bcparf-2013BC Protected Areas Research Forum is being held December 3-5, 2013 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.  Researchers and managers from NGO’s, First Nations, regional, provincial, territorial and federal park systems, universities and colleges will convene for 2 days of workshops, conferences, posters and sharing.

The conference theme is Connecting Landscapes, and is currently co-hosted by BC Parks; UNBC, CPAWS and venue host TRU. Although this is our main theme – many other subthemes will be added as well so, if you do research in or that could be useful to protected areas or you manage parks and protected areas or related conservation lands… this conference is for you.

If you are interested in organizing a special session, a workshop or some other idea please visit the forum’s webpage for a submission form and contact information at http://www.unbc.ca/bcparf.

The call for papers and presentations deadline is October 15, 2013.  Organizers are keen on all sorts of submissions including:
•    Oral Presentations
•     Poster Presentations or Displays
•     Panel Discussions (e.g., Round Tables)
•    Special Topic Sessions or Workshops
•     Research or Management Snappers

The keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen Woodley. Stephen is an ecologist, who has worked in the field of environmental management for over 35 years.  He has worked as a consultant, a field biologist, manager of a national fire restoration program and forest ecologist.  He  was the first Chief Scientist for Parks Canada, where he worked on a number of issues related to protected areas, including ecological monitoring, species at risk, wildlife disease, ecological restoration and science policy.  For the last 2 years Stephen has worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature on biodiversity and climate change issues in protected areas. Stephen will be speaking on the evening of December 3rd (open to the public) on “Re-thinking protected areas systems as solutions to global problems”.

Registration will open in early fall.  Other logistical details including payment, accommodations (we will arrange block hotel room bookings and other options this year), local travel (e.g., airport shuttle and transport to the University), will be provided via the website with details added over the next few months.   Stay tuned to the website for further details.

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