Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress

Porto (Portugal), 18-22 May 2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
deadline is approaching: 15 November 2019



Being the first Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management, the Organizing and Scientific Committees intends an unlimited and broad coverage of all possible subjects involved. Three Major Themes are proposed following an early wise suggestion from Dr. Partha Sarathi Datta, IAPG-India, member of the Scientific Committee, and a major inspirer for the Congress, that passed away unexpectedly on Aug 13, 2018. Each major theme will later be subdivided in proposed topics in order to assemble contributions in more specific sessions with methodological and aim’s coherence.

1 - Fundamentals of Hydrogeoethics: Cultures, principles and geoethical values in the philosophy of groundwater resources, legal frameworks, policies, management models, professional practices and citizen action.

2 - Lessons for a resilient and sustainable future with Hydrogeoethics: Case studies of geoethics in groundwater science-engineering, profession and management.

3 - Scientific and humanistic components of Hydrogeoethics: Education and professional training of geoethics in groundwater management.

This congress is a joint event IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Submit your abstract for this congress:
https://geoeth-gwm2019.wixsite.com/porto/abstractsubmission

Website of the Congress:


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Friday, November 8, 2019


International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience

28th November 2019
The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India


IAPG is among the Knowledge Partners of the International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience.

The conference is organized by NIDM - National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Surya Parkash, IAPG-India coordinator and Head of the Geo-Meteorological Risks Management Division of the NIDM, is the Conference Coordinator.

Download the Conference Brochure (pdf file): https://f420cbad-ec08-4c39-902f-b0e5afecb44a.filesusr.com/ugd/5195a5_a204e35fb13243e2b59eaffd3b60dabb.pdf


Other events in the IAPG calendar:
http://www.geoethics.org/events


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IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

3rd transnational meeting of the
Erasmus+ project GOAL


IAPG attends the 3rd transnational meeting of the European project Erasmus+ GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning", that is held in Zaragoza (Spain), on 14 and 15 November 2019.
IAPG, partner of the project GOAL, is represented by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer).
The meeting is organized by the Spanish team of the University of Zaragoza.

More info on the project GOAL: https://goal-erasmus.eu/

Other projects in which IAPG is involved:
http://www.geoethics.org/participation-in-projects


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IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Deadline for abstract submission at the 36th IGC is fastly approaching!

15 November 2019



Dear Colleagues,

as you know IAPG is organizing the Symposium 1.7 on Geoethics at the 36th IGC - International Geological Congress that will be held in Delhi from 2 to 8 March 2020.

Detailed information about this IAPG symposium are available at: http://www.geoethics.org/36thigc.

It would be important that you contribute actively to this IAPG symposium 1.7 on geoethics by submitting abstracts.

The deadline is 15 November 2019. Abstract must be no longer than 200 words. There is no fee to pay for the abstract submission. You can still apply for the Geohost support programme.

Here the link to the page for the abstract submission: https://www.36igc.org/abstract-submission.

We take this opportunity to inform you that during the 36th IGC, the IAPG will take its 2nd General Assembly. The first IAPG General Assembly took place In Cape Town (South Africa) at the 35th IGC.

Thank you in advance.

IAPG Secretariat


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IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Thursday, October 17, 2019


HAPPY
International Geoethics Day 2019

"Seed Today... for the Future"

17 October 2019

hashtag: #geoethicsday2019

website: http://www.geoethics.org/geoethics-day
















IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Friday, October 11, 2019


The issue #4 - 2019 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!


The issue #4 - 2019 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released today, 11 October 2019.

Summary:

  • International Geoethics Day 2019
  • MinerLima 2019
  • School on Geoethics and Natural Issues (Schola de Geoethica…)
  • Geoethics at the 36th IGC (Call for Abstracts)
  • International Congress “Geoethics & Groundwater Management” (Call for Abstracts)
  • Geoethics at the EGU 2020
  • IAPG and NKUA-APRL signed a MoU
  • Geoethics Medal 2020
  • Donations


Download the IAPG Newsletter #4 - 2019 at: 
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5195a5_cdb634dd417049b1ac9929319ad51c2c.pdf

Kindly, share this post and/or forward the IAPG Newsletter #4 - 2019 to your colleaguesThank you!

IAPG Newsletter archive: 
http://www.geoethics.org/newsletter


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http://www.geoethics.org

Thursday, October 10, 2019



IAPG symposium on geoethics at the 36th IGC:

Geoethics: Ethical, Social and 
Cultural Aspects in Geosciences

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
(deadline: 31 October 2019)


The 36th IGC - International Geological Congress will be held in Delhi (India) from 2 to 8 March 2020.

IAPG is organizing the Symposium 1.7,  entitled "Geoethics: Ethical, Social and Cultural Aspects in Geosciences" and chaired by Silvia Peppoloni (silvia.peppoloni@ingv.it) (Italy), Nic Bilham (UK), Peter T. Bobrowsky (Canada), Martin Bohle (Belgium), Vincent S. Cronin (USA), Giuseppe Di Capua (Italy), within the Theme 1 "Geoscience for Society".

Description of the Symposium 1.7 by IAPG:

All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns, and to discuss on the appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.

The spectrum of topics this symposium aims to deal with includes:

i) ethical and social problems related to management of land, coasts and open oceans,
ii) socio-environmentally sustainable supplies of energy and geo-resources, 
iii) pollution and its impact, 
iv) resilience of society related to natural-anthropogenic hazards, and risk mitigation strategies, 
v) geoscience communication and education, 
vi) culture and value of geodiversity, geoheritage, geoparks, 
vii) role of geosciences in socio-economic development regardless of countries' wealth while respecting cultures, traditions and local development paths, and in promoting peace, sustainable development and intercultural exchange. 

Acknowledging the role of Geoscientists at the service of society, this symposium, proposed by IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org), aims to develop ethical and social discussion on following topics, including case-studies: 

a) Geoethics in natural-anthropogenic risk management, 
b) Ethical aspects of geoscience education and communication,
c) Geoethics for responsible use of geo-resources, 
d) Research integrity and professional deontology in geosciences, 
e) Geoethics in addressing global societal challenges.

The abstract submission is open (deadline: 31 October 2019):
http://www.36igc.org/abstract-submission


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IAPG for the 36th IGC 2020:
http://www.geoethics.org/36thigc

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


IAPG and NKUA-APRL signed a MoU


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and NKUA-APRL - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory (Greece) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 30 September 2019.

The aim of the MoU is to cooperate on developing empirical and/or theoretical research in the areas of geoethics and bioethics, and to coordinate activities aimed at promoting the discussion on the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences and biosciences.

The MoU expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of Geoethics, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Geosciences, and Sustainable Development. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – NKUA-APRL cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests, in particular, the following:

  • theoretical aspects of geoethics;
  • analyses of geoethical and environmental problems and dilemmas, also through case-studies;
  • relationships between bioethics and geoethics;
  • co-organization of scientific events;
  • production of relevant publications.
  • extend mutual invitations for academic purposes.

Both organizations will establish a liaison to ensure good information flow and cooperation.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory (http://en.philosophylab.philosophy.uoa.gr/) was established in 1999 as an autonomous unit in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Athens. The initial purpose of the Lab's establishment was to facilitate research in the area of applied philosophy and provide teaching support to students and faculty members in both graduate and post-graduate level of studies. The Lab is also committed to conduct empirical and/or theoretical research in all areas of philosophy, with particular focus on Ethics, Metaethics and Applied Ethics. To this purpose the Lab seeks to foster collaborations with other Laboratories, Research Centers or Units, as well as with international organizations and societies. The Lab seeks to further and convey knowledge on areas of philosophical research by means of hosting post-graduate programs of study, publishing works of original philosophical research as well as journals, and organizing conferences.



IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has 7 Affiliations, 20 Agreements, 3 Partnerships.

IAPG affiliations and agreements: 
http://www.geoethics.org/affiliations-agreements


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Monday, September 30, 2019


International Geoethics Day 2019

"Seed Today... for the Future"

17 October 2019

hashtag: #geoethicsday2019

website: http://www.geoethics.org/geoethics-day


Soil, air and water pollution, land degradation, biodiversity loss, global warming, are among the main threats for human communities.

The International Geoethics Day 2019 aims to raise people's awareness and responsibility on anthropogenic global changes, trying to change the way in which we relates to our planet.

In order to celebrate the 3rd edition of the International Geoethics Day we ask you to:
  1. seed or plant something in the ground (trees, flowers, plants, or shrubs);
  2. use the IAPG label to tag what you have planted (possibly, print it on recycled paper or use the other side of an already printed sheet);
  3. take a photo and post it on social networks, by using the hashtag "#geoethicsday2019".
In the IAPG label you find this sentence: "This is the contribution of the IAPG to make better our future on Earth".

Use this label to tag your plant.


This event is included in the Earth Science Week 2019 and the Global Ethics Day 2019.

Download the leafleat: 
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5195a5_3dde76b4f7a344a68414dc4bd7c6e1d7.pdf

Download the label:
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5195a5_186fce8cb512467ab5ea93eae949ee73.pdf


Kindly, share this post and/or forward the URL of the website.
Thank you!


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http://www.geoethics.org

Monday, August 26, 2019


The issue #3 - 2019 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!


The issue #3 - 2019 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 26 August 2019.

Summary:

  • School on Geoethics and Natural Issues (Schola de Geoethica…)
  • New video: Geoethical issues and geoethical dilemmas
  • Geoethics at the 36th IGC (Call for Abstracts)
  • International Congress “Geoethics & Groundwater Management” (Call for Abstracts)
  • New article: Dimension stone industry should meet the fundamental values of geoethics
  • New article: The ‘Anthropocene Proposal’: A Possible Quandary and A Work-Around
  • Session sponsored by the IAPG at the 5th YES Network Congress
  • International Geoethics Day 2019
  • Donations


Download the IAPG Newsletter #3 - 2019 at: 
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5195a5_1fb2aa1457e14335ac50d6b035f2ab6b.pdf


Kindly, share this post and/or forward the IAPG Newsletter #3 - 2019 to your colleaguesThank you!


IAPG Newsletter archive: 
http://www.geoethics.org/newsletter


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Sunday, August 25, 2019


IAPG at the Italian Bioethics Festival 2019


Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure (Genova - Italy), 29-30 August 2019.

Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General and Coordinator of IAPG-Italy) is invited as panelist at the 3rd edition of the Italian Bioethics Festival.
Title of her contribution: L'uomo è una "forza geologica" (Man is a "geological force").

Website (in Italian):
https://www.bioeticafestival.it/index.php/il-festival-2019/relatori-e-relatrici

Download the leaflet (in Italian):
https://www.bioeticafestival.it/images/2019/depliant_programma2019.pdf

Interview to Silvia Peppoloni (in Italian):
http://www.noidonne.org/articoli/silvia-peppoloni-la-geoetica-e-il-valore-del-territorio.php


Abstract of Silvia's contribution (in Italian):
L’uomo è una "forza geologica" in grado di modificare l’ambiente, cambiare le sue dinamiche, indurre trasformazioni nel sottosuolo, nell’atmosfera, negli oceani. Proprio in virtù di questa sua prerogativa ha una responsabilità etica verso se stesso, l’ambiente di cui è parte e le future generazioni. Ma fino a che punto ne è consapevole? Oggi siamo posti di fronte a sfide cruciali e il modo in cui le affronteremo condizionerà il nostro futuro. Ma è possibile conciliare lo sviluppo industriale col rispetto del territorio, l’aumento della popolazione e della richiesta di energia con la protezione degli ecosistemi, la riduzione del consumo di suolo e l’attenta gestione delle acque? La Terra è la nostra unica casa e il rispetto degli equilibri naturali tra i diversi sistemi che la costituiscono è imprescindibile per la stessa sopravvivenza degli esseri umani. La geoetica nasce e si sviluppa con l’intento di individuare i criteri etici che possono guidare la nostra interazione con la Terra, e di contribuire a realizzare quelle azioni in grado di garantire un equilibrio tra la conservazione dell’abitabilità del pianeta e lo sviluppo economico delle nostre società. Tra i suoi obiettivi, vi è la promozione del patrimonio geoambientale e della bio e geodiversità come valori culturali, educativi e identitari per sviluppare in tutti consapevolezza e senso di responsabilità nel modo di relazionarsi all’ambiente naturale e alla vita che esso ospita.




IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Geoethics at the MCC Conference


Berlin (Germany), 16-18 September 2019.

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.

Conference on Ethics & Values in Assessments: "Divergent values in sustainability assessments: love them, leave them, or change them?".

Martin Bohle (IAPG Board of Expert) will be the IAPG representative at the MCC Conference and speaker with a contribution entitled "Geoethics in / for Human Niche".

Website: https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/valuesconference.html


Download slides (pdf file) by Martin Bohle:
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5195a5_0562c439f41a490a91a01833e4f09a36.pdf

Bohle's article about his MCC's contribution, published in the IAPG blog:
https://iapgeoethics.blogspot.com/2019/08/geoethics-antidote-in-wicked-human.html




IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 
http://www.geoethics.org

Friday, August 23, 2019


Geoethical Issues and Geoethical Dilemmas

A video released by the European Project GOAL


Silvia Peppoloni, research geologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, introduces the audience to the concepts of geoethical issues and dilemmas.

The video is part of the Intellectual Outputs (IO1) of the European Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning" (https://goal-erasmus.eu/). IAPG is official partner of the project GOAL.





Here the link to the video: https://youtu.be/gZ8Y56-yrDM


Other videos on geoethics in the IAPG YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/iapgeoethics/


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:
http://www.geoethics.org

Thursday, August 22, 2019


Geoethics, an Antidote in a Wicked 'Human Niche'?

(by Martin Bohle, Ronin Institute and IAPG Board of Experts)

doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32597.78564 



Martin Bohle
Geoethics intends to shape human behaviour ‘wherever human activities interact with the Earth system [*]’. Considering that ambition, geoethics should render human activities a more effective and efficient feature of the Earth system. Such an ambition requires to analyse the function of ‘geoethical thinking’ from the perspective of system dynamics.

It sounds like a buzzword, ‘wicked’. Nevertheless, it describes how human agents may perceive the dynamics of complex-adaptive social-ecological systems that make-up the ‘human niche’. People are an intrinsic part of social-ecological systems. Examples of ‘wicked’ system behaviour are emergent properties, that is, outcomes of complex-adaptive systems that are more than the sum of their parts.


In times of anthropogenic global change, the Earth system emerges as a planetary network of social-ecological systems. Global supply-chains and hegemonic systems of cultural values interconnect them, and, subsequently, the geosphere, biosphere and technosphere amalgamate into the planetary ‘human niche’, blending into the Earth system dynamics also individual and collective human behaviour. 

The technosphere is more than the technological ‘hardware’ of infrastructures, production system and consumption patterns that humankind has built. Human behaviour is the ‚software’ of the technosphere. Human behaviour is encompassing attitudes and actions of individuals as well as the functioning of governance systems of many scales and designs. Human behaviour is an essential feature of the technosphere because it determines what design-features the ‘hardware’ exhibits and how it is deployed and used (‘software’).


Underpinning the human behaviour are individual and social sense-making processes. These processes exhibit rational and affective features; the latter also expressing social and emotional belongingness of the agent. The objects of the sense-making processes are natural and artificial environments, groups and individual human beings, and the individual or collective sense-making agent self. The different perceptions that result from the various sense-making processes show variable, agent-depending biases. Irrespectively, in what manner the perceptions may be shaped or prejudiced, the sense-making processes feed into actions of individuals, groups or institutions. The action, in turn, targets to modulate either natural and people-made environments or human behaviour. It is done by deploying technological ‘hardware’ and economic, social and political processes (‘software’), respectively. Consecutive acts of ‘sense-making and acting’ set a feedback loop within the Earth system.

The kind of a given feedback loop, either negative (that is, damping) or positive (that is, enforcing) as well as its relative strength determines how it may shape system dynamics. The feedback loops that humans exercise in Earth systems through the design of the technosphere is a noticeable key-feature of the human niche in times of anthropogenic global change. Shaping these feedback loops is a governance / cultural task that is exercised, for example, through specifying the design features of the technology, how to deploy and use it, or what are values and world-views that guide the design and use. 
Complex-adaptive systems challenge the capability of human agents to make sense of system behaviour and to act appropriately. The challenge arises, for example, because complex adaptive systems may change simultaneously at various scales, coupled with cascading cause-effects relations and constraining path-dependencies. Therefore, complex-adaptive system dynamics dwarf blue-print-like problem handling. A blue-print-like problem handling is adapted to the so-called ‘tame’ systems (opposed to what is called ‘wicked’ systems). Problem handling of ‘wickedness’ must be adaptive, participative and explorative, as experience shows. Subsequently, the issue arises how to empower human agents to act, in the absence of ‘blueprints’, in an appropriate manner across the system and in a reasonably coordinated manner.


Complex-adaptive system behaviour may arise, in a first instance, from non-linear processes and positive feedback loops within the natural environments that humans did not perturb. That is, complex-adaptive system behaviour may be a feature of pristine natural systems. In the second instance, technological systems can exhibit complex-adaptive system behaviour because of in-built non-linear processes and positive feedback loops. Subsequently, intersections of the natural and technological system can exhibit non-linearity and positive feedbacks at the interfaces. Finally, and in the third instance, as technological systems are built, deployed and altered ‘with a purpose in mind’ the iterations of human ‘sense-making and acting’ are an explicit feedback process. Complex-adaptive system behaviour may arise because of the feedback loop of ‘human sense-making and acting’ that occurs in the social sphere.

Complex-adaptive systems bind human agents in a struggle for control, for mastering circumstances, or for reacting appropriately. Often different agents are not aware of each other, act non-coordinated, or react to effects of other-agents’ actions. Under such circumstance, the notion ‘wickedness’ may reflect appropriately their perceptions of their operation within complex-adaptive system, for example, when facing issues like anthropogenic pressure, environmental and technological risks or multi-level governance. This generic circumstance calls for enforcing capability that enables human agents to face ‘wickedness’ (of geo-systems). To that end, effective capability building must focus on ‘human sense-making and acting’, what, in turn, brings geoethics into the play.

The key-features of geoethics, namely ‘actor-centric, virtue-ethics focused, responsibility focused, knowledge-based, context-dependence’ should be made key-enablers. Taking a systems-perspective, it results because geoethical thinking is about sense-making and acting, that geoethical thinking intervenes directly in the feedback process of ‘sense-making and acting’. Because geoethical thinking is knowledge-based, the interventions of the actors are nourished by insights into the system behaviour (of natural, technological and human systems). As geoethical thinking is concerned about social and political contexts, the actors should be able to intervene in a value-sensitive and culture-conscious manner.



[*] Peppoloni, S. (2018). Spreading geoethics through the languages of the world. Translations of the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics. International Association for Promoting Geoethics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2122/11907


p.s.: This essay is a stump for a scientific article that is in the making. It draws on various talks given during the last year. The test is shared to invite comments. Please refer to the author when using it.


References

Bohle, M., Di Capua, G., Peppoloni, S., Bilham, N., Marone, E., & Preiser, R. (2019). Exploring Geoethics - Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences. (M. Bohle, Ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12010-8.

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Jentoft, S., & Chuenpagdee, R. (2009). Fisheries and coastal governance as a wicked problem. Marine Policy, 33(4), 553–560. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2008.12.002.

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Salvatore, S., Mannarini, T., Avdi, E., Battaglia, F., Cremaschi, M., Fini, V., … Veltri, G. A. (2018). Globalization, demand of sense and enemization of the other: A psychocultural analysis of European societies’ sociopolitical crisis. Culture and Psychology. doi:10.1177/1354067X18779056.

Schlüter, M. et al. (2019). Capturing emergent phenomena in social-ecological systems: an analytical framework. Ecology and Society, 24(3), art11. doi:10.5751/ES-11012-240311.

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