Engineering and technology
The session will present innovative ecological engineering processes and sustainable technology to help ecosystem restoration take place at a large scale. It will cover the following topics:
- Typology of pollutions/ degradation (e.g. oil spills, mining activities and eutrophication) and technologies available
- Promises from ecological engineering, where science stands at ?
- Potential and conditions to replicate – scale up ?
- Using living organisms to restore ecosystem functionalities (e.g oysters to help filter pollution in rivers)
- Artificial habitats to help biodiversity recover (artificial coral reefs)
Managing Director, Veolia Institute
Georges Valentis is the Managing Director of the Veolia Institute since 2001 and he contributed to its creation. He has an engineering degree from Athens Polytechnic School, Greece, and a PhD in water sanitation from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France. He has held leadership positions in various bodies working in the field of water and solid waste research. He has also been professor in waste recycling and treatment at the engineering school Ecole des Mines de Douai, France, since 1993.
Director-General, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
Dr Hans Friederich is the Director-General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, based at its Headquarters in Beijing, China. INBAR is an Inter-Governmental Organisation with currently 39 Member States, dedicated to improving the wellbeing of producers and users of bamboo and rattan within the context of sustainable development. Hans has more than 30 years working experience in Africa, Asia and Europe as natural resources manager. Dr Friederich obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol and started his career in 1982 in Botswana. He joined the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1989 in Eastern Africa and has been employed by IUCN for 24 years. Until 2013, his last post with IUCN was Regional Director for Europe.
Senior Scientist, Ecologist Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Dr. Jones is recognized as founder and leader of the field of ecosystem engineering (physical modification of the environment by species), and a leader in the field of ecological engineering (utilizing ecological processes for environmental sustainability). His work emphasizes using ecosystem engineering species in environmental management. He co-founded the Ecological Engineering Group, Ile de France; is a founding editorial board member of the journal SAPIENS; and a member of the network of international experts, Veolia Environment Institute. The author of over 190 scientific publications including 5 books, his awards and honors include: election as a Fellow, AAAS; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow; Blaise Pascal Chair; and a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor.
President and Chief Executive Officer, GRS Valtech
An engineer graduate from INSA Lyon, Pierre-Joël Philibert created in 1990, and became CEO, of Valtech Industry, a subsidiary of Elf specialized in remediation. In 1992, Valtech Industry became a subsidiary of GRS, a branch of Compagnie Générale des Eaux (now Veolia). Valtech Industry and GRS merged in 1996 to become GRS Valtech with Philibert as Chairman and CEO since 2003. Over the past decade, he also assumed positions in various subsidiaries of Veolia: in 2002, as CEO of Angibaut (alternative fertilization), President of SEDE Environnement (evacuation, treatment, recycling of sewage sludge or organic/mineral waste) until 2013, thereafter remaining on the Board of Directors. In 2012, he became Chairman of EMTA, subsidiary of SARP Industrie specializing in treatment and storage of special waste.