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Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
15-18 September 2004

Building a possible future

ORGANIZERS Foundation Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Council of Biology

THEMES Science-Society, Environmental Education: meanings and practices, Sustained poverty and sustainable development: the role of Environmental Education, Preservation of biological, social and cultural heritage, Relationship between EE and promotion of quality of life, The value of non-formal education and improving teaching, Water, Scientific education



The second WEEC, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, brought the international scientific community together for an exchange of experiences and research orientations. This experience involved a great number of scientific authorities and several intellectuals, including two representatives of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), Svein Tveitdal and Akpezi Ogbuigwe..

Along with workshops, posters, plenary sessions and roundtables, an important novelty of this edition was represented by 102 laboratories in the space “Education in Action”. There was also very close contact with the academic community and activists connected to environmental education within scientific and cultural activities realized in different points of the city.

The main topic of the Congress was: “Challenges of Environmental Education in contemporary world“.

The objectives pursued were: Promoting environmental studies and environmental awareness programs; Transmitting ecological concepts ; Transforming attitudes and behaviours ; Emphasizing interrelationships between nature, society and human beings ; Strengthening mechanisms to facilitate networking and partnership