Tuesday, February 7, 2017

IAPG's Corresponding Citizen Scientists support European Federation of Geologists (EFG) at the EFG/UNECE conference

EFG/UNECE conference, that will be held in Brussels on 9-10 February 2017: http://eurogeologists.eu/efg-unece-conference/

This week, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) jointy with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) holds conference on "International cooperation on natural resources - geoscientists' contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals".

The conference is hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

The conference, supported by several professional geoscience organisations aims to contribute to the creation of a solid European Knowledge Database on mineral and energy resources, in view of "geoscientists's contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of Sustainable Development Goals".

The Corresponding Citizen Scientists of the IAPG (http://www.geoethics.org/ccs), Edmund Nickless and Martin Bohle, have the honour to participate at the panel session "Socio-economic and environmental drivers for natural resources development and management"(Friday, 10 February, 15:30). This panel composed of professionals from industries, international organisations and business organisations is moderated by Harikrishan Tulsidas (UNECE).

As outlined in the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org/ctsg): "...Geosciences have major impacts on the functioning and knowledge-base of modern societies. Geoscientists have specific knowledge and skills, which are required to investigate, manage and intervene in various components of the Earth system... by increasing researchers’ and practitioners’ awareness of the ethical implications of their work is it possible to develop excellent geoscience to serve society and to reduce the human impact on the environment...".

The IAPG appreciates that the EFG/UNECE conference put into practice these insights.

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