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Megatrends, far-reaching, but also out of reach?

How do megatrends influence the environment in Flanders?In the report 'Megatrends, far-reaching, but also out of reach? How do megatrends influence the environment in Flanders?' the Flanders Environment Report (MIRA) identifies six global megatrends, assuming that we cannot understand societal developments and their impact on the environment in Flanders without looking at such autonomous developments at the global level.

What global developments need to be taken into account if future (environmental) policy in Flanders is to be adequate, resilient and successful?  Their driving forces are mapped, together with their societal and ecological impacts in Flanders. The megatrends influence our environment mainly through four societal systems: spatial planning, mobility, energy and production and consumption. Those 6 megatrends are:

  • changing demographic balances;
  • accelerated technological developments;
  • growing scarcity of raw materials and other resources;
  • growing multipolarity in society;
  • climate change;
  • increasing vulnerability of systems.

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