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Seminar 7

“Humanity and the Biosphere: The Next Thousand Years”

September 20–22, 2006 | UNESCO, Paris, France


Scholars from five continents participated in the seminar “Humanity and the Biosphere: The Next Thousand Years,” jointly sponsored and conducted by the Foundation For the Future (Bellevue, Washington USA) and the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences of UNESCO (Paris, France) at UNESCO, September 20–22, 2006, in Paris.

The purpose of the seminar was to provide a forum for dialogue amongst academics, scientists, conservationists, resource managers, and practitioners in international environment relations to explore critical components of the human-environment relationship with significant implications for the future of Planet Earth. Observing throughout the seminar were various representatives of the UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, particularly those who are directly tasked with the implementation of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

The core issue determined by the scholars to be the most critical, going forward into the far future, was the overarching goal of influencing change to foster the well-being of the biosphere – a goal with four main facets: (a) evolution of consciousness, (b) exploration and research into the driving forces of change, (c) education and communication for dissemination of knowledge, and (d) ethics/equity, including intra-species equity, inter-species equity, and intergenerational equity.

The seminar combined the focus of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme with the Foundation For the Future’s emphasis on the long-term future of humanity. MAB is part of UNESCO’s Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences ( Since 1971, MAB has worked continuously for the sustainable use and conservation of biological diversity and an improved relationship between people and their environment globally. It is a pioneer international program for co-operation on research, training, education, and information- and knowledge sharing on all problems that straddle the human-environment interface. MAB will take into consideration the four-faceted goal recommended as the most critical issue for humanity’s thousand-year journey into the future in its current efforts to reform and reinvent its agenda in line with UNESCO mission and mandates.

Proceedings (8.7 MB PDF) with full transcripts from the UNESCO/FFF seminar, “Humanity and the Biosphere: The Next Thousand Years,” available for download.

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The Human Journey (942 KB PDF)

The Human Impact on Planet Earth (6.6 MB PDF)


Daniel B. Botkin
Center for the Study of the Environment

Eric J. Chaisson
Director, Wright Center for Innovative Science Education
Tufts University

Albert de Haan
Commercial Director
European Climate Exchange
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sylvia Earle
DOER Marine

Ricardo Guerrero
Scientific Secretary
Institute for Catalan Studies
Barcelona, Spain

Malcolm Hadley
UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences
Paris, France

David W. Macdonald
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University
United Kingdom

Lynn Margulis
Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts

June Marie Mow
Providence Foundation
Bogota, Colombia

Magnus Ngoile
Team Leader
Marine and Coastal Environment Management Project
Tanzania, Africa

Shekhar Singh
National Campaign for People’s Right to Information
New Delhi, India