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An introduction to EEAC
EEAC stands for the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils. Advisory councils for the environment and sustainable development have been established in most European countries to provide independent and evidence-based advice to their national governments. Most of the councils are members of the EEAC network.
The fundamental principle underlying the EEAC network is the common understanding that present trends in production, consumption, trade and economic development are rooted in the unsustainable use of natural resources. The global challenge confronting humankind is to move to a new and more sustainable concept of development. This new developmental concept will acknowledge economic needs and social aspirations, but will also respect the constraints imposed by the requirement to protect the critical and unique values of the natural environment.
The network started in 1993. Today it has 26 councils from 16 European countries. About 400 key figures from universities, civil society organisations, interest organisations and the private sector participate in the network in their capacity as council members. EEAC members collaborate in working groups on specific issues. The chair of the EEAC steering committee and board is Prof Miranda Schreurs, Council Member of the SRU (Germany).
An introduction to NRW
Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. Their purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future. Wales’ landscape, environment and wildlife are amongst its greatest resource, worth more than £8bn to the Welsh economy.
NRW will work for Wales’ economy and enable the sustainable use of natural resources to support jobs and enterprise. It will help businesses and developers to understand and consider environmental impacts when they make important decisions. It will work for the communities of Wales to protect people and their homes as much as possible from environmental incidents like flooding and pollution. It will provide opportunities for them to learn, use and benefit from Wales’ natural resources. It will work to maintain and improve the quality of the environment for everyone. It will work towards making the environment and natural resources more resilient to climate change and other pressures.
An introduction to Bangor University
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. It is a leading research-led University with an international reputation for teaching and research, that fosters the intellectual and personal development of its students and staff, provides a supportive multicultural environment, promotes widening access and inclusiveness, and supports the economic, social and cultural well-being of Wales and the wider community it serves.
The University is recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for a varied portfolio of academic programmes and for the high quality of the experience it provides for its students and staff. It has over 10,000 students, 23 academic Schools grouped in to 5 Colleges and over 650 teaching staff. A £20m redevelopment of the campus has taken place, including a £10m business and management centre and a building for environmental sciences.
An introduction to Wales Environment Research Hub
The Wales Environment Research Hub helps to co-ordinate environmental research in Wales to strengthen the evidence base for the Wales Environment Strategy. The Hub promotes collaboration between research providers in universities and research institutes, and users of research – primarily government and its agencies.
Wales Environment Strategy Priorities are Addressing climate change, Sustainable resource use, Biodiversity, Landscapes, seascapes and heritage, Our local environment and Environmental hazard.
An introduction to WISE Network
WISE Network provides a unique opportunity for business to work in partnership with Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Swansea Universities. Through the facilities and expertise available within both Welsh industry and the academic institutions we seek to embed sustainability at the heart of all businesses.
Collaboration with WISE Network will help to future proof your business to thrive and grow in an increasingly resource-efficient environment. In addition those businesses operating in the Environmental sector will be equipped to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the current growth in Green industries.
WISE Network will create a culture of confident business people that use research, expertise, technology and innovation capacity as an essential component in their future development.
If you would like any further information, please contact:
Dr. Rosie Anthony, EEAC 2013 Conference Administrator
8 Alun Roberts, Bangor University, Bangor, LL57 2UW, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 7506 768 642
“We have greatly benefited from our engagement with the WISE Network programme and look forward to making further progress in both reducing the impact of our operations and extending our offer to those who are hard-to-reach.”
Warren Jones, Manager
Beaumaris Leisure Centre