ESSIM COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
UPDATE: PETITCODIAC RIVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
An overall update on the Petitcodiac River EIA study, fish passage issues, and preliminary results of the hydrodynamic and sediment transport modelling of the Petitcodiac River and estuary were the main topics of discussion at a public workshop held on 6 November 2004 in Moncton, New Brunswick. For information on the EIA, accesshttp://www.petitcodiac.com. The presentation by the study team at the Workshop is available at http://www.petitcodiac.com/November_Presentation-En2.pdf.
EIS FOR WHITES POINT QUARRY AND MARINE TERMINAL
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour are seeking public comment on the draft Guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal project in Digby County. Written comments must be received by 21 January 2005. For information, access http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20041110001. Funding is available to assist the public to take part in the joint panel review. For information, access http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/010/0001/0001/0023/nr041109_e.htm.
ESSIM HUMAN USE OBJECTIVES WORKSHOP
TIDES OF CHANGE ACROSS THE GULF OF MAINE
The Environmental Report on the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy was prepared for the Gulf of Maine Summit held on 26-29 October 2004 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It provides in-depth chapters on several key issues facing the Gulf: land use; contaminants and pathogens; and fisheries and aquaculture. It also summarizes results from watershed forums held over the past two years and the need for a 2020 vision for the Gulf. The report is available online.
GULF OF MAINE COUNCIL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Action Plan Grants Program of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has been issued. NGOs, municipalities and schools are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 30 November 2004. The project proposals should address the technical and educational aspects of the Council's Action Plan 2001-2006. For information, access http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/opportunities/.
ARCTIC CLIMATE IMPACT ASSESSMENT (ACIA) REPORT
The Arctic is warming at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the globe, according to a four-year scientific study of the region conducted by an international team of 300 scientists. These changes will have major global impacts, such as contributing to global sea-level rise and intensifying global warming. The assessment was commissioned by the Arctic Council (a ministerial intergovernmental forum comprised of the eight Arctic countries and six Indigenous Peoples organizations) and the International Arctic Science Committee (an international scientific organization appointed by 18 national academies of science). The ACAI study report is available at http://www.amap.no/acia/index.html.
LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CANADA'S MARINE ENVIRONMENT FROM POLLUTERS
A Bill that will allow Canada to better protect its marine environments has been presented for 2nd Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill calls for increased fines of up to $1 million and additional powers for enforcement officials to redirect and detain ships suspected of having polluted Canada's ocean waters. It will also result in better cooperation among Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada, the departments responsible for ensuring that Canada's ocean waters are protected. For information, access http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2004/041102_n_e.htm.
COMBATTING ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING ON THE HIGH SEAS
Canada will participate in a Task Force of international fisheries ministers to expose and combat the global problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on the high seas. Working within an 18- to 24-month time frame, the Task Force will prepare recommendations on how to prevent and eliminate IUU fishing; and to ensure the implementation of these recommendations at national, regional, and international levels. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac86_e.htm.
ADDING NEW SPECIES TO THE SPECIES AT RISK ACT
Canada's Minister of the Environment has made recommendations on adding new species to the list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Seventy-nine mammals, birds and aquatic species and populations have been under review for addition to the list of protected species under SARA, based on the scientific assessments provided by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). For information, access http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2004/041022_n_e.htm.
DFO AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS SIGN FISH HABITAT AGREEMENT
The Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the National Resource Industry Associations have signed a partnership agreement that will result in better protection of fish habitat. This year, the focus of the work is on developing clear guidelines and adjusting best management practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fish habitat regulatory processes. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2004/hq-ac85_e.htm.
CALIFORNIA'S OCEAN ACTION PLAN
California's Governor has unveiled an Ocean Action Plan for the management of ocean and coastal resources. The Action Plan has four primary goals: increase the abundance and diversity of California's oceans, bays, estuaries and coastal wetlands; make water in these bodies cleaner; provide a marine and estuarine environment that Californians can enjoy safely and productively; and support ocean-dependent economic activities. The Ocean Action Plan is available at http://resources.ca.gov/ocean/.
NEW UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVES
Nineteen new sites in 13 countries have been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including the Georgian Bay Littoral Biosphere Reserve in Canada. Biosphere reserves are recognized places where local communities are actively involved in governance and management, research, education, training and monitoring at the service of both socio-economic development and biodiversity conservation. The World Network of Biosphere Reserves now consists of 459 sites in 97 countries. For information, access the UNESCO website.
CALL FOR A BAN ON HIGH SEAS BOTTOM TRAWLING
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition has called on the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution declaring an immediate moratorium on high seas bottom trawling, and to simultaneously initiate a process under the auspices of the UN General Assembly to assess deep sea biodiversity and ecosystems; and to adopt and implement legally binding regimes to protect deep sea biodiversity from high seas bottom trawling and to conserve and manage bottom fisheries of the high seas. For information, access http://www.savethehighseas.org/publicdocs/DSCC_Position.pdf.
ALTERNATIVES FOR COASTAL DEVELOPMENT
The NOAA Coastal Services Center website, located at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/alternatives/, illustrates three different development scenarios - conventional design, conservation design, and new urbanists design - created for a residential area in coastal Georgia, USA. The site features: maps and details of the scenarios; comparisons of environmental, economic, and social indicators; selected 3-D views; a detailed project methodology; and background information and satellite images. This information can be used by developers, citizens, local governments, etc. interested in applying similar development design components in their communities.
REVISED REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY IMO MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE
Revised regulations to prevent marine pollution by ships carrying oil or chemicals were adopted by the MEPC of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) when it met for its 52nd session from 11-15 October 2004. The MEPC also designated the Western European Waters as a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA). Work continued on other issues including guidelines on ballast water management, ship recycling and prevention of air pollution. For information, access the IMO website.
- The Living Planet Report is WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems and the human pressures on them through the consumption of renewable natural resources. The Living Planet Report 2004 shows that humans currently consume 20 per cent more natural resources than the earth can produce, and that populations of terrestrial, freshwater and marine species fell on average by 40 per cent between 1970 and 2000. The report is available at http://www.panda.org/news_facts/publications/general/livingplanet/index.cfm.
- The 2004 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development concludes that progress has been slow and the reasons are lack of leadership, lack of priority, and lack of will. The report includes chapters on international environmental agreements; assessing the environmental impact of policies, plans, and programs; and salmon stocks, habitat, and aquaculture. It is available at http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/reports.nsf/html/c2004menu_e.html.
- At the 23rd Annual International Submerged Lands Management Conference held in Halifax, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley was asked to present the arguments for a shift from traditional public ownership/trustee arrangements to a regime of mixed public and private property for the management of the seabed. The full text of his presentation is available at http://www.aims.ca/library/submergedlands.pdf.
- COOGER Update, the newsletter of the Centre for Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research, based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/cooger-crepge/main_e.htm.
- The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Science Series is designed to make IGBP's research output accessible to a wider range of audiences, in particular to the policy and resource management communities. The IGBP volume entitled Marine Ecosystems and Global Change focuses on: Oceans of Change, Global Processes Impacting the Oceans, Changing Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, Detecting Changes in the Oceans, and Emerging Issues. The volume is available at http://www.pml.ac.uk/globec/products/reports/IGBP_5_GLOBEC.pdf.
- The coastline of England and Wales has become steeper and is undermining coastal defences against flooding and erosion, according to research published by one of Halcrow's senior coastal scientists. The narrowing of the coasts has serious implications for conservation of important natural habitats, such as beaches, mudflats and saltmarshes. One cause of the steepening appears to be man-made infrastructure on the upper parts of shore. For information, access http://www.halcrow.com/latestnews_sep04_coast.asp.
- Value - Counting Ecosystems as Water Infrastructure, an IUCN publication, is a practical guide on steps and techniques for the valuation of ecosystem services, and the incorporation of its results in decision-making for more sustainable and equitable development decisions in water resources management. The guide is available at http://www.waterandnature.org/value/index.html.
- 3 December 2004 is the revised 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
- 6 December 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the EARSeL Workshop on Remote Sensing of the Coastal Zone, scheduled for 9-10 June 2005 in Porto, Portugal
- 8 December 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to OCSEE 2005, the International Conference on Ocean/Coastal Science and Engineering Education, scheduled for 6-8 June 2005 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
- 10 December 2004 is the deadline to register for the 1st Canadian LiDAR Applied Research and Training Workshop, scheduled for 27 February - 1 March 2005 at the Halifax International Airport Hotel. The Workshop is hosted by the Applied Geomatics Research Group, Nova Scotia Community College.
- 10 December 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Open Science Meeting on HABs and Eutrophication, scheduled for 7-10 March 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland
- 10 December 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd International Coastal Symposium, scheduled for 5-8 June 2005 in Hornafjordur, Iceland
- 31 March 2005 is the deadline for manuscript submission for Ocean Yearbook: Volume 20. The Yearbook publishes articles, reports and reference materials devoted to the issues and concerns affecting the world's oceans. Topics include: Ocean Governance; Living Resources of the Oceans; Non-living Ocean Resources; Transportation and Communications; Environment and Coastal Management; Maritime Security; Military Activities; Regional Developments; and Training and Education. For information, access http://as01.ucis.dal.ca/wag/template/uploads/law/oybguidelines.pdf.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 17-25 November 2004: 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress, Bangkok, Thailand
- 18-19 November 2004: Application of Climate Models to Water Resources Management, hosted by C-CIARN Water Resources, Victoria, British Columbia
- 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
- 9-10 December 2004: Climate Change Adaptation in Atlantic Canada: A Focus on Forests, C-CIARN Atlantic's 5th Regional Workshop, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 13-14 December 2004: International Workshop on Water and Disasters, London, Ontario
- 23-26 January 2005: EST 2005, the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, New Orleans, Louisiana
WORKSHOP: CLIMATE CHANGE AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES
The Workshop entitled Climate Change and Coastal Communities: Concerns and Challenges for Today and Beyond is scheduled for 11-13 November 2004 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. The Workshop will focus on Linking Science and Local Knowledge and the results of a study on the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Southeastern New Brunswick. For information, access http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/.
SOUTHERN GULF OF ST LAWRENCE STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP