3rd International Symposium for Dark-sky Parks and
3rd International Dark-sky Camp
6 – 10 September 2010, Lastovo Island, Croatia
Group photo (Photo: Mohar, 2010)
Group photo (Photo: Mohar, 2010)
Dark Skies Awareness
International Dark-sky Association
Convention on Migratory Species, Light pollution is increasing threat to migratory wildlife
Starlight Theatre, Light pollution – a guide for your personal campaign
National Geographic, the issue on light pollution
Annual European Symposia for the Protection of the Night Sky
2010: 10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Kaposvar, Hungary
2009: 9th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Armagh, Ireland
2008: 8th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Vienna, Austria
2007: 7th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Bled, Slovenia
2005: 5th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Genk, Belgium
2004: 4th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Paris, France
2003: 3rd European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Stuttgart, Germany
2002: 2nd European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Luzern, Switzerland
1998: 1st European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky, Paris, France
1st Dark-sky Camp at Lastovo island, Croatia
Initiative for an international association of dark-sky parks
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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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.