23. 2. 2010 to 25. 2. 2010
Accra, Ghana

International Workshop on Climate-Friendly Systems-ClimSys2010

- Successful pathways and examples.


Our time Our time is the time of a great turning, from an industrial growth society towards a life-sustaining one. Signs are climate change, crisis of the world economy, endless expansion of urban areas and rural exodus, extinction of countless species, depletion of land and water resources etc. On the other side we can observe the growing planetary network of civil society, global cooperation and a global awareness, that we all are living on one planet.

The life-sustaining culture, that really integrates the human economic and social systems into the ecological ones on this only planet is on the way. With succesful holistic and climate friendly solutions, for human settlements, for in­te­gra­ted land use, for harmonious cooperation, for deep understanding. Some being old ones, often indigenious, some newer, like that of Valley View University it self, stemming from a fruitful decade of close Ghanaian-German cooperation.

By sharing our know how and collective wisdom in dialogue we will create visions and ways to the implementation of more and more holistic solutions. This kind of ecological engineering means cocreating a world in har­mo­ny between man and nature to the benefit of both. It encompasses designing, implementing and maintaining eco­systems, integrating appropriate technologies and sociocultural methods.

In this workshop we will concentrate on settlement eco­systems like eco­cities, eco­villages and integrated town and country side-systems etc.

The workshop is part of the joint pro­gram "Climate friendly Valley View Uni­ver­si­ty, Accra, Ghana" from 2008-2010 in the frame of the Climate Change Initiative of the Federal Government of Germany, fi­nan­ced by the German Ministry for the Environment (BMU). It will encompass the experiences and results of the the implemented measures, that will be shown during the workshop excursion, too.
The workshop will take place at the new Baobab-Center for eco-studies, which was built as part of this Climate Change program. It also will be the start of ecological studies and courses at VVU, the workshop being the first and introductory one.

What you can expect
The workshop will offer you opportunities to show and debate your positive climate-friendly solutions and to get to know those of others. 
Presentations will give an introduction and prepare for the following workshop and dialogue rounds, excursi­ons will enable contact to and discussions about realized examples. 

Positive examples will stem from holistic spatial and town planning, like In tegrated Water Resources Management and eco­city and eco­village plan­ning. This will also in­clu­de highlights of­ new forms of coope­ra­tion, participation, communication and integrated approaches, that involve all the stake holders with all their heart and spirit. All the positive examples and experiences and the enthusiasm involved will vice versa help you to uphold your enthusiasm in your field of activities and will enable you to connect to those persons and organisations for information, support or joint pro­jects as part of an international network.

The workshop it­self will be a kind of market of possibilities, the fruits of which all participants will help harvesting by their sharing experiences, recommendations, in sights, positive energy and excitement. The har­vest will be made available in a manual for design, implementation and operation of succesful and sustainable climate-friendly settlement-ecosystems for the practitioners.

The participants will come from the various fields dealing with this kind of eco­systems and will represent the various stake­holders in the processes of designing, establishing and operating such systems. This includes the fields of architecture, town and regional planning, landscape ecology, renewable resources and energies, civil services, education, re­se­arch & development, social-science, social ecology etc. Participating stake­holders will be architects and engineers, politicians, teachers, workers, people from authorities and NGOs.

There is preference for committed participants, which are experienced in the design, implementation and operation of eco­systems. To enable fruitful exchange and interaction the number of participants will be limited.

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