International Roundtable on ‘Sustainable Utilisation of Energy and Biodiversity Resources for Wealth Creation and Development’
NAM S&T Centre jointly with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) is this roundtable. The current meet is a point in the direction whereby an efficient use of existing resources along with their sustainability is interwoven along with critical aspects relating to biodiversity.
The increasing population pressure and demand for a better life style have necessitated a need for greater use of energy. This has resulted in mounting pressure on the use of available resources which is now mostly met by fossil fuels.
The rate of energy consumption is much higher than it was ever before and the demand is on increase. There is a negative balance between source depletion and replenishment by natural processes.
This has also resulted in uncontrollable rise in pollution due to air, water, soil and noise besides electro-pollution, causing the very survival of life difficult on Planet Earth.
An increase in the level of carbon dioxide, possibly causing a temperature rise leading to global warming and subsequent melting of glaciers culminating into climate change is a phenomenon of utmost concern.
This has serious economic and social implications. Climate change linked to emissions is then about limiting growth, and also sharing growth among nations which has its economic overtones.
The emerging scenario has led to a tremendous pressure on survival of species type (both plants and animals). The number of such species is registering a significant decline, thereby posing a serious threat to the sustainability of ecosystem itself.
A demand for green energy is understood but the quantum and nature of its exploitation remains to be settled.
Solar, the ultimate source of energy is now widely discussed, though increase in its efficiency usage is still a matter of continued investigation.
This phenomenon has caused stress on every component of living system and a solution to this is nowhere on the horizon. It is therefore imperative to look at the issue from a holistic point of view, which is of paramount importance for the developing countries due to their inaccessibility to the emerging technologies.
In order to deliberate on the above issues, the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) jointly with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) is organizing an International Roundtable on ‘Sustainable Utilisation of Energy and Biodiversity Resources for Wealth Creation and Development’ from 10–13 March 2009 at Kampala, Uganda. The current meet is a point in the direction whereby an efficient use of existing resources along with their sustainability is interwoven along with critical aspects relating to biodiversity. It is hoped that this roundtable will pave way for such an integrated approach.
For more information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha,
Centre for Science & Technology of Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries
(NAM S&T Centre),
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New Delhi - 110003, INDIA
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