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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

MANAGING SHARED WATERS:
Towards Sustainable 
Transboundary Coastal Ecosystems

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
June 24-28, 2002

The Conference

Managing Shared Waters - Towards Sustainable Transboundary Coastal
Ecosystems, will bring together policy makers, scientists, business
leaders, NGOs, youth and other interested stakeholders to review the
international management of transboundary waters and, in particular, to
examine the Canadian and American experience in the Great Lakes/St.
Lawrence basin.  The conference will also provide a forum for the
sharing of expertise between those working in the fields of marine and
freshwater management. It will focus on the capacity required to improve
and protect the coastal zone/shoreline ecosystems of marine and
freshwater systems.

The coastal zone ecosystem is one of the most complex environmental
systems on the planet. It offers a distinctive set of challenges for the
global community from social, scientific and public policy perspectives.
When this natural complexity is compounded by shared management
responsibility among multiple transboundary jurisdictions, the need for
a strategic and integrated approach becomes more critical. This is a
major challenge as we enter a period when increasing demand for water
resources and stresses on water quality are expected to add serious
strain to both coastal marine and freshwater systems.

Managing Shared Waters (Coastal Zone Canada 2002 - CZC2002) will bring
together representatives from the major stakeholder groups who are
seeking practical, positive and integrated solutions to
coastal/shoreline issues: to evaluate progress to date, to participate
in capacity building exercises, to assess future needs, and to recommend
strategies for future action. The event will be held in the heartland of
the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River basin of North America with the past
successes and future challenges encountered in this freshwater coastal
zone serving as an important component of the Conference.

Pollution Probe, a Canadian environmental NGO, and the Coastal Zone
Canada Association are co-organizing the Conference. Managing Shared
Waters (CZC2002) is the fifth in a series of biennial international
conferences conducted by the Coastal Zone Canada Association, with each
conference building on the recommendations of the previous one. 

Conference Goal and Objectives 

Providing support for the implementation of integrated water resources
management forms the basis for Managing Shared Waters (CZC2002). The
main goal of the Conference is to address the capacity needs of the
international community to implement sustainable practices in real
situations. Case examples will be used to promote discussions related to
the effective application of practices for sustainable transboundary
coastal ecosystems. 

Finding sustainable solutions for managing water resources requires
capacity in several specific areas: adequate knowledge, information
sharing and education to recognize and address the issue; available
tools and technology to deal with the problem; appropriate institutional
arrangements and partnerships for oversight and regulation of the
resource; and products and services that ensure that these resources are
protected for future generations. These areas will serve as focuses for
presentations and workshop discussions throughout the Conference.  

The main objectives of Managing Shared Waters (CZC2002) are to: 
* Examine real-life applications of transboundary coastal ocean
and freshwater management through a set of case examples and, in
particular review the Canadian and American experience in the Great
Lakes/St. Lawrence basin;
* Evaluate international capacity related to the principles and
practices for the management of transboundary coastal ecosystems  for
marine and freshwater systems;
* Equip water managers and stakeholders with tools and
methodologies for the effective implementation of sustainable
transboundary ecosystem management;
* Build on the recommendations of Baseline 2000 and Beyond 2000,
two reports developed by the Coastal Zone Canada 2000 conference, that
include recognizing the role of communities, the impact of land-based
activities, and the need for effective methods to monitor the health of
coastal ecosytems;
* Produce a report that summarizes the results of the conference
including recommendations and strategies to improve international
capacity to manage transboundary coastal ecosystems.

Location

Managing Shared Waters (CZC2002) is being held in the Great Lakes /St.
Lawrence River basin, which constitutes Canada's fourth longest coastal
region and its most populated and industrially developed region. The
location of the Conference in Hamilton, which is situated on Lake
Ontario, offers participants a unique opportunity to examine first-hand
one of Canada's leading efforts in ecosystem clean-up and
rehabilitation, through field trips and hospitality events. Hamilton is
also home to the United Nations University International Network on
Water, Environment and Health. The Canada Centre for Inland Waters,
Canada's premier water research institute is located just outside of the
city.  Hamilton is approximately one hour from the City of Toronto,
Niagara Falls and the United States border. 

BOOK THE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR AND WATCH FOR:
* Conference Announcement and call for Papers, Panels, Posters,
and Session Organizers (available Summer 2001)
* Preliminary Program (available Fall 2001)

For more information, contact:

Managing Shared Waters

Pollution Probe
402-625 Church St.
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 2G1 Canada

Phone: +1-416-926-1907
Fax: +1-416-926-1601
Email: managing.shared.waters@pollutionprobe.org
Web: www.pollutionprobe.org/managing.shared.waters/index.htm


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