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The Coastal Society's 19th Biennial International Conference (TCS 19)
TCS 19 will focus on how coastal managers, resource users, law and policy makers, educators and students, and other coastal community members measure and assess coastal resources, functions and human impacts. These challenging questions will be examined:
* How do we measure coastal resources and their functions?
* How do we gauge human impacts relative to "natural" systems?
* How should our assessments be used to anticipate, fashion, and govern our coastal futures?
A riveting opening plenary will feature Dr. Jeremy Jackson who will speak on his work on "shifting baselines," identifying the need to establish coastal and ocean management goals and track our efforts to achieve them. A second plenary will focus on the seminal reports from the U.S. Oceans Commission and Pew Ocean Commission. For only the second time in U.S. history, a federal commission will issue a comprehensive report on the state and necessary reform of U.S. coastal and ocean policy. The Coastal Society, in partnership with the Environmental Leadership Program, is offering the first Institute for Future Coastal Leaders. This day-long Institute will present recent graduates and current graduate students engaged in the study of marine sciences, law or policy the opportunity to receive training in leadership skills.
Concurrent sessions will focus on the selection, collection,analysis and use of relevant information to inform and support coastal resource management. The sessions will be grouped into four themes:
* Coastal Governance
* Coastal Land Use
* Water Quality
* Habitat & Ecosystem-Based Management
Each presenter will highlight methods for measuring and assessing coastal communities and resources.
Location: The Hyatt Regency Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Dates: May 23-26, 2004
Early Registration Deadline: April 19, 2004
Contact Information: Elaine Knight
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Phone: +1 843-727-6406
Fax: +1 843-727-2080
Judy Tucker, Executive Director
Phone: +1 703-768-1599
Home Page URL: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs19/index.html
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