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Ecological Economics on the Agenda as Scientists From Six Continents Gather in Nairobi
08/ 08/ 2008

Ecological Economics on the Agenda as Scientists From Six Continents Gather in NairobiMore than two hundred scientists from six continents converge in Nairobi today to discuss ways to apply economics to social and environmental sustainability.

Nairobi, 8 August 2008 - More than two hundred scientists from six continents converge in Nairobi today to discuss ways to apply economics to social and environmental sustainability.

Kenya's Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, will officially open the 10th Biennial International Society for Ecological Economics conference (ISEE 2008) at 6:30pm on 8th August 2008 at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi. UNEP's Deputy Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary General Angela Cropper will also be one of the Chief Guests at the meeting.

The five day conference, under the theme 'Applying Ecological Economics for Social and Environmental Sustainability', will be attended by over 250 scientists and practitioners from a broad range of fields and institutions in six continents.

Ecological economics recognizes that humans and their economies are parts of larger natural ecosystems and emphasizes the importance of mainstreaming environmental considerations in economic development planning.

The goal of the conference is to further trans-disciplinary dialogue in the face of climate change and globalization, and particularly to engage young scientists in developing countries to explore the relationship between the natural world and human social systems. The Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for an outstanding young scientist will be granted for the first time at the conference.

Notes to editors:

The conference will be held in collaboration with UNEP, the African Society for Ecological Economics (ASEE) and the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS).

Aside from Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and UNEP Deputy Executive Director Angela Cropper, key guests include Manfred Max-Neef (Universidad del Sul, Chile), Arjen Hoekstra (University of Delft, Netherlands), Zhu Dajian (Tongji University, Shanghai), Helga Weisz and Marina Fischer-Kowalski (Klagenfurt University, Austria), William Beinart (Oxford University, UK), Charles Okidi (University of Nairobi) and Charles Perrings (University of Arizona, USA).

For more information please contact:
Dr. K. Urama (ATPS): +254 0728-607703
Prof. P. May (ISEE): +552197492816
Dr. A. Duraiappah (UNEP): +254 020 7622309
Dr C. Adeya-Weya (ATPS): +254 0722219710
Ms Evelyn Iminza (ATPS): +254 0710384986

Or Anne-France White, UNEP Associate Information Officer, on: +254 (0)20 762 3088

Further Resources
ISEE 2008 Conference
UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
African Technology Policy Studies