An International Working Conference on Ecosystem Health will be held at Quetico Centre May 12 to 16, 2002. It will develop a blueprint for designing and implementing an integrated, locally based, internationally linked global change monitoring node in northwestern Ontario.
The intent is to find out from people who know how to properly design and implement a global climate-change monitoring site. Issues include: identification of local climate-change indicators, stakeholder needs and concerns (including business, industry and others), opportunities provided by large wilderness areas nearby, database management and linkage into existing global databases, information design, and public education and involvement, effective partnering with both the scientific community and stakeholder domains, and sustainable futures.
Participants at the conference will bring together 80 to 100 international and national researchers, regional resource industry managers, municipal planners, protected area managers, First Nations leaders, and provincial and federal government. Countries represented are the United States, England, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Canada.
A monitoring site will contribute to the global effort to understand climate change and what it may mean for our future.
The conference is supported by FedNor. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org