News 07.08.2017

Report on Outcomes of the Planetary Boundaries Conference 2017 out now

The report on the outcomes of the Planetary Boundaries Conference is out now. The international conference “Making the planetary boundaries concept work” took place April 24-25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

The main aim of the conference was to bring together two groups of individuals: scientists engaged in developing and refining the concept of „planetary boundaries“, and policymakers and practitioners from all sectors of society who apply the concept in their activities („making the concept work“). From that encounter, new ideas, agendas and networks were to be formed.

The conference achieved these goals in a number of ways. It highlighted the need to mainstream planetary boundaries into existing frameworks and initiatives, in particular those rela­ted to sustainable development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several entry points were identified in terms of political strategies and action plans at the national and regional level, to which planetary boundaries could add a global environmental perspective. In the business sector, opportuni­ties were identified where planetary boundaries could add value, for example in assessing new risks, scru­tinizing international supply chains and making investments more sus­tainable. Communicators and media began to formulate new narratives around a safe operating space and opportunities for sustainability transi­tions that invite all relevant actors to make planetary boundaries work.

Several follow-up activities are now underway that draw on the ideas and momentum generated at the conference.