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Technische Universität München
Institute for Advanced Study

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85748 Garching

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06.10.2015 14:00 14:00

Seminar on "Sustainable Management of Natural and Engineered Landscapes"


Institute for Advanced Study,
Technische Universität München
Garching-near-Munich
October 6, 2015 – 2 to 6 pm

Humankind uses more and more land for its own purposes disregarding the eminent importance of land as a natural resource. We use land for settlements, industrial plants, roads and airports. We also use land – dry and wet – for the production of food, fiber and fuel. How far are we permitted to proceed in pushing-back ecosystems as the ultimate basis of life on Earth? During the seminar four outstanding scientists – Wolfram Mauser and three Stockholm Water Prize laureates – shed light in a development which gradually approaches the limits of civilization. It is, however, not the aim of the lecturers to paint a horror scenario. Instead, solutions are presented possessing the capacity to build up an effective coexistence of nature and civilization. Building on ecological principles, the lecturers present a global model which show that implementation of the proposed changes will lead to a win-win situation. Apparently, we can learn from nature how to develop a society that can flourish within the limits to growth with better conditions for prosperity and well-being.

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