19 November 2020

Why does the European Union produce biofuels?

A new article by MAGIC researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona takes a critical look at the narratives around biofuels production in the European Union. The authors seek to clarify the confusion created by the simultaneous use of non-equivalent policy discourses and address the inconsistency between long-term goals and...

12 October 2020

EU food security and environmental health heavily depend on agricultural imports

A new article of researchers from the MAGIC consortium and the European Environment Agency published today in the journal 'Ecosystem Services' points at the dependence of EU food and environmental security on imports of agricultural commodities. In the EU, national-scope efforts to protect local ecosystem services are greatly helped by the current...

30 September 2020

Uncomfortable Knowledge in WEF Nexus Governance: Results from MAGIC

MAGIC Final Policy Event | 30 September 2020 | 16:00 – 17:30 CEST | online |  The issues of water, energy and food (WEF) security are deeply entangled into each other. The WEF Nexus needs to be understood and governed as a complex system in order to overcome silos in scientific and political institutions. MAGIC is coming to a close after...

23 September 2020

The Nexus Times Book is out!

The MAGIC consortium proudly released its book: The Nexus Times! This book is an attempt at providing glimpses of Nexus issues in an accessible form for a general audience. It consists of short and sometimes very short articles that originally were published in our on-line newsletter with the same title. A range of topics related to...

Post-Normal Science in Practice: Lessons Learned from the MAGIC project

22 September 2020

PNS5: Post-Normal Science in Practice

PNS5 special MAGIC session | 22 September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30 CEST | online | Don't miss out on MAGIC's final scientific event: 'Post-Normal Science in Practice: Lessons Learned from the MAGIC project'. It takes the form of a (virtual) special session at the 2020 Post-Normal Science Symposium (PNS5). The session consists of a...

20 September 2020

Nexus Times September issue dedicated to Post-Normal MAGIC

September 2020 marks the end of the MAGIC project and sees the celebration of the Fifth Post-Normal Science Conference. In line with these events, the last issue of our newsletter The Nexus Times is devoted to the overarching question: “What is the contribution of MAGIC to Post-Normal Science?" In this issue, project members reflect on the...

MAGIC Nexus Game

14 September 2020

MAGIC Nexus Game released

The European Union needs to secure its future food and energy supply while keeping environmental impacts within safe boundaries: reduce carbon emissions while staying within the sustainable limits to land and water use. Reconciling the policy targets on food and energy security, sustainable and efficient resource use, and climate adaptation is a...

ECPR 2020: Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity

25 August 2020

Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity

MAGIC researcher Violeta Cabello shared conceptual and empirical insights from the transdisciplinary science-for-governance approach developed within MAGIC at the ECPR General Conference in the panel "Adaptive Governance in Aquatic Social-Ecological Systems" (25 August 2020, virtual event). She explained the operationalization of the Quantitative...

Dairy farming, the Netherlands

01 August 2020

Balancing biodiversity and agriculture: New MAGIC publication

A new study by the MAGIC team from Wageningen University explores conservation scenarios for the Dutch dairy sector. The objective of the study was to translate experts' narratives about biodiversity conservation into specific conservation scenarios, and assess the implications of these scenarios for food production and biodiversity, using...

SDGs: A Gordian knot?

01 July 2020

Fresh off the press: The Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals

Announcing the European Green Deal in December 2019, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined an aim “to reconcile the economy with our planet, to reconcile the way we produce and the way we consume with our planet and to make it work for our people.” Research undertaken through the MAGIC project over the past four years...