Engaging the Environment, Engaging the Future

One of the world's leading authorities in debates on sustainable development, Professor Kenichi Miyamoto from the Ritsumeikan University in Japan will be giving the timely presentation "Towards a Sustainable Society in Asia - the Lesson of Japanese Environmental Problems" at the upcoming APNEC-8 conference held at The University of Sydney.

The Eighth Asia-Pacific NGO Environmental Conference (APNEC-8) will bring together different stakeholders from East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia - academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, and representatives of non-governmental environmental organisations - to debate the challenges we face in securing an ecological future.

Leading Korean environmental scientist, Professor Jung Wk Kim from Seoul University, will also be speaking on the environmental conflicts in South Korea and policy suggestions towards a sustainable future. Other keynote speakers include Ariel Salleh, an internationally-renown Australian eco-feminist and Dr James Goodman from the University of Technology Sydney.

The conference will encourage a focus on the environmental media through which the impact of climate change is most immediately observable - atmosphere, water and marine systems, and land - and it will move 'beyond the silo' to draw on reflections on the impacts on ecological systems more generally and on the integrity and wellbeing of communities more particularly. The conference seeks to identify the nature and magnitude of the challenges and how we begin to formulate and progress responses to these challenges.

The APNEC-8 conference is supported by the Japan Environment Council and the Faculty of Economics and Business at The University of Sydney. It will commence on the Thursday evening, 22nd November, and keynote addresses will be presented over Friday and Saturday.


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