RCE Belarus - 2019

ESD and RRI Approaches Fostering Territorial Innovative Climate Action (ESD-TeRRIFICA)


Sovetskaya 18-233
Basic Information
Title of project : 
ESD and RRI Approaches Fostering Territorial Innovative Climate Action (ESD-TeRRIFICA)
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Belarus
Contributing organization(s) : 
Education for Sustainable Development Association
Center for Environmental Solutions
NGO EcoPartnership
NGO Belarusian Geographical Society
Gymnasium #19, Minsk
Minsk Committee for Natural Resources and Environment Protection
National Research Instirute for Urban Planning

International TeRRIFICA project consortium:
Wissenschaftsladen Bonn e.V.
Sciences Citoyennes, Paris, France
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
University of Vechta, Vechta, Germany
Center for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade, Serbia
Association of Catalan Public Universities, Barcelona, Spain
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Cleve, Germany

Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Kate Sposab
Organizational Affiliation: 
Project manager, Education for Sustainable Development Association
Format of project: 
manuscript, Power Point
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Friday, May 31, 2019
National Strategy for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of the Republic of Belarus until 2030
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Governmental Program on Mitigation Measures for Climate Change 2013-2020
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Sovetskaya 18-233, 220030 Minsk, Belarus
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Minsk is the tenth most populated city (excluding the suburbs) in Europe. The city is located close to the geographical center of the country and stands on the Svisloch River. The area is 348.84 km², the population is 1,992,685 people (a for beginning of 2019).According to a sample survey of the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the unemployment rate in Minsk was 3.8% in 2017.The average life expectancy in 2017 was 76.8 years (72 years for men, 80.7 for women).At the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year, 154.6 thousand students studied in 28 higher educational institutions of Minsk.
In Minsk, the number of registered NGOs in 2018 amounted to 1500 organizations. Minsk is the largest economic and industrial city of Belarus.The industry of Minsk takes an indisputable leadership in the republic in the production of refrigerators (100.0% in the republican output), internal combustion engines for cars (98.7%), woolen fabrics (100.0%), trucks (97.6% ), tractors (81.2%), buses (98.8%), trolley buses (100%) etc .
Minsk is the largest transport hub of Belarus. It is located at the intersection of transport corridors linking Russia with Poland and Ukraine with the Baltic states.
The most polluted areas of the city of Minsk are primarily the Zavodskoy and Partizansky districts, the Shabany microdistrict, as well as certain sections of the Oktyabrsky district and the city center. More than 35% of the territory of Minsk are in the “grey” zones.Minsk is among the cities with a high density of emissions of harmful substances per unit area.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The most relevant SDGs for Minsk, the pilot region of TeRRIFICA project and capital city of Belarus, are SDGS 11, 10, 3, 9 and 13. At the moment a Green City Action Plan (GCAP) is being developed by Minsk City Executive Committee and number of environmental NGOs and international experts, which will be focused on public engagement in urban planning and building inclusive infrastructure for diffrent poipulation groups.
According to town planning norms, 40–60% of the urban area should be occupied by green spaces, which create a favorable microclimate and help reduce air pollution. However at the moment, in Minsk urban greening is far behind the pace of modern residential and industrial construction.
January, 2019
ESD-TeRRIFICA project aims to foster the public engagement and multi-stakeholder activities in regional climate change adaptation and mitigation practices. The Climate Action (SDG13) has to be addressed not just top-down, on policy level, but also bottom-up, whereas different population groups are informed, build and share their opinions with experts and decision-makers and develop together solutions on local levels. The chosen key approach: RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) re-shapes the relationships between science and society in a more transparent, inclusive and ethical way, while ESD is there for transforming skills, attitudes and behavioral patterns in a more sustainable way. The synergies of both approaches are applied to create new participatory practices, tools and methods on adaptation to climate change tailored for 6 European pilot regions, incl. Minsk, Belarus.
The broader stakeholder engagement will be ensured through implementation of three project phases:
1) Knowledge Phase: designed to provide the RRI-ESD information base and to encourage potential stakeholders to learn and participate.
2) Capacity Building Phase: co-design and co-creation of future visions for a climate friendly city or region within regional Living Labs activities.
3) Action Phase: crowdmapping of climate "hot spots", development and implementation of Living Labs project ideas
Through customised capacity building (summer schools, field trips)
about . The imp-lementyation of this participatory approach has already and ESD will set up tailored roadmaps and key performance indicators for
the implementation of the developed methodologies and climate change adaptation activities in
regional practice.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
The Climate Change Awareness will be raised through international reflexive workshops, online-conferences and national dissemination seminars, where best stat-of-the-art practices will be shared.
The stakeholder mapping and consultation workshops with experts will identify helpdesk experts for a local co-creation team. Customised capacity building for the different stakeholder groups will be offered through summer schools, science cafes, field trips and local capacity building trainings.
For action-orientation the co-creation teams will establish local Living Labs as networks composed of heterogeneous actors (students, teachers, local residents, NGOs, local authoritiesw, science and business) and activities (crowd-mapping of climate hot-spots, interviews, science cafes) that integrate commumnity-based research and open innovation in real-life environments.
Size of academic audience: 
The project activities will lead to recommendations, procedures, tools and methodologies that are appropriate to the roles and objectives of different stakeholder groups involved and which will consider the key principles of RRI and Education for Sustainable Development Goals. On the policy level TeRRIFICA will set up tailored roadmaps and key performance indicators for the implementation of developed methodologies and climate change adaptation activities in regional practice. On community level upon Living Labs pilots there will be developed, adapted for local needs and disseminated educational tools and resources for changing behaviour patterns and attitudes in Climate Action and Adaptation to Climate Change. RCE Belarus will be responsible for disseminating project outcomes in the Russian-speaking area and developing educational tools for Climate Action in Russian.
Lessons learned: 
Through the co-creative multi-stakeholder approaches the project will identify opportunities, drivers and barriers of implementation. It takes into account challenges for the acceptance and feasibility, technological and regulatory constraints in six pilot regions in Spain, Germany, France, Serbia, Poland and Belarus. The selected pilot regions cover the diversity of climate change mitigation approaches in Central– South, East – West, urban – rural, EU – non-EU settings.
Key messages: 
 Territorial action is at the core of mitigation and adaptation to climate change
 Knowledge empowers stakeholders for climate change actions
 Citizens should be involved in the agenda-setting process corresponding to climate change challenges
 New educational tools for citizen engagement are needed for the decision-making process for climate change
ESD-TeRRIFICA aims to empower local people (with a particular focus on regional authorities and policy makers) and
develop together with them adequate solutions and educational practices on Climate Action and Adaptation to Climate Change in the pilot regions.
Key words: Public Engagement, Climat Action, Citizen Science
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Through one of the TeRRIFICA consortium members Vechta University RCE Oldenburger Münsterland e.V. is involved in the project and participates in close collaboration with other project memebers in online-conferences, outreach events, gathering and analysing information on Climate Action in Lower Saxony (Germany).
TeRRIFICA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 824489.


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Image icon 73a5aa44-8e41-4a54-bab9-d4fe6e8bfc99.jpg (201.93 KB) TeRRIFICA international team. Kick off meeting, Feb.2019 N.Steinhaus
Image icon 60978920_364796724142327_7428075419363966976_n.jpg (147.28 KB) First TeRRIFICA Online-Conference "Connecting Co Creation and Climate Action", Minsk, Belarus
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Curriculum Development 
Plants & Animals 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level