14.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Getting closer to unveiling the findings of the Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends report

©Global Footprint Network - Policy brief

Two weeks ahead for Securing Competitiveness for the Mediterranean. The full agenda of this major event scheduled on 1 and 2 October in Venice (Italy) has been released. Its purpose is to publically launch the “Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends” report and to explore how its findings can be used to develop innovative responses/actions to the emerging global resources auction. The Mediterranean initiative was launched two years ago by the Global Footprint Network, with the support of Plan Bleu and in partnership with WWF’s Mediterranean Programme and UNESCO Venice Office, in an effort to bring leaders together to develop a regional approach to managing resource consumption and availability.

In June 2012, Global Footprint Network published the initiative's key findings in Why Are Resource Limits Now Undermining Economic Performance?, announcing the release of the full report in October at the conference on “Securing Competitiveness for the Mediterranean: Exploring Ecological Footprint and biocapacity trends and their implications for the Mediterranean”. The detailed programme of this two-day event scheduled at the premises of the UNESCO Office in Venice (Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930) is now available.

1 October 2012 - The first day will begin with the official launch of the report, followed by a close-door meeting for donors on general Mediterranean issues facilitated by the MAVA Foundation. Yolande Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe in Venice (Italy) and Lynda Mansson, Director General of the MAVA Foundation will welcome the participants. Keynote Speakers are: Mathis Wackernagel, President of the Global Footprint Network, Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of WWF Italy, Enrico Giovannini, President, Chief Statistician and Director of ISTAT, Eleni Panaritis, Chairperson of COMPSUD and Greece MP, and Atila Uras, Programme Officer of UNEP/MAP.

2 October 2012 - The second day, by invitation only, will include plenary and breakout sessions to introduce the Ecological Footprint concept and how the tool can be used to support policy decisions. On the agenda, are: to gain understanding of the necessity of updating their national policies if they are to remain competitive in the 21st century; and, to debate and identify potential actions to promote competitiveness for the region at a number of levels, such as reform in the educational system and policy applications at the local, national, and regional level of government. A technical training on the Ecological Footprint will follow for those interested in learning more about its methodology, data and calculations.

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