October 10-14, 2011

The traditional international section on GEOETHICS was organized in the framework of the 50th Jubilee Mining Pribram Symposium as a regular meeting of the Working Group for Geoethics (operating since 2004 under the umbrella of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development) and convened since 1992 by Dr. Vaclav Nemec (AGID Vice-president for Europe) and by Dr. Lidmila Nemcova (President of the Czech Society for Ethics in Economics). At the occasion of the Symposium jubilee a joint meeting with another traditional international section on Mathematical Methods in Geology was co-organized on October 10 at Pribram with the participation of the International Association for Mathematical Geology (in the presence of the IAMG President Prof. Vera Pawlowsky-Glahn). A separate session of mathematical geologists was held in Prague on October 8, 2011.

More than 60 representatives from 18 countries were presented or sent their contributions: Albania, Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, P.R. of China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom. Total number of printed contributions: 29. Total number of oral contributions: 24 (2 of them not printed)

The following recommendations were agreed:

1) To emphasize the significance of geoethics in the context of facing extraordinary natural hazards and disasters in the course of recent years.

2) To incorporate a geoethical approach to needed new legal aspects (including insurance policy) and to an ethical way of thinking.

3) To strengthen the links of geoethics with the new aspects of the geosciences education.

4) To recommend the inclusion of geoethical subjects into deontological codes.

5) To emphasize the liaison with the mining engineers activities.

6) To remark a need of searching new priorities for the 3rd Millenium fitting the World Millenium Goals.

7) To recommend links for incorporating geoethics into any activity related with the abiotic world.

8) In order to avoid any misunderstanding and confusion about the character of the meeting hosted by the Mining Pribram Symposium, future meetings should use the term of the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOETHICS.

Dr. Vaclav Nemec

AGID Vice-president for Europe Head, AGID

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