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The Agadir Platform: A Transatlantic Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Drylands

  • A. RizzoEmail author
  • A. Sifeddine
  • B. Ferraz
  • E. Huber-Sannwald
  • D. L. Coppock
  • E. M. Abraham
  • L. Bouchaou
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Abstract

For the purpose of achieving sustainable development in the context of a changing climate, the development and implementation of tripartite cooperation tools, into a transatlantic cooperation framework, is the crux of a project to bring about a transdisciplinary platform focused on research, technology, and innovation in drylands. It finds its roots in the Agadir Declaration of May 2016. The objective of the platform is to set up a “hub or rear base” at the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir to develop transdisciplinary research and training mechanisms on climate change and its impacts on the functioning of ecosystems and their goods and services in arid and semiarid regions. Currently, the main challenge to achieve sustainable development resides in ensuring that decision-making processes are supported by science. How to translate scientific knowledge on complex long-term issues at the national, cross-regional, and transatlantic scale into better informed public policy remains an open question for multi-sectoral partnerships. The main thread underlying this chapter relates to the establishment of interface models between science and policy: what challenges will the Agadir Platform assume to bridge various forms of interdisciplinary science and policy expertise to inform decision-makers on long-term wicked problems related to drylands socio-ecological systems?

Keywords

Governance South–South Tripartite cooperation Open data Public policy Sustainability 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors greately appreciate stimulating discussions and dialogues with members of the RISZA network and the Agadir Platform during many workshops and group meetings in Mexico and Morocco, in particular special thanks to Dr. Omar Halli and Dr. Omar Akhayat, Director and Vice-Director, respectively of the Ibn Zhor University in Agadir. Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald gratefully acknowledges financial support from CONACYT (projects 280605, 293793, PDCPN-2017/5036). Special thanks also to the CHARISMA project for the constructive inputs and recommendations. The authors also thank IRD researchers and engineers who played an important role into the construction and the implementation of this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rizzo
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Sifeddine
    • 2
  • B. Ferraz
    • 3
  • E. Huber-Sannwald
    • 4
  • D. L. Coppock
    • 5
  • E. M. Abraham
    • 6
  • L. Bouchaou
    • 7
  1. 1.UMR ESPACE-DEV (IRD, Université de Montpellier, Université de la Réunion, Université de Guyane, Université des Antilles)MontpellierFrance
  2. 2.UMR LOCEAN (IRD, CNRS, MNHN, Sorbonne Université), Departamento de Geoquimica-UFF-BrazilUNAM-IRD-MexicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (CGEE)BrasiliaBrazil
  4. 4.División de Ciencias AmbientalesInstituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y TecnológicaSan Luis PotosiMexico
  5. 5.Department of Environment and SocietyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  6. 6.Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Aridas (IADIZA-CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Cuyo)MendozaArgentina
  7. 7.Laboratoire de Géologie Appliquée et Géo-Environnement (LAGAGE) Faculté des SciencesUniversité Ibn ZohrAgadirMorocco

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