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Over 200 Researchers from Around the World Collaboratively Publish a Reference Document on Sustainable Development in Coastal Zones for the Rio+20 Earth Summit

Source : United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development News
June 19, 2012

 

Date: 19th June 2012

More than 200 distinguished researchers from around the world have submitted a synthesis document that enumerates the challenges facing coastal zones in the 21st century to the national delegations that will be attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The Conference will be held on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of June in Rio de Janeiro. This focused, interdisciplinary work has been approved by the chairs of various UNESCO Coastal Zone programs, agents of the European Environment Agency, and directors of a variety of research centers—such as the European University Institute of the Sea (IUEM) in France, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the United States. 

20 years have passed since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. 20 years of efforts to better understand, inform, and improve the relationships between our societies and our planet's coastal zones. In 1992, thanks to the efforts of the 108 member states, a framework for confronting climate change was established along with Agenda 21. These provided the groundwork for the majority of plans, protocols, and national and transnational conventions for sustainable development that have since been put into place. “Despite the continued efforts dedicated to coastal zones, we clearly see the fragility of the three pillars of sustainable development: global population growth, economic instability, and environmental degradation,” declared Dr. Juan Baztán of Marine Sciences For Society, coordinator of the working group. 

The document presents the challenges facing our societies and their potential solutions; priorities and points of view to serve as examples of good practice. The work presented to the UN and national delegations for the Rio+20 conference reflects the most significant concerns of the researchers as a group, and establishes that the challenges we face in coastal zones are mostly anthropogenic or amplified by human activities that clearly transgress reasonable limits. This document confirms that if we want to work toward sustainable development of the coasts, we must integrate the limits of the planet and work together with affected communities to construct the processes and solutions in accordance with their value systems.

 
 
 
 
 

 


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