Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference 2011 (SSEC 2011)

Venue: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 25, 2011 End Date/Time: Oct 27, 2011
Registration Date: Oct 25, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jun 24, 2011
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The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest, most comprehensive scientific research and policy conference in the region. The 2011 conference, co-hosted by Environment Canada and the Puget Sound Partnership, presents the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem. The conference also shares information on recent management actions and best practices to protect and restore the Salish Sea Ecosystem. Through these dialogues, the conference emphasizes the importance of collaboration among scientists and policymakers to solve complex environmental issues that cross political borders.

Join us in furthering our collective understanding of the unique and precious ecosystem that is the Salish Sea. Together, we will explore the state of the science, build our management capability, and reinforce our strong foundation of research and policy. The exciting, dynamic program creates opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions, cultural celebrations, knowledge transfer, and practical collaborations. Enjoy workshops, special sessions, field trips, keynote speakers, and other engaging events throughout the conference.

This conference, formerly called the Georgia-Basin/Puget Sound research conference was first co-hosted in 2003, and alternates between British Columbia and Washington State. This year, the conference has been re-named the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, which reflects the recent decisions by both the US and Canada to re-name the area and acknowledges the connectivity of the ecosystem and the traditions of the region's Salish peoples.

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.

Conference Location and Dates
The conference will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia over three days, October 25 to 27, 2011 with the possibility of pre-conference workshops.


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