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NOVEMBER 2000

 SESSIONS ON FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
Community groups can learn more about funding for environmental projects at information sessions to be held across Nova Scotia. The two-hour sessions, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour and Environment Canada, will take place in nine communities: 28 November in Bedford; 29 November in Bridgewater; 30 November in Stellarton; 5 December in Baddeck; 6 December in St. Peter's; 13 December in Amherst; 3 January in Annapolis Royal, 4 January in Yarmouth; and 9 January in Antigonish. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 WHAT USE ARE SPECIES LISTS?
A seminar entitled What use are species lists? will be presented by Dr. Mark J. Costello, Executive Director, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The seminar will take place at 13:00 hrs, Wednesday, 6 December at the Centre for Marine Biodiversity, Ocean Sciences Boardroom, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 HARNESSING THE INTERNET AND OTHER TOOLS TO SHARE INFORMATION
A presentation entitled Gulf of Maine Environmental Information Exchange: Harnessing the internet and other tools to share information will be made by Paul Boudreau, Marine Environmental Sciences Division, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It will take place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 22 November in the Hayes Board Room (Fish Lab 117), Bedford Institute of Oceanography. Everyone is welcome! 

 ACZISC WEBSITE
- A listing of bibliographies of Coastal Zone Guidelines has been added to the Documents section.

- A new section entitled Resources for Students and Teachers has been added to the website.

 WIND FARMING IN PEI
As a sign of its commitment toward addressing climate change concerns, Prince Edward Island has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government to examine the feasibility of establishing a wind farm at North Cape. The press release is available.

 NB POLICY ON AQUACULTURE SITE ALLOCATION
On 17 October 2000, the New Brunswick Government unveiled the Bay of Fundy Marine Aquaculture Site Allocation Policy which establishes a new system for the allocation and administration of marine aquaculture sites in the Bay of Fundy. Further information is available. The Policy is also available.

 A COMMUNITY-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVATION PROGRAM
The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History has received $185K from the Climate Change Action Fund to revive a 100-year-old local nature observation programusing schools, community groups and keen individuals to observe the natural response to climate change. For information, access http://www.cciw.ca/eman-temp/weeklies/century_ago.html.

 UPCOMING FUNDY FORUM TIMED DISCUSSION
The Fundy Forum will be holding a Timed Discussion on Integrating Marine Compliance and Enforcement in the Bay of Fundy: Community Roles from Monday, 4 December to Friday, 15 December. There will be a special focus on the roles of communities and ocean user groups in building more effective and integrated compliance and enforcement approaches. For information on participating, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Fundy Forum Webmaster and Co-ordinator.

 GOMINFOEX ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING
A meeting of the Gulf of Maine Information Exchange Action Committee is scheduled for 14-15 December 2000 at the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal in Portland, Maine. Topics of discussion will include the development of an appropriate GOMINFOEX structure. All interested individuals are welcome to participate. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 COASTWEB WEBSITE NOW AVAILABLE
CoastWeb has been established by the Geological Survey of Canada - Atlantic at. It contains a variety of information on the geology and physical processes of Canada's coastline, including: How to set up your own coastal monitoring site for measuring cliff top retreat, Impact of Storms, Built Environments and Shoreline Protection, Research Highlights, etc. 

 FREE MAPS OF CANADA ON THE WWW
Toporama provides access to free raster data of part of the National Topographic Data Base (NTDB) for all of Canada at 1:250 000. Toporama is available online from the Centre for Topographic Information, Natural Resources Canada.

 CALL FOR PAPERS
30 November 2000 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to CoastGIS 2001 scheduled to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 18-20 June 2001. The theme isManaging the Interfaces. For information, access http://agc.bio.ns.ca/coastgis2001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1 December 2000 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd Digital Earth Conference being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from 24-28 June 2001 under the theme Beyond Information Infrastructure. For information, access http://www.digitalearth.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Chair.

8 December 2000 is the deadline for submitting articles to the winter 2000 issue of the InterCoast international newsletter. This issue will explore the contributions (both actual and potential) of ICM towards ensuring food security for coastal people by balancing fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable habitat quality. For information, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR COMMUNITIES
The Environment Canada - Atlantic Region website features resource materials for community groups, including guidelines for developing a project, fundraising, health and environment, and tools for building sustainable communities.

 GEOCONNECTIONS UPDATE
A call for RFPs has been issued for projects which will promote the connection of metadata and the data content of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). Its intent is to assist public agencies that are committed to CGDI in terms of budget and personnel, and are prepared to meet the extra costs associated with collaborative project implementation. For information, access the GeoConnections website.

 COASTS UNDER STRESS
Coasts Under Stress is a five-year project that started in April 2000. It is funded by SSHRC and NSERC, with additional funding from other partners. The goal is to identify the important ways in which changes in society and the environment in coastal Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia have affected, or will affect, the health of people, their communities and the environment over the long run.

 MAPPING MARINE AND ESTUARINE ECOSYSTEMS OF NORTH AMERICA
This project of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, commencing in 2001, will identify and coordinate the development of comparable marine and estuarine ecosystem and habitat classification systems to be incorporated by the Parties into a North American geographic information system (GIS). For information, access the CEC website.

 CEAA FIVE YEAR REVIEW
In December 1999 the federal Minister of Environment, David Anderson, launched a review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The review comprised several elements, including an interactive website and national public consultation meetings across Canada. Reports from these consultation activities, submissions and session reports are available.

 JUST FISH: ETHICS AND CANADIAN MARINE FISHERIES
A team of scientists examined justice in the Canadian fisheries in order to seek an ethical foundation upon which to base guidelines for fisheries policies and decision-making in the future. Just Fish, the result of their work, argues that Canada could - and must - become a world leader in developing fisheries management institutions that can protect the interests of both fish and the fishers. For information, access http://www.fisheries.ubc.ca/Projects/Ethics/ethics.htm.

The book Just Fish: Ethics and Canadian Marine Fisheries, edited by Harold Coward, Rosemary Ommer, and Tony Pitcher, is available.

 NEPTUNE PROJECT UPDATE
NEPTUNE will be the world's first big undersea network to monitor the seafloor and the ocean above it. The Canadian report on the Feasibility of Participation in the NEPTUNE Undersea Observatory Network has now been completed and submitted to governments. It is available at http://www.neptunecanada.com.

 WHALE WATCHING BECOMING A MAJOR TOURIST INDUSTRY
A new economic report issued by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) states that whale watching generates more than $1.5 billion per year. The175-page report, entitled Whale Watching 2000: Worldwide Tourism Numbers, Expenditures, and Expanding Socioeconomic Benefits, was prepared by Erich Hoyt, a Canadian whale expert. A summary of the report is available.

 STATE OF THE WORLD'S ECOSYSTEMS
A report released on 21 October by the World Resources Institute states that the world's freshwater systems are so degraded that their ability to support human, plant, and animal life is greatly in peril. The report, Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems: Freshwater Systems, is available. Other reports will be released in the next six months covering agro-ecosystems, coastal areas, forests, and grasslands. 

 UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- 20-23 November 2000: Hydro 2000 - Interactive Hydrology, the 3rd International Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Perth, Western Australia

- 4-8 December 2000: MARCUBA'2000, the 5th Congress on Marine Sciences, National Oceanographic Committee, Havana, Cuba

- 4-8 December 2000: International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, Melbourne, Australia

- 5-8 December 2000: Carbonate Beaches, an International Symposium on geology, petrology, geography, management, and coastal engineering of carbonate sand beaches, Key Largo, Florida

- 13-14 December 2000: Conference on Ground Water: A Transboundary, Strategic, and Geopolitical Resource, Las Vegas, Nevada

- 8-11 January 2001: Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, South Carolina

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

 COASTAL SEMINAR
Aldo Chircop, Marine Affairs Programme & Marine and Environmental Law Programme, Dalhousie University will present a lecture entitled Oceans Act and the Future of Integrated Management in Canada as part of the Saint Mary's University Fisheries and Coastal Seminar Series. The lecture will take place at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 14 November 2000 at The Oaks (gray house on the Saint Mary's University campus at the very south end of Robie Street). Everyone is welcome. For information, call 902-420-5668.

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEING SOUGHT FOR BACAP
An Executive Director is being sought for BACAP, the Bluenose Atlantic Coastal Action Program, a watershed management organization. The Director will be responsible for fundraising, project management, planning and organization development and will report to a Board of Directors. The application deadline is 10 November 2000. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to BACAP by fax at number 902-624-9818. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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