Wednesday, July 7, 2010

California and the World Ocean 2010

The co-chairs of the international California and the World Ocean Conference 2010 (CWO ’10), Secretary for Natural Resources Lester Snow, State Controller John Chiang, and Secretary for Environmental Protection Linda Adams invite you to participate in CWO ‘10. This conference, organized by the California Ocean Protection Council, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the California Environmental Protection Agency, will be held September 7-10, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

As with the previous CWO conferences, CWO ‘10 will seek the experience, views and innovative ideas of experts throughout California, the United States, and the international community in addressing ocean and coastal resource management issues facing California and other states and nations. In addition, the conference will provide an opportunity to bring together representatives from government, academia, industry, and the public to share ideas and formulate action strategies for the 21st century. CWO ’10 will take place as President Obama begins the implementation of a new national ocean policy and national framework for marine spatial planning. This is an exciting time for ocean and coastal policy in this nation and throughout the world, and participants should use this conference as an opportunity to help stimulate creative approaches to address the ecological, environmental and economic challenges that we face.

Presentations at CWO ’10 will address all ocean and coastal subjects that can be applied to resource management and policy. Emerging topics such as climate change impacts, marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, regional ocean governance, and renewable offshore energy will be featured, among other important topics. Presentations will focus on actions that can be taken at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

We hope to use this conference to help build on work accomplished through Governor Schwarzenegger’s Ocean Action Plan and help inform our efforts to update the strategic plan for the California Ocean Protection Council. Similarly, we believe CWO ‘10 will help inform our actions with Oregon and Washington in the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health and nationally with President Obama’s new national ocean policy. This information exchanged at CWO ‘10 should be useful to participants from California, other states, and other nations.

CWO ’10 promises to be an enlightening and engaging opportunity for all. We look forward to your participation and hope to see you there.

Lester Snow
Secretary for Natural Resources
John Chiang
State Controller
Linda Adams
Secretary for Environmental Protection

Further information HERE

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