LOOKING FORWARD: TREATY IMPLICATIONS
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) are co-hosting a conference entitled Looking Forward: Treaty Implications in St. John's, Newfoundland on 1-3 February 2000. For information, telephone the APC office in Amherst, Nova Scotia at 902-667-4006.
HIGH RESOLUTION COASTAL MAPPING PROJECT
COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2000 CONFERENCE
VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SABLE GULLY
GEORGES BANK MORATORIUM EXTENDED
The 1988 Canadian moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Georges Bank area was scheduled to expire on 1 January 2000. Federal and provincial natural resources ministers announced on 22 December that the ban was being extended to 2012. The US moratorium has also been extended to 2012. A press release is available.
ACAP SAINT JOHN HAS MOVED
After seven years in Market Square, ACAPSJ has relocated to 76 Germain Street, Saint John, New Brunswick. For information on the non-profit community based environmental management and research organization, access http://user.fundy.net/acapsj.
GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE ESTUARINE RESEARCH SOCIETY
GULF OF MAINE
The Gulf of Maine Environmental Information Exchange is actively engaged in discussing the needs for information exchange around the Gulf of Maine and ways of meeting these needs. GOMINFOEX has requested input on a draft vision for the Information Exchange for year 2020. To provide input, accesshttp://www.gulfofmaine.org/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?action=show&file=48.
COMMUNITY FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE
1 February 2000 is the deadline for applications to Environment Canada's EcoAction 2000 Community Funding Program. EcoAction 2000 provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable positive impacts on the environment. For information, access http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/community/funding.html or phone 1-800-663-5755.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
INTERNATIONAL OCEAN INSTITUTE VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY
PROPOSED INDEX OF ICM TOPICS
Jens Sorensen, Harbor and Coastal Center, University of Massachusetts is seeking comments on a proposed index of Integrated Coastal Management topics. The index will have several uses, including providing words and topics in searches of databases; it currently contains 263 topics.
COASTAL MONITORING IN THE U.K.
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOURS TO MAP THE WORLD
An 11-day Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in late January or early February will employ imaging radar to bounce signals off the surface of Earth. The signals will be used to produce three-dimensional images, which are expected to provide the most complete high-resolution database of the Earth's surface. The maps will be used to study several science issues, ranging from flooding to earthquake hazards to climate change.
COASTAL ENGINEERING AND OCEANOGRAPHY
The website located at http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/9631/ocean.html is a portal to coastal engineering and oceanography resources, including software, numerical models (hydrodynamic, wave, sediment transport, etc), data sources (waves, tides, bathymetry, etc.), educational resources (breakwater design, shore protection, books, courses, on-line tutorials, glossaries, etc.) and much more.
PUBLIC SURVEY ON OCEAN HEALTH AND PROTECTION
The Ocean Project, a major collaboration in North America involving aquariums, zoos, and science, technology, and natural history museums, recently completed anational survey of the U.S. public on the connections, values, attitudes, and knowledge related to the oceans. The Survey will be used in part to help move the public toward an ocean ethic. Highlights of the Survey and an Analysis of the Research are available at http://www.theoceanproject.org under Current Activities.
HALF THE WORLD'S MAJOR RIVERS ARE GOING DRY OR ARE POLLUTED
According to a report prepared by the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, backed by the World Bank and the U.N., more than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted. Not only are the rivers in jeopardy, but also their surrounding ecosystems and those who live in them. An action plan is being developed. For information, access http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_538000/538457.stm.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- 24-28 January 2000: 10th Biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
- 2-5 February 2000: Aquaculture America Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 8-10 March 2000: Geomatics 2000, Montréal, Québec.
- For a more complete list of conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.