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Key messages Megatrends 2014

This study is a first introduction to megatrends and their impacts, today and in the future, on the environment in Flanders. What general lessons can we draw? Complexity and uncertainty are the reasons why the consequences of megatrends cannot be determined unambiguously. What is clear is that the impact of six identified megatrends is inevitable and manifests itself mainly through four societal systems that are relevant to the environment. Especially also because of the incisive impact of the megatrends on the existing organisation of these systems, it is necessary to make these systems fundamentally more sustainable, more resilient and therefore more futureproof. Despite the complexity and the high degree of elusiveness of megatrends, policy can play an important role in adequately and successfully dealing with them.
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