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Today IE University and the CONAMA Foundation signed an agreement in which the higher education institution will participate as a collaborating entity in the National Environmental Congress which will be held in the Municipal Palace of Congresses of Madrid from the 1st to the 5th of December 2008. The agreement was signed by the Vice Dean of Coordination from IE University, Juan Luis Martínez, and the chairman of the CONAMA Foundation, Gonzalo Echagüe. The National Environmental Congress, also called the Sustainability Summit, is an event that has been held in Madrid every two years since 1992. With more than 10,000 people attending its last edition, CONAMA has gained a foothold as one of the most important forums in our country, where experts in the field of sustainability have a venue for reflection and debate. With this agreement, IE University joins this important forum for scientific discussion by bringing to the congress the experience of its researchers in the field of the environmental situation in Spain. IE University will participate in the CONAMA 9 activities through working groups, technical workshops, debates and special activities, among others. The Vice Dean of Coordination from IE University, Juan Luis Martínez, stated that this agreement is yet further proof of IE University?s steadfast commitment to sustainability. ?The sustainability of our planet, conserving our biodiversity while improving quality of life and economic, social and environmental well-being mean that complex solutions have to be identified that can merge the achievement of equally desirable goals. We here at IE University suggest effective solutions to these new challenges; our biologists are not just scientists who work with the latest tools and research methods, rather thanks to their humanistic and management training, they are also capable of integrating the human being into their activities,? claimed Martínez. Martínez added that ?we here at IE University assume that man is not made for the environment; the environment is made for man?, and he stressed the fact that ?the goal is not to save nature from human action but to conserve it so that people can live better now and in the future?. Likewise, the chairman of the CONAMA Foundation, Gonzalo Echagüe, highlighted ?the importance of this congress, one of the most prominent ones on sustainability and the environment worldwide, which is strengthened by alliances with institutions with international outreach like IE University?. Echagüe added that CONAMA 9 ?will be highly participatory and open to debate?.
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