Paris, 13 June 2012
At the first Rio Summit in 1992, scientists played a critical role in raising awareness of the importance of environmental change. In 2012, they will continue to voice their concerns in Rio, on the occasion of the United Nations conference on sustainable development.
The role of researchers at Rio+20 will consist not only of sounding the alarm, but also and most importantly of improving knowledge and contributing their expertise. This should help decision-makers to rely on research, innovation, scientific cooperation and dialogue between stakeholders in order to address important issues related to food, water, climate, biodiversity and land development.
Showing diverse approaches and scientific advances in the environmental field, demonstrating the need for governments to support research, cooperating with scientists in building solutions: these are the messages that AllEnvi wishes to deliver at Rio+20.
Around twenty researchers from AllEnvi's member organizations - Cirad, CNRS, lfremer, Inra, IRD, Irstea, the National Museum of Natural History - will hold and participate in conferences and "side events". The proposed topics for these events will focus on the multi-disciplinary character of environmental science, the cooperation between researchers worldwide and the interactions with economic and social stakeholders across the planet.
Issues to be addressed :
o "Ocean science": the "Ocean" programme, in the wake of the Grenelle of the Sea. Promoting an integrated approach so as to better understand the "ocean" system, its diversity and its interactions, and to sustainably use its resources, with a focus on the French overseas departments and territories (19 June);
o "Research and sustainable development: AllEnvi, a governance tool" (20 June);
o "Agri-science", agricultural research's contribution to green growth and the fight against poverty in developing countries (21 June);
o "Forum for sustainable development in developing countries: application to the shared management of water and tropical forest resources" (21 June);
o "Biodiversity in French Guiana: a favourite location for environmental research" (21 June);
o "A territorial approach to social change": how to mobilize scientific know-how for the development of territories and the transition towards a green economy (22 June);
o "Participatory science" (22 June).
(1) AllEnvi has 12 founding members and 15 associate members – The founding members comprise: BRGM, CEA, Irstea, Cirad, CNRS, CPU, Ifremer, IFSTTAR, Inra, IRD, Météo France, the National Museum of Natural History.
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