Ravage of the Planet IV

July 1 to 3, 2015 - Opatija, Croatia

This is the 4th International Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards.

The success of the three previous International Conferences on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards (Ravage of the Planet) held in Bariloche, Argentina (2006); Cape Town, South Africa (2009); and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011), has led the organisers to reconvene the Meeting in 2015.

The Conference has always been well attended by a substantial number of scientists from all over the world, which underlines the concern of the international community regarding the state of the planet. The basic premise of the Meeting is the need to determine solutions before a point of no return is reached.

Our society has fallen into a self-destructive process by which natural resources are consumed at an ever increasing rate. This process is now spread across the planet in search of further sources of energy and materials. The aggressiveness of the quest is such that the future of our planet is in the balance; the emphasis has been in dominating nature rather than trying to achieve harmonious relationships with her. The process is compounded by the pernicious effects of the resulting contamination of air, water and soil.

The Conference will discuss the objective of reaching sustainability in the framework of different disciplines in order to arrive at optimal solutions. Hence this meeting is essentially trans-disciplinary in order to find appropriate sustainable ways forward, ie those involving collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. Like the first three meetings, the aim of this conference is to take stock of our situation and try to facilitate constructive principles and policies.

Conference Topics

The Re-Encounter

  • Science and humanities
  • Arts and sciences

Political, Economic and Social Sciences

  • Social and sociological issues
  • Environmental legislation and policies
  • Environmental economics
  • Regional planning and economics

Planning and Development

  • City planning
  • Urban design
  • Landscaping
  • Sustainable transport
  • Resource management
  • Waste management
  • Tourism and the environment

Health Risks

  • Water, air and soil pollution
  • Radiation effects
  • Food contamination
  • Housing and health
  • Social and economic issues

Energy

  • Renewable energy
  • Nuclear energy
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Economic and political issues
  • Energy conservation

Water Resources

  • Water management and planning
  • River basin management
  • Sustainable water use
  • Irrigation and drainage
  • Waste water
  • Pollution monitoring and control

Air

  • Air quality management
  • Global and regional studies
  • Climatology

Safety and Security

  • Safety risk analysis
  • Emergency response
  • Disaster prevention
  • Control management and protection
  • Public safety and security
  • Infrastructure protection

Soil

  • Agricultural issues
  • Contamination
  • Soil remediation
  • Brownfield recovery

Ecological issues

  • Natural resources management
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental risk
  • Recovery of damaged areas
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Agricultural and forestation issues
  • Landscapes

Learning from nature

  • Design in nature
  • Nature and architecture
  • Solutions from nature
  • Evolutionary structures

New technologies

  • The impact of new technologies
  • Energy-efficient technologies
  • Eco-architecture

Papers presented at Ravage of the Planet IV will be published by WIT Press in Volume 199 of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1746-448X Digital ISSN: 1743-3541). WIT Press ensures maximum worldwide dissemination of your research through its own offices in Europe, the USA and via its extensive international distribution network.