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Sustainable green infrastructure: in seas and forests, from fields to cities ◄A►

A session jointly organised by ALTER-Net and PEER at the ESOF 2012 conference
When Jul 15, 2012
from 02:15 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Dublin, Ireland
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See our interview with Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament, who will be speaking at the session in Dublin

The European ALTER-Net and PEER networks will jointly organise a session at the upcoming Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF 2012) conference in Dublin. The session, entitled Sustainable green infrastructure: in seas and forests, from fields to cities, is scheduled to take place on Sunday 15 July during the 13.15 sessions.

Green infrastructure links natural, semi-natural and urban features, areas and spaces together. It provides both ecological as well as societal well being, and resilience against dramatic changes. It provides us with cultural ecosystem services such as possibilities for recreation, inspiration, learning and spiritual gains. But where can we find green infrastructure that supports sustainability and maintains its cultural ecosystem services? Can energy production from forests be sustainable and support recreational purposes? Which green infrastructure tolerates climate change and helps to forward positive transformations to cultural ecosystem services?

About ESOF 2012

Euroscience Open Forum 2012 Dublin 11th-15th July This July, the most influential from the world of science, society and policy will assemble in Dublin for the largest open forum of its kind. This important gathering will provide a platform for debate, for influencing policy and strengthening the links between science and society. Join this global gathering of Nobel Laureates, Leading researchers, Policy makers, Business leaders and International Media. As this is a much anticipated event, guarantee your attendance and register now

Through contributions and debate from different disciplinary angles, this session will introduce novel ways of conceptualising the nature-human relationship by linking ecological theories of sustainability into everyday life of human societies. The session elucidates the future´s orientation of conservation and sustainability research and provides food for thought to the policy forum on the governance of European green infrastructure.

The speakers will be:

  • Eeva Furman, Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Ilkka Hanski, Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Helsinki
  • Isabel Sousa Pinto, Head of the Coastal Biodiversity Laboratory at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)
  • Lawrence Jones-Walters, Senior Programme Manager - Green Infrastructure / Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment at the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC)
  • Maria-Luisa Paracchini, Senior researcher at the Rural, Water and Ecosystem Resources Unit at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment and Sustainability
  • Shane Colgan, Environmental Research Centre Coordinator at the Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament


More information about ESOF 2012, which takes place from 11-15 July, can be found here:


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