The EPP Section conference is coming up -- May 24, 2010 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona... less than two months away. All the details are here. Also, remember that it's followed the very next day by the USIECR conference, details of which are here. This is a must-not-miss event for folks in the ECR field. The sessions are just half of it -- many of the best conversations happen in the hallways, or on walks out in the desert. There's no other event where you can interact with such a rich group of practitioners, agency folks, or academics.
As we get closer to the conference, we will feature panels and events in this special conference blog -- and during the conference, we will post updates, images, and video for those of you who can't join us in person.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact conference co-chairs Dan Adams at dadams (at) langdongroupinc.com or Lucy Park at lpark (at) langdongroupinc.com, phone 801-886-9052.
We hope to see you there!
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution is currently accepting applications for two positions. The application deadline is April 19. Here are the details...
Program Associate or Senior Program Associate - Tucson, AZ
The U.S. Institute is seeking experienced individuals for the position of Program Associate or Senior Program Associate on the program staff. The successful applicant will join the staff in managing environmental conflict resolution (ECR) projects where contracted neutrals are the primary service providers.
Crassostrea virginica, the Eastern oyster fishing season ends on March 31st. This season, because the oyster stock has been depleted by overfishing, pollution and diseases, the Maryland Natural Resources Police have been busy patrolling waters and suspending fishing licenses with a new urgency.
This morning the Washington post article, "As oyster war heats up, Maryland cracks down on poachers," begins;
March 19th is the deadline to apply to be among a select number of exhibitors at the Technology Fair that will be taking place concurrent with the opening reception of the bi-annual USIECR conference: ECR 2010 in Tucson. Exhibitors will be chosen that demonstrate new and innovative technologies and how these enhance and support collaborative environmental processes.
Back in December Colin posted:
This is a great opportunity to get any cutting-edge ECR technologies in front of the movers and shakers in the field. The conference usually draws between 300-400 practitioners, agency staff, NGO's and others, so it’s a great opportunity to educate and reach out to folks.
The New York Times reports that the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY has been listed as a superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The agency, which proposed the Superfund designation last April at the urging of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, made its decision after a long public comment period that involved more than 50 meetings with city officials, developers, community groups and others. Nine other Superfund sites across the country were also designated on Tuesday.
The Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution would like to announce the Rob Williams Award for Emerging Environment and Public Policy Leaders. This award was established in recognition of the late Rob Williams’ commitment and contributions to the field of environmental and public policy dispute resolution and the professional development of its practitioners. The award will be presented this year to an emerging practitioner who demonstrates the promise to exercise the leadership exemplified by Rob.
Please click here for a full description of the award and application materials. Completed application materials are due by 5:00pm Eastern on Friday, March 26, 2010.
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park In collaboration with George Mason University, is offering a short course this May on natural resource conflicts. The Conservation Conflict Resolution Course will takes place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (formerly CRC) in Front Royal, Virginia, USA, about two hours from Washington, D.C., and adjacent to Shenandoah National Park on May 13-22, 2010.
You can download a PDF announcement for this course and learn about other training opportunities here.
TIME magazine reported this week that the White House convened an "Asian Carp Summit" on Monday, because;
Asian carp are particularly dangerous. Native to China and parts of Southeast Asia, the freshwater fish have been cultivated for aquaculture for more than 1,000 years, often raised in submerged rice paddies. Catfish farmers in the U.S. imported Asian carp decades ago to eat up the algae in their ponds; the fish slowly escaped into the wild and have been making their way up the Mississippi River. They are eating machines; bighead carp can grow incredibly quickly and reproduce rapidly as well. "They just eat so much," says David Ullrich, executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. "They're like the locusts of the river."
Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service reports a recent forum, co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, highlighted a new CRS publication, "Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development." Read the PDF here.
Speaking with William Hall, an adjunct professor in the conflict resolution studies program at Georgetown University in Washington Pattison recounts,
Nominations are now being accepted for the first "Innovation in Technology and ECR" Award. The award will recognize new and innovative applications of technologies within collaborative environmental processes. The Award will be presented at the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s ECR 2010 conference to be held in May 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Nominated projects will also be featured in an "Innovations Gallery" during the event
To make nominations check out the full announcement. Note that the deadline is 1/22.