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The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

Tuesday, October 25 - Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Sheraton Wall Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is hosted by the U.S. Puget Sound Partnership and Environment Canada. It is held every two years and is the largest and most comprehensive scientific research and policy conference in the Georgia Basin Puget Sound Region. The conference was first co-hosted in 2003 when it was called the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound research conference. The conference was re-named the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference this year to reflect the recent decisions by both the U.S. and Canada to re-name the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound area and acknowledge the connectivity of the ecosystem and the traditions of the region’s Salish peoples. The location for the conference alternates between British Columbia and Washington State.

The goal of the conference is to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem and to share information on recent management actions and best practices to protect and restore the Salish Sea Ecosystem. Through dialogue, the conference emphasizes the importance of collaboration among scientists and policymakers to solve complex environmental issues that cross political borders. The event draws scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community leaders, policy makers, educators and students.

The conference features a broad range of topics, shedding light on the overall state of the Salish Sea ecosystem and informing management activities in the region. Topics typically include:

  • Marine, nearshore, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Air and water quality as it affects ecosystem health
  • Aquatic and terrestrial species and food webs
  • Land use, protection, and restoration especially as they relate to growth and development
  • Human health and well being
  • Climate Change, including its effects on ecosystem processes and human health
  • Development and application of decision support frameworks, models and systems to aid ecosystem management.

The 2011 Conference will focus on the interplay between scientific research and monitoring and the development and implementation of ecosystem management actions.

For more information on the conference please visit the link below

2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

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