Registration, arrival of participants, setting up of posters
of Opening Plenary
of Plenary Session
of Plenary Session
of Final Plenary Session / Parallel Sessions
OF OPEN MEETING
of IHDP National
Committees/ Parallel Sessions
SPEECHES Welcome Reception
Some general background/ guidelines on
each of the four days:
DAY 1 - How do we deal with demographic
Though demographic challenges are in many ways synonymous with human
dimensions research, they
have not yet been explored fully or placed at the center of the
Global Environmental Change research
agenda. However, we can immediately understand the importance of
research on demography by asking
ourselves some of the following:
What do we aim for in research on demography?
What do we need to know about demographic challenges?
What strategies do we need to put in place to get at the aims
How do we implement those changes that we need?
How do we communicate them and educate people about them?
This day at the Open Meeting will discuss scientific
approaches to demography and will include
sessions related to
- Interactions of demography with specific issue
areas of global change such as health,
urbanization, pollution and environmental degradation, resource
- The nature of demographic change and its
drivers and impacts (e.g. modernization and
economic integration processes, institutional frameworks, technology,
and vulnerability of
those affected, erosion of resilience as well as emergence of
coping capacities in different
- The influence and causes of perceptions and
belief systems on demographic challenges (e.g.
social learning processes, role of traditional and scientific
knowledge, cognitive frames,
behavioral patterns, values and ethics);
- Internal social feedbacks that impact demography
and vice-versa (e.g. economic forces, power relations, gender,
culture and religious beliefs, security, violence);
The day should be composed of an opening morning
plenary and subsequent set of parallel sessions. The role of the
plenary is both to introduce the different topics captured under
this heading as well as linkages to the other main challenges of
the 7th IHDP Open Meeting. It should also provide a platform for
exchanges of insights and views stemming from science and the general
public on one of the most central issues of humankind.
DAY 2 - How do we establish social cohesion
while overcoming global inequity?
Moving toward sustainability requires a perspective of global social
interdependence in order to foster
global equity balanced with local social cohesion.
The elements subsumed under this include risk
management, disaster prevention, a balanced allocation
of public and private goods, the increase of adaptive capacities
at all levels, the connection of the
movement of labor with social welfare and security, the design of
sustainable development pathways,
the reconsideration of economic models for sufficiency, the re-design
of the institutional framework of
the flows of finance and goods, and the emergence of global ethics
and values towards social cohesion
and global equity.
DAY 3 - How do we deal with limitations
of resources and ecosystem services?
Improving quality of life still means increasing resource consumption.
Production patterns focus on
increasing production and efficiency gains, but not on sustainability.
Efficiency gains often are
counteracted by rebound effects, and are limited by resource availability.
This day contains sessions that discuss the science
of approaches to the human dimensions of resource
limitations and ecosystem services in consumption and production.
This includes challenges related to
- interactions of lifestyles, material fluxes,
and climate change:
- What we can learn from the past in which
traditional societies adapted to resource limitations
- understanding of resource limitations from
perspectives of business practices
- developing methodologies, scenarios and storylines
for innovative sustainable lifestyles
- mechanisms and opportunities for international
and regional scale communication
- education, cognition and social learning
related to ecosystem services
- policy making in relation to ecosystem services
The plenary should look to future innovative
DAY 4 - How do we adapt institutions
to address global change?
The day would begin with a plenary debate, looking at three elements
of this theme: legal, academic,
and institutional. There should also be a “practical”
element to this discussion, meaning the inclusion of
policy perspectives. This debate should give good ground for discussions
during the rest of the day,
with the possibility of a semi-plenary following the full plenary,
as well as applicable parallel sessions.
A potential semi-plenary later that morning would
have a focus on Asia, where the two levels of global
trends and local realities coincide.
Issues for the plenaries and parallel sessions
could include but not be limited to: regional perspectives
on broader questions, ongoing experiments and experience, and methodological
issues – such as how to
design effective institutions, governance structures and strategies
so that they have the capacity to
change existing systems towards sustainable structure, regional
institutional approach/ alliances/
newtorks, devolution/ decentralization processes in a broad context,
as well as international agreements
development pathways (particularly of China and India), and institutional
conditions under which they
can transform towards sustainability.