March 14, 2005

NRCan to host national conference on climate change

MONTREAL, QUE-Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will host a national conference, "Adapting to Climate Change in Canada 2005: Understanding Risks and Building Capacity," from May 4 to 6, 2005 in Montreal. The event will bring together researchers and decision-makers from a wide range of disciplines, providing them an opportunity to share results and information. The conference program includes invited plenary presentations and panels, theme sessions, poster sessions, workshops, and field trips. Session themes include: impacts of climate change on natural and managed resources; research techniques and approaches for assessing vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; and incorporating climate change and variability into policy and decision-making. Among the featured speakers will be John Fraser, head of the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council; Dr Barry Smit, professor and Canada research chair in Global Environmental Change at the University of Guelph; Dr Martin Parry, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group II on impacts and adaptation; and Dr Andy Reisinger of New Zealand's climate change office. The pre-registration deadline for the conference is Friday, April 1, 2005. The event is sponsored by NRCan's climate change impacts and adaptation program and the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN). Enquiries may be directed to Christine Langham at NRCan, 613/943-8199, FAX 613/947-0126, E-mail, Web site

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