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Call for Abstracts

March 1, 2008 • Daily Email Recap

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Population-Poverty-Environmental Linkages. Istanbul, Turkey, 15-16 May, 2008

Thanks to Linda Hutjens for passing along this announcement on a European conference on population-poverty-environmental linkages. The opinions expressed below are presumably those of the EuroNGOs Coordinator.

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**CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/INTEREST**
EuroNGOs/EPF Strategic Workshop
SRHR-Population-Environmental Degradation-Climate Change
15-16 May 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline: 31st March 2008

This workshop is aimed at stimulating discussion on the interdependence between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), population growth, environmental degradation and climate change.

Recently, the discourse on the consequences of population growth and its impact on human health, socioeconomic development, and environmental degradation, often referred to as PPE (Population-Poverty-Environment) linkages has been strongly revived in public as well as expert discussions. Especially with regards to the reasons and consequences of climate change and the measures to be taken in order to fight “global warming”, many of the present discourses rashly suggest that slowing down population growth in the developing countries would automatically have a positive effect both on poverty reduction in the Global South as on climate change.

Although it goes without saying that the growing population figures in many countries of the Global South are having a disastrous impact on the environment and in turn on the people living in these countries, determining the exact extent, cause and effect of PPE linkages is a complicated task. The same holds true when it comes to the linkages between population, sexual and reproductive health and environment. Although some studies come to the conclusion that linking population policy, reproductive health interventions and environmental management can help improving health as well as economical standards in developing countries, the issues are complex and also connected to other sectors such as agriculture, education, gender, industry and labour.

In order to stimulate discussion and develop recommendation around these issues, we welcome abstracts and facilitators who discuss findings, best practices and lessons learned concerning the following themes and questions:

· SRHR as a rights-based approach to population growth

· Interdependence between population growth and environmental degradation

· Does environmental degradation have an impact on SRHR?

· Population growth in the South and climate change – combating the myths, exploring the causes and fighting the consequences

· Interdependence between climate change and population

· Involving women in SRHR and environmental decisions

· Are the MDGs a realistic and obtainable target against the background of climate change and population growth?

· Young people reaching the reproductive age and climate change

Attached, you will find a background note with additional information on the workshop, its specific objectives and the workshop format.

Please submit your abstracts/manifestations of interest to facilitate a working group by March 31st, 2008 to the EuroNGOs secretariat at mirja.leibnitz@eurongos.org,

Further information regarding the agenda, the conference venue and logistics will be provided in the next weeks.

For all further information and questions, pls contact Mirja Leibnitz at mirja.leibnitz@eurongos.org, Tel: ++32-(0)2 250 09 62 or Saskia Pfeijffer at Saskia@IEPFPD.ORG.

Thank you for your interest in this important subject. We look forward to reading your latest finding and to meeting you in Istanbul in May 2008.

With best wishes,
EuroNGOs/EPF


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