8th ESP World Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a worldwide network, founded in 2008, to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners ESP organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world.

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015.

The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.

We especially encourage delegates from businesses to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.

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XVth IWRA World Water Congress

Held every three years since 1973, the World Water Congress is one of the most important events in the water field. The Congress provides a large cross-section of players from around the world and from all disciplines with a single forum to connect. The Congress not only allows stakeholders to share experiences and promote discussion, but also to present new knowledge, research and developments in the water discipline.

The Congress provides an important platform for placing vital water issues at the forefront of international thinking, policy and management. The XVth Congress follows this tradition through its main theme: Global Water, a Resource for Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints

Go to the event website for more information.

First Water Stewardship Credit Auction March 2015

Meet Sustainability Goals. Offset Supply Chain Impacts. Support Farmers. Improve Water Quality.  

Private dollars have been invested in farm management practices to improve water quality, support farmers, and provide important ecosystem benefits in the Ohio River Basin, the world’s largest water quality trading project. Now, the resulting credits are available for purchase in the effort’s first public auction! Backed by science, metrics, and state approvals, “stewardship credits” can be applied toward sustainability goals, offsetting supply chain impacts, or even Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) obligations in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. 100% of proceeds are re-invested back into the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading program to advance more conservation.

Network with like-minds! The  auction  will be held in March 2015 in New York City.  

Must be physically present to participate. Must be pre-approved by February 1st. No non-participating observers.  

For more information, visit the  Ohio River Basin Trading Project website.

WaterSmart Innovation Conference

The purpose of this conference is to broaden the knowledge of innovations in urban water efficiency including products, policies, techniques and ideas. All topics related to innovations in water conservation will be considered. Potential topics include:

  • Water/Energy Production Nexus
  • Water Efficiency for Sustainable Building and Development
  • Conservation Policy, Enforcement and Administration
  • Community Outreach Programming
  • Water Efficient Technologies, Appliances and Fixtures
  • Alternative Water Supplies for Buildings and Communities—Reclaim/Recycle, Condensate and Rainwater Harvesting, Desalination Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Drought and Shortage Management
  • Water/Energy Relationships
  • Recycled/Reclaimed Water
  • Smart Irrigation Controllers
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Conservation 101/How to Develop a Conservation Program
  • Social Marketing Related to Environmental Topics
  • Effluent Irrigation
  • Community Design with Water in Mind
  • Plumbing Code and Water Conservation
  • Education (youth and adult)
  • Water Loss Management

Go to the event website for more information.

One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit

Early Bird Registration for this year’s One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit is open with reduced rates! Join the 5th annual event September 15 – 17, in Kansas City. Invited keynotes include: President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Spotlight Communities will drive the national conversation on water as the centerpiece for urban sustainability, developing green infrastructure and resource recovery. Attendees and presenters will reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to rethink and renew our cities with resilience for a changing climate. Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and regulators as we drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability.

For more information and to register, click here.

World Water Week: Energy and Water

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events at the World Water Week. In addition, individuals from around the globe present their findings at the scientific workshops. Early Bird discount rate is available till 30 June.

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Addressing Drought and Water Scarcity: Solutions for Safeguarding the Global Food System in the 21st Century

Agriculture is feeling the brunt of prolonged droughts at home and abroad. While California, Colorado, and Texas are having one of the worst droughts on record, numerous other countries are also dealing with water shortages, including Brazil, northern India, northern China, south and central Australia, and every European nation around the Black Sea.

With 70% of fresh water resources already used for agriculture, new challenges from population growth and changing weather patterns will create greater strains on the global food supply. Please join us to discuss the latest impacts of the California drought and the broader implications of a world facing water scarcity.

Click here for more information and to register (registration is free).

Webinar: Natural Capital Markets for Watershed Services

In this webinar, Natural Capital Markets (NCM) together with Ecosystem Marketplace (EM) will focus on the use of market (based) instruments to conserve watershed services. In particular, the role of different actors such as the private sector and local communities will be discussed. Panelists will also explore leading and emerging models for investments in natural capital. The webinar will be based on findings from a NCM study on PES (Payments for Ecosystem Services) and biodiversity offsets, and findings from latest recent EM publication “Payments for Watershed Services: An Executive Summary for Business.”

The webinar will start at 16:00 CET/10:00 EDT and will run for about one hour. Participation is free of charge (language: English).

Green Infrastructrue and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas

Urbanization, the change of forest and agricultural lands to concentrated development, is proceeding at an unprecedented pace. The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Impervious surface, such as roadways and rooftops are now estimated to cover approximately 10% of the earth’s land mass, is concentrated in these urban areas and dramatically influences stormwater flows, the delivery of pollutants to receiving water bodies, and ultimately the condition of world’s rivers, lakes and estuaries. Present trends in urbanization are expected to continue, amplifying the stormwater problem.

Green infrastructure, at site specific and regional scales, is being promoted as an effective and efficient means of regulating the stormwater flows and pollutant loading, while providing multiple environmental and health and well-being benefits that support sustainability. Despite these added benefits, municipal leaders face significant challenges when attempting to implement green infrastructure strategies in new and existing development.

The purpose of this conference is to engage researchers, engineers, planners, government policy makers, and other stakeholders in developing options and solutions that result in wider implementation of green infrastructure practices to manage stormwater in our growing metropolitan regions.

Conference Themes:

  1. Defining the range of benefits of green-infrastructure practices;
  2. Identifying barriers to implementing these practices;
  3. Evaluating options and opportunities for funding, financing and valuing green infrastructure; and
  4. Developing practical actions that government, communities and others can take to promote greater implementation of green infrastructure to address urban stormwater.

Go the the event website for more information.

Mitigation and Conservation Banking Class, University of California Davis

Learn about the exciting new field of wetland mitigation banking and species conservation banking with an intensive one day workshop on the legal, technical and financial aspects of habitat banking, which includes a field trip to an existing mitigation bank. Learn about the regulatory and legal history establishing mitigation banks and the current rules and practices that govern their operation. Explore the technical aspects such as site selection, watershed and species planning, project permitting, construction planning, credit evaluations and maintenance and monitoring issues. Gain an understanding of the business of banking including the financial assessments, market assessments and demand projections and the how-to’s of sales and marketing.

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SER2013

The SER2013 will be held from Oct 6-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The conference will bring together more than 1,500 delegates from around the world interested in the science and practice of ecological restoration. There will be four days of concurrent sessions organized around ecological restoration as it relates to topics such as natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods, and more. The conference will feature world-renowned keynote and plenary speakers as well as numerous symposia, training workshops, concurrent scientific sessions and field trips. There will be quite a bit of focus on ecosystem services and the economics of restoration and conservation.  

For more information on this event, click here  

10th World Wilderness Congress

WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WWC), will convene this October in Spain to “Make the World a Wilder Place.” Involving up to 1200 delegates from over 50 nations, with an estimated 30,000 on-line, WILD10 is focused on state-of-the-art information, inspiration, and practical, positive results in policy, protected areas, economics, business, communications, and more.

With a significant history of accomplishments, the WWC is the world’s longest-running, international, public project and process for wild nature and human society. WILD10’s collaborative process was invited to Europe by the Spanish Government, the European Commission, and a host of conservation NGOs. Delegates are from governments, NGOs, business, science, indigenous communities, recreation and sport, the arts and the public. WILD10 is an exciting and diverse array of best-practice models, newly forged solutions, cultural events, trainings, associated meetings, and symposia.

US Society for Ecological Economics 2013 Call for Papers

The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

There is one month until the February 15th deadline to submit your abstracts for USSEE 2013! The Organizing Committee welcomes a variety of proposal formats, including paper, panel, poster, and workshop submissions relevant to the trans-disciplinary field of ecological economics, especially as they relate to the conference themes.

Our 7th Biennial meeting will aim to take a critical look at sustainability lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels and identifying solutions that can be scaled up.

Overall Conference Theme

· Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability

Implementing Themes

  • Re-Building The Biophysical Base Of Ecological Economics
  • Bridging Ecological And Behavioral Economics
  • Designing Social Policy And Education For The Anthropocene

Underlying Sub-Themes

  •  Ecological Economics in Practice
  •  Ecological Economic Communication

Please visit the Call for Papers page to submit your presentation ideas using our online form. Abstracts are due by February 15, 2013.

For questions, please contact conference organizers at ussee13@uvm.edu or call UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at (802) 656-1353.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, chaired by John Gowdy, former president of both the USSEE and ISEE.

The Organizing Committee encourages you to spread the word about USSEE 2013 and this Call for Proposals. We look forward to seeing you in Vermont this June!

Webinar: Inversiones en Protección Hídrica en América Latina

 Inversiones en Proteccií³n Hí­drica: Un Panorama de América Latina
10 de abril 2013, 10:00 a.m. GMT-5


Inscrí­base en el webinar aquí­.
¡El cupo es limitado!  

Te invitamos a unirte al seminario web (“webinar”), “Inversiones en Proteccií³n Hí­drica: Un Panorama de América Latina,” coordinado por Forest Trends’ Valorando Naturaleza, y el Programa de Agua del Ecosystem Marketplace.    Valorando Naturaleza es una nueva plataforma para el mundo habla hispana diseí±ada para generar y agregar informacií³n de calidad sobre la valoracií³n e inversií³n en ecosistemas en América Latina.  

Algunos de los programas mí¡s innovadores del mundo para proteger los servicios hidrolí³gicos se encuentran en América Latina.    En 2011, Forest Trends analizí³ mí¡s de una treintena de programas activos, y mí¡s de 87 millones de dí³lares (EE.UU.) en inversiones en la regií³n.  

En este webinar, lí­deres trabajando en la regií³n presentarí¡n la nueva actividad y las tendencias de inversiones en “infraestructura natural” y co-gestií³n de los recursos hí­dricos en América Latina. Incluiremos un resumen de iniciativas que invierten en la naturaleza en toda la regií³n basado en el informe Trazando las Aguas Nuevas: Estado de las Inversiones en Proteccií³n Hí­drica 2012. Los panelistas discutirí¡n las iniciativas mí¡s importantes e innovadoras de América Latina enfocado a concluir con lecciones para ONGs ambientales y de desarrollo, tomadores de decisií³n, grupos comunitarios, el sector privado, y otros actores.

Moderado por:
Carina Bracer, Valorando Naturaleza

Introduccií³n por:
Beatrice Mosello,    
Alianza Clima y Desarrollo (CDKN)  

Los Panelistas:
Marta Echavarrí­a, EcoDecisií³n
Alejandro Calvache, The Nature Conservancy  
Eduardo Franco, Fundacií³n Natura Bolivia  


ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012

ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 is an international collaboration of three dynamic communities – A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES), the Ecosystem Markets Conference, and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). The conference will provide an open forum to share experiences and state-of-the-art methods, tools, and processes for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The focus of the conference will be to link science, practice, institutions and resource sustainable decision making by bringing together ecosystem services communities from around the United States and the globe.

 
ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, tribal organizations, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. To facilitate discussion, a variety of presentation methods including, organized sessions, world café discussions, town hall meetings, oral and poster presentations, and hands-on workshops will be incorporated into the conference structure. Topics and themes from previous ACES, Ecosystem Markets, and ESP events will be integrated to provide the most comprehensive event on the ecosystem services.

 

More information here.

Forest Day 6

It is a platform for anyone interested in forests and climate change to gather to ensure that forests are high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience.
Sponsor a Discussion Forum

The Forest Day commitee is issuing an open call for organisations outside of the Collaborative Partnership of Forests to participate in and host Discussion Forums.
Please click here for more details.

More than 1,100 people from 82 countries, including 216 official climate change negotiators, attended Forest Day 5 on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa on 4 December 2011.

Forest Day 6 will seek to inform UNFCCC’s global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with REDD+ agreements reached at COP17 in Durban, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, as well as the conservation and sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

Forest Day 6 is planned for 2 December 2012, at Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel in Doha, Qatar. This year, Forest Day is issuing an open call for organisations in addition to members of the Collaborative Partnership of Forests to participate in and host Discussion Forums. At its heart, it is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world.

For more information, please click here

Payments for Environmental Services: a Way Forward for Mediterranean Forests

Mediterranean forests and woodlands, which cover 73M ha, are the main ecological infrastructure in the region. They provide valuable ecosystem services, relevant for the most strategic resources of the region to sustain life: water, soil and biodiversity.  
 
However, the sustainable provision of forest goods and services is seriously threatened by drastic and rapid climate and land use changes. The challenge is to find ways to finance adaptive forest management strategies, given the low profitability of traditional forestry. Payments for environmental services (PES) are increasingly acknowledged on the policy arena as an approach to recognize the value of ecosystem services and to generate financing for effective ecosystem management.
 
The ThinkForest forum, facilated by EFI, is organising a seminar called Payments for Environmental Services: a Way Forward for Mediterranean Forests? which will be concentrating on the above-mentioned issues. The seminar will be take place on 27 November 2012 at 16.00-18.30 in the European Parliament, Brussels.
 
The objectives of the event are to:
  • discuss the specific economic nature of Mediterranean forests and their goods and services;
  • present the latest scientific knowledge on payments for environmental services and their practical implementation in the Mediterranean region and
  • discuss the potential of PES to address specific problems of Mediterranean forests (e.g. forest fires, deforestation).
A detailed programme of the event is available at the ThinkForest website. Registration is currently open, and an online registration form is available here. Please register before 19 November!
 

The Forest Management Auditor of Tomorrow

Forest management auditing is evolving very quickly and auditors are required to be endowed with multiple capacities capacities and expertise. An intensive course to prepare forest management auditors and a unique access to new skills, professional knowledge and job opportunities. Competent and experienced auditors and lecturers will drive you through a deeper understanding of standards, methodologies and auditing techniques. By means of exercises and simulations you will be directly involved as a protagonist.

For more information, click here  

Ecosystem Marketplace’s 2012 State of the Forest Carbon Markets Report Launch – London

Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is pleased to announce that on November 1, 2012, we launch the most recent edition of the annual State of the Forest Carbon Markets report. The report, which details our latest findings on the state of forest carbon projects’ structure, standards, and finance, will be freely available on both the Ecosystem Marketplace and Forest Carbon Portal websites on and after this date.

We will also launch our findings at events celebrating the report’s release! RSVP to the event below to learn first-hand the results of our research that takes a look back at forest carbon offset transactions in 2011 – in the context of today’s market trends, presented by a panel of report authors and reputable market experts.
 
WHAT: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012 LONDON launch event  
 
WHEN: November 13th, 2012 – 4:30-6:00 PM GMT; Panel presentation, followed by reception.
 
WHERE: Hosted by Face the Future and Climate Change Capital at the London offices of Climate Change Capital: 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ.  
 
RSVP: via email to scastillo@forest-trends.org or call +1 202 298 3009. RSVP no later than COB November 9th to secure your seat.
 
WHO:
Moderator: Michael Jenkins, President, Forest Trends
Panelists:
Molly Peters-Stanley, Carbon Programs Manager, Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace
Justin Whalen, Project Manager, Face the Future
Pat Snowdon, Head of Economics and Climate Change, UK Forestry Commission
Alfred Evans, CEO, Climate Change Capital
Christian del Valle, Managing Partner, Althelia Ecosphere
 
 
 

We would like to acknowledge and thank the organizations that enable us to make this report and our ongoing research available at no cost to readers worldwide. This year’s report received support from our Premium Sponsor, the Code REDD Campaign; sponsors Face the Future, Kinship Conservation Fellows, the Law Offices of Baker & McKenzie and the UK Forestry Commission, and additional support from Conservation International and Astrium Services.

Degradation Regional Workshop

 The Degradation Regional Workshop will wrap up the work with the US Forest Service on forest degradation. This effort was designed to build LEAF’s capacity and identify options for monitoring forest degradation.

For more information, click here.  

Forest Landscape Ecology Conference: Sustaining Humans and Forests in Changing Landscapes

 Main theme of this Biannual conference is “Sustaining humans and forests in changing landscapes”. Other proposed topics include:

  • Ecosystem functions and services in changing landscapes
  • Forest landscape restoration
  • Climate change impacts and mitigation
  • Biodiversity conservation and management in forest landscapes
  • Spatial patterns and ecological proceses
  • Agents, socioeconomic connections and policy making proceses
  • Urban landscapes and land use planning

 

For more information on this event, click  here  

Low Carbon Earth Summit 2012

 LCES-2012 will continue to provide an alternative platform to other global conferences in related to climate change and environment protection. The event will focus more on practical perspectives on green economy, promotion of sustainable or renewable energy, and exhibit technical resolutions to solve and predict the existing issues. Through the massive operations on comprehensive topics related low carbon economy and industries, organizers hope the summit can provide best information to exchange channels for all endeavors on low carbon fields who are working on controlling global climate changes from policy makers, NGO leaders, economists, investors, engineers, scientists, industrial leaders, carbon traders, brokers, clean emerge producers, energy consumers, toward daily low carbon life practitioners and advocators etc. Thus, LCES-2012 can provide help the society and humanity with unprecedented impacts on the world sustainable development, new economy growth and renewable energy innovation to commercialization.

For more information on this event, click here  

International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management Adapting to Climate Change

In order to promote knowledge exchanges of the latest scientific findings in sustainable forest management and to strengthen international collaborations in implementing forest management adapting to climate change, Chinese Society of Forestry(CSF), International Union for Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) will co-sponsor the Second Forest Science Forum — International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management Adapting to Climate Change. The conference will be organized by the Chinese Society of Forestry and Beijing Forestry University in Beijing.

For more information on this event, click here

Forest Based Value Chain and Marketing for Poverty Alleviation

 This event aims to develop a basic understanding of forest-based value chain in responding to both sustainable forest management and livelihood development; to recognize basic steps and tools for forest-based value chain analysis; and to identify key issues and challenges for applying forest-based value chain analysis in assisting product marketing for the poor.  

 
The event would be useful for representatives from government, NGOs, industry and academia who are:
•    Citizens or residents of the ASEAN region;  
•    Working in the forestry, community development, and sustainable livelihood sector in the ASEAN region; and  
•    Fluent in English
 
The event is organized in collaboration with ASFN

For more information, click here.

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

Every two years 5000 of the world’s leading water professionals gather at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition to discuss the world’s leading water issues. There is no better or easier opportunity to meet with key contacts in the international water community.

 
Over the six days of the congress, meet current colleagues, make new contacts, expand your client base, meet new research partners, exchange knowledge and experiences, and create new solutions to the world’s water questions.
 
The International Water Association delivers high quality scientific and technical programmes full of topics that are current, while focusing on the specialty areas and also the ‘bigger picture’.
 
Lee Myung-bak, the President of South Korea, says that the congress “is an opportunity for both Korea and the whole world to spread the importance of water widely. The Korean government will continuously strive to make the congress a great success.”

 

More information here.

National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration 2013 / Call for Abstracts

ANNOUNCING Call for Abstracts – Due November 1st, 2012  

 
Call for Abstracts – Due Nov.1st, 2012  
All individuals interested in ecosystem restoration on both the large-scale and small-scale level are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation at NCER ’13. Abstracts will be published electronically online in the conference book of abstracts, as we strive to keep NCER as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
NCER 2013 Programmatic Themes and Topics are outlined on the conference web site. However, don’t feel limited to these areas – we want to capture emerging topics and new ideas critical to Ecosystem Restoration.For more information on formatting your abstract, submission instructions and topics for consideration,  visit the Call for Abstracts section of the NCER ’13 web site.
 
Important Deadlines to Remember:  
11-1-12    Deadline to Submit Abstracts  
3-1-13     Presenter Selections Announced
4-2-13     Early Bird Registration Deadline
4-2-13     Deadline for Presenters to Register  
6-1-13     Regular Registration Deadline
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1st      
   
 
What is NCER?
NCER is a national conference on ecosystem restoration presenting state-of-the art science and engineering, planning and policy in a partnership environment.
One of the country’s largest meetings on Ecosystem Restoration, NCER is only held every two years, and meets near large scale restoration programs including but not limited to the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins, the Louisiana Coastal Area, the Everglades, San Francisco Bay/Delta, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes and Puget Sound, to name a few.
 
NCER 2013 will be held July 29 – August 2 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center just outside Chicago, IL. Owned by the City/Villages of Schaumburg, the Renaissance has ample space to accommodate all of our meeting, poster and exhibit requirements quite comfortably. We hope you will make plans to attend this innovative and interactive conference which will attract more than 500 participants and feature presentations on every aspect of Ecosystem Restoration.  

Who Should Attend NCER
A premier gathering of ecosystem restoration professionals from across the country, NCER is a collaborative effort and we invite you to join us and be part of the discussion!
NCER brings together scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers who are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration. This includes:  
federal, state, and local agency personnel
tribal governments
water resource engineers & managers  
environmental consultants  
environmental policy managers  
ecologists and hydrologists
modelers    
NGO’s  
students and academic researchers  
environmental interest groups    
 
Benefits of Attending
Attendees will hear from a diverse group of experts on numerous critical restoration subjects. Here’s a glimpse at a handful of the hundreds of topics covered at NCER:  
 
– Planning and Designing for Climate Change Impact
– Benefit Analysis and Project Justification
– Integrating Conservation Planning Methods
– Planning and Valuating Ecosystem Services
– Invasive Species Management
– Nutrient Reduction in Urban Estuaries
– Comparing Ecological Benefit Methods
– Adaptive Management and much, much more!  
 
NCER also features optional Technical Training Field trips where attendees visit restoration programs underway or already completed in the Great Lakes Region. They’ll see first-hand how to plan ecologically and economically for future restoration projects.
Licensed engineers may also earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward their license re-certification.  
Be sure to put NCER 2013 in your TRAVEL BUDGET for 2013 and make plans to join us!    
 
Executive Steering Committee
Conference Co-Chairs:  
Andy Buchsbaum, Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Office
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator (Great Lakes), US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
Don Scavia, Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan
Conference Committee Chairs:
Robert Daoust, ARCADIS US, Inc., Chair, Program Committee  
Cassondra Thomas, Cardno ENTRIX, Inc., Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Miki Fujitsubo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chair, Field Trip Committee
Cheryl Ulrich, Weston Solutions, Past Program Chair and SER Liaision
 
 
QUESTIONS?  
 
Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP    
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida | IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes  
PO Box 110750
Bldg. 639 Mowry Rd.  
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750| USA  
PH 352-392-5930
FAX  352-392-9734  
EMAIL: bmt@ufl.edu  
 

World Water Week

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Join us!

 
Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events do focus on various aspects of the theme. The themes change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The grouping of
themes within a niche is designed to develop a long-term perspective on a broad yet significant water and development issue. It also ensures that each year builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings.
 
The current niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes.  

 

More information here.

5th Annual International ESP Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership invites you to the 5th annual ESP conference. Don’t miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others. Be part of working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters (if enough we can put together a book out of this conference), grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more. This Portland conference is being organised jointly with the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) and A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES).

More information here.

Singapore International Water Week

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform for water solutions. It brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.

 
The event’s flagship programmes comprise:
 
• Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize
• Water Leaders Summit
• Water Convention
• Water Expo
• Business Forums
 
In the face of global urbanisation and climate challenges, the 2012 theme “Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities” reinforces the pressing need to integrate sustainable water management strategies into the urban planning process.
 
Singapore International Water Week 2012 provides the platform to address these challenges and explore opportunities in the integration of water solutions and urban planning in cities around the world. Opportunities abound for global water leaders and practitioners from the public and private sectors to debate in water dialogues, network with key industry players, showcase leading-edge technologies and best practices and identify viable solutions to address this common challenge.
 
Held in conjunction with the 3rd World Cities Summit and the inaugural CleanEnviro Singapore, delegates, trade visitors and exhibitors will have more opportunities to promote practical and sustainable water solutions and tap into a vast network of public and private sector players in urban solutions.
 
Singapore International Water Week 2011 Surges to New High
 
Singapore International Water Week 2011, held from 4 – 8 July and themed “Sustainable Solutions for a Changing Urban Environment” notched new highs, with a bigger slate of exhibiting companies and an encouraging growth in participant numbers.
 
This global platform for water solutions attracted a record of some 13,500 participants from 99 countries/regions. This marks a growth in attendance figures of almost 60% since the inaugural event in 2008. The Water Expo saw close to 70% growth in exhibition space and a 70% increase in the number of exhibiting companies over the inaugural year of 2008. Over 600 companies took part in this year’s Water Expo, which attracted six new international pavilions from Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Milwaukee Water Council (USA), the Water Environment Federation (USA), and the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (USA); taking the total number of pavilions to 15. The total value of announcements for projects awarded, tenders, investments and R&D MOUs reached S$2.9 billion.