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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1111; doi:10.3390/su9071111

Vision Development towards a Sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia 2030 in a Science-Practice-Dialogue

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany
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Received: 30 April 2017 / Revised: 9 June 2017 / Accepted: 18 June 2017 / Published: 26 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 6th World Sustainability Forum - Selected Papers)
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The paper presents the results of a participatory vision development process in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany. The vision development was part of a scientific research project that accompanied the development of a sustainability strategy for NRW at state level. The Sustainability Strategy NRW was adopted in July 2016 and contains parts of the vision developed in the research project: Sentences from the narrative text vision and proposed targets and indicators that back-up the vision for a sustainable NRW in 2030 were used by the state of NRW. The vision was developed in iterative steps in three consecutive dialogue rounds with different stakeholders from science and practice. The paper presents the methodological approach and the results of the vision formulation process. The paper discusses the lessons learned from the vision development—from both practical and theoretical perspectives of transition management. The paper explores the relevance of setting ambitious targets for sustainable development as part of a state strategy by taking the proposed target of a “4 × 25% modal split” by 2030 as an example. The project demonstrated that a participatory approach for vision development is time and resource consuming, but worth the effort as it improves the quality and acceptance of a vision. Furthermore, the project demonstrated that transformative science contributes valuable inputs for sustainability transitions and for facilitating participatory vision development. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability strategies; vision development; targets; indicators; participatory research; Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia; transition management; sustainable mobility; modal split; transformative science sustainability strategies; vision development; targets; indicators; participatory research; Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia; transition management; sustainable mobility; modal split; transformative science
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Müller, M.; Reutter, O. Vision Development towards a Sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia 2030 in a Science-Practice-Dialogue. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1111.

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