Get to know the ENABLE partners
The ENABLE project is a partnership of organisations from the private, public, and non-profit sector, and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Each partner contributes a different set of resources, knowledge, and skills which makes it possible to develop a holistic and applicable high-quality education platform for business-driven landscape restoration.
Project leader: Eva Rood, Co-director, RSM Centre for Eco-Transformation
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
As one of Europe’s largest international business schools, RSM reaches an expansive international audience of future and current leaders through its broad portfolio of programmes, services and academic activities. Building on the entrepreneurial tradition of Rotterdam and the Netherlands, RSM provides management research, education and societal engagement so people and organisations can thrive worldwide. In keeping with our commitment to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we help students, academics and people in business become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.
Partnerships Resource Centre
The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) is affiliated with RSM but is an independent and flexible learning network of professionals, academics, and practitioners from around the world who share and collect information on selecting appropriate partnerships to increase their efficiency and impact.
Case Development Centre
The Case Development Centre (CDC) is an international unit at RSM, developing and supporting case-based management education with a European focus. The CDC turns real-life business challenges into powerful learning tools by constructing case studies that are used to train and develop observant, inspired, and pragmatic business leaders. Through case-based learning these future business leaders can apply managerial knowledge in a sustainable and respectful way. The CDC also delivers workshops on case writing and case teaching.
Commonland is an internationally operating Dutch organisation that realises large-scale landscape restoration with local farmers, land users, and experts, based on a holistic approach that includes the development of sustainable business cases. Its mission is to contribute to a large-scale landscape restoration economy, aligned with international policies and guidelines. In this way, Commonland contributes to the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s degraded and deforested lands by 2020. Commonland consists of a foundation and two impact companies: 4 Returns Projects and 4 Returns Partners. The foundation guards and develops the 4 returns restoration approach and works in close cooperation with scientific institutions, business schools, and experts from non-governmental organisations. 4 Returns Projects develops local companies’ and farmers’ initiatives that grow landscape restoration projects. They work on sustainable business cases with different stakeholders in the field, taking all interests into account. To build on their present strengths, these local companies partner with existing initiatives. 4 Returns Partners provides advisory services to third parties that wish to implement long-term restoration projects. This way, Commonland shares its lessons with others who also want to accelerate the process towards the establishment of a restoration industry.
The Estoril Conferences are a global platform for knowledge and impact which takes place every two years in Cascais, Portugal, under the theme: Global Challenges, Local Answers. Underlying globalisation are political, economic, social and cultural changes occurring nowadays that promote and accelerate new international players, schisms, inter-connections and interdependencies among peoples, countries and regions. In our fast changing world, the growing interdependence among the different actors and regions poses both challenges and opportunities that require an increasingly profound analysis. Through our innovating approach, the Estoril Conferences embody the operational concept of “problem-solving”, starting from the premise that the problems are global and require both global and local solutions. Thus, the relationship between global and local is a common to all our editions.
In our four editions, the Municipality of Cascais has hosted several world-renowned speakers from private and public spheres, from all over the globe, including nine Nobel Prize winners, 26 Heads or former Heads of State and 74 academics amidst our more than two-hundred speakers.
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public research institution in Spain and the 3rd largest in the EU. Its mission is to develop and promote multidisciplinary scientific research to contribute to advancing knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to train staff and advise public and private entities on this matter. It encompasses everything from basic research, the transfer of knowledge and the productive sector and society. CSIC institutes collaborate intensively with (inter)national universities in the research and training of future generation researchers and practitioners. Its multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral research activity is organised around eight scientific areas covering issues from humanities and social sciences to agriculture, food sciences, and natural resources.
CEBAS – Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura – is a centre of excellence that is part of CSIC. It specialises in research into resource and land management in semi-arid areas to achieve sustainable agriculture and healthy and safe food production. The objective is to create a body of research and knowledge that can be applied in decision and policy-making and contributes to solving pressing issues such as water scarcity, sustainable socio-economic development, and environmental conservation.
United Nations University
Land Restoration Training Programme
United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations. The Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT) located in Reykjavík, Iceland works on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 15 which includes achieving land degradation neutrality and promoting sustainable land management, whereas the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada works on ensuring sustainable economic growth through management of water resources and promotion of ecosystem health. UNU-LRT follows a unique model that combines biophysical knowledge, people’s skills and leadership skills in its training activities which equips fellows with appropriate knowledge, courage and confidence to act on land based challenges. UNU-INWEH is not a partner of ENABLE, but its support in the preparation phase has been instrumental to the success of the consortium.
The ENABLE project is overseen by an advisory board of selected members representing stakeholders, appointed by the ENABLE consortium partners.
- Business is represented by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Experts are represented by the Economics of Land Degradation, and University of Leeds
- Policy makers are represented by UN Convention for the Combat of Desertification, and IUCN Commission for Ecosystem Management
ENABLE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under agreement number-2016-1-NL01-KA203-023013.
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