Track: Career Track
The first UN Conference on the Human-Environment was held in Stockholm 1992 (often referred to as the Stockholm Conference) and set the course for nations to recognize the growing alarm of how human activities were affecting the environment on which society relies. The Stockholm Conference was a clarion call to national leaders and scientific communities to work together to find sustainable solutions to the growing threats to our environment. This session deals with engaging practitioners and researchers in the development of solutions and a companion session deals with the scientific understanding of global environmental changes. The Stockholm Conference on the Human-Environment in 1972 initiated an international dialogue between policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to deal with environmental issues threatening to human and ecosystem well-being. The global environmental challenges, air and water pollution, harmful chemicals in the environment, biodiversity loss, over consumption of non-renewable resources, highlighted at the threats faced by society to maintain key ecosystem services to support key functions such as food security, sustain biodiversity, and reduce climate changes. Response to these efforts over the decades has been the emergence of earth stewardship principles and strategies that are aimed to sustain the earth system and the global biosphere. However, the manner in which we deal with the sources of the causes of these threats and transformation is needed to deal with the impacts need to be developed in a more nuanced regional to local context and greater engagement with civil society. Regions around the globe have different set of adaptive capacity and capital resources that determine the vulnerability and resilience to changes in climate, land use changes, and loss of habitat. There is a need to develop a platform to enable joint strategies to between researchers and practitioners at scale that is meaningful to local and regional communities. This session will be preceded by a companion session, Special Session 3: “Looking Beyond Stockholm +50: The Role for Ecological Science”.
Presenting Author: Moffatt Ngugi – US Agency for International Development
Presenting Author: F. Stuart Chapin – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Presenting Author: Richard H. Moss – Science for Climate Action Network
Presenting Author: Paty Romero-Lankao – DOE