Samos Conference - 2006
From July 4 to 9, 2006, a conference was held in Island of Samos, Greece on the topic of The Global Ecological Integrity Group: Fourteen Years Later.
This conference was co-organized by Laura Westra and Colin Soskolne.
A letter from Laura Westra
Dear Integrity Friend:
We have just concluded what many termed one of our best conferences yet! The unbeatable beach location, perfect weather - sunny and warm with breezes, had something to do with that conclusion, as did the presence of most of our "regulars", plus the addition of several new members from law, health, science and philosophy.
Special thanks are also due to Brendan Mackey and Colin Soskolne who manned the temperamental machines that permitted us to give our Power Point presentations. The whole Group will be able to access most of the presentations from the conference as Colin and Brendan have laboured to ensure that the Power Point presentations and at least one Word paper are added to our website (this should happen within the next few weeks). Of course, this posting does not preclude possible publication of the papers, and Brunetto Chiarelli, Editor of Global Bioethics, has proposed publishing them with Colin and myself as co-editors. This has yet to be confirmed because Colin is too consumed right now with the book project to consider taking on another major editing assignment.
Our "business" meeting emphasized the location of our 2007 conference: Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (with thanks to Tarah Wright for hosting), and that information should also soon be on our website. For 2008, the present plan is to meet jointly with (or just prior to) the IUCN meetings in Barcelona, Spain, and you will be informed in plenty of time with details.
We held a panel presentation to address how the group started with our emphasis on science and ethics, then health through Colin and the WHO meeting in Rome (1998), then with the Earth Charter (Costa Rica, 2000), and finally joined informally with the IUCN-CEL Ethics Specialist Group through Ron, and decided to start again to hold self-funded yearly meetings.
For the future, we envision more of the same, but we also propose various ways to add some form of activism to our usual agenda of research/discussion/publication. I have invited Captain Paul Watson of Greenpeace to our 2007 conference in Halifax, as well as Elizabeth May (formerly of the Sierra Club, Canada) presently and we hope - Canada's Green Party's new leader. Colin also suggested some other way to have our views heard, and Ron Engel proposed making the importance and value of religion explicit in some of our future presentations, and I concur.
The only glitch occurred (a "first" for our conferences) when the bus that I had booked for an island tour failed to materialize. I refunded most of the money set aside for that purpose (and still owe refunds to a couple of people), then offered the wine when part of the group decided to walk to Pythagorion (the village close to the Doryssa Bay Resort) for a "farewell dinner" of sorts (and the picture you see is of that occasion).
Anyway, I thank all participants for their wonderful presentations: they make each meeting new and exciting. I hope to see all of you next year in Halifax!
- Biopolicy - A Vision For The Milliennium by Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis
- A Rocky Path Towards Sustainability: The Environmental Jurisprudence of International Courts by Klaus Bosselmann
- The Collaborative Program on the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change by Don Brown
- Bringing the Earth Charter to Life by Valerie A. Brown
- Justice, Ecology and Health by Colin Butler
- Environment, Ethics and the Factory Farm by David N. Cassuto
- Biodiversity and ecological stability of forests in the Czech Republic by Pavel Cudlín
- Global Governance - Do We Need a Global Constitution? by Eva Cudlínovà
- Adapting Water Management Adapting Water Management to Global Climate Change and to Global Climate Change and Other Hydropolitical Other Hydropolitical Stresses by Joseph W. Dellapenna
- Healing the Children: Reflections on the Sustainability and Impact of International Medical Volunteer Programs by J. Mark Engel, M.D.
- What Are We Going to Do About the United? by Ron Engel
- The global economy and water shortage by Andrzej Kedziora
- Ethics, Environment and International Security by Yannis Kinnas, Ph.D.
- Globalisation and Biodiversity Protection by Lech Ryszkowski
- Economic Growth and Ecological Integrity - A Dilemma for Developing Countries by Zada Lipman, Professor of Law
- Earth, and the Ethics of Sharing: the Significance of Global Connections for Justifying Rational, Foundational, Duties to Earth by Ruth Miller Lucier
- Global Environmental Change, Ecological Integrity and the Earth Charter by Prof. Brendan Mackey
- Asserting Indigenous Land Rights as a Strategy for Recovering Ecosystem Integrity: The Case of the Onondaga Nation Land Rights Action by Jack Manno
- Rhetoric or Reality: Rethinking Strategies for International Environmental Law and Planetary Integrity in Africa by Yemi Oke
- The Business Of Climate Change: Beyond 'Business As Usual' by Prue Taylor
- Past the Tipping Point? The Coming Post-Sustainability World by William E. Rees, PhD
- Regulation of Socially Responsible Investment in the Financial Services Sector: Global Trends and Lessons by Ben Richardson
- The Millennium Development Goals: Narrowing The Gap by 2015 Through Attention To Values And Ethics In Environmental Health Risk Assessment by Colin L. Soskolne, PhD
- The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Ecofootprint Crime and the "Biological/Ecological Integrity Model" by Laura Westra, Ph.D.
- International fisheries access agreements: instruments of conservacy or exploitation? The case of EU-Senegal by Emma Witbooi