Mission and tools
We drive climate action based on science, cooperation and equity; through social innovation, nature-based solutions, economic localization, transformative education and sustainable tourism. We are a not-for-profit cooperative based in Spain, with a representative in Greece and Moldova.
Inclusion, equity, social justice
Social innovation for the climate
We catalyze processes of social innovation for climate action via consulting, incubation, training, capacity building, facilitation, and project development, management, and evaluation services, addressed to:
Climate action plans, economic localization strategies, NbS projects
Incubation of social enterprises based on IUCN Global Standard for NbS
Sustainable development projects though networks of cities, regions and organizations for climate action
Awareness raising & training via workshops, gymkhanas, the Climate Journey
NbS projects, social responsibility, team building via the Climate Journey
Awareness raising and empowerment for local climate action via the Climate Journey
We are a multi and transdisciplinary team, with complementary experiences, and dynamic individuals eager to change the world through practice and coherence.
Artur leads expert consulting projects, brokers partnerships and manages projects in Eastern Europe & Asia. He is an international consultant on social business development, has worked with the Sustainable Consumption and Production Regional Activity Center – UNEP/MAP, and been a business broker for UNDP and other development-focused multilateral organizations.
He holds a degree in Economics, and a postgraduate MBA. He has 10+ years of previous professional experience in the private sector, covering various fields in the areas of strategic and operational planning, sectoral studies and market research, as well as business partnerships, trade and investment promotion.
Jesus Iglesias Saugar
Social entrepreneurship, local economy
European Climate Pact Ambassador
IUCN Global Standard for NbS certificate
Jesus has been catalyzing processes of social innovation for climate action, both locally and internationally for over 13 years. He has taken part in the last 6 UN Climate Change conferences, been appointed a EU Climate Pact Ambassador, certified on IUCN Global Standard for NbS, and is a regular contributor to major Spanish journals like elDiario.es and El País.
He holds a BSc in Telecomm. Engineering, a MSc in Space & Planetary Science from the Paris Observatory and UC Berkeley , and in Sustainable Development from EOI Business School. He’s an active member of multiple networks: Advanced Leadership, Climate Reality, 350.org and the Nature-based Solutions Cluster.
Sustainable bussiness innovation
Natascha coordinates sustainable business innovation projects, from a gender equity perspective. She counts with 10+ years of experience developing and managing R&D + innovation projects, funds, programmes and tenders at local, regional, national and european level; touching a variety of topics such as waste management and valorization, agri-food, efficient management of water resources, or social entrepreneurship.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences, and masters in Environmental & Quality Management and Human Resources Management. She is committed and passionate about climate action, sustainability, renewable energies, social and environmental innovation, and gender equity.
Education and communication
Irene writes and manages social projects and also teaches languages. She is an expert in gender and coeducation as well as intercultural education.
She has experience in European projects and facilitation through non-formal education, creation of educational content and fundraising.
She has been a journalist for the local government and an English teacher in different languages centres.
She has a degree in Journalism, a master degree in Intercultural education and a course in Gender and coeducation. Her vocation is to communicate and facilitate learning processes.
We firmly believe in cooperation for the common good (planet, human & social rights), and thus we work and create shared value with a broad ecosystem of public institutions, economic agents and social entities, in order to jointly catalyze climate action and social justice, including:
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
The Mediterranean Cooperation Center of a world-leading agency in conservation and nature-based solutions for sustainable development.
Nature-based Solutions Cluster
Group of public and private entities working on and promoting nature-based solutions (NbS) to build climate resilience and improve social wellbeing.
International organization pioneering the “Economics of Happiness” movement, which promotes a systemic shift towards economic localization through “education for action”.
The Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AVITEM) promotes the exchange of experiences, knowledge and training for sustainable urban and territorial development in the Mediterranean region.
Social innovation for climate action
Our methodology revolves around a new definition of “social innovation for climate action” based on what works on the ground, as we rise to the challenges ahead:
“A solution that is radical, transgressive, disruptive, oriented to action; that builds from what exists; adopts a global & systemic approach, with solid local roots; seizes opportunities arising from the uncertainty of a complex world; thrives under collective leadership; is structured around networks of people governed by effective mechanisms of horizontal democracy, and aided by technological tools at its service; joins with a diversity of groups in broad social movements; contributes to building equity, democracy and sovereignty on the local level, and shares best practices on the translocal one; in order to provide comprehensive responses to the socio-environmental challenges faced by a specific community as a result of the climate, ecological & inequalities crises.”
Nature-based solutions and local economy
We work at the intersection between nature-based solutions (NbS) and economic localization, two levers of systemic transformation, two key tools to catalyze climate action and build resilience and equity.
Nature-based Solutions (NbS)
We ground our actions in IUCN Global Standard for NbS, holding its professional certificate. It ensures addressing societal challenges like the climate crisis, simultaneously generating social and environmental benefits, in an effective and adaptive manner.
Economic localization and diversification rebuild social bonds and the health of ecosystems critically damaged by globalization and specialization. Producing and consuming locally reduces emissions, creates sovereignty, redistributes wealth equitably, and empowers communities.
Our own initiatives
The Climate Journey
Responsible tourism initiative, consisting in guided itineraries to see on the ground the impacts, causes, connections and solutions to the climate emergency. Given its universality and replicability, there are already local chapters in Malaga, Madrid, Barcelona and Granada, joined through a collaborative network.Read more
Comprehensive incubation program for social businesses, based on IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions, and the principles of economic localization (local wellbeing economies), as defined by Local Futures. It comprises from ideation to market testing and business launch; through training, advice, mentoring …Read more
EIT Climate-KIC Young Ecopreneurs Climathon 2021 Malaga: Nature-based Solutions in Lagunillas neighborhood (2021, Malaga)
A 4-day climate action hackathon within EIT Climate-KIC’s international global climathon initiative, for university students to develop social innovation projects that build climate resilience and equity in the Lagunillas neighborhood (Malaga, Spain), through Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and economic localization.
Course on preventive climate resilience (2021, online, Andalusia, Central America)
Development and facilitation of “Collaborative Training Course on Preventive Climate Resilience from a gender perspective, for international development organizations in Andalusia and Central America”, led by the Peace & Development, with funding from the Andalusian Agency for International Cooperation (AACID).
Local is Our Future (2020)
As a result of our collaboration with Local Futures we’ve translated and written the Spanish preface of the book “Local is Our Future” by Helena Norberg-Hodge, a renowned author and pioneer of the localization movement. We’ve also promoted the crowdfunding campaign to publish the book in Spain.
Malaga for the Climate with the IPCC Forum (2020, Malaga)
The #MalagaClimaIPCC Forum has laid out, via the UN IPCC, the most up-to-date science on the impacts, causes and solutions of the climate crisis in Malaga city, territory, and province, in order to catalyze collective climate action, equity, and social justice.
A Deal for Climate & Social Justice Forum (2019, Madrid)
Forum aimed at generating a work process and social debate, as the basis for mobilizing public policies in the mid-term, within the framework of a broad Deal for Climate & Social Justice in Spain, inspired by the US Green New Deal, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
EIT Climate-KIC Young Ecopreneurs Climathon 2021 Malaga: Nature-based Solutions in Lagunillas neighborhood
Website of international initiative: EIT Climate-KIC Climathon Website of Malaga chapter: https://climathon.climate-kic.org/malaga Challenge: Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and economic localization for climate resilient neighborhoods Lead organizer: Social Climate Partners (mentors &[…]Read more
A Climate Journey to promote the rewilding of Malaga: Nature-based Solutions in the harbor and Guadalmedina river
Press release – Malaga, May 5, 2021 Post-pandemic reconstruction must be green and fair to be able to tackle the profound crises we face: from growing inequalities, to planetary health,[…]Read more
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