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ESEE in solidarity with our Turkish colleagues and for freedom of expression

The European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) herewith expresses its concern for the academics in Turkey being investigated, and three being held in prison since March 15, for expressing their views—under the petition “We Will Not be a Party to this Crime”—on the conflict in the South-East region of Turkey, and condemns the recent steps taken against the scholars who have been calling for peace in the country.

Concerned about the decline of academic freedoms in Turkey and in line with its commitment to the defense of freedom of representation and dissemination of ideas, the ESEE urges the government of Turkey to fully respect the right of scholars to express their opinions in public without censorship or restraint. We also urge the Higher Education Council (YÖK) to withdraw its request to the rectors to open up an inquiry on the signatories.

While our expression of solidarity extends to all people and academics affected by the repressive measures taken by the Government of Turkey, the ESEE is particularly concerned with the ecological economics community of scholars, intellectuals, practitioners, and activists in Turkey who are facing prosecution for their commitment to peace and social justice.

Irene Ring, Erik Gómez-Baggethun & Tom Bauler (president / vice-presidents)

PESC-3: A bottom-up contribution of European and Central Asian experts to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Register now for PESC-3: A bottom-up contribution of European and Central Asian experts to the IntergovernmentalPlatform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – Deadline 30 April 2016.

We would like to draw your attention to the 3rd Pan-European IPBES Stakeholder Consultation (PESC-3) that will take place from 14-16 June 2016 in Leipzig, Germany. The deadline for registration is 30 April 2016.
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Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2016

Green Economy, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Assessment

The School will address key elements of the new economy transformation, exploring the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological economics. With a clear sustainable development focus, it will draw on the expertise of a range of disciplines: economics, ecology, physics, environmental sciences, sociology, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability. The course will be composed of a theoretical and applied modules and will address three key elements of the new economy transformation: an industrial ecology approach, multiple criteria methods for decision making and new tools for measuring progress. » Read the full article

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