EVENTS / 2012

Environmental Impact 2012, 1st International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development.

3 July 2012

The 1st International Conference on Environmental Impact and Development originated from the need to provide an inter-disciplinary forum where the most serious problems affecting sustainable development can be discussed. The basic premise is that development projects need to consider the most pressing issues related to environmental impacts in order to provide complete solutions.

The current emphasis on sustainable development is a consequence of the general awareness of the need to solve numerous environmental problems resulting from our modern society. This has resulted in the need to assess the impact of economic investments on the environment. The topic of investment assessment and environmental economics needs to be discussed in an integrated way, in accordance with the principles of sustainability, considering the social and environmental aspects of new investments, as well as possible environmental damage.

The roots of financial development are financial growth, which in conventional terms requires an increase in production and the use of more resources. Their overuse can result in the destruction of natural resources and larger releases of waste and pollution into the environment. The conference will address issues related to environmental toxicology and hazardous waste. With large numbers of new chemicals entering the market each year, it has become necessary to assess their effects on ecosystems as well as minimise their impact on the environment. There is a growing need for techniques and practices to minimize the environmental effects of chemicals, and for the implementation of the corresponding principles in the planning of environmental policy and decisionmaking. It is also necessary to understand the economic impact of toxic products on the environment.

The conference will also examine issues related to whether development enterprises are compatible with environmental protection, dealing in particular with cases of possible severe contamination and toxicity. The problem of what to do with the existing contaminated sites or brownfields is dealt with in detail, drawing from existing experience. The most important motivation for the conference is to learn from past failures, to not repeat the same mistakes while attempting to prevent emerging threats to the environment and ecological systems.