A luncheon presentation on the Nova Scotia Sustainable Communities Initiatives is scheduled for 11:00-13:00 hrs on Tuesday, 2 November 2004 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The speakers are Jim Stanley (SCI Provincial Co-chair) and Jim Ellsworth (SCI Federal Co-chair). The SCI is a partnership of more than 40 federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations organizations dedicated to supporting communities through a collaborative approach that integrates social, cultural, economic and environmental policies and programs. Places are limited. For information on purchasing a ticket and to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Workshop Changing Tides: Taking Action on a Coastal Management Plan for Nova Scotia, sponsored by the Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia, is scheduled for 5-7 November 2004 in Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia. Participants will examine: legislation pertaining to coastal development in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine, coastal planning in other jurisdictions and opportunities to develop a coastal management policy for Nova Scotia. The early registration deadline is Friday, 22 October. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 26th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) was held in Nova Scotia on 13-17 September 2004. The NAFO Fisheries Commission agreed on a number of new measures to increase NAFO's ability to protect the fishery resources of the Northwest Atlantic. For information, access Comments by the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on the outcomes of the NAFO meeting are available at

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (HMSC), located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, seeks an Executive Director. The HMSC is a major marine laboratory and field station in eastern Canada. It was founded by a consortium of universities, and its present membership includes universities, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 October 2004. For information, access

The Gulf of Maine Summit is scheduled for 26-29 October 2004 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The goal of the Summit is to produce a State of the Gulf Report. This will involve assessing the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and resources, taking full advantage of initiatives currently underway (e.g., watershed monitoring, research, coordinated regional planning, habitat restoration, etc.) by many agencies, organizations and institutions in the Gulf. For information, access

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia have signed an MOU on the implementation of Canada's Oceans Strategy on the Pacific Coast. Both governments have agreed to jointly develop sub-agreements for: A marine protected areas framework; Coastal planning and integrated oceans management planning; An integrated ocean information management system; Indicators for oceans management and state of the environment reporting; Streamlining and harmonizing regulatory decision-making for aquaculture; and Sharing of information related to offshore oil and gas resources. For details, access the

The goal of the Canadian Marine Ecoregions Workshop held on 23-25 March 2004 in Ottawa, Ontario was to identify marine ecoregions to be used as a basis for integrated oceans management. The three broad categories of criteria used were: geological properties, physical oceanographic properties, and biological properties. The Workshop resulted in the identification of 17 marine ecoregions for Canada's three oceans: 4 in the Pacific, 6 in the Arctic, and 7 in the Atlantic. The Workshop Proceedings are available at - click on 'Publications', 'Proceedings' and then on '2004'.

Ocean Innovation 2004 is scheduled for 25-26 October 2004 in Victoria, British Columbia. The theme for this year's event is 'Achieving a Balance: Ocean Development and Environmental Health'. The Conference will focus on various aspects of innovation in the ocean environment, including issues related to technology, investments, partnerships and human resource requirements. Two concurrent Workshops are scheduled offsite on 27 October: 'Maritime Simulation' and 'Marine Remote Sensing'. For information, including the 2003 Conference Proceedings, access

The Final Report of the Coastal Communities Network (CoCoNet) project is available at The report examines the role of local communities in promoting Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Southern Irish Sea, a region bordered by Ireland and Wales. The project led to the development of the Wexford Declaration, which urges governments to support the empowerment of local communities, including local government, to secure local sustainability of the coastal and marine environment. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ESA's ten-instrument Envisat, the world's largest satellite for environmental monitoring, was launched in February 2002. Based on 18 months of observations, a high-resolution global atmospheric map of nitrogen dioxide pollution was produced that indicates a link between human activities and air quality. For information, access

The US Commission on Ocean Policy delivered its final report, An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, on 20 September 2004. The report calls for a new governance framework, more investment in marine science and a new stewardship ethic by all Americans - all within the context of an ecosystem-based management approach - to halt the decline of the nation's oceans and coasts. The Commission put forward 212 recommendations for a new national ocean policy in the 610-page report available at An executive summary is also available.

- The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands (2nd edition) are available at Topics include: Coastal management; National wetland policies; Laws and institutions; River basin management; Participatory management; Communication, education and public awareness; Managing wetlands; Impact assessment; etc.

- A recently published WWF report, Freshwater and Tourism in the Mediterranean, states that important wetlands, including Ramsar sites of international importance, are being destroyed by tourism activities. The report is available at

- The booklet entitled The Dune Book provides an overview of dunes. It discusses how the beach works, erosion types, dune vegetation and the best dune management practices along developed shorelines. The booklet is available at

- Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary scientific journal dealing with a variety of management issues related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, etc. The inaugural issue is now available. For subscription information, access

- The paper Scientific and Technical Aspects of Climate Change, including impacts and adaptation and associated costs is available at Recently published by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), it reviews the evidence for climate change, its human causes, projections for future climate change, its likely impacts and related adaptation issues, and the scientific issues surrounding stabilisation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

- The University of South Alabama's Coastal Transportation Engineering Research and Education Center has made a preliminary assessment of the coastal roadway damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in September. The goal was to rapidly capture some information on the types and causes of damage in order to aid in future analysis and design of more hurricane-resistant roads and bridges. A preliminary report is available at

- The report entitled Canada's Ocean Industries: Contribution to the Economy 1988-2000 provides estimates of the direct impact of each industry segment of the ocean sector on the national, Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic regional gross domestic product (GDP). It is available at Two earlier reports, published by DFO, provided ocean industry data for the period between 1988 and 1998.

- The footprint is the biologically productive area needed to produce all the products a person or group consumes and to absorb all their waste. Canada has the world's third-largest ecological footprint, according to the findings of Ecological Footprints of Canadian Municipalities and Regions, a report prepared for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) . The report is available at

- The report entitled Energy from Waves and Tidal Currents: Towards 20yy ? presents an overview of the main developments in ocean energy from waves and currents and a proposal for the development of an Ocean Energy Technology Network in Canada. The report describes ocean energy harnessing systems; transfer of power systems; ocean power economics and R&D programmes. To obtain a copy (either digital or hard-copy), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Industry Canada.

- According to research presented at a symposium organized by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the International Council for Science's Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the world's oceans are absorbing an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), that is increasing their acidity and possibly threatening the long-term survival of many marine species. This in turn could disrupt marine food chains and alter ocean biogeochemistry in ways that are not yet understood or predictable. For information, access

- The report entitled Cold-water Coral Reefs: Out of Sight - No Longer Out of Mind includes a set of recommendations aimed at providing national and international policy makers and stakeholders from developed and developing countries with a 'toolbox' of options to be considered in the conservation, protection and sustainable management of cold-water corals within and beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. The report is available at

- 15 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), scheduled for 5-9 April 2005 in Denver, Colorado.

- 22 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Coastal GeoTools '05, scheduled for 7-10 March 2005 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

- 1 November 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 8th International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, scheduled for 17-19 May 2005 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

- 30 November 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) II Inaugural Open Science Meeting, scheduled for 27-29 June 2005 in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. The theme is 'Coasts and Coastal People - Scenarios of Change and Responses'.

- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access

- 17-20 October 2004: Aquaculture Canada 2004, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Québec City, Québec

- 19-21 October 2004: 7th International Marine Environmental Modeling Seminar, Washington, DC

- 20-22 October 2004: Civil Engineering in the Oceans VI (CEO6), Baltimore, Maryland

- 20-23 October 2004: 1st International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, Valletta, Malta

- 24-27 October 2004: 31st Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

- 29 October 2004: Oil & Gas 101 - Introduction to Offshore Oil & Gas, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

- 2-3 November 2004: 2nd Annual Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Workshop, Regina, Saskatchewan

- 4 November 2004: Spatial Technologies for Disaster Management: Decision Support Using Remote Sensing, Calgary, Alberta

- 6 November 2004: Climate Change: Local Perspectives, Global Conditions, Co-operative Responses, Halifax, Nova Scotia

- 8-9 November 2004: Annual Conference of North Carolina Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. It will address the issue "Beach Nourishment: Is It Really Worth It?" For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- 11-13 November 2004: Pacific Marine Expo, Seattle, Washington

- 15-16 November 2004: Sustainable Technologies and Services Summit, Ottawa, Ontario

- 16-20 November 2004: Eco-Imagine Conference Coastal Governance, Planning, Design and Geographic Information, Genova, Italy

- 17-20 November 2004: 7th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration, Charleston, South Carolina. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- 17-25 November 2004: 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress, Bangkok, Thailand

- 22-24 November 2004: International Conference on Coastal Infrastructure Development - Challenges in the 21st Century, Hong Kong

- 1-3 December 2004: 10th National Science Meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), Québec City, Québec

- 2 December 2004: 2nd Annual Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) face-to-face Meeting, Québec City, Québec. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the EMAN Meeting. For information on the CSIN Meeting, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CSIN Coordinator


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