07.06.2010 -

More brain for smaller footprints. A UNESCO intervention at the Footprint Forum 2010 Panel discussion on the Mediterranean region

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UNESCOVENICE News (7/06/2010) Italy : The panel discussion on Building Lasting Success in the Mediterranean will take place on 10 June from 12:00 am to 1:30pm at the Teatro del Popolo, Colle di Val d’Elsa during the public conference of the Footprint Forum 2010.


The Session will be moderated by Alessandro Galli, Senior Scientist, Global Footprint Network, who will introduce the Mediterranean Initiative Global Footprint Network supported by UNESCO and the speakers :

Engelbert Ruoss, Director, UNESCO Venice Office, in his intervention “More brain for smaller footprints” will speak about awareness rising and about the role of education and capacity building in achieving sustainability, touching on the various UNESCO projects (such as ESD, MAB and, focusing on the Mediterranean context. Where and how capacity has to be built in order to answer the critical questions we will be facing? How do Footprint and biocapacity trends can be used to this end?

Cécile Roddier-Quefelec, Programme Officer State of the Environment, Plan Bleu will present the findings of the report on the State of the environment and Development in the Mediterranean Region that Plan Bleu recently published. Paolo Lombardi, Director, WWF Mediterranean Program will further discuss threats to biodiversity in the Mediterranean region and possibly deal with the issue of how human activities impact on ecosystems and biodiversity and then, in turn, how stressed ecosystems and declining biodiversity impact on our societies. Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director and Director Sustainability Programme, WWF Italy will wrap up this series of contributions by speaking about changes in the last decades in the environmental awareness of people in the Mediterranean Region, with a focus on Italy.

Successful governance depends upon proactive management and tracking of an economy’s availability of and demand on natural resources. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Mediterranean region. Mediterranean countries have become more ecologically fragile, with all but one country (Montenegro) using more ecological services than nature can provide within their borders – these nations are running ecological deficits. What are the risks facing a country that continues to run ecological deficits? How is it in your city or country’s strategic interest to make ecological resources a priority? What immediate actions can governments take to ensure a viable future for their country?


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