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Panel discussion on Material flow and toxicity at 9th Biennial Conference of the ISEE

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2007

picture of the inaguration of the meeting

International Society for Ecological Economists (ISEE) and Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) recently organised the 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics on Ecological Sustainability and Human Well-Being.

Toxics Link and International Institute of Industrial and Environmental Economics (IIEE, University of Lund, Sweden) conducted a panel discussion on 'Materials, Products and Waste Global flows and local environments - impacts on Developing Countries' on December 18, 2006 at Maple Room.

The panel discussion deliberated on toxic elements in widespread and dispersed material flows, both in the form of raw materials as well as products, as a marker of the new globalised economy. These are transferred onto environments, which are less regulated or enabled to deal with them. For instance computer can be made as separate components and sub-assemblies in several different parts of the world, consumed in another and be dumped as post-consumer waste in a third.

All this has deep implications for new emerging economies like India, both in terms of choices of technologies and processes, but also policy dealing with responsibility of different sectors, cost sharing as well as new infrastructure for end-of-life and disposal issues.

The panelists included: Prof Thomas Lindquist from ISEE, who spoke on Impact of REACH and WEEE legislations on Developing Countries', Ravi Agarwal of Toxics Link, he spoke on International Chemicals Initiatives and Developing Countries, and Dr. Atsushi Terazono from National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.

ISEE facilitates understanding between economists and ecologists and the integration of their thinking into a trans-discipline aimed at developing a sustainable world.