20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management

For the ISSRM 2014 conference, which also serves as the venue for the annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), we expect an attendance of more than 400 research scientists, government agency managers, graduate students, non-profit employees, and private consultants from the fields of natural resource management, social sciences and environmental planning as well as urban and regional planning.

Conference Theme: Challenges of Urban and Rural Transformation
For centuries, one of the visible signs of the interdependence of natural resource management and societal processes was the relationship between urban and rural areas. Natural products and services were provided by rural areas, in exchange for labor, trade and cultural services offered by the urban areas. Current megatrends such as climate change, urbanization, energy demand and an increasing land-use competition lead to spatial transformation all around the globe and to a state of transition. This transformation affects both rural and urban areas and requires changes on all levels of society, economy and politics. The 20th ISSRM will put a focus on these changes, their societal impacts and the potential to mitigate their effects on natural resources and humankind.

Participatory and Collaborative Governance to Sustainable Flood Risk Management
The STAR-FLOOD team will present on June 10th.

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