What is an RCE?
An RCE involves a range of stakeholders including higher education institutions, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, local government, businesses, volunteers, or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development such as economic growth, social development, and environmental protection, students and learners at all levels.
An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal organisations that facilitate learning towards sustainable development in local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development.
RCEs bring together institutions at the regional level to jointly promote Education for Sustainable Development. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders through partnerships for sustainable development.
A global network of RCEs formed in 2003 by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in response to the UN resolution announcing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Currently over 150 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide.
In 2017 the Wales RCE underwent a rejuvenation process, to reflect the new developments and responsibilities outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The secretariat currently consists of two Higher Education institutions
Dr. Einir Young
Senior Research Fellow, School of History, Law and Social Sciences
Professor Gavin Bunting
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chair of Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group Wales & RCE Cymru
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Assistant HR Director: Health, Safety and Well-being