Among other institutions, the Estoril Conferences joined a partnership that includes one of its own academic partners, the Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University – and the United Nations University, to develop a much-needed education project on integrated landscape management based on sustainable business models.
The ENABLE project, targeted at business students and professionals, aims at creating awareness of the benefits of sustainable landscape management and is a response from calls to action from policy makers, business leaders and universities, for high-quality European education on land degradation.
ENABLE is also a large-scale response to counter the challenge of landscape degradation, considered to be a widespread problem across Europe, with serious consequences not just to the environment but to all of society.
Together, the partnership – or consortium – will develop various educational tools and other activities to raise a new generation of professionals with the necessary skills to restore landscapes and, while doing so, yield social, cultural and financial returns to society.
The ENABLE project will also contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular its 15th goal on Land Degradation Neutrality, and is an important contribution to the EU’s 6th Environment Action Programme which declares the necessity to protect against land degradation.
Degradation of land is likewise linked to other major contemporary challenges, such as climate change, food and water security, and a decline of biodiversity which are directly related to well-being, security, poverty and migration, making this one of the most important tasks of our time.
The ENABLE consortium: