The project “Promotion of Organic Plant Breeding” supports ongoing organic plant breeding projects. Its aim is to enhance the availability of more high-quality seeds that are adapted to organic and low-input farming systems and local conditions, and that contribute to a more sustainable food production.
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To provide resilient solutions, a simple optimisation of individual technologies will not be sufficient. In contrast, whole-system thinking reveals and exploits connections between parts. Each system interacts with others on different scales (materials, components, buildings, cities) and domains (ecology, economy and social).We can optimise the performance of such systems by understanding interconnections and identifying synergies. The more complete the design integration, the better the result.
10YFP STP Portfolio: gutundgut’s sustainable design of public spaces
What do the Bhairab Kunda Solar Trekking trail in Nepal, the year-round Green Marathon in Zürich, and the Piz Amalia Music Festival have in common? These three diverse tourism projects are all successful outcomes of placemaking – a concept that originated in the 1960s when urban planners introduced a new approach in designing public spaces. Placemaking is a multifaceted creation process that aims to understand and design a place with all its ecological, economic and social components to create a holistic experience. It upholds the aggregate input of members of the community for whom the public space is intended.
The aim of this project is to build up a B2B database / website for traders of sustainably certified products. Public and private purchasers can use the database to find traders / suppliers of products certified according to various sustainability standards. The project starts with (textile) merchandising products, but will include products from other product in next steps. The regional focus at the beginning is Switzerland, but we happy to collaborate with possible partners.
MyFoodways is a smart phone application that helps millennials to prepare and enjoy healthy and sustainable meals every day. By developing an understanding of each user's practical preferences and values, it provides them with relevant, personalised and flexible recipes that develop their understanding of sustainable food choices and confidence in the kitchen and enable them to transform their fridge leftovers into simple and tasty meals.
GET CHANGED is an online platform that helps consumers to find brands and shops that sell fair fashion. Currently getchanged.net lists more than 160 brands and more than 400 shops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that produce and sell fashion that was produced according to high sustainability criteria. The criteria were developed togheter with experts from the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin. The platform can be expanded to other countries and we are happy to find partners.
New approaches to sustainable agriculture: The potential of farm level sustainability assessments to contribute to an effective, sustainable and widely accepted agricultural policy [AFFILIATED]
The project aims at reviewing a range of sustainability assessment tools and determine their relevance for agricultural policy-making in Switzerland. On that basis, different options to integrate such tools with the system of direct farm payments are explored. This involves evaluating the potential of instruments, such as SMART, which allows for sustainability comparisons among farms, and RISE, which focuses on advising farmers on how to improve sustainability.
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offered a number of 2- and 3-day intensive and interactive onsite training classes focused on the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and engaged tourism industry professionals around the world through expert presentations and discussions on sustainable tourism best practices for businesses and destinations.
The STTP, begining in 2017, offered online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year.
The Trade for Sustainable Development Forum brings together business people, researchers, standards organizations and international trade officials to discuss trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards.
Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), The 2017 edition of the T4SD Forum will be hosted in the headquarters of ITC from 25-26 September, and will feature a high-level session at the WTO Public Forum 2017 on 27 September.
Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (fibl) are offering in interdisciplinary and international education programme with its guiding theme "Designing Food Value Chains to foster the Agenda 2030". The project includes an open online course and an international Summer School to educate young researchers and future decision makers for developing food value chains that foster the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
future.camp® offers workshops on sustainable lifestyles for urban people. We teach practical solutions to sustainable consumption such as: calculate your ecological footprint; learn how smart consumption directly affects climate change, your health & your bank account; learn how you can start to change your life right away; learn how to be creative & tolerant while refusing, reducing and recycling; learn the basic principles of circular economy, zero waste and cradle to cradle, etc.
MyFoodways [AFFILIATED]: A smartphone app that helps young adults enjoy healthy and sustainable meals
Supported by Engagement Migros development fund (https://www.engagement-migros.ch/en/pioneers/myfoodways) and the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Foodways Consulting AG is developing MyFoodways (myfoodways.com): a smartphone app designed to make it easy for young adults to enjoy healthy and sustainable food and waste less.