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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BARENTS REGION: PROBLEMS OF SECURITY AND ROLE OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS  IN DECISION MAKING PROCESS

 

International Youth Conference
26 February - 1 March 1999
Apatity - Murmansk region - Russia



ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS


Dear colleagues!
            It is our pleasure to invite you to International Youth Conference "Sustainable Development in Barents Region: Problems of Security and Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Desicion Making Process". Conference will be hosted by Youth Ecological Scientific Society "ECO-AS" (Center "EKONORD") from February 26-March 1, 1999.
            A big number of joint programs aimed to solve economical, ecological and social problems are run in the framework of Barent region collaboration, but unfortunately they remain unsolved through the complexity of the task.
For example, the problems of radiation security, wild nature conservation and pollution of the atmosphere by the emissions of copper-nickel smelters are still not solved though a lot of money and much efforts were applied to. One of the main reasons that joint programs have much low effectiveness when realized, is that subjective interests of persons in charge of financial recources play the main role in tasks ranking, but not the objective needs of the society.
It is obvious now that main desicions, on which the solution of security problems depends so far, are to be made and will be made on the community level and community relations. International level connections between the representatives of the non-governmental organizations and especially Youth movements, take on special significance in this situation.

OBJECTIVES 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

PROPOSED PLENARY SESSION THEMES

INSTRUCTIONS FOR  CONTRIBUTORS  

LOCATION 

CALL FOR CONTIBUTIONS 

SUPPORT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

 

OBJECTIVES
Aims of the Conference are:
to outline the most actual problems of ecological security im the Barents region;
to suggest general strategy of actions to solve these problems with participation of non-governmental organizations.

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME
We plan to have selected oral presentations and to organize the round table discussions. There will be opportunities for photo- and video-data demonstration.
Also we want to visit one of the "hot ecological spots" of Murmansk region, where ecological security problems may be solved only as an integrated ones (mine of joint-stock company "Apatit" or timber settlement "Oktjabrsky").

 

PROPOSED PLENARY SESSION THEMES
    I. Main problems of ecological security im the Barents region:
Ecological and economical danger of extensive forestry and mining
Rights of indigenous people and their ecological responsibilities
Radiation security. Ecological and economical approaches to NPS problem.
Environmental pollution as result of activity of metallurgy factories
    II. Ways for participation of NGO's in desicion making process. Methods, critical review of effectiveness of concrete programmes.
Consumers campaigns
Use of mass media to govern public opinion
Direct actions
Political lobby (ecological parties, support for "green" deputies, ecological legislation development)
Ecological education and role of NGO's
NGO's approaches to complexity solution to ecological and economical issues

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTORS
Participants will have possibilities for oral presentations during plenary sessions and poster presentations. Plenary oral presentations should cover one of the proposed themes in regional context. The number of oral presentations is limited and determined by Organizing Committee.
There will be opportunities for short (ca. 10 min.) oral presentation of selected most interesting posters, followed by dedicated poster viewing session.
Lantern slides and other illustrative material are welcomed.

 

LOCATION
The Conference will be held in Murmansk region. This site was chosen as a region where the main part of the projects connected with the Barents region ecological security are realized.
The meeting will take place in green belt of Apatiy town, in hotel "Imandra", located on the bank of one of the most beautiful of Kola peninsula lake.

 

CALL FOR CONTIBUTIONS
Those interested to contribute to the conference should submit application. Topic of their presentation / poster and topics of one-two of the most favourable round tables should accompany application. Please also advise us if you need special equipment for your presentation (camera of projection, videotape recorder and others).
Organizing Committee has some funding to pay the main expenses for limited number of invited participants (travel costs, hotel, food).
Feel free to e-mail or fax us! We will send you information about different parts of the Conference as soon as we have received your application.

 

SUPPORT
The Conference is supported by Ulof Palme Memorial Fund and "Econord" Center.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT


Kluchnikova Elena
Smirnov Dennis

"Econord" Center
PO Box 176  Apatity, Murmansk region 184200 RUSSIA

phone 79-762
intern. fax/phone +47 789 14 118

E-mail: smirnovd@inep.ksc.ru

econord@inep.ksc.ru


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