Renat Perelat - Russian Node

mercredi 4 mars 2015

Renat Perelet is a leading researcher at the Institute for Systems Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences (since 1985) and associate Professor at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Government Services under the Russian President, a nominator for the Blue Planet Prize (Asahi Co). He is a member of the Committee on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He participated in the work of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program.

He has been working in The Millennium project since 1990. He is the environmental manager of the Russian Node.
He started with technological forecasting issues much influenced by great Erich Jantsch’s book ‘Technological Forecasting in Perspective’ (OECD, 1967).

According to him, The Millennium Project is about new theories : first, everybody is apprehended and criticizes a new theory ; secondly, people think there is something right in it, and thirdly, when the theory is spread far and wide, people say : “So what, it is elementary’. For example, the notion of sustainable development started in the late 1970s, a working title of the Rio Conference (1982) was a conference on sustainable development but the majority of states (mostly developing countries and even some developed ones) did not accept it. It was only in 2002, the conference in Johannesburg got ‘sustainable development’ in its title ! Let’s see what will happen with the notion of ‘Green Economy’.

He has authored, co-authored and contributed to a number of internationally known books, including Our Common Future (Oxford Univ Press, 1987), Conflict and the Environment (Springer, 2011), Dictionary of Environmental Economics (Taylor and Frances, 2003-2013), The Environment : Towards a Sustainable Future (Kluwer Publishers, 1994), Global Environment Outlook – UNEP, 2007 and 2012 editions), the UNESCO largest online Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.

The Millennium Project has selected 15 directions in the world’s development. For example, there are debates about international water-related conflicts. Is water really a sole bone of contention or not ? It is still debated but the trend includes water firmly in the conflict taxonomy.

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