants to experiment with the transformative changes necessary for the achievement of sustainability goals.
To address this gap, this project aims to co-produce scenarios of how transformative change could lead to more sustainable futures for people and nature in Africa. Building on work by the IPBES task force to develop multiscale scenarios based on positive human-nature relationships, the projects will adapt a method to co-produce transformative scenarios for the African continent using the methodology from the Seeds of Good Anthropocenes project and will work closely in collaboration with that team to collect ‘seeds’. Seeds are defined as innovative ways of thinking and doing, which may include technologies, projects, institutions, businesses, or organizations that have the potential to contribute to a just, prosperous and sustainable future, and which already exist in prototype form but are not currently dominant. By creating new seeds-based scenarios that foster inclusivity and promote imagination, this project will address a key knowledge gap on how to enable transformative change towards sustainability and will also contribute a case study to the ongoing IPBES work plan.
AFRICANFUTURES will be a case study to operationalise a component of the IPBES work plan. The project objectives are:
For the first year of the project, the project will be mainly focused on the first objective: Identifying seeds of change
The aim is to identify existing seeds of change in Africa that could contribute to improved human-environment relations. It will build on previous work undertaken by the Seeds project, which has built a global database of over 500 seed initiatives with data on each seed (location, pathway of impact, challenges addressed, enhancing and limiting factors, actors), to answer questions about people’s hopes for a good Anthropocene. However, the database has gaps, most notably on seeds that emphasise how Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) can be harnessed for improved nature futures. As such, a core feature of this project will be to reach out to the Royal households on the African continent, such as the Buganda, Ashanti, Balobedu etc. to start identifying potential seeds.