COASTAL ZONE CANADA ASSOCIATION
NEWSLETTER #3, SEPTEMBER 2002
Dear CZCA Members:
Welcome to the third issue of the Association's newsletter.
You will note that this issue is in both English and French - -
thanks to Board Member Marie Lagier of IUCN for translating the
English text into French for this and future issues. Please continue
to let the editor, Brian Nicholls, have your comments and views
on the newsletter. As previously, feel free to circulate the newsletter
among your own networks.
WELCOME FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION
At the Associations 2002 Annual General meeting, which was
held in conjunction with CZC 2002, Peter Ricketts, Vice-President
(Academic), Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC, was elected
President of the Association. In response to an invitation from
the Editor, Peter has provided the following message to members
for inclusion in the Newsletter.
As a founding member of the Coastal Zone Canada Association, I
am very grateful to the Association for giving me the honour of
serving as its fourth President. I am taking up the Presidency at
a time when the Association has just concluded its fifth successful
biennial Coastal Zone Canada Conference. For those who were present
in Hamilton, the CZC2002 "Managing Shared Waters" Conference
was a great success. Bringing together practitioners, academics,
politicians, and community activists from both the freshwater and
saltwater environments, CZC2002 has added to the cumulative results
of the previous CZC conferences with a powerful statement on strengthening
capacity building that will be taken forward by Canada's representatives
to the 2002 World Summit in South Africa. The conference has brought
a new dimension of membership to the CZCA that incorporates watershed
and freshwater management. I would like to welcome all those new
members to the CZCA, and I invite you to get involved and be active
supporters of the Association.
The CZCA is very grateful to our co-sponsoring partners in the
conference, namely Pollution Probe and the UN University International
Network on Water, Environment and Health, in making this conference
possible and organizing such an influential event. I would like
to give particular praise to Patrick Lawrence, our VP Great Lakes
Region, and Mary Pattenden of Pollution Probe for their tireless
efforts in making the conference such a success.
Your new Board will work hard to advance the goals and objectives
of the Association and to plan for our next conference, which will
be held in St. John's, Newfoundland in 2004. This conference will
mark the tenth anniversary of the first CZC conference in Halifax,
and so it is fitting to be returning to the Atlantic coast for CZC2004.
We want to make this a landmark conference, celebrating ten years
of CZC conferences but also assessing where we have come in coastal
zone management during that time. The products and results of the
CZC conferences have contributed to the advance of coastal and ocean
management in Canada and internationally. The passage of the Canada
Oceans Act was a major event on the domestic front, and the
recent publication of the Canada Oceans Strategy is a welcome
development. However, we need to be more critical (and I use this
word in the academic context of constructive evaluation) of what
Canada is and is not doing in coastal management. An immediate task
will be to evaluate the scope of the Oceans Strategy and
its likelihood for being a successful mechanism for implementing
effective coastal zone management in Canada.
The CZCA has an important role to play in promoting coastal management
in Canada and throughout the world. I hope that all of you who were
unable to attend CZC2002 will renew your membership in the Association
and maintain your support for building a strong national and international
movement for coastal and ocean management. I look forward to working
with the new Board and all the members of the CZCA over the coming
In conclusion, I would like to thank Barry Jones for his excellent
work as President for the past four years. Barry worked very hard
on behalf of the CZCA, including the organization of CZC2000 in
Saint John, NB, and the Association owes him a great debt of gratitude.
I am pleased that, despite "retirement", Barry will continue
to be active in the CZCA and on the Board as Past President. Thanks,
Barry, for a job well done.
COASTAL ZONE CANADA (CZC) 2002 CONFERENCE
In Patrick Lawrence's own words, CZC 2002 was a "great success".
As the Association's Vice-President, Great Lakes, he was the key
Association person involved in the organization of the conference,
and worked long and hard in support of the event. The following
highlights are based largely on a summary that Patrick produced
shortly after the conference:
- Over 400 participants from 30 countries attended CZC 2002 (
"Managing Shared Waters - - Towards Sustainable Transboundary
Coastal Ecosystems"). The conference evaluation forms completed
by participants indicated strong support and appreciation for
the event, as well as for the efforts of the organizers.
- With respect to the organization of the event, conference partner
Pollution Probe is recognized for its sterling work on all aspects
of the conference format. It was involved in numerous tasks and
activities that made the event proceed very smoothly. Appreciation
is also expressed to the other conference partners, United Nations
University (INWEH) and Environment Canada (Ontario Region), for
their considerable efforts and support.
- CZCA maintained a high profile at the conference, with many
Board Members serving as presenters and session chairs. The Association
was involved in many key products and discussions. The CZCA booth
at the Coastal Showcase was well received and visited. The Association's
biennial award for coastal zone management achievement was presented;
the Association's Annual General Meeting was held; and, following
the tradition of previous CZC Conferences, a Youth Session was
- The Resource Kit, prepared in advance of the conference, and
containing key background reports, abstracts, a summary review
and evaluation of all abstracts identifying capacity needs and
tools, and several other documents, is a conference product that
will continue to be an important reference for conference attendees
in the future. It will likely gain wider interest internationally
for those working in the coastal and water management areas, especially
in relation to the four conference case studies and in other transboundary
- The quality of the program, especially the key-note addresses
and panel discussions each morning, was excellent, and was well
received. The morning interactive workshops (a CZC conference
series innovation) provided the opportunity for participants to
reflect on the morning addresses and contribute to discussion
on the "theme of the day". The professional facilitators
(Lura Consulting) and volunteers did a good job collecting the
ideas and thoughts that were then incorporated into the daily
- During a long Thursday evening session, members of the conference
organizing committee met to review all the events and products
related to the conference, and prepared a conference statement,
which was tabled for discussion during the plenary session on
Friday morning. A subsequent meeting of the committee later on
that day led to completion and release of the statement - referred
to as the "Hamilton Statement" - with the commitment
that it would be taken forward by Canada's representatives to
the 2002 World Summit in South Africa.
- For additional updates on CZ 2002, including the Conference
Report, the Hamilton Statement, and other outputs, refer to the
conference website (which is regularly updated) at:
CZCA 2002 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Association's 2002 AGM was held during CZC 2002. One of the
main items of business was the election of Officers and Directors
for the next two-year period. The following were elected as Officers
of the Association:
- PRESIDENT: Peter Ricketts, Okanagan University
College, Kelowna, B.C.
- PAST PRESIDENT: Barry Jones, Fredericton, N.B.
- V.P. (ATLANTIC): Mike Butler, Oceans Inst.
of Canada, Halifax, N.S.
- V.P. (PACIFIC): Vacant
- V.P. (ARCTIC): Steve Newton, Fisheries &
Oceans Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- V.P. (GT. LAKES): Patrick Lawrence, Univ. of
Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA
- V.P. (COMMUNICATIONS): Vacant
- V.P. (LIAISON): Larry Hildebrand, Environment
Canada, Dartmouth, N.S.
- SEC./TREASURER: Brad Fay, Halifax, N.S.
A further 17 persons were elected as Directors of the Association
- - they will be listed in the next issue of the Newsletter.
CZCA AWARD (2002)
The Association's biennial award, known as the "H.B.Nicholls
Award for Coastal Zone Management Achievement", was presented
at CZC 2002 by the President of the Association, Barry Jones. The
award consists of a plaque, suitably engraved, and containing the
CZCA logo. The winner of this, the second award, is Larry Hildebrand,
Manager, Sustainable Communities & Ecosystems Division, Environment
Canada (Atlantic Region), Dartmouth, N.S. Larry was the Co-Chair
of the Conference Committee for the first CZC Conference, CZC 1994,
and subsequently became President of the Association. He is currently
Vice-President (Liaison). Larry is well known throughout the coastal
zone management field in Canada and internationally, and needs no
introduction. He is a worthy winner.
NEWS ON THE NEXT CZC CONFERENCE
The following report was provide by Grant Gardner on behalf
of the conference committee for CZC 2004. Regular updates will be
provided in subsequent issues of the newsletter:
A small committee has been meeting regularly for more than a year
to plan the next Coastal Zone Canada Conference, to be held in St.
John's, Newfoundland, in late June 2004. All six members of that
committee attended CZC'02 in Hamilton, saw the high standards set
by the organizers of 'Managing Shared Waters', and came away with
many good ideas. We now have a much better appreciation of the challenges
and rewards of mounting a CZC Conference, and look forward to working
with CZCA to put together a conference that will be focussed, engaging,
and memorable. The working theme of the conference, which will build
on the shared-jurisdiction focus of CZC'02, is "Many Uses,
Many Users". Within the broad boundaries of that theme, we
will explore the complex relations involved in living and working
in a multiple-user environment. Our conference will have a strong
youth forum, and a series of plenary and contributed presentations
designed to facilitate discussion and interaction. We will be working
this fall to identify potential collaborators, and put together
a draft program. As we develop that program, we will seek in put
from the CZCA and from others with vested interests in coastal waters.
Our goal is to have a draft program in place and a shortlist of
keynote speakers by the end of this year. We will keep you informed
as our plans develop, and urge you to pencil CZC'04 into your calendars!
LIAISON WITH CC-SEA
CZCA and CC-SEA (Canadian Coastal Science & Engineering Association)
have a long-standing collaborative arrangement that facilitates
the exchange of information and the mutual support of each other's
biennial, alternate-year, conference. Larry Hildebrand has spearheaded
this collaboration on behalf of CZCA. The arrangement includes:
CZCA membership on the CC-SEA Board of Directors, and the participation
of each Association in the other's biennial conference, specifically
an agreement that each Association will organize and convene a special
session within the other's event. Despite good intentions, this
mutually supportive relationship has not always lived-up to the
spirit of the agreement. The issue is compounded by the fact that
CC-SEA is having some logistical problems with respect to its 2003
Canadian Coastal Conference (CCC'03). Current indications, however,
are that CCC'03 will be held in Kingston, Ontario in the fall of
2003. Discussions have recently been held between CZCA and CC-SEA
to review the situation, including preliminary consideration of
the form of the collaboration at both CC-SEA's 2003 Canadian Coastal
Conference and CZC 2004.
CZCA MEMBERSHIP DUES
Members of the CZCA are reminded that their membership in the Association
lapses as of the date of each biennial conference. However, members
and other persons who attend CZC conferences are automatically covered
for the next two-year period through their conference registration
fee. This means that all persons who attended CZC 2002 are now paid-up
members of the Association. Conversely, members who did not attend
CZCA 2002 are now in arrears in their fees. Members in the latter
category who wish to renew their membership in the Association can
do so by completing a Membership Application Form and returning
it to the CZCA Secretariat, together with payment of the biennial
dues of $20.00. Membership Application Forms are obtainable from
the CZCA Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions pertaining to this newsletter should be addressed to
the editor, Brian Nicholls at email@example.com.
Questions pertaining to the Coastal Zone Canada Association should
be addressed to the CZCA Secretariat at the Bedford Institute of
Oceanography, P.O. Box 1006, Dartmouth , N S, B2Y 4A2, firstname.lastname@example.org.