SiEUGreen

SiEUGreen is a joint project of the European Union and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. It aspires to enhance the EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities. Building on the model of zero-waste and circular economy, it demonstrates how technological and societal innovation in urban agriculture can have a positive impact on society and economy. To achieve its objectives, SiEUGreen brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium of European and Chinese researchers, technology providers, SMEs, financiers, local and regional authorities and citizen communities. The project contributes to the preparation, deployment and evaluation of showcases in 5 selected European and Chinese urban and peri-urban areas: a previous hospital site in Fredrikstad (Norway), community gardens in Aarhus (Denmark), previously unused municipal areas with dense refugee population in Hatay (Turkey), big urban community farms in Beijing and a sustainable, green real-estate development project in Changsha (China).

Circular Economy and Resource Management

Many systems still function linearily instead of living up to the principles of circular economy; valuable raw materials are thus lost. One of the basic principles of sustainable development is to conserve resources. In intercultural networks and with partners from different sectors, seecon develops approaches how to conserve resources by closing water, nutrient and resource cycles. Seecon develops strategies, advises on technical solutions, facilitates processes or conducts trainings in cooperation with local partners. Recycling management is also a focus of seecon's activities in the field of entrepreneurship.

Location of projects

Asia: India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka

Africa: Uganda

Latin America: Peru

Europe: Switzerland

Worldwide

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism is understood as a vehicle for economic and social growth, while minimising negative social, cultural and ecological factors. Seecon supports individual actors or regional destinations in the management of all resources with a co-creation approach in all three aspects of sustainability. We do this in order to ensure that economic, social and aesthetic needs are met while preserving the cultural integrity, biodiversity and livelihoods of the local population.

Location of projects

Europe: Switzerland

Projects

Regional Development

Sustainable regional development is the basis for sustainable development at large. Seecon evaluates potential solutions and supports regions in the implementation of development strategies – e.g. through knowledge management and networking, the creation of regional health plans and business models or in the development of strategies for adaptation to climate change. Seecon also initiates its own projects for regional development: the Swiss Logistics Education and Innovation Centre “Logistikum” in the canton of Uri, for example, or the Swiss Water and Climate Forum in the canton of Lucerne.

Location of projects

Europe: Switzerland 

Projects

Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management

More than two billion people worldwide still have no access to clean drinking water at home. Almost twice as many have no access to safe sanitary infrastructure. In this area Seecon combines entrepreneurial spirit, social commitment and the goals of a more sustainable development. In training and coaching programs conducted worldwide, we develop solutions together with entrepreneurs, public administration and research, provide technical advise to clients and implement tangible projects. The comprehensive and much-visited knowledge management site www.sswm.info, was initiated by seecon and is continuously being developed further with partners.

Location of projects

Asia: India, Nepal, Philippines

Europe: Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia

Latin America: Peru, México, Nicaragua, Brazil, Bolivia

Middle East: Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Kurdistan (Iraq), Turkey

Africa: Namibia

Worldwide

Change Management and Organizational Learning

Change Management strengthens the common understanding for future innovations, individual security and supports individuals to handle the emotional aspects of changes. Seecon accompanies change processes in companies, NGOs and in public administration, but also at regional level with different stakeholders throughout all phases of change. Transformations are always connected with emotions: enthusiasm, doubt, resistance. Seecon knows and understands the dynamics of such emotions and helps to handle them constructively. This is as much a part of change as learning new skills, new forms of cooperation and learning as an organization.

Location of projects

Asia: Nepal

Africa: Kenya, Mozambique

Latin America: Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala

Middle East: Palestine

Europe: Switzerland

Global

Business Development

Location of projects

Asia: India

Africa: Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa

Middle East: Palestine, Kurdistan (Iraq), Lebanon and Jordan

Europe: Switzerland

Global

Climate Change

Climate change has far-reaching consequences for the environment, the economy and society. That the faster we act, the more effectively we can reduce the consequences or develop effective adaptation strategies. Seecon supports stakeholders in developing adaptation strategies. In doing so, we use approaches from corporate strategy development, such as the business model canvas or methods of design thinking. Together with stakeholder we analyse the effects of climate change, transform them into opportunities and innovations and develop practicable solutions. Transferable toolboxes, regional adaptation strategies or local inventories of adaptation measures emerge as products. True to our guiding principle: Innovations for sustainable development.

Location of projects

Europe: Switzerland and Germany

Projects