The first of three workshops to create a National Set of Future Scenarios for Water, Land and Energy in Luxembourg was held on 18 & 19 June 2018 with more than 40 participants. The participants represented various areas of experience as well as public authorities responsible for water supply, agricultural advisors, nature reserves, private companies, educational institutions and civil society actors. The workshop was opened by Environment Minister Carole Dieschbourg and chaired by the Nexus team from the University of Luxembourg. A workshop report is currently being written and will be available on this website shortly.
The first workshop served to shape relationships and patterns of behavior in relation to water and land, to discuss from different perspectives. Building on this, in the second workshop we will look to the future to discuss uncertainties, risks and opportunities. In addition, fundamental assumptions in politics and practice, which shape developments in society, culture, economy, technology and the environment, are to be questioned. The interfaces and interactions between water, energy and land will also be discussed at this workshop.
The second workshop took place on November 27, 2018 and dealt with uncertainties that could materialize in the future and basic assumptions. The result of the second workshop was a variety of influence diagrams and micro narratives on how the future could look in 2045 in Luxembourg. In the third workshop, based on all the results, we will design different scenarios, for example how the handling of water and land in 2045 might look like in Luxembourg and what new opportunities and limitations there might be. We work with experts and methods of the Oxford scenarios program.
The finished sets of scenarios can be used by people, companies, public institutions, and government as thought frames, e.g. to design and test strategies and policies and ‘visions with development goals’. The Scenario Set can help to more systematically explore fields of action and own creative possibilities in relation to the handling of water and land in politics and practice in the face of an open future.