Aim and Scope of the Conference

Over the last 30 years, a number of studies have shown that increased human and economic activities in many parts of the world have negatively impacted the Earth's environment: air, water and land. Economic activity can lead to environmental degradation by imposing stresses on natural resources and ecosystems and by increasing pollutant emissions. Environmental crisis impacts everyone on the planet but the degree to which populations living in different parts of the world contribute to this crisis depends on the level of economic development and consumption patterns. Studies suggest that as much as 70-80% of the earth’s resources (for example, fossil fuel, water, and forest products) are consumed by only 25% of the world’s population.

Although global environmental concerns are often categorized under broad themes such as climate change and desertification, environmental problems of concern to many of the world’s vulnerable groups living in marginal areas tend to have immediate consequences that affect the quality of life, livelihood and in many cases survival. Although policy and research have improved environmental sustainability in developed countries, similar gains have not been achieved in many parts of the developing world. A number of international forums, such as the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the 2004 World Summit on Sustainable Development, have identified the need for countries to reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and promote appropriate demographic policies.

The First International Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy, ERTEP 2007, will bring researchers, consultants, engineers, scientists, NGOs, and policy makers together to discuss global environmental issues relating to resource exploitation and consumption, development of environmental monitoring and remediation technologies, and building the capacity for environmental policy making to protect fragile ecosystems. ERTEP 2007 will also address gender issues in environmental stewardship, especially in the world’s most vulnerable regions.