SERI
Infomail 05/02

Table of contents

1. SERI-News
General news from SERI and SERI members

  • SERI AT JOHANNESBURG

2. Project-Overview
News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

  • PARTICIPATION IN INTELCITY PROJECT
  • FROM LISSABON TO ATHEN

3. Friends
Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

  • BOOK PRESENTATION IN ROME

4. Selected publications
Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

  • EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS
  • NACHHALTIGKEIT
  • GREENHOUSE ECONOMICS

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

  • FRONTIERS 2 CONFERENCE
  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW WEBSITE OF THE ZERO EMISSIONS FORUM

6. Going on in Vienna

  • DISCUSSION EVENING ON THE WSSD -WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • ICT AND DEMATERIALISATION WORKSHOP

 

Contents

1. SERI-News
General news from SERI and SERI members

SERI AT JOHANNESBURG

Joachim Spangenberg is participating on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg

He is giving four presentations on Science for sustainability and on sustainable consumption.
Everyone who want to contact him while he is in Johannesburg can write an email to infomail@seri.at. We will contact him with any relevant question or suggestion.

Other SERI members participating on the conference are: Alfred Strigl (member of the Austrian delegation, Gianfranco Bologna (WWF), and Daniel Mittler (BUND)

Also have a look at “Going on in Vienna” (top 6in this infomail).

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2. Project-Overview
News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

PARTICIPATION IN INTELCITY PROJECT

SERI will be member of the think tank of the INTELCITY project funded by
the E.U. Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme . It aims to
explore new opportunities for sustainable development of cities through
the intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies
(ICTs). It will integrate the knowledge of experts in sustainable urban
development (SUD) and ICTs to deliver a roadmap that relates the range
of potential ICT development options to planning and urban
re/development processes.

The contact person of the project co-ordinator is Steve Curwell,
INTELCITY, BUHU, University of Salford, UK. (s.r.curwell@salford.ac.uk).

At SERI please contact Roman Mesicek (roman.mesicek@seri.at) for more
information.

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FROM LISSABON TO ATHENS

SERI Vienna started a new project for the Austrian environment ministry on the further development of (and link between) the European Sustainability strategy, Lisbon (structural indicator reporting) and Cardiff (environmental integration) processes with a special look at the role of structural and sustainability indicators.

This study - funded by the Austrian Ministry of Environment - explores possible strategies for the Austrian position at the next EU-Environmental Council meeting. One aim is to improve the integration process of sustainability into all sectoral policies. Emphasis is given to the energy and transport sector.

For more information please contact Renata Zacherl (renata.zacherl@seri.at).

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3. Friends
Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

BOOK PRESENTATION IN ROME

The Italian Institute for Sustainable Development ISSI (see
http://www.issi.it) is publishing a book on the situation of the sustainability in Italy, published by Editori Riuniti. The report will be presented on 24th of September in Rome.

As a special guest, Fritz Hinterberger will give a presentation on the
conclusions of the Jo'burg Summit, european policies on sustainability
and the italian policies on the same issues.

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4. Selected publications
Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

Contribution on EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS
by Friedrich Hinterberger

Hinterberger, F. (2002). Ökologie und Ökonomie; Koevolution als Erklärungsprinzip und normative Idee. Studien zur Evolutorischen Ökonomik V. Berlin, in: Studien zur Evolutorischen Ökonomie “Schriften des Vereins für Sozialpolitik; Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts und Sozialwissenschaften”
Ed. by. Marco Lehmann Waffenschmidt. 195: 235-262.

The article of this book enters into the question of what to learn about a co evolutionary perspective of economy and ecology in a sense of deriving strategies and measures for the solution of our environmental problems. First the the ecological problem is outlined from the perspectiv of evolutionary economics, then a coevolutionary perspective to analyze the interrelations between this phenomena is given.

Publication of the book
„Nachhaltigkeit“ by
Fred Luks, 2002, ISDN 3434461132

This book presents an abundance of current, scientific, economic, philosophic, and self-contained cogitations on the overall concept of sustainability. There can be found relevant keywords on the debate such as “environmental Kutznets curve” ,”ecological managementrules” or “new models of wealth. Sustainability is more than ecology, it includes environment, finances, social politics and globalisation. It shows how the life will be organized in the rich industrial society.

Fred Luks describes the evolution of sustainability and its idea and points out its urgency.

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Spash, Clive L (2002)
Greenhouse Economics: Value and Ethics
London: Routledge, xvi + 298 ISBN: 0 415 12718 1 HB £75.

This book provides a refreshing interdisciplinary perspective which pulls
together strands of natural science, economics and ethics. Themes
covered include:

• How do we deal with uncertainty and ignorance?
• What role do science and economics play in policy formation?
• To what extent should individuals take responsibility for the society in
which they and their descendants live?

Professor Clive L. Spash holds the Research Chair in Environmental and
Rural Economics at the University of Aberdeen. He is head of the
Socio Economic Research Programme at the Macaulay Institute and President
of the European Society for Ecological Economics.

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5. Links + Other
News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

FRONTIERS 2 Conference

The FRONTIERS 2 Conference - European Application in Ecological
Economics - will take place at Hotel Maritim, Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Spain, 12-15 February 2003 and will focus on state-of-the-art
applications of ecological economics for environmental planning and
management, in education and for testing the robustness of research
tools.

Friedrich Hinterberger, President of SERI, will be part of the
Scientific Advisory Committee of the conference.

Furthermore we are hoping for an intensive participation of SERI members
at the conference (like at the last ISEE 2002 Conference). TO contribute
to the conference, please keep in mind that the deadline is the 10th of
October 2002. Until this date you have to send a letter of request
including a 2 page CV and a list of publications together with the
proposed contribution (an abstract plus a 2-page synopsis) to
frontiers2.esee@ull.es (or, of course, by regular mail).

You find more information on the topics of the Conference on the
website: http://www.euroecolecon.org/frontiers/Overview/Frontiers2.html

For further information please contact Roman Mesicek (roman.mesicek@seri.at) or have a look at the SERI website created for the conference: http://www.seri.at/frontiers2.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW WEBSITE OF THE ZERO EMISSIONS FORUM

The United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo launched a new website of the Zero Emissions Forum (www.unu.edu/zef). The website is available in English, Japanese and German versions.
Zero Emissions started at UNU in 1994 as an approach to connecting the idea of industrial symbiosis through value-added exchange of wastes to the world of business strategy and environmental policy. In 1999, UNU started the Zero Emissions Forum, a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to promoting and implementing Zero Emissions.
The new website is intended to be a central point for disseminating information and interactive discussion regarding Zero Emissions. In addition to the usual sections on news (www.unu.edu/zef/news.html ) and *.pdf downloads of publications (www.unu.edu/zef/publications.html ), the site also offers multimedia presentations on Zero Emissions viewable via RealPlayer (www.unu.edu/zef/onlineeducation.html ). Also, it is the hub for a new e-mail discussion list (www.unu.edu/zef/forums.html ). Interested persons are invited to take a look at the site and participate in the discussion lists.

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6. Going on in Vienna

DISCUSSION EVENING ON THE WSSD -WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - IN VIENNA

The UN-World Summit started on 24th of August. Until the 4th of september, near of 50.000 delegates from all over the world are discussing about the future of our planet.

Everyone, who has not the possibility to join the event there, nevertheless has the chance to participate directly on the discussion process.

In cooperation with ABSCD and the Industriellenvereinigung, SERI is organizing a discussion evening on the topic „Free Trade-sustainable Trade. A contradiction?“ on the 3rd of September 2002 at 17:00 -20:00.

This event will take place at the

Haus der Industrie
Schwarzenbergplatz 4
1030 Wien
Kleiner Festsaal

Part of the event will be a Live connection to Johannesburg, were everyone can ask questions or give some suggestions to the austrian delegates. The minister of foreign affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, as well as SERI members in Johannesburg are participating on this discussion. Other participants in Vienna are members of the Arbeiterkammer, FairTrade, WWF, and others.

For more information please have a look at www.abcsd.at or www.seri.at/joburg2002.

To register for the event, please contact :

Doris Schnepf
Tel.: 0043-1-969-0728-0
or send an e-mail to:
doris.schnepf@seri.at

A documentation of the event will appear on our Website.

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ICT AND DEMATERIALISATION

Workshop to be held on Saturday, the 28th of September, 2002

An outlook on the positive or negative influences current
dematerialisation and
miniaturisation trends could have on a local, regional or global level

The workshop wants to gather experts in the field of ICT and Sustainable
Development to have a look at current trends and findings concerning
this matter, both in the industrialised world and in the southern
hemisphere. Further on, it will try to come up with, identify and
define strategies to soften the impacts, and promote an ecological,
social and economical save - a sustainable - way to a knowledge-based
Society.

Dr. Lorenz Hilty, EMPA, Switzerland has among others
confirmed his participation. The workshop will be chaird by Dr.
Friedrich Hinterberger, President of SERI.

For more information please go to http://www.seri.at/ict+demat/. If you
are interested in participating in the workshop or the results please
contact Roman Mesicek. (roman.mesicek@seri.at).

You can also have a look at the SERI rearch area Ecological Information
Society - EIS for further information on the topic: www.seri.at/eis
.

 

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SERI-Infomail 04/2002
Distributed by Jürgen Schäfer
Managing Editor, SERI-InfoMail
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© SERI 2002 (Vienna / Essen)


 

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last update 29-Aug-2002