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Glocal project: XPaths - intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands

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SDSN Northern Europe collaborates with the SDSN networks in Spain, Brazil and Sahel in this glocal project lead by our member Stockholm University.

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In this project, the aim is to identify inclusive pathways to a sustainable future in global drylands.

The full project title is: “Science in action: intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands”

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Why is this project needed?

Countries in dryland areas meet a lot of challenges, for example increasing social and environmental pressures, rising inequalities and conflicts related to water availability.

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Project description

XPaths - intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands

This project addresses the critical issues of co-designing inclusive pathways towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a science-action research process in three critical dryland regions – Senegal, Brazil, and Spain. The project will advance knowledge on barriers and leverage points for the achievement of the SDGs through participative transdisciplinary processes operating at multiple levels, from local to global, as a means to connect global goals to local issues and aspirations. The aim of the project is to identify inclusive pathways to a sustainable future in global drylands

The project combines cutting-edge approaches of systems thinking, resilience thinking, cross-scale modeling and participative techniques to co-design and act upon pathways to reach the SDGs. In addition, it identifies how pathways towards SDGs in drylands are influenced by distal regions, such as Sweden and the EU, through a number of factors, such as trade, investment, and development policies. Finally, the project employs archetype analysis to shed light on which elements of pathways towards the SDGs, and which leverage points are recurrent across dryland regions, and therefore potentially transferable to other related contexts.

The SDSN Northern Europe secretariat contributes by using the SDG Impact Assessment Tool to assess the impact of proposed actions to achieve the SDGs.

The project title is “Science in action: intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands (XPaths)”. It is funded by Formas – the Swedish research council for sustainable development – and is run by the SDSN Northern Europe member Stockholm University via the Stockholm Recilience Centre. The project period is 2020-2023. In addition to SDSN Northern Europe, the SDSN networks of Spain, Brazil and Sahel are supporting the project.

Contact SDSN Northern Europe Network Manager Martin Eriksson for more information.

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