10 August, 2016

Report: The Rome Dialogues III: Identity and the Environment

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By Mitchell Belfer

President

Euro-Gulf Information Centre

belfer@egic.info

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The third Rome Dialogue, held on 24 March 2016, was based on the theme of Identity and the Environment and included a small group of scholars and NGO personalities on the panel:

Khawla Al-Muhannadi—Environment Friends Society Bahrain

Federico Brocchieri—Italian Climate Network

Alessandro De Rossi—University of Lecce

Giuseppe Carrus—Roma Tre University

Discussion centred on a variety of topics that ranged from the importance of the physical environment in determining national narratives, images and very real identities to the manner in which environmental changes and degradation are forcing adaptive changes to people, values and the societies they inhabit. This discussion was not only centred on physical spaces, but the diverse ecosystems that rely on them and the relationship between people, animals and plant-life. In all, Rome Dialogue III generated a powerful message of environmental awareness for the sake of preservation. In addition to the dynamic panel discussion, the 30 people in attendance added an important layer of public engagement. Since, each member of the audience was related to an important organisation in Italy (or Europe) they added to an atmosphere that encouraged debate and an amazing synergy between various sectors. The outcome of this Rome Dialogue will be a published transcript of the conversation made freely available in both hard and soft-copy formats.

The EGIC would like to extend its many thanks to all those who made this round of the Rome Dialogues an exciting and interesting event.

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