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FEBRUARY 2000

 GEOIDE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
From 15 February until 15 March 2000, GEOIDE invites submissions of Letters of Intent for Geomatics research in the social sciences and humanities. Projects with an environmental health component would be of particular interest. More than $150K per year is available to support one or two projects. Proposals for funding up to a maximum of 22 months will be considered. For information, access the GEOIDE website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 EAST COAST FISHERY AND SEISMIC SURVEYS
CEF Consultants Ltd will be holding a one-day workshop entitled The East Coast Fishery and Seismic Surveys: A Hands-on Workshop on How They Interact in three locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia on Tuesday, 7 March 2000; Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Wednesday, 8 March; and Moncton, New Brunswick on Thursday, 9 March. Workshop topics include what seismic surveys are, how they work, and how their environmental effects are analyzed, and how fishing needs and techniques can affect seismic work. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Cancelled - may be rescheduled at a later date.

 HIGH RESOLUTION COASTAL MAPPING PROJECT
The ACZISC and the Champlain Institute are jointly coordinating a Collaborative Program to Develop and Implement a High-Resolution Coastal Mapping Project in Atlantic Canada. To date, the prime areas of interest are the Annapolis Valley, the north shore of Prince Edward Island and Charlottetown, the Tantramar Marshes and the Bras d'Or Lakes. The planned sensor suite includes CASI, marine and terrestrial LIDAR, and IKONOS digital photography. Currently the project partners are the three Maritime Provinces; the Centre for Geographic Sciences; Environment Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Hydrographic Service; Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Science; and Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ACZISC or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Champlain Institute.

 BEACH SWEEP KIT
The Beach Sweep Kit contains the information necessary to organize and conduct a beach cleaning project, including detailed information on the marine debris issue, instructions and practical considerations to conduct a safe activity with volunteers, a marine debris inventory sheet, a standard press release, etc. To obtain a kit and for further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 "BY THE SEA"
"By the Sea" is a guide to eleven ecosystems within the coastal zone of Eastern Canada. It provides information on the inhabitants of our coastal zones, on the importance of these environments to our economy and well-being, and on the part we can play in preserving these habitats. Parts of the introduction module, a short summary of the eleven modules and activities are available at http://www.gfc.dfo.ca/habitat/. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS
The North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation (NAFEC) will accept proposals for the 2000 grant cycle until 31 March 2000 for community-based projects that focus on: (1) linking biodiversity conservation with trade in green goods and services; or (2) pollutants and health_improving public access to information, decision-making and environmental justice. For details, refer to the "Call for Proposals" at http://www.cec.org/english/nafec or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 CANADIAN SEABED RESOURCE MAPPING PROPOSAL (SEAMAP)
Three federal departments (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, National Defence, and Natural Resources Canada) are spearheading a proposal to comprehensively map the seabed (bathymetry, sediment properties, habitat and biological communities) within the Canadian EEZ in support of the Oceans Act, and beyond the 200 mile limit in support of anticipated claims under UNCLOS. The rationale for this multi-million dollar proposal is the requirement for an extensive body of scientific information on the seabed and its living and non-living resources, which is not currently available, in order to effectively apply the principles of precaution, integrated management and sustainability within the Canadian EEZ. For further details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

 TIMED DISCUSSION ON MPAs WITHIN THE BAY OF FUNDY
The Fundy Forum will be hosting timed discussions on Marine Protected Areas within the Bay of Fundy from 7-21 February. A virtual panel comprised of about 4 people from various backgrounds will address the key questions and start the discussion. For information on participating in the discussions, access the Fundy Forumwebsite.

 COASTAL ZONE 2000 YOUTH FORUM
1 May 2000 is the deadline for submitting papers, posters, art work, etc. to the Coastal Zone 2000 Youth Forum scheduled for 15-17 September in Saint John, New Brunswick, prior to Coastal Zone Canada 2000. The underlying focus of the Youth Forum (ages 16-29) will be the concept of the Ecological Footprint, and personal accountability for the health of the environment. For details, access the Youth Forum website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE APPLICATION OF GIS TO THE COASTAL ZONE
Popularly named CoastGIS, the 2001 conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first of the organising meetings was held at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on 2 February. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic.

 STEPHENVILLE MAP SERVER APPLICATION
The Stephenville Geomatics Demo is a prototype Internet map server application that includes 44 graphic layers of data from 10 sources within the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Town of Stephenville. Custom gif images can be created of the selected data layers.

 GULF OF MAINE VISIONARY AWARDS
The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards recognize innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection in the Gulf. The New Brunswick winners of the 1999-2000 Award are the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and Art MacKay. The Nova Scotia winners are Dr. Jon Percy and the Salmon River Salmon Association.

 INCORPORATING MARINE DATA IN THE AC CDC DATABASE
The Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre (AC CDC) is proposing to incorporate marine data in its database (species rarity ranking and species and habitat/community locational occurrences). In this regard the AC CDC welcomes all enquiries from potential partner organizations. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 PUBLIC REVIEW OF NS ENVIRONMENT ACT
The Nova Scotia Environment Act was adopted five years ago. A non-government Advisory Committee has been established to undertake a public review of the Act. Comments can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. up to 14 April 2000. The Advisory Committee will also host a series of public meetings across the Province in the spring. For details and to download a Discussion Paper highlighting some of the issues, phone 1-800-567-7544 or access http://www.gov.ns.ca/envi/dept/ecs/review.htm.

 CEAA FIVE YEAR REVIEW
In December 1999 the federal Minister of Environment, David Anderson, launched a review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in response to legislation that calls for "a comprehensive review of the [Act's] provisions and operation" to be undertaken five years after its coming into force. The review will comprise several elements, including an interactive website and national public consultation meetings to be held in 19 centres across Canada. Details are available athttp://199.212.18.103/index_e.htm.

 FISHERIES RESOURCE CONSERVATION COUNCIL
The FRCC is recommending major reductions in the cod quotas off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from the current 7000 tons per year in the 4X zone to 4000 tons per year, commencing April 1, and a 30% reduction in Newfoundland's quota. According to industry calculations, this could cost $6.6 million in 2000. For details, access "News Releases" at http://www.ncr.dfo.ca/frcc/index.htm.

 GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA BOOKSTORE ONLINE
Access the GSC Bookstore to read about the different types of GSC publications and new releases in the GSC Information Circular; search the online catalogue of publications; order publications online; etc. 

 METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF CANADA
Based on widespread consultations, the Atmospheric Environment Service and Program of EC have consolidated their identity with a new name, Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). The MSC will be Canada's source for weather forecasts, and warnings, the national water survey, the ice service and the science of climate and air quality.

 STANDARDS FOR GEO-REFERENCING 3D MARINE DATA
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who directs a Fisheries GIS Unit at Canterbury Christ Church University College (UK), is researching standards for geo-referencing data captured in the 3D marine environment. Dr. Meaden would appreciate receiving information from individuals with experience in this area. 

 COASTBASE IMPROVES ACCESS TO INFORMATION
The EUCC and ten other organizations have started the CoastBase project to improve coastal environmental assessment and policy making. This virtual data warehousewill provide easy access to information that is needed by coastal managers and policy makers either via metadata and data links or for European aggregated information from the CoastBase server. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 CALL FOR PAPERS
A Call for Papers has been issued for the 1st International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals scheduled for 30 July - 2 August 2000 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Symposium Coordinator.

 UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
2-3 March 2000: Understanding the Environmental Effects of Offshore Hydrocarbon Development, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For information on the free workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7-10 March 2000: Oceanology International 2000 Exhibition and Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

8-10 March 2000: Geomatics 2000, Montréal, Québec.

12-16 March 2000: Bridging the Gap: Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Assessment, Banff, Alberta. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5-7 April 2000: New Brunswick Environmental Industries Association AGM and Conference, Saint John, New Brunswick. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

6-7 avril 2000 : Forum 2000 - La Société en Redéfinition : La Place de la Géographie, UQAM, Montréal, Québec. Pour renseignements, communiquez avecThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ou This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

6-8 April 2000: East Coast Conference on Community Development, Sydney, Nova Scotia. For details, email Sandra MacDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- For a more complete list of conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.

 

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