RIO+20 WFEO Seminar on Sustainable Communities

RIO+20 WFEO Seminar on Sustainable Communities

Rio+20 recognized the important role of civil society in establishing policies for Sustainable Development. The Engineering Community – a member of a civil society Major Group – seized this opportunity to contribute with its expertise and know-how to comply with policy makers’ needs in establishing sustainable development policies.

Among the different activities performed by WFEO at the Rio+20 Summit Conference, the WFEO Committees on WFEO-UN Relations (CWUR) and Engineering and Environment (CEE) organized a Seminar on Sustainable Communities (16th June, Clube de Engenharia, Rio de Janeiro).

The objectives of this international Seminar were to provide practitioners, policy-makers and decision-makers involved in the planning, operation and management of communities the opportunity to learn world-leading best practices towards achieving a sustainable community and to

  • evaluate the principles and application of sustainable community planning and its execution by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals;
  • have an increased understanding of the needs, issues and concerns of large and small  communities towards sustainable development and environmental stewardship;
  • be exposed to sustainable community plans, their execution, their successes and failures and lessons learned;
  • gain insight into the challenges and opportunities for sustainable communities in developing countries;
  • recognize the benefits of a multi-disciplinary professional team to address the complexities of sustainable community planning and its practical implementation.

This Seminar was held with the cooperation of the World Bank and UNESCO. Siemens, KSE, FEBRAE, Engineers Canada and APEGA were sponsoring organizations and ASCE, ASME, ICSU and Engineering for Change were supporting organizations.

The Seminar was attended by about 70 participants from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The Seminar delivered a Declaration on Sustainable Communities stating the views of the Engineering professionals on achieving sustainability in cities and rural communities.

The program

The declaration




Walter J. Ammann
Integrative Risk and Disaster Management – A Holistic Approach
Darrel Danyluk
Urban Infrastructure Climate Risk : Strategies and Tools
Stefan Denig
How to build greener cities?
Kwi-Gon Kim Toward the Low-Carbon Green City
Vijay Modi Sustainable Energy for All
Yuko Nishida Tokyo Initiative for a Low Carbon City
Carlos Cesar Peiter, Nuria Fernández Castro Risk Assessment and Sustainable Engineering Solutions for Communities – The case of small mining communities
Martin Powell City Trends
Victoria Rockwell
e-engineering: web-based solutions for the developing world

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