Narrow option space for achieving the SDGs in Australian land systems

by Deakin University and CSIRO

(Other)

A Global Compact member

img

We aimed to assess whether is possible to achieve multiple UN global Sustainable Development Goals at the national scale in Australia’s agricultural land.

Project implemented: April 2017

Project goal

Our study is the first to comprehensively downscale national SDG targets and to assess whether they are achievable.

delivering on

why is this project important?

The options for achieving the SDGs in Australia's land systems are very narrow.

Key steps to make it happen

1Downscaling

The global SDGs were downscaled for Australia to provided quantitative national targets.

2Scenario modelling

Many scenarios for Australia's land-systems were modelled and the impacts calculated for many sustainability indicators.

3Option space analysis

The range of future conditions under which the downscaled SDGs were achieved (i.e. the option space) was calculated.

We adapted and downscaled relevant sustainability targets at weak, moderate, and ambitious levels for economic development, food production, water resource use, renewable energy, emissions abatement, and biodiversity/land degradation for 2030 and also 2050. We projected potential land-use change under 648 pathways designed to cover a range of sustainability outcomes under plausible global and national socio-economic and environmental futures. We assessed the degree of target achievement under each of these pathways and quantified the option space—the specific environmental and socio-economic settings required at global and national scales—for achieving sustainability targets.

related projects

Green Star by Green Building Council of Australia
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Financial Inclusion Action Plan by Good Shepherd Microfinance
Delivering sustainable development through infrastructure by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
The Individual Deprivation Measure Global Program by Individual Deprivation Measure
creating the capacity for people to invest space with meanin... by Place Agency at the University of Melbourne
Economic independence on traditional land by Indigenous Business Australia
Environmental Sustainability and Innovation by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Barangaroo South by Lendlease
Australian Marine Debris Initiative by Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Cooling the planet to feed the World by PundaZoie Company Pty. Ltd.
ANZ SDG Bond by Australia New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)
Renewable Energy in the Water Industry by Water Services Association of Australia
Achieving gender balance in water utilities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
SDG National Forum by Fatouma TOURE
Day At The Zoo by City West Water
LiveGAPS by CSIRO
Northconnex by Transurban
Thriving Communities Partnership by Thriving Communities Partnership
SDG Toolkit for Systems Thinking and Collaborative Approache... by Australian Council for International Development
Spatial data infrastructure to help monitor and evaluate Aus... by AURIN – Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
Global goals for local communities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Cities Power Partnership by Cities Power Partnership
Business & Sustainability Forum Series by United Nations Association of Australia (WA)
Kwale Cotton Project by Business for Development
Fighting hunger in australia by Foodbank Australia
Green Star – Communities by Green Building Council of Australia

Does your organisation have a project to include?