Useful links

Starlight Initiative
http://www.starlight2007.net/

Dark Skies Awareness
http://www.darkskiesawareness.org/

International Dark-sky Association
http://www.darksky.org

Convention on Migratory Species, Light pollution is increasing threat to migratory wildlife
http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2007/04_Apr/starlight.htm

Ramsar Convention
http://www.ramsar.org/wn/w.n.starlight_2007.htm

Starlight Theatre, Light pollution – a guide for your personal campaign
http://www.starlight-theatre.ca/LT-POLLUTION.HTM

National Geographic, the issue on light pollution

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/light-pollution/klinkenborg-text

 

Annual European Symposia for the Protection of the Night Sky

2010: 10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Kaposvar, Hungary
http://www.astro-zselic.hu/symposium.html

2009: 9th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Armagh, Ireland
http://www.lightpollution2009.eu/

2008: 8th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Vienna, Austria
http://darksky2008.kuffner-sternwarte.at/

2007: 7th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Bled, Slovenia
http://www.darksky2007.si/

2006: 6th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Portsmouth, England, UK

http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/cfds2006/

2005: 5th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Genk, Belgium

http://www.astrosurf.com/anpcn/congres/GENK_2005/home.html

2004: 4th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Paris, France

http://www.astrosurf.com/anpcn/congres/IAP_2004/index.en.php

2003: 3rd European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Stuttgart, Germany

http://www.home.uni-osnabrueck.de/ahaenel/darksky/declaration_stuttgart_03.pdf

2002: 2nd European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Luzern, Switzerland

http://ens.ch/ens/sternwarte/lichtverschmutzung/ds2002/declaration_of_lucerne.pdf

1998: 1st European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Paris, France

 

1st Dark-sky Camp at Lastovo island, Croatia
http://www.temnonebo.org/uploads/Gradivo/Lastovo2008-InvitationENG.doc

About us

Initiative for an international association of dark-sky parks is a network of inidividuals and groups that work to reduce light pollution in their respective countries. The initiative is coordinated from Slovenia, being the first country to have a strong light pollution law in force on a nation-wide level.

We take concrete actions to halt growth of light pollution on a wider scale. Our activities range from lobbying for and participating at the drafting of the legislation to awareness raising, research, cooperation with the producers of quality ecological lighting and monitoring of light pollution. We believe that by working together we gain the power to mobilise people from all over the world to stop this one form of pollution from causing irreverable effects.

We invite management of protected areas and other responsible individuals to join our efforts.

 
About us

Why the Initiative?

Why an organisation?

Why international?

Why protected areas?

The problems are urgent.

Why an organisation?

Light pollution will not be reduced by voluntary work as lack of time and commitment is a likely impediment. Professionals are needed to implement the known solutions. We recommend that these are part of a larger network which offers them opportunities to share experience and best practices, provides them with capacity building opportunities and motivates them.

Why international?

Light travells up to 200 km in the horizontal direction. Light crosses the borders of individual countries and regions, and therefore cooperation is needed. Much artificial skyglow could be avoided by stopping unused waste light from travelling at or just above the horizontal.

Why protected areas?

Protected areas are established and managed with a purpose of protecting and maintaining biological diversity, and natural and associated cultural resources; which must be effectively managed through legal and other means. Light pollution is a threat to the purpose of protected areas. Management of parks is therefore responsible to address it. Protected areas must identify processes that threaten their conservationist activities and must promote environmentally sound means to reduce them.

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The problems are urgent

–    Over the last decades, the degree and intensity of light pollution has been growing exponentially and is still increasing every year by around 5-8%, depending on the country.

–    Once outdoor lighting is installed its removal is unlikely. As it is the case with environmental problems generally, preventative action is preferable also when dealing with light pollution.

–    No international agreement is in place to oblige countries to reduce solely light pollution; individual action depends on the forward-thinking attitude.

–    Light pollution is one of the rare reversable environmental problems. A positive action in the field would boost the confidence of the citizens in the ability to solve environmental problems.

 

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