08.10.2010 -

Colloque international «Futurs centres urbains, écosystèmes et bien-être humain " (26-30 octobre 2010)

As a contribution to the theme "Better Cities, Better Life" of the World Expo, Shanghai 2010.

The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).

This symposium will bring together scientists, researchers, planners and managers who are concerned with and committed to creating urban ecosystems that are conscious of their local, regional and global ecological footprints, economically vibrant and socially entrepreneurial; and those who can draw from the global heritage of urban pasts and presents to build city futures that are sustainable and ready to face the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The symposium will also serve to reinvent the urban ecosystem mission of the UNESCO-MAB Programme and its partners that include SCOPE, CAS and others with the purpose of facilitating collaboration among researchers and practitioners to promote energy-efficient, low emission cities that are centres of social enterprise, cultural creativity and human wellbeing. Through their networks, the partners will also seek to promote action-research and learning in partnership with UNESCO biosphere reserves to experiment and test conditions for the development of vibrant ecological economies that continuously strive to minimize urban carbon footprints.

UNESCO-MAB is an interdisciplinary and intergovernmental programme launched in 1971 and dedicated to research, education, experimentation and learning to simultaneously promote human and ecosystem well-being. As MAB approaches its 40th anniversary in 2011, a reinvigorated urban ecosystem initiative is necessary and timely; and laying the foundations of such an initiative in China shall be an apt celebration of the Shanghai World Expo’s theme: “Better Cities, Better Life”

The symposium from October 26-30th, 2010 through simultaneous workshops will cover a range of themes related to sustainable urban futures, such as Eco-city planning, Urban, rural and natural systems, Urban heritage, Ecological architecture, Urban governance and so on. Interested urban area specialists, scientists, city officials and others are welcome to send abstracts of their submissions under the five themes described. The principal outcome of the symposium would be an urban ecosystem initiative of the UNESCO-MAB Programme, SCOPE, CAS and its partners.

Related links:

  • Complete information and forms [.pdf]
  • Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Official website (More)

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