Since December 2017, exploratory discussions have taken place between UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), and various institutional and organizational partners internationally active in the sustainability domain concerning a proposal to establish a global coalition on sustainability science.
Sustainability science is to be understood as science both about sustainability and for sustainability; or in other words, as a two-way process encompassing the study and understanding of complex socio-ecological systems on the first hand, and the same knowledge directed towards the design of actions in favor of sustainability on the other hand.
Starting in 2021, BRIDGES will be developing an action framework by bringing together a range of partners, to design and implement, in a co-owned manner, pilot territory-based projects, combining different knowledge sources and traditions.
BRIDGES will be an inclusive human-centered and humanities-driven approach to sustainability science. It will be connecting diverse stakeholders to enable transformative action for sustainable change at local, regional ad national levels. The coalition will focus on knowledge building and transdisciplinary capacity building for sustainability.