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12th International Congress: Cultural Heritage and New Technologies

11/05/2007 8:00 am
11/07/2007 6:00 pm

November 5-7, 2007
City Hall of Vienna, Austria-Wappensaalgruppe
Submission deadline: May 31, 2007

Topics include:

Workshop 2: Database Management and Excavations

Session 1: Archaeology and Technology - Documenting, Monitoring, and Managing Cultural Heritage

Session 2: Cultural Heritage - Cultural Heritage Conservation in Educational Systems: Risk Management; Cultural Heritage and Computer Technology: A New Dimension

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Mapping Health Geography in Nova Scotia Workshop,

10/29/2007 7:00 am
10/30/2007 5:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to gather together health researchers and discuss the opportunities, benefits and challenges of geomatics in health research. This collaboration continues to enhance Nova Scotia's health research capacity.


  • To create a province wide dialogue on current expertise and resources related to geomatics and health research
  • To identify future opportunities for collaboration on health research
  • To identify next steps in building a “network” of health researchers using geomatics
  • A chance to collectively identify problems and work as a cohesive group to look at solutions.

Eligible Participants:

  • Health researchers working with or interested in working with geomatics in Nova Scotia 
  • Trainees interested in working with geomatics on health research projects


To register, download out the Application form and return your completed form by October 1, 2007 (Please note that space is limited.):

Linda Waterhouse, Coordinator, Collaborative Initiatives
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
PO Box 2684
Halifax, NS
B3J 3P7

Fax: (902)424-7753

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Aboriginal water issues from an ecological governance perspective

10/03/2007 1:00 pm
10/03/2007 3:00 pm

Room 152, Fraser (LAW) Building, University of Victoria

How we steward water and how we manage our watersheds directly affects the health of people and the environment. Yet many of us are disconnected from the complex environmental, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues surrounding water. Aboriginal communities in Canada are increasingly being put in a reactive position with regard to addressing water issues and asserting Aboriginal rights in relation to adequate drinking water, flooding and mould in homes on-reserve, bathing and other cultural uses, and declining fish habitat in local rivers. The goal of this event is to explore what an ecological governance perspective can contribute to resolving Aboriginal water issues.

An illustrative example involving the Halalt First Nation of Chemainus will be presented to stimulate discussion. Halalt designated Sept 14, 2007 as a special day to honour the Chemainus River and raise awareness about a once-healthy river now threatened by logging and development. About 150 people signed a "Pledge to Our River" which proclaimed the local communities' role as stewards and guardians of the river and called on all governments "to embark on a comprehensive watershed management plan before any more developments can impact Our River and its resources."

Refreshments provided. Please bring your own mug if possible!


Assessing the global status of Pacific salmon

Assessing the global status of Pacific salmon
and new approaches for addressing threats

In collaboration with the IUCN World Conservation Union, the Wild Salmon
Center has embarked on an effort to describe the status of Pacific salmon
across their natural range. I will present our general approach for conducting
assessments and the key results for the completed assessment of sockeye
salmon. I will discuss critical measures that need to be taken to reverse current
trends of declining biodiversity, focusing on the significance of British Columbia.
This effort has been extremely time consuming and difficult, and I will describe
the many challenges we have faced, and will continue to face, to reach our
goal. I will also describe a major initiative to establish a network of whole river
basin protected areas for salmon as a measure to avoid future declines. Great
opportunities exist to establish these in the Russian Far East, a region full of
wild salmon rivers but also under significant threat from mineral extraction, oil
and gas development, poaching, and logging.

Dr. Rand received his BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1987, his M.S. and
Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1990/1994. He was a
postdoc at University of British Columbia during 1995-1997, and then held a faculty position in
the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University during 1997-2003. Dr Rand has
been with the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon since 2003.

Ground Floor Lecture Hall, 2202 Main Mall, UBC
Tuesday October 2, 2007
12:00p.m.– 1:30P.M.
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory
2202 Main Mall, Room 120
Dr. Pete Rand
Senior Conservation Biologist & Acting Director,
State of the Salmon Program, Wild Salmon Center, Portland, OR