Coastal zone Canada 2014

Meeting or Conference
Coastal Zone Canada Association
15-19 Jun 2014
Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Canada is a coastal nation, boasting more than 240,000 kilometres of coastline, more than any other country in the world. Over seven million Canadians live in coastal areas, on the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Arctic and the Great Lakes, many of whom are directly dependent on the coastal resources and tourism to earn a living. In so many ways, healthy coasts benefit all Canadians. Yet human impacts on our oceans and coasts go well inland from the coastal zone, and our activities many kilometres away can ultimately have profound effects on the coast. Coastal zone ecosystems are and economies are exceedingly vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards; we are already witnessing changes that are impacting the lives and livelihoods of many Canadians. Theme The biennial Coastal Zone Canada conference is the leading interdisciplinary forum held for professionals from across Canada and around the world to meet and discuss all aspects of coastal and ocean management. The 2014 conference theme, "Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures," recognizes that our past choices and decisions have led us to where we are today, both positive and negative. The theme also recognizes that opportunities abound to influence and shape the future. Our choices today will determine which future path we will tread. We are all accountable to step up and take action for the future we want and need. Sub-themes Our coastal zones are complex – from the physical and biological facets, to the human, cultural and social dimensions, to the complexity of regulation and jurisdiction. In the context of our main conference theme and looking at the past, at our present, and to the future, the nine sub-themes listed below are the primary topics envisioned for contributed sessions and discussion: 1. Coastal communities: Social and human dimensions of the coast

  • Cultural and social importance of the coasts, coastal access

  • The human dimension of coastal change

  • Ecosystem ties to human health and/or community health

  • Community innovation

  • Role of politics and/or government

2. Blue economy: Working waterfronts, coastal infrastructure and resource management

  • Nurturing coastal and ocean economies

  • Community-based economic development, tourism and recreation

  • Accelerating blue innovations in support of an ocean-based economy

  • Coastal infrastructure for trade, tourism and transportation

  • Working waterfronts

  • Resource management and marine uses: fisheries, aquaculture, tidal and wind power, marine transportation, oil and gas exploration and development, etc.

3. Marine and coastal ecosystems: Understanding the complexity of biological and physical coastal environments

  • Biodiversity conservation and protection, ecosystem services

  • Near shore morphology and dynamic coastal behaviour, sediment transport, etc.

  • Shifting shorelines, adaptation, vulnerability, coastal resilience

  • Scientific exploration and research

  • Ecosystem monitoring, indicators, reporting on status and trends

  • Great Lakes ecosystems, watersheds

4. Environmental impacts: Climate change, human-induced challenges and community responses

  • Environmental change – ocean acidification, storm surges, flooding, sea level rise

  • Community vulnerability, preparedness, adaptation, impacts of climate change

  • Coastal industries – vulnerability, preparedness, adaptation, impacts of climate change

  • Water quality, pollution threats, invasive species

  • Managing and adapting to coastal change

5. Governance, policy and law-making

  • Policy, decision-making

  • Marine environmental law

  • Co-management, integrated management, Marine Protected Areas

  • Aboriginal leadership and stewardship

  • Community-based leadership, partnerships, programs and activities

  • Federal, provincial and municipal roles, and opportunities for cooperation

  • Regional and international trans-boundary cooperation

  • Linking science and management

6. A focus on the arctic: Ecological, social, economic and political change

  • The human dimension of change, cultural and social impacts

  • Development (shipping, oil and gas, tourism, etc.)

  • Rate of climate change in the Arctic, changes in sea ice and related ecosystems

  • Sovereignty

7. Knowledge and information: Data use and accessibility, information management

  • Data collection, accessibility and integration

  • Local ecological knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge

  • Advances in and application of remote sensing, innovative uses of data, integration of data for multiple uses

  • Mapping technologies, ecosystem classifications

  • Human use mapping and footprint analysis

  • Data and information management, open data

8. Security and risk management: Managing uncertainty

  • Risk assessment, risk-based management

  • Maritime security, border security, national defense

  • Marine accident preparedness, rescue services

9. Social media and outreach: Reaching and educating the public domain

  • Making science available to public audiences

  • Innovative uses of new technologies

  • Creative outreach and education

Conference objectives Through an exciting program of interactive sessions, debates and discussions, the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference aims to:

  1. share knowledge, experience, and expertise in the sub-theme areas above;

  2. stimulate change of mindsets and open the door to new models for cooperation, policies and management; and

  3. emphasize the urgency for action and revitalize commitment to our coastal areas.

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Target audience

Coastal Zone Canada 2014 will bring together community representatives, scientists and researchers, engineers, planners, government, industry representatives, youth and early-career professionals, local and international non-government organizations, and other members of civil society. This wealth of experience, knowledge and wide-ranging perspectives promises to generate lively discussion, insights and the sharing of ideas. We will examine progress and achievements in coastal and ocean management that are attempting to enhance the protection of coastal resources while at the same time addressing the complexity of multiple use and economic development. Participants will learn about innovative technologies, best practices, governance approaches, programs and policies at the local, national and international levels.

How to register

For further information please email the event coordinator.


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