21.06.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

Call for Papers : International Conference on “The Future of Venice and its Lagoon in the Context of Global Change. Deadline : 24 July 2011

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UNESCO Venice Office is convening the Conference titled “The Future of Venice and its Lagoon in the Context of Global Change” in collaboration with Venice International University (VIU) on the island of San Servolo, Venice (Italy), 13-15 November 2011. Experts are invited to submit papers for the following 3 parallel sessions : Session 1 : Responses of the urban ecosystem to the challenges of climate change, Session 2 : Impact of global change on socioeconomic development, and Session 3 : Culture and development: from restoration to revitalization. Authors interested in providing a paper related to the above sessions’ topics may consult the related documents available from the right menu.

The conference will host key lectures and pave the way for discussions and debates related to the scientific, cultural and socio-economic challenges faced by urban ecosystems. It will focus on evaluating the current situation of Venice and its Lagoon and to develop a “shared vision” for its future. Such a vision is intended to help guide sound decision-making and further enable the sustainable management of coastal and lagoon urban systems and such unique World Heritage sites. The Conference conclusions will inspire other World Heritage sites and cities, in particular those in the South-East European and the Mediterranean regions, to use the Venice experience as a role model.

The urban ecosystem of Venice and its Lagoon is among the most studied urban and environmental systems in the world. However, many experts recognize that there is still a need to render the available knowledge more accessible to stakeholders and to the public in general, and to be easily applied in the decision-making processes. Acting as neutral broker and facilitator, UNESCO Venice Office is mobilizing expertise in the interdisciplinary fields of science and culture.

Abstracts are to be submitted no later than 24 July 2011. Authors of papers that are accepted for presentation at the workshop will be notified by 15 September 2011.




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