EU Environmental Policy Frameworks through a Resource Nexus Lens

15 May 2018
European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
EEA building entrance with flags

EEA - MAGIC Joint Workshop:


15-16 May 2018

European Environment Agency, Copenhagen

The overall objective of this workshop is to gather EEA and JRC staff, EU policy makers, EIONET members and the team of the MAGIC H2020 project, in order to discuss narratives embedded within the following EU policies: Circular Economy, Bio-economy Common Agricultural Policy, and Biodiversity Strategy, with particular emphasis on their ability to address interdependencies between water, energy, food, land, material and ecosystems and their services.

According to the EEA’s European State of the Environment Report (SOER) 2015, many of today’s environmental challenges have a systemic character and are intrinsically linked to our increasingly globalised consumption and resource use patterns. Although Europe has made progress in reducing some key environmental pressures, achieving the long-term vision highlighted in the 7th Environment Action Programme “Living well, within the limits of our planet” will require fundamental transitions in the societal systems of production and consumption that are the root cause of environmental and climate pressures. However, reaching the long-term vision requires acknowledging and addressing complex interdependencies across goals and intrinsic trade-offs between them. The ‘resource nexus’ approach, by looking at the interplay between resources such as water, energy, food, land, material and ecosystems and their services, provides useful insights to policies such as Circular Economy, Bio-Economy and the Common Agricultural Policy, about the systemic nature of environmental issues,  the consistency of established narratives and related implications.

The workshop will build primarily on activities developed within the MAGIC H2020 project.  In particular, the discussion will be informed by the policy-relevant findings developed by the MAGIC consortium, and will be carried out in the context of the ‘dialogue space’ for stakeholders and European civil servants, a central element of the project which is managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Such set-up allows gathering viewpoints, perspectives, and narratives on EU environmental policy frameworks from within the European institutions and creates a space for open dialogue for healthy deconstructions and reframing. In particular, participants can expect to:

  • be invited to share their view on policy narratives and discuss them in the light of systemic environmental and societal challenges;
  • be confronted with out-of-the-box issues unveiled by the resource nexus analysis;
  • critically appraise the outcomes of the analysis and engage in conversations with the MAGIC project team.

By engaging in conversations about systemic challenges in relation to policy narratives, the participants will enhance mutual understanding about the issues at stake and reflect on the usefulness of a ‘resource nexus’ approach for informing policy making. The outcomes of the workshop will therefore contribute to further strengthening the EEA knowledge base underpinning SOER 2020.

For more information, please contact Ms. Silvia Tomasina:



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