While 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 both at the institutional and social levels. Since 2009, the Research Group on Strategies and Actors of Environmental Governance (SAGE) works to better understand the environmental challenges posed by government and social environmental governance. Our mission is threefold at SAGE, as we aim to promote:
- The transdisciplinary training of future actors in environmental governance
- The transfer of knowledge between current governance actors
Research: SAGE has developed a multidisciplinary approach to research in environmental governance through which researchers share their 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 as well as innovative strategies for the protection of natural resources.
Transdisciplinary training: 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. We aim to foster a new generation of environmental actors that are more versatile and capable of applying an integrated and ecosystemic management of the environment.
Knowledge transfer: SAGE is active in promoting participate in the dissemination and knowledge transfer 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 also offers training and capacity building workshops.
Quick note on language: As a general rule, the majority of the work that SAGE conducts, as well as content on this site, is in French. We understand, however, that most environmental issues are interdisciplinary and interrelated, and that they are often not bound by borders or determined communities. As a result, we have experience working in English and various members of our team are fluent in English, as well as in other languages.