The Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting its first stand-alone meeting, the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), from 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University near Washington D.C. This will be an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public and media outreach and the development of concrete products (e.g., policy briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and implementation. This meeting will encompass the 2nd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC1 was held in Geelong, Australia in October 2005). The IMPAC2 component will consist of an organized track within the IMCC addressing MPAs as a cross-cutting issue through the full range of posters, papers, workshops and symposia.
IMCC put out a call for papers for this meeting that apply to the major themes and tracks that will be discussed that describe original work, including methods, techniques, applications, tools, issues, reporting research results and/or indicating future directions.
Major themes that will be addressed include:
- Global Climate Change
- the Land-Sea Interface
- Ecosystem-based Management, and
- Poverty and Globalization
Cross-cutting issues encompass topics of global relevance and importance to marine conservation that relate to the major themes:
- Marine Protected Areas
- Education & Outreach
- Governance Arrangements
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
During this conference, in an attempt to tackle the most pressing issues currently facing marine conservation, IMCC will host exciting plenary talks and solicit creative submissions for interactive symposia and workshops. The conservation community will be challenged to go beyond the typical communication of data and propose symposia and/or workshops where talks will be followed by lively, participatory discussions to address a controversial topic or develop innovative solutions to a current conservation challenge.
Workshops will be held to bring together people with diverse expertise with the goal of developing a list of recommendations, outlining a publication, co-writing a policy briefing or white paper on a specific topic. Workshops can be held for up to 4 consecutive days.
Participants of this Congress will include individuals or groups involved in cutting edge conservation science or practice who can demonstrate an alignment with the goals of the Society for Conservation Biology and the SCB Marine Section, which are:
- Conservation Science: The scientific research and knowledge needed to understand and conserve biological diversity is identified, funded, completed, disseminated and applied to research, management and policy.
- Conservation Management: Conservation practitioners and managers are provided the scientific information and recommendations needed to conserve biological diversity at all scales.
- Policy: Policy decisions of major international conventions, governments, organizations, and foundations, are effectively informed and improved by the highest quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to advance the conservation of biological diversity.
- Education: Education, training, and capacity building programs are identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education leaders, and support current and future generations of conservation scientists and practitioners.
Registration for the IMCC is almost full, therefore on site registration will be dependent on cancellations. For late registration until May 16 visit: http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/imcc/registration.html