Enironmental Summit in Cuba
- From: Patrice WynneSent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 12:47 AMSubject: Enironmental Summit in Cuba: Rio Ten Years After
PLEASE POST AND CIRCULATE WIDELY!!! Dear Colleague, We are inviting you to participate in a special conference taking place in Havana: The Third International Convention on Environment and Development SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Fact or Dream, Ten Years After the Rio Summit Havana, Cuba June 17 - 24, 2001 Major topics to be addressed include: o Environmental Education o Environmental Management for Sustainable Development o Environmental Law and Policy o Economy and Environment o Biological Diversity and Protected Areas o Energy and Sustainable Development o Environmental Health Issues You can obtain more detailed information on the agenda for this conference by accessing the conference web site: http://www.cubaciencia.cu/hosting/3ra_conv/index.htm WHY ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE: o Cuba has been selected for special recognition by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) this year because of the extraordinary progress it has made during the last decade in creating model programs in sustainable development. o The conference is a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of Cuba's environmental policies and programs; the significance of the Cuban model to other countries of the developing world (which we think is quite considerable); and how professionals from the developed world can work together with their Cuban counterparts to promote sustainability world wide.
o Many of you are receiving this letter because you have participated, or expressed interest in participating, in a delegation focused on organic agriculture, natural and traditional medicine or renewable energy in Cuba. This environmental/sustainable development conference will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the context in which Cuba's food, medicine and energy programs are developed. HOW TO GET THERE In an effort to facilitate your participation in this conference, we are organizing a special U.S. delegation that will meet in Cancun, Mexico on Sunday, June 17 for the flight to Havana. The one- week program will include the conference itself; additional meetings with Cuban specialists involved in projects in organic agriculture, natural and traditional medicine, and renewable energy; and a visit to one of Cuba's four internationally recognized Bio Reserves. The program will conclude on Sunday afternoon, June 24. Travel arrangements will be made by Global Exchange Reality Tours , a licensed Cuba travel service provider with twelve years experience organizing educational Cuba tours. As professionals and/or participants on an educational trip, you will be fully licensed to participate in this delegation. The cost of the delegation will be $1300. This includes round-trip airfare from Cancun to Havana; three meals per day; accommodation at an ocean front, four star hotel; full program with translators and tour guides; all in-country transportation; and attention to delegates' individual professional requests. The conference fee of $250 will be paid by participants in cash upon arrival at the conference. Participants will also cover the cost of their roundtrip airfare to Cancun. WHO WE ARE We have been involved in sustainable development projects in Cuba for many years, each in our respective fields. We have been continually impressed, as have participants on the many previous delegations, with Cuba's unique and ever broadening approach to meeting its food, medicine and energy needs in an integrated and sustainable way. We are including here all of our email addresses in case you wish to contact one of us individually regarding your participation in the conference. FUTURE PROJECTS In addition to the conference delegation, we invite you to become involved in future interchange with our Cuban ecological counterparts. We are working on a pilot project for a U.S.-based organization which will interact more extensively with Cuba's large community of specialists who are developing Cuban policies, strategies and projects in sustainable development. The possibility exists for long term U.S.- Cuba exchanges of great depth and breadth. We welcome you to join us in this effort. Sincerely, Martin Bourque, Ecology Center, Berkeley, CA ( martinazo@... ) Dr. Michele Frank, M.D. ( mfrank@... ) Laurie Stone, Engineer, Solar Energy International ( lstone@... ) Pam Montanaro or Caryn Mandelbaum, Cuba Program Coordinators, Global Exchange ( 0000,0000,00FF pam@... ) ( caryn@... ) U.S. Mailing Address: Cuba Environmental Conference/Pam c/o Global Exchange 2017 Mission Street, Suite #303 San Francisco, CA 94708 Phone 415-255-7296, ext 231 o To learn more about the conference and this exciting pilot project, please "reply" to 0000,0000,00FF pam@... by typing an "X" beside one or both of the categories on the form below, along with your name and contact information. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ___ Yes I am interested in participating in the delegation. Please send me additional information and the application form. ___ Yes I am interested in learning about future opportunities to engage in interchange with Cuban environmental specialists in the areas of health, agriculture, energy as well as general environmental projects. Please add me to your mailing list. Full Name: Profession/ Organization: Street Address: City. State, and Zip Code: Telephone Number(s): Email Address:
Martin Bourque, M.A.
The Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, Ca 94702
Tel (510) 548-2220 x234 Fax (510) 548-2240