Coastal Cities Summit : Values & Vulnerabilities (CCS 2008)

Venue: TradeWinds Island Grande Resort

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 20, 2008
Registration Date: Oct 31, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jul 31, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Oct 15, 2008
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The International Ocean Institute-USA and the city of St. Petersburg, FL, are hosting a Coastal Cities Summit on November 17-20, 2008, to address the complex challenges that coastal city leaders face as populations increase, resources are depleted, and the impacts of climate change are felt. The Coastal Cities Summit intends to bring together coastal city leaders, managers and academics to discuss environmental, social, economic, and public policy challenges and viable solutions.

The 3 ½ day conference will focus on three themes: Climate Change, Risk and Vulnerability, and Sustainable Development. The planners are soliciting speakers on four areas that are particularly relevant to coastal cities: freshwater, pollution, energy, and port security. All sessions are intended to give a long-needed voice to those who are on the front lines taking leadership on climate change, providing implementation and response plans and continuing to focus on protecting citizens from possible extreme events and human-induced degradation.

Approximately 2.7 billion people--over 40% of the world’s total population--currently live in coastal cities. In 1995 alone, an estimated 50 million people migrated to the coastal zones of the United States. Combined with increasing birth rate and life expectancy, as well as future climate change, the escalating strain on public resources means that coastal city managers face unprecedented challenges.

Abstracts are invited for individual paper proposals, panel proposals, and round table proposals that address either I) Coastal City Challenges, II) Coastal City Practices, or III) Coastal City Solutions in one of the following broad thematic areas:

Climate change
Risk and Vulnerability
Sustainable Development

The International Ocean Institute (IOI) and its 26 operational centers around the world. IOI-USA is the newest center, established in St. Petersburg, FL in 2006 by agreement between IOI headquarters in Malta and the University of South Florida (USF). The mission of IOI-USA is to provide an international center of excellence in education, training, development, and capacity building, with particular interest in coastal and marine areas. The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 as a public university, is a comprehensive multi-campus research university serving more than 42,000 students. It is home to the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, a center dedicated to promoting sustainable healthy communities around the world, and one of the co-organizers of the event. The resources and expertise of USF allow IOI-USA to offer an outstanding conference program that will attract attendees from around the world. Further information on the conference can be found at its website:


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IMPORTANT DATES • May 15, 2008: Deadline for Abstract Submission • July 1, 2008: Authors will be informed on selection by e-mail • October 15, 2008: Deadline for Final Submissions Early Registration deadline -August 1, 2008 $550 After Deadline - general registration deadline - October 31 $625 Walk-In (all days) $800 Walk-In One Day $250 - does not include opening and closing ceremonies Student Early Registration $250 deadline August 1, 2008 Student After Deadline $325 Student - Walk-In (all days) $400 - does not include opening and closing ceremonies Student - Walk-In One Day $165 - does not include opening and closing ceremonies