STA Mission

In 2022, under its new initiative, EMEA launched the Sustainable Transformative Action Initiative (STA), with the aim of developing innovative thinking and projects to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, greener, and more resilient models in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.

The aim of the STA is to contribute to the implementation of climate adaptation actions in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa through a transdisciplinary approach based on identification of needs and opportunities, knowledge transferring, and encouraging transformative policies. The aim is to bring together key players involved in the thinking, planning, and setting up of sustainability actions joining efforts for effectively impact decision makers to achieve a sustainable, green and inclusive transition in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.

STA is addressed to high-level stakeholders, regional and local authorities mainly municipalities, and to the ecosystem of financial institutions, companies, businesses (SMEs, MSMEs), research organisations and that are interested in applying the STA framework and monitor their results for enhancing policies.

STA Pillars

The aim of the STA Initiative is to develop and implement a new economic model based on nature capital, and territorial resilience.

The initiative defines four pillars of sustainable transformative action:

P1 Biodiversity and Nature Capital

Challenges and opportunities associated with the emergent concept of giving a proper value to nature across the global economy.

P2 Territorial Resilience

Challenges to meet urban metabolism and territorial planning incorporating integral natural-based solutions in cities and towns dealing resilience through biocapacity, communities’ livability and territories’ revitalisation.

P3 Sustainable Finance

Roadmap for sustainable and greener business models, and sustainable management of emerging economic and financial activities.

P4 Sustainable entrepreneurship

Addressed to decision-makers from public and private sector enhancing skills and behavioural change in leadership; entrepreneurship and management to drive transformative actions.

Methodological framework

The methodological framework of the STA relies on the TRIS model[1], a socio-economic model based on four principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Sustainability. It aims at rethinking the reference economic models at local, national and regional policy levels. It fosters new approaches and policy frameworks to implement actions at local, national and regional levels. The TRIS Model is complemented with the regenerative concepts for the flourishing of all living beings built on small scale, innovation, and solution oriented to enhance productivity, risks mitigation and learning.

The TRIS dashboard provides a monitoring mechanism of the four Pillars of TRIS model.

Link to TRIS Dashboard

[1] Rym Ayadi and Carlo Sessa (2020) EMEA. “Blue Transition Policy Roadmap: Towards Transparent, Responsible, Inclusive and Sustainable (TRIS) Development in the Mediterranean”.
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