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EEEN2020: European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum

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UN Sustainable Development Goals are meant to guide decision-making within and across different policy sectors to tackle the persistent environmental and social challenges of our time. In the European context, many environmental issues are among those sustainability questions that require most pressing action as e.g. the SOER2020 report highlights. This means that environmental issues can no longer be addressed in isolation and that the interconnections of environmental and social phenomena need to be addressed both in policy making and evaluation.

Sustainability transformations are hindered and promoted by a whole range of policies that do not abide to sectoral domains. This makes policy evaluation increasingly complex both in terms of encompassing mixes of policy goals and instruments within and across sectors, as well as taking into account the long timeframes and complicated causal chains linked to transformation.


The European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (EEEN 2020 Forum) addresses these challenges by concentrating on the following topics:

  1. Development of environmental evaluation approaches from the SDG and transformation perspectives
  2. Learning from and across (environmentally focused) sustainability evaluations and audits in different settings
  3. Evaluations of sustainability actions in city-level governance, including action within urban settings and by intermediary organisations
  4. Role of evaluation in Agenda 2020 and 2030
  5. Risk assessment as a tool for advancing sustainability in environmental evaluation


Key note speeches will be delivered by the following speakers:

Hans Bruyninckx , Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Jordi Molas Gallart, Research Professor, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)
Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Program Director/Research Coordinator, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Stefano D'Errico, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


The Forum is relevant to all who develop, conduct and use environmental policy evaluations or wish to utilize transformative policymaking in solving sustainability challenges. The programme will focus on scientific and practical evaluation knowledge on the implementation of SDGs and policymaking.

The Forum will be held in Helsinki, Finland or as an online event depending on the current COVID-19 situation.

The registration will open in September.The DL for registration is 18th October, 2020. For more information about the event, see the project webpage.

Preregistration is open!
Please leave your contact information in Webropol if you wish to be informed when registration opens.

Side Event: Integrating the evaluation and management of risks and sustainable development: a solutions workshop (6.11.)

The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) project on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “Tackling and managing risks with SDGs (PEER-TRISD)” invites public and private sector decision-makers seeking depth in their risk management or ambition in their SDG implementation to share solutions for integrating risk evaluation and management with SDGs. This workshop builds on co-generation work on how risks and SDGs are addressed in decision-making, literature analysis on risk systematization, multilevel analysis of measuring SDG and risk indicators, and experiences from integrating the assessment and management of SDGs and risk in water, urban and biodiversity conservation contexts.

The workshop will bring together representatives of government, cities, finance, industry and insurance, to address the question: what solutions support integrating the evaluation of risks and sustainable development goals? The 6h-our (9-15) workshop will engage participants to present and process solutions, through short presentations and facilitated discussions. The co-organizers of the workshop are Eeva Primmer (Finnish Environment Institute - SYKE) and Kurt Jax / Robert Lepenies (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ).

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EEEN2020 Forum Partners

Time 2020-11-04 9:00 - 2020-11-05 16:00
Place Helsinki, Finland
Organizer Paula Kivimaa (Conference co-chair), Research Professor
Annukka Berg (Conference co-chair), Senior Researcher
Hanna Salo (Conference coordinator), Researcher
Contact information hanna.h.salo@ymparisto.fi

Published 2020-04-02 at 13:53, updated 2020-06-18 at 14:55