2011 Announcement of Plenary & Workshop on Blue+Green Resilience and Innovation: “Innovations in Water Source Protection, Protected Areas, & Ecosystem Resilience”

Join Three of the World’s Leading Ecosystem Science/Design Experts on December 7th 2011:

Keith Bowers. Former Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration International & Founder and President of Biohabitats – conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design firm.

F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin III. Professor Emeritus of Ecology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Past-President of the Ecological Society of America.

Jim Harris. Professor & Chair in Environmental Technology at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, UK.

Plenary 0900-1145
Location: Minto Lecture Hall. EV3 1408. University of Waterloo.
The Plenary is open to 150 people (first come first served)

The morning (0900-1145 including a health break) plenary will accommodate approximately 150 people and is open to all on a first come-first served basis (there is no registration required or fee associated with the plenary session). Keith, Terry, & Jim will each speak on the overall topic (their specific titles to be announced in our final Circular) for about 40 minutes each. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions. This will be located in the Minto Lecture Hall (EV3 1408) at the University of Waterloo. The session will be moderated by Stephen Murphy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environment & Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Workshop with Keith, Terry, & Jim @ 1300-1615
There is an opportunity for up to 60 people (total) to participate in a workshop where we plan to have up to 20 people each in a discussion of “Innovations in Water Source Protection, Protected Areas, & Ecosystem Resilience”. This requires registration and a nominal ($20) non-refundable fee for afternoon refreshments and reserving a place. Once registered, we will contact participants and ask each to send our workshop coordinator some questions or issues they wish to have addressed. Depending on response and trends in responses, we will select several for more detailed analysis and resolution during the workshop. This is an opportunity to have three of the most well- known and leading minds and a group of like-focused colleagues help work through thorny problems or cases. The goal will be to solve those issues or suggest specific avenues to get them solved and compile these discussions into two products – one scholarly and one practitioner based. Including a health break with refreshments, this will be scheduled from 1300-1615. The room locations will be confirmed soon; likely in EV3 or the adjacent EV2.

Our plenary, registration and logistics coordinator is Jennifer Balsdon (jh4lau@uwaterloo.ca); our workshop facilitator is Jonaki Bhattacharyya (jonaki@uwaterloo.ca). Please contact Jennifer Balsdon to register for the workshop or general queries.

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