If the management of the environment today calls for an « integrated, ecosystemic approach » and the application of the principle of subsidiarity, on the field it faces significant implementation barriers at the institutional and social levels.

Created in 2009, the research group on Strategies and Actors of Environmental Governance (SAGE) is working to better understand the environmental challenges posed by government and social environmental governance.

The SAGE research group has three major missions: research, the transdisciplinary training of future actors in environmental governance and the transfer of knowledge between current governance actors.

In terms of research, SAGE research group has developed a multidisciplinary approach to research in environmental governance through which researchers share their subject knowledge and learn from other disciplines. The advantage of this approach is to better integrate all relevant information in order to develop, for actors of environmental governance, appropriate tools and innovative strategies for the protection of natural resources.

SAGE also aims to train future transdisciplinary actors. This training is provided by multidisciplinary co-directions of SAGE students and annual seminars on the methodology of various disciplines. The next generation of environmental actors can consequently be more versatile and capable of applying an integrated ecosystemic management of the environment.

Finally, SAGE recognizes that its mission is also to participate in the dissemination and transfer of knowledge between stakeholders in environmental governance. To this end, the group uses its website to disseminate information on various aspects of environmental governance. In addition, at the request of environmental actors and according to expressed needs, SAGE offers training and capacity building workshops.