Call for Papers
International Joint Commission
2005 Biennial Meeting -- The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Submit your abstract, prepare your presentation and get involved now!
The IJC Biennial Meeting has a long history of providing all attendees the opportunity to present and speak on Great Lakes issues that are important to them. The 2005 Biennial Meeting, focusing on the governments' review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, will be that and more.
Discussion breakout sessions at the Biennial Meeting will explore different aspects of this review and the Agreement itself.
The material used for discussion and debate will come from you. This is a special call for you to share your views on the Agreement, its review, or your vision for the Great Lakes with your colleagues and others throughout the region. Do you want to contribute? Do so in three easy steps.
You may submit abstracts under one or more of the following presentation categories.
Adaptive Management and the Future of the Agreement: What do you believe are priority stressors that must be addressed to protect the Great Lakes? What is the relationship between the priority stressor(s) and the current Agreement? What are the opportunities to accommodate these stressors in the current or future Agreement? Stressors include, by way of example, land use, climate change, emerging chemicals, new pathogens and alien invasive species.
Vision of Great Lakes Integrity: We are seeking perspectives on the Agreement and its review and scope, from a broad range of sectors representing First Nations/Tribes, cities, environmental organizations, industry, business, and others. What is your vision for the future of the Great Lakes? Should the scope of a future Agreement encompass all or part of that vision?
Institutional Arrangements and Governance: What do you believe is the most appropriate and effective role for the IJC in the Agreement? What measures could increase accountability from all orders of government? What are the roles of non-government institutions in implementing the Agreement? What are your experiences with institutional arrangements from other jurisdictions that could inform the current Great Lakes management regime?
Oral presentations will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by a question and discussion period. Depending on the number of abstracts received and the time available, we may request that some papers be submitted as written papers only. Unless you specify otherwise, all papers will be posted on the IJC web site for electronic discussion and made available to all meeting participants. Proposed presentations will be organized into the breakout sessions based on the number and topic of abstracts received.