16.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Call for Papers - 15th International Eco-Conference / 9th Eco-Conference on Environmental Protection of Urban and Suburban Settlements. Deadline : 10 June 2011

NASA Public Domain -Satellite image showing urban and metro area of Novi Sad, Vojvodina (Serbia)

The Eco-Conference to be held from 21 to 24 September 2011 at the Institute for Nature Protection of Vojvodina region in Novi Sad, Serbia, is organized by the Ecological Movement of Novi Sad under the patronage of Matica Srpska and with the participation of UNESCO Venice Office. The aim of the Conference is to provide objective views on causes/agents causing environmental misbalance and levels of ecological threats to urban and suburban environment and to provide valuable information-communication basis for developing mid-term and long-term strategic programmes for integral environment protection, commodity quality protection, assessment of life quality and, promoting and supporting the concept and practice of sustainable development. Each Eco-Conference is a multi-dimensional event, in which scientists and experts of various profiles present and discuss numerous aspects of living and working conditions.

Deadline for submission of papers is 10 June 2011. Papers submitted in English for the Eco-Conference may target any topic within the Conference’s general thematic framework: a) Physical components of urban environment related to places of work, residence and recreational activities: Air, water, soil, biosphere-biota; Noise, vibrations, radiation, light; b) Social components of urban environment: Socio-economic position, security, employment, civil rights concerning work, education, retirement; Cultural-spiritual values, heritage, traditional craft; Security challenges and community support to the family as the basic social unit.

In view of the expansion of industrial civilization, intense urbanization, demographic changes, economic turbulence in transitional societies, the Eco-Conference focuses on causes and consequences of environmental degradation, as well as on protection measures, agents and activities, improvements and good practices. The general thematic framework stresses the fact that there are no borders preventing the chain effects of environmental degradation and also covers the problems related to processing industries (chemical, oil, textile, leather, metal, cellulose...).

Seven sessions are scheduled during this year’s Conference: Session 1 - Environment - a) air b) water c) soil d) biosphere; Session 2 - Technical-technological aspects of environmental protection (eco-engineering); Session 3 - Social aspects of environmental protection (sociological, health, cultural, educational, recreational) with special emphasis on the protection of cultural heritage in urban and suburban settlements; Session 4 - Economic aspects of environmental protection; Session 5 - Legal aspects of environmental protection; Session 6 - Designing an ecological system – informatics and computer applications in integral environmental protection; and, Session 7 - Sustainable development of urban and suburban settlements – environmental aspects.

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