SESSIONS ON FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
WHAT USE ARE SPECIES LISTS?
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!
- 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
GOMINFOEX ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING
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
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.
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.
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.
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