Addressing climate issues on a Benelux scale
In line with the global Talanoa Dialogue for Climate Ambition, the Benelux Talanoa Dialogue gathered, on the 24th of September 2018, stakeholders from civil society, business, government and knowledge institutes to discuss enhanced cooperation within and between the three countries in areas as Sustainable Transport, Energy and Resource Efficiency, Finance and Just Transition. For the event the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Permanent Representation of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg were transformed into creative living labs supported by graphic reporters – you can see some of the results below.
What opportunities are there for such cross-boundary partnerships to increase our efforts? And what obstacles need to be overcome, by government and non-government actors alike, to make this joint effort possible?
The Benelux countries share similar challenges and are vulnerable in the sense that they are densely populated and partly laying below sea level, whilst depending on energy intensive industries, interconnected infrastructures and intensive traffic for welfare and (economic) growth.
In an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue, following the Fijian Talanoa spirit, more than a 120 enthusiast participants shared their ideas, skills and experiences and developed potential projects and initiatives at a Benelux level.
In short pitches combined with the graphic reporting these were immediately afterwards presented to the Luxemburg Minister for the Environment Ms Dieschbourg, the Special Climate Envoy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr Beukeboom, the representative of the Belgian Minister for Energy Mr Mesrar and the United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Mr Sarmad, in a session moderated by Executive Director EEA, Mr Bruyninckx.
The Benelux Talanoa community present showed to be committed to make progress as a follow up of this Dialogue.
There was consensus amongst the audience that scaling up is needed, and inspiration can be drawn from the concrete examples shown during the Benelux Talanoa Dialogue.