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Perhaps it is easy to look with hindsight at what could and
could not have been preserved for present generations. We
regret the destruction of monuments, the loss of forests,
human suffering in unnecessary wars or the loss of human knowledge
with well-recorded tragedies such as the destruction of the
great library of Alexandria. More difficult however is to
examine our own values and lifestyles and prioritise what
must be preserved for future generations or left untouched
but protected, to take its own natural course. During our
sixth session together, we will examine modern society and
values, consider the rights of future generations and examine
the role of the Adriatic Sea in the social context of its
coastal communities. Ravenna has been described by Unesco
as 'a treasure for all humanity'. Its eight World Heritage
monuments dating from the early Christian and Byzantine periods
have stood the tests of time and maintained their grace and
mystical beauty. Its nature reserves and popular beaches accompany
the archaeological treasures to provide a living, ever-changing
landscape. The 6th century church of Sant' Apollinare in Classe
also reminds us of nature's dynamic presence as it was originally
built on the shore of the Adriatic but now stands several
kilometres inland alongside the long stranded Roman port of
Classe.

Sixth Plenary

On board in Ravenna - Italy. Chaired by: Professor Robert Lange

Presentations
Welcome address
Safeguarding the rights of future generations: religious and ethical responsibilities - the youth's point of view (The Rt Revd Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia)
Reconciling development with sustainability in a globalised economy: the Adriatic challenges (Mr Mark Malloch Brown)
Ecosystem values and services: assessment and implementation (Mr Philip Weller)
Migrations and social issues (Professor George Dertilis)

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