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Latornell Conservation Symposium

The Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events. It will again be held at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Convention Centre in Alliston, Ontario. The 22nd edition of the Symposium will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, November 17th to 19th, 2015. The Symposium provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field.

We Welcome Your Presentation Ideas!

The program committee for the 22nd Latornell Conservation Symposium is looking for ideas on a number of different topic areas related to this year’s theme which is “Weathering Change – Navigating a New Climate” in the form of presentations, symposia, training, workshops and site visits.

Ideas should be submitted to one stream only. However, you may submit as many ideas as you like. The deadline to submit your idea(s) is Monday, March 30, 2015. Accepted speakers receive a registration discount for the day of presentation.

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Stream Description

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In this session we seek presentations in topics such as integrated watershed management, watershed planning and policy, effects of urbanization, Great Lakes, source water protection and watershed monitoring. We would encourage some submissions that speak to the foundations of watershed functions including geology, hydrogeology and soils.
In this session we seek presentations in topics such flooding, erosion, storm water management, hazard management, assimilative capacity, ground water and surface water (quality/quantity/lake levels), as effects of urbanization and environmental flow requirements.
In this session we seek presentations that address natural heritage and biodiversity issues, challenges, opportunities, strategies and partnerships. Topics could include policy and planning, emerging science, or monitoring of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems habitats or species, species at risk, invasive species, natural heritage systems and connectivity, findings and management recommendations. This session is more focussed on the understanding of species and systems and the policy or science contributing to it.
In this session we seek presentations that assist practitioners in learning about other disciplines or new tools, technologies or techniques to be able to improve their capacity or effectiveness in their field. This session can include ‘101’ or ‘for dummies’ sessions in various disciplines (e.g. hydrogeology, hydrology, municipal planning, environmental assessment). We also seek presentations on how information management, models and technology are being used to address environmental challenges and support analysis and solutions. Exhibitors may wish to profile some of their technologies. This stream will showcase tools, techniques, and innovations to help us investigate, understand, and communicate the environmental condition.
In this session we address topics around stewardship, education and outreach tools, programs and policies, including social marketing which help us to engage the agricultural community, rural and urban landowners, residents, and agencies in order protect, enhance and restore watersheds and communities. First Nations topics such as indigenous land rights and traditional ecological knowledge/ways of knowing would be included in this session. Tell us about the tools, techniques and results of programs and projects to drive environmental change and engage communities.
In this session we seek presentations that address ecological goods and services, the green economy and the health benefits of the environment. Topics may include the benefits of Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, market based instruments, health and environment linkages.

Opportunities for revenue generation on public lands can be explored including ecological goods and services on CA lands, agroecology, permaculture and wildcrafting/foraging for example.

In this session we seek presentations that explore communication issues, challenges, trends, and best practices. Topics may include communicating the science, knowing your audience, framing up the science story and explore the tools and techniques to get the message across.
In this session we seek presentations that address practical solutions to protect, improve or restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat. Topics may include application of technology, design solutions and projects implemented to protect or restore soils, forestry, fisheries, stream channels, species at risk, wildlife and wetlands.
This will be the second year where we have included a longer session on Wednesday where symposia, training, workshops or offsite field trips can be accommodated. 2 or 3 hour slots are available with the express intention of providing the added flexibility for greater exploration of topics. Make us an offer (although offer is subject to availability of time and cost implications)!

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