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CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge

Written by ACM
Thursday, 23 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of CoE's watchdog for the Respect of European Landscapes, Liv Kristine Mortensen, from Norway, speaking to "Eurofora", observed, in substance, that Both Quality of Life, and Human Rights, as well as Democratic Principles, should Boost the Protection of Natural and/or Historic/Cultural Landscapes in Europe, that even Pope Francis' 1st Encyclic, in fact, Urges to Saveguards, as a Vatican's Representative strongly Pleaded, later-on.

They were both speaking on the Occasion of a 2017 PanEuropean Conference focused on the "Implementation" of CoE's Landscape Convention, organized Today and Tomorrow by Cyprus' Presidency of the Highest Political body of Strasbourg's Institution, its Committee of Ministers, (November 2016 - May 2017).

Chairwoman Liv Kristine Mortensen explained to "Eurofora" that f.ex. her own Country  had practicaly "Integrated" CoE's  Landscape Convention's rules inside its own National Legislation, so that they could be used by affected Citizens in the National Courts, if necessary.

 

It's not for nothing that Norway has just Won the Title of the Country with the Best Quality of Life in the World, after Hard Global Competition, initialy from Switzerland, and afterwards from Canada, as she Agreed, on this point, with "Eurofora"...

 

+ But, concerning the main Decisions that CoE's Landscape Watchdog is due to Take this Week in Strasbourg, Mortensen pointed particularly at 2 Draft "Recommendations": One for "Landscape's possible "Contribution"..."to the exercise of Democracy and Human Rights", and anOther on the "Participation of the Public in the Definition and Implementation of Landscape policies".

 

-  The Latter could Stimulate a much-Needed "Grassroots", "Bottom - Up"  Popular Mobilisation for the protection of European Landscapes, instead of the Current, too Vertical Mechanism, she criticaly HighLighted. 

 

Both those 2 New Draft CoE Recommendations are expected to be Debated and/or Voted by the Conference Later this Evening, or Tomorow Morning, and, in that case, after Validation, the Final Decisions could be Definitively adopted by the Committee of Ministers "from September" 2017, indicated to "Eurofora" the experienced CoE's Director for Cultural Heritage, Natural Environment and Landscape, Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons.

 

Regarding particularly the Human Rights' aspects, she pointed also at arecent Introductory Statement of CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, in a Pamphlet on relevant "Awards" alliance,  where he calls "Landscapes" as "an Essential, but frequently overlooked Dimension of Human Rights".

 

- In Fact, Landcape stands at an InterSection of CoE's key Values, including Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, etc., Dejeant-Pons observed, showing f.ex, to "Eurofora", a Simple but Beautiful Art Design, reportedly Symbolising Natural and/or Cultural/Historic Landscapes' closeness to various aspects of an elementary Quality and Values of Human Life, (See relevant Photo, herewith).

 

++ But, for the 1st Time in 2017, CoE's Annual Conference on the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Added also anOther, Moral much Stronger Ally, in real practice :  Pope Francis himself !

Indeed, asi it was lively Stressed by a Represenative of the Vaticn, from the outset, at the Beginning of this Afternoon's PanEuropean Debate on various "Public Policies for the Implementation" of CoE's Convention on European Landscapes, Pope Francis' important 2015 Encyclique (See, f.ex.his former Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director,Frederico Lombardi Statements to"Eurofora" at ....), called to Care for our "Common Home", and pleaded in favor of an "Integral Ecology", including the "Human Ecology", (that his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict had practicaly launched with a landmark Speech at the Bundestag, back on September 2010, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport, then, at : ...), pointing at the "Integrality of Nature".

Landscape is part of the action of those Social Actors who realy Care for all the Creation, in general, he concluded in substance.

 

(.../...)

 

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("DraftNews", as already sent to "Eurofora" Subsrcibers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).

 

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Fillon invites EU to invent "New Horizons" behind Oil crisis

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geothermal_plant_400_01Soultz-under-Forests, June 13, 2008

A pioneer Franco-German research project on GeoThermy, near Strasbourg, served as "Symbol" of EU's will to become Independent on Energy by developing innovative Technologies, while imported Oil prices threaten to provoke a World-wide crisis.

It's essential to demonstrate Europe's will to "invent New Horizons", by creating Environment-friendly, Independent and Renewable Energy sources, while price rises continue for Oil, a polluting old ressource with insufficient stocks, stressed French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, anouncing that this will be a focus during the forthcoming French EU Presidency (July - December 2008).

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Fillon symbolically injected a 1st KWh produced by GeoThermy into Strasbourg's Electricity grid, during a special gathering of German and French officials at Soultz-under-Forests ("Soultz-sous-Forêts"), using a geothermal innovation which is "the most advanced in the World" :

The innovation uses Strasbourg's underground water richness to capture Heat, by injecting liquid among Rocks 5 km deep, where temperature is 200 c. Thus, it can be activated at any moment and location, even without natural warm water springs : A big advantage compared to old biothermal tools.

Engineers, Scientists and the Industry will have 2 Years to invent practical ways for this innovation to become productive and cost-efficient in real Economy, said Fillon.

115 Millions of Euros invested, 15 Research Labos, 430 Scientific Publications including 34 Doctoral PhD, and a systematic cooperation between French and German Governments and Public Agencies on Research, succeeded to prove that the new method works.

Already able to serve Electricity to a village with 1.500 inhabitants, the pioneer project intends to reach a capacity to serve 20.000 inhabitants before 2015, as part of a larger Plan to make all Renewable Energy Resources (together with Wind, Solar, etc) able to cover more than 23% of all Electricity needs before 2020.

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- In fact, "behind the challenge" faced with the current Oil crisis, there "is a New Horizon that we can shape all together", by "creating New Tools for the Future", Fillon launched towards EU Member States.

Meanwhile, we should intensify Energy Savings, simplify Transports, and help the Poorest cope with growing Oil prices, until EU joins a World-wide lead into inventing reliable and sufficient Renewable Energy Sources, he added.

Many, technologic and other Challenges exist, but they can be overcome : F. ex. the new GeoThermic method tested at Shoultz since 1987, had provoked an Earthquake at a nearby site, close to Bale, by injecting big volumes of pressurized Water in underground broken Rocks near a Seismic Faultline in 2003. But the move was rectified later-on, by diminishing the amount and pressure of the water injected in underground rocks, so that no Earthquake is provoked.

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More than 1 Billion Euros are invested by France on Scientific and Technologic Research about Sustainable Development until 2012, aiming to take a 10 years advance, there where innovation can become source of Growth, Competitivity and Jobs, which, according to some evaluations could reach more than 220.000 before 2020, Fillon observed.

During the forthcoming French EU Presidency, together with our German friends, we shall do all necessary efforts for Europe's World-wide lead against Global Warming, thanks to Energy tools able to ensure its Independence, Growth, and Citizens' well-being, he concluded.

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The "Enhanced Geothermal System" (EGS) stems from pioneer research initiated by teams from France, Germany and Italy, joined also by Swiss, the U.K., and Sweden, even U.S. and Japan, since the 90ies.

In 1996, a European Economic Interest Group (GEIE) was founded, in order to exploit Electricity-produsing Heat from deep underground Rocks, including France's EDF and Germany's PfalzWerke.

In 2002, a Pilot scientific project started to be tested in Soultz-under-Forests, 50 kms north of Strasbourg.

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