ECONOMIC DE-GROWTH FOR ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL EQUITY
April 18-19th 2008 - FIAP Jean
Monnet, 30 rue Cabanis, 75014 Paris.
Under the auspices of ESEE
Public movements develop in France and Italy promoting "Sustainable
De-growth". Politicians mention the word "de-growth".
The question reaches the researchers: The so-called "decoupling"
between ecological degradation and economic growth appears insufficient
after years of important eco-efficiency improvements.
This opens a new field of research:
- Is "de-growth" of industrialised countries possible
in the present context?
- What are the social and institutional conditions required for
a fair and sustainable economic de-growth process?
- What would be the de-growth scenarios...?
More than 150 contributors answered to our call. We
received more than 90 abstracts. 140 participants coming from almost
30 countries came on the conference.
the final declaration
This Declaration is the product of a workshop entitled
“Toward a Declaration on Degrowth”, held at the Conference
on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity
in Paris on 18-19 April 2008. The goal of the workshop was to produce
a Declaration that would not only reflect the points of view of
the conference participants, but also articulate their shared vision
of the Decroissance movement. Following the workshop, a “core”
text was drafted by a sub-group on the basis of the workshop discussions,
which was then refined through an open discussion amongst the remaining
The organisers wish to thank the following people for their participation:
Michael Bell, Mauro Bonaiuti, Brian Czech, Dalma Domeneghini, Andreas
Exner, Randy Ghent, Hali Healy, Daniel O'Neill, Leida Rijnhout,
Avrizio Ruzzene, Francois Schneider, Stefanie Schabhuttl, and David
This conference is a starting
point, not a "one shot" event
The website will be updated as we will receive presentations
and final papers. Please have a look on the "program"
When all final papers will be available, proceedings will be published.
Several scientific editors made proposals to publish special editions,
discussions are in progress.
Inquiries : contact(at)degrowth.net
The organisation team.
the conference's poster
Download the list of participants