Biodiversity, Desertification, Water, Food and Human Rights

Biodiversity, Desertification, Water, Food and Human Rights
Issues such as biodiversity, desertification, water and food have become a planetary emergency, but still today there is no real awareness of their close interconnection and, notwithstanding the many international agreements, they are a challenge to which effective answers still need to be found.
In light of the G8 meeting in 2009 at La Maddalena, the Region of Sardinia intends to give an informal contribution through a series of initiatives on issues of the agenda so as to involve to the extent possible institutions, scientists, persons of law, associations and private citizens who have the future of the Planet at heart.
The deterioration of ecosystems at the global level has both caused and increased disparity among peoples, and has highlighted fundamental issues, ignored up to now, of biodiversity, climatic change, desertification and human rights. The dramatic reduction of biodiversity, climate change, with the increasing phenomenon of desertification on one hand and tropicalization on the other, biological invasions and the threat to autochthonous species, together with water and food and their social implication as a fundamental human right and common good, will be the subject of discussion from different points of view.
Participants will include leading international experts, academics, and representatives of NGOs and environmental associations; the meeting is preparatory to the presentation of a document with the G8 meeting at La Maddalena in mind, with the hope that it provides a tool that can contribute to a deeper understanding and awareness of Governments, which have the responsibility to give global answers to these pressing issues.

- Programme [file.pdf]
- The Sassari Charter [file.pdf]