The broadly accepted term “Anthropocene” describes the times in which we are living implicitly and expresses the urgent necessity of facing the global change challenge and implementing a sustainable development strategy. This complex problem demands complex solutions on each level and requires vision, strategy and tactic First, at the vision stage, stakeholders identified and described the problem of global change and formulated a response to these challenges. This became known universally as the concept of sustainable development. In the next phase, concrete solutions were formulated and defined by the global community as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This process could be interpreted as the transformation from the phase of vision to the strategy phase. It is when the SDGs are defined and described that the process of implementation begins.This process involves at the front line, the practitioners who are working on practical solutions involving among others ecology, ecohydrology, and modern engineering (such as UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme). In order to make these solutions effective, the decision makers should have the will to do so. This will be next transformed into specific legal regulations which should be efficient. It means that judges are given the authority to implement these solutions properly and in accordance with the SDGs. Hence such law should be efficient. In Poland, such cases are ruled by judges of administrative courts, which deal with environmental issues. In this context, the Supreme Administrative Court recognizes the great opportunity in organizing such a conference.
Each step mentioned above may contain a gap between various perceptions of one phenomena. Specifically, the science-policy gap is crucial as it represents the gap between ideal goals and their factual implementation. Hence, the whole process of implementation of SDGs requires the comprehension of very complex phenomena and the bridge between natural science and social science. The general aim of the conference is to build such capacity by: identifying the remaining gaps in the science-policy dialogue concerning global change and SDGs; creating the opportunity to share experiences between lawyers, researchers and practitioners in order to better comprehend each point of view and multidimensional character of global change problems and awareness of the significance SDGs; and identifying global change challenges and showcasing innovative solutions on the legal field.
The conditio sine qua non for the creation of a sustainable future as we want is a translation of the recent progress in integrative sustainability science into a society by law understood as law in books and law in action with innovative approaches such as through nature-based solutions (WWAP UNESCO)
- Each participant will have 20 minutes to present her/his work, followed by a 15-minute discussion. The official language of the Conference is English. Thefore, both the oral and visual presentations, as well as written papers, should be in English.
- Participation in the Conference is free of charge for all invited members. Accomodation is covered by organizers.
- All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended English version of their research paper for the post-conference book.