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First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration. Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration Through Integration of Science, Planning and Policy

1994-2004, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
This First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will enable national and international information exchange on many issues involved in landscape-scale ecosystem restoration.

The purpose of NCER is to provide a forum for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, and decision-makers to share their knowledge and research results concerning ecosystem restoration throughout the United States. The public forum will exchange information and "lessons learned" on opportunities for and challenges of achieving restoration. Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn about large-scale ecosystem restoration programs (e.g., Glen Canyon, Everglades, San Francisco Bay/Delta, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Louisiana Coastal Area, Puget Sound, Upper Mississippi River, etc.) and what has contributed to success of as well as lessons learned from these programs. The role of science in establishing goals and performance expectations for achieving successful and sustainable ecosystem restoration will be explored.

The conference is designed to bring together scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers who are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration. Participants will interact in an interdisciplinary setting to summarize and review state-of-the-art science, planning, and management activities, and to formulate goals and approaches to restoration. This includes federal, state, and local agency personnel, tribal governments, water resource engineers, water resource managers, environmental consultants, environmental policy managers, ecological scientists and researchers, hydrological modelers, students, and environmental interest groups.

Science Synthesis and Scaling
*Ecology and Hydrology
*Water Quality and Contaminants
*Fish and Wildlife Population Responses
*Restoring Processes Below and Through Barriers
*Integrating Restoration and Water/Land Management Needs

Detecting Change Across Scales
*Restoration and Invasive Species
*Effect of Global Change
*Detecting Change
*Interim Objectives for Long-Term Trends
*Performance Measures/Standards
*Trend Analysis
*Sorting Out Natural Variability
*Determining Outcomes

Planning Restoration
*Defining "Success" and Setting Objectives
*Conceptual and Quantitative Models
*Landscape Scaling
*Budget Development
*Cost-Benefit Analysis
*Scoping (including interest of stakeholders)

Adaptive Management
*Theory to Application
*Risk and Uncertainty
*Framework for Learning
*Success Stories
*Engineering for Project Robustness
*Monitoring Program Design
*Coupling Models and Observations
*Breaking Through Restoration Barriers/Opportunities and Limitations

Effective Science Communication Within and Beyond Restoration Programs
*Integrating Science Throughout Institutional Structure
*More Effective Communication Tools
*Strategic Input of Science in Management Decisions
*Getting Past Data
*Role and Obligation of Science to Communicate to the Broader Restoration Community

National Priorities for Ecosystem Restoration
*National Policies and Programs to Facilitate Restoration
*Lessons Learned from Large Scale Case Studies: Chesapeake Bay, Everglades, CALFED, Great Lakes, Glen Canyon, Louisiana Coastal Area, Puget Sound, Upper Mississippi River
*Synthesis of Lessons Learned

Location:   Orlando, Florida
Dates:   December 6-10, 2004
Early Registration Deadline:   September 1, 2004
Abstract/Proposal Submission Deadline:   July 1, 2004
Official Language:   English
Contact Information:   Beth Miller-Tipton
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
PHONE: +1 352-392-5930
FAX: +1 352-392-9734

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Keywords:   Ecosystem, Restoration, Landscape-scale

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