Almost a decade after the first Congress, IFOAM EU is celebrating its 10th European Organic Congress in the Netherlands this April 2016. The theme of this year’s Congress is transforming food and farming through organics. We want to look at how organic and agro-ecological approaches can really lead future agri-food systems and contribute to the development of EU policies that fundamentally address political, environmental and societal challenges.
The Congress aims to build on the outcomes of the IFOAM EU Vision 2030 process which culminated in the launch of “Transforming Food and Farming: An Organic Vision for Europe” in Latvia in 2015 and the strategies. Together with diverse food and farming stakeholders, we will develop practical strategies to develop organics in the long term and shape the EU market and policy developments so critical to transforming food and farming in the short to medium-term.
Implementing innovative ecological solutions for farmers and rural communities
Rural Development Programmes - European Innovation Partnership - Organic Regulation Review
Member states and regions will launch the Rural Development Programmes of the new EU Common Agricultural Policy in 2015. What will the impact on famers and rural communities throughout Europe be? How can the new programmes stimulate greater delivery of public goods and green job creation?
The European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture (EIP-AGRI) aims to bring rural development, farming and research together. It presents many opportunities and can be used to put eco-functional intensification at the heart of the EU productivity and sustainability objectives. How will this new policy instrument be implemented? How can organic and agroecological approaches contribute to its development?
The new rural development regulation offers the potential for greater recognition for organic farming, yet the sector faces the prospect of considerable regulatory changes in the coming years. How can the new organic regulation help make Europe more organic and drive innovation for sustainable food production?
Share your view and learn about experiences from all over Europe and beyond at the 8th European Organic Congress!
The IFOAM Organic World Congress is organised every 3 years in a different country. The aim of the congress and surrounding activities (pre-conference, IFOAM General Assembly, side-events and organic exhibition) is to share experiences, innovations, knowledge about the organic world with a special attention on the organizing country. The Congress provides an extraordinary momentum and inspiration for all stakeholders from around the world that are proud to be part. It is THE leading event for the development of the organic sector worldwide.
The congress lasts 3 days and has 3 plenary and 8 breakout sessions with more than 250 presentations of impressive personalities providing latest insights. It gathers more than 2500 people from the organic sector worldwide (scientists, practitioners, trainers, farmers, processors, traders, etc.). During the congress an exhibition is held for scientists, institutions and companies to present their work. The General Assembly is organised for IFOAM members including a motion bazaar on a boat trip on the Bosporus. Over 600 organizations use their democratic rights and elect the World Board, decide the global organic positions and move member motions for 2 days. Pre-conferences and assemblies of organizations a day or two before enrich the program and provide space for specialists to deepen their debates. A Turkish pre-conference concentrates on the national organic development. Side-events such as social events, film screenings, excursions, visits of (organic) markets and touristic tours are planned on the margins of the congress.
CONGRESS DATES: 13-15 October 2014 CONGRESS LANGUAGE: English
13-15 Ekim'de İstanbul'da yapılacak Dünya Organik Kongresi'nde stand başvuruları başladı. Dünyanın en büyük organik etkinliği kapsamında açılacak Organik Sergi'de sınırlı sayıda stand yer alacak. Stand ücretlerine bir kişi için kongre katılımı da dahil. Dünyanın en büyük etkinliğinde kendi standınızla yer almak için gerekli tüm bilgilere; http://owc2014.org/?lang=tr&page=organic_exhibition sayfasından ulaşabilirsiniz.
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As an international guest, you will have access to many exceptional conference amenities, including the International Resource Center and lounge available for your use. A special reception will be held to honor you and your fellow international attendees.
AWWA’s leadership and International Council members will be available to meet and discuss international issues in a relaxed social atmosphere.
The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
But Earth Day Network does not stop there.
All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of "environment" to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.
Over the last 40 years, EDN has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. EDN is a recognized leader in creating civically–oriented innovative programs with partners outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges. Our core programs today focus on:
Solar energy is fast becoming the most cost-effective and realistic alternative to conventional energy production. In residential capacities, solar energy systems harness energy and heat from the sun, converting it in order to power your lights, hot water heater, appliances, and more. There are numerous types of solar energy systems, and the benefits of incorporating this environmentally friendly resource into your home are astonishing. From reducing the impact that you have on the environment to cutting your utility bills and upping your resale value, solar energy is truly a worthwhile investment.
Solar energy utilizes the natural resources of the sun to generate heat and electricity. Systems come in various sizes, from just a few panels to light your home to larger systems that essentially take you off of the grid. Most residential applications work via photovoltaic cells, which absorb light and then transfer it to a semiconductor, freeing up electrons and generating a current. The current is then fed into your home, powering everything from your table lamp to major appliances. It can also be fed directly back into the power system you're already hooked up to, sending it to the utility company as an energy surplus. Solar energy is considered an intermittent source, simply because cloud cover eliminates the availability of sunlight, halting the process. However, residential solar energy systems often come equipped with a storage feature, creating a back-up when the weather doesn't cooperate.
The 11th International Conference & Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring (CEM) 2014
CEM 2014 The 11th International Conference and exhibition on Emissions monitoring will take place in Turkey in the country’s capital, Istanbul, from the 14th – 16th May 2014.
Since its inaugural meeting in 1997 the CEM conferences have been held in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, The Czech Republic and now it comes to the historic city of Istanbul where East meets West.The CEM event brings together the International emissions monitoring community to network, trade ideas and discuss technology, methods, applications, legislation and standardisation relevant to all atmospheric pollutants which include particulates, SO2, NOx VOC, trace elements and greenhouse gases.
The Turkish economy has experienced annual economic growth rates of nearly 10% for the last couple of years and this has increased the wealth of the country, and its people. The growth has been driven by Western Europe outsourcing manufacturing to Turkey instead of China and the main drivers have been lead times and quality of products.
Turkey prides itself on being everyone’s friend and as well as a great market in itself, Turkey also makes a great location to launch into the Middle East Region.
A short news to let you know about the release of United Natures starring David Holmgren the co-originator of permaculture, along with his partner Su Dennett and their son Oliver. Also features Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Starhawk, Polly Higgins, Prof. Stuart Hill and others on the topics of earth rights, permaculture, philosophy and Gaia theory. Production supported by Permaculture Magazine.
The RSPSoc 2013 Annual Conference "Earth Observation for Problem Solving" will be from the 4th to 6th September 2013 at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel. It's being hosted by the University of Glasgow Geomatics Group, whose 50th Anniversary you will help to celebrate!
In the United States, most households could benefit from conserving energy. By reducing energy use they also reduce greenhouse emissions and positively impact the environment. Families will also see the positive impact of their actions in terms of their finances. On average, people can save almost $2,000 annually on the energy that they spend in their homes. In households that actively take steps to be more energy-efficient, energy bills may be as much as 40 percent lower than other homes. The impact that energy has on a typical family's finances is often a motivating factor in the decision to develop a plan to conserve energy.
In order to develop the most effective plan, it must first be determined what areas in the house are using excess energy. To accomplish this, an inspection of the home is necessary. When checking the house for areas of energy loss, start by closing off all windows, doors or anything that leads outside of the home. Shut off water heaters and gas appliances, and then turn on the exhaust fans and floor and window fans. To test for drafts, a person may use a dampened hand, a lit incense stick or a lit candle. In each room, hold the damp hand, candle or incense up to cracks, baseboards, outlets, attic hatches, doors, windows, and room corners. If there is a draft, it will make a damp hand feel cold. When using incense or a candle, a draft will cause the smoke to move. Once these draft areas have been identified, create a list of which areas are the most inefficient and the most costly in terms of energy lost. To make energy improvements, start at the top of the list and work down.
I want to inform you about our Third Water Symposium in Tamera. Water is a topic for everybody on this planet - and for sure for every ecovillage. Many ecovillages face severe challenges like salizination of ground water, treatment of sewage water, clean drinking water, and water for agriculture. Other challenges are the privatization of water, big dams and laws that in many cases support rather industry and centralization than decentralized models. And many ecovillage have worked on regional solutions, sometimes they created model solutions that can and should be shared with others to help each others. For this we organize this Water Symposium. Read more below. And please spread this information to all those who may be interested.
Leila Dregger, Tamera
"Renewing Water Cycles, Healing the Earth, Learning from Water”
3rd International Water Symposium, Tamera, Portugal June 6th -9th, 2013
"Water, energy and food are freely available for all of humankind, if we don´t follow the laws of capital but the logic of nature." (Dieter Duhm)
Water management in Europe faces rising challenges as ecosystems weaken
Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits.
Water is finite, and cannot continue to absorb limitless amounts of pollution without damaging the resources and ecosystems we rely on.
Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director
‘European waters – current status and future challenges’ brings together findings from nine other European Environment Agency (EEA) reports published during the course of 2012 and early 2013. The report shows a mixed picture for the status of Europe’s water bodies, while the findings are worrying when it comes to ecosystems' ability to deliver essential services.
Strong ecosystems should be maintained, partly because they provide vital services which are often overlooked, the report says. For example, restoring a wetland is not only good for biodiversity but also water filtration, water retention and flood prevention. Although essential, these services are not accounted for in current financial and economic systems.
“Water is finite, and cannot continue to absorb limitless amounts of pollution without damaging the resources and ecosystems we rely on,” Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director, said. “Farmers, planners and companies need to cooperate more, to make sure that the combined pressures on ecosystems do not pass harmful limits.”
"Climate Conference in Doha to lead us into a dangerous impasse"
Coalition of the willing instead of waiting for consensus – climate bailout fund needs to be implemented quickly
Statement by Dr. Thiemo Gropp, Director of the DESERTEC Foundation, on the climate conference in Doha (Qatar)
Hamburg 27th November, 2012. For the 18th UN Climate Change Conference around 20,000 people from over 190 countries have boarded planes to stay in air-conditioned hotels and produce huge amounts of CO2 all in the name of climate protection. And what is the result of almost two decades of this annual meeting? The world emits more CO2 today than ever before.
Climate protection is a global issue that cannot be solved by one country alone. But the premise of the UN climate conference that the start of comprehensive climate action must depend on the global consensus of all concerned parties brings us to a dangerous impasse. As long as countries believe that further negotiation can bring them economic advantages there will always be delay. What we need is a coalition of the willing committed to funding solutions from which all parties will benefit.