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Published: April 28, 2008

Meeting on Global Environmental Change to Attract Top Scientists

Press release |
(Cape Town, South Africa) Global warming, ocean acidification, land degradation, water and food shortages: these are a few of the many symptoms exhibited by a planet under pressure from human activities.
Other environmental changes are also occurring globally, threatening to irreversibly alter our planet, with serious political, economic and societal implications.

Africa is likely to be the most vulnerable continent of all to these environmental changes. What are the best ways for Africa and the rest of the world to deal with global environmental change?

Prominent international environmental researchers and policymakers will be meeting at the 4th International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Congress in Cape Town from 5 to 9 May 2008 to provide a forum for African and international environmental researchers to share scientific agendas, concerns and resources. The theme of the Congress is “Sustainable Livelihoods in a Changing Earth System”. The goal is to improve and expand scientific understanding of Earth system processes of special importance to the African continent, and to tie them in with issues of sustainability. IGBP is an international research programme supporting a global network of Earth system scientists.

The 4th IGBP Congress supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development. Another important aim of the IGBP Congress is to connect with young African environmental scientists to offer them a unique opportunity to interact with top scientists from Africa and the rest of the world.

Scientists at the meeting will be available, within the constraints of their meeting schedules, to talk with media about global environmental change issues ranging from adaptation and sustainable development, food security, and water resources, amongst other topics.

Media are invited to attend the Congress during its opening session on Tuesday evening 6 May (during which Prof. Brian Huntley will make a presentation co-authored by Clem Sunter) on assessing the value of environmental scenario planning in South Africa during the 1980s), as well as the plenary symposium on Wednesday 7 May on “Sustainable African Pathways in a Changing Earth System”, and at the end of the closing session on Friday 9 May, during which a Congress statement, summarising the science discussed at the Congress, will be released. The Congress is being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Media are requested to pre-register for the Congress by contacting conference organizer Thebe Conferences and Events (Philippa@thebeconferences.co.za or Lara@thebeconferences.co.za) Mary Ann Williams, IGBP Science Communicator (maryann@igbp.kva.se).

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