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EPA Leads International Partnership on the Role of Science in Sustainable Development

Release Date: 04/24/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(04/24/03) EPA, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have announced a partnership to promote sustainable environmental development in developing countries through the enhanced use of scientific knowledge in policy decisions. Sustainable development protects the environment for both present and future generations, and ensures that a healthy environment is available equally to all members of a society. This partnership is a direct outcome of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Other partners include: the Third World Academy of Sciences, InterAcademy Panel, National Council for Science and the Environment; and the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. A series of workshops will be held in developing countries with participation from industry, government, environmental organizations, and leading scientific researchers. Individual proposals for the workshops are being solicited directly from science institutions in potential host countries. Possible topics include water and sanitation, persistent organic pollutants, air and climate, marine pollution, and biodiversity. Cross-cutting themes include information systems, monitoring and data processing, the role of scientists and engineers in policy-making, and technical and economic strategies for relevant policy. The first workshop is expected to be in late summer or fall of 2003.