News Advisory - Climate Change, Health, Sustainable Tourism Experts Featured at Beaches World Tour Conference



    Experts from more than 35 countries share new research and innovative
    solutions at international conference, hosted in Toronto

    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:      Beaches World Tour 2007, a two-day international conference
               featuring experts from more than 35 countries. Keynote and
               workshop presentations highlight new research and solutions
               for key problems facing beach ecosystems and coastal areas
               around the world: climate change, health and water quality,
               and sustainable tourism.

               Beaches World Tour 2007 is hosted by Environmental Defence and
               the Foundation for Environmental Education (a European
               organization) to mark the 20th Anniversary of the
               international Blue Flag program. Blue Flags are awarded to
               beaches around the world that meet strict international
               criteria. Ontario is home to nine Blue Flag beaches (six in
               Toronto; Sauble Beach on Lake Huron; Station Beach on Lake
               Huron; and, Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay).

    WHO:       Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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               Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto - Keynote Address
               (12:15 to 1:30 p.m.)
               Murray Simpson, Research Scientist, Oxford University Centre
               for the Environment, The Impacts of Climate Change on Beach
               Destinations and Coastal Tourism (9:00 - 10:15 a.m.)
               Lara Hansen, Chief Climate Change Scientist, WWF
               International, Climate Change and Ocean: More than hot water
               (9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)
               Robin Anawak, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Inuit and the
               Human Impacts of Climate Change, (10:45 a.m.-12:15)
               James Flint, Public Health Agency of Canada, Climate Change
               and Waterborne Diseases (1:45 - 3:15 p.m.)
               Larry Hildebrand, Manager, Sustainable Communities and
               Ecosystems, Environment Canada - Atlantic Canada, Whither
               Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Canada?
               (1:45 - 3:15 p.m.)
               Donna Francy, U.S. Geological Survey, Models to Predict
               Recreational Water Quality and E.coli Levels at Great Lakes
               Beaches (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
               Kyle Clifton, Gitga'at Nation, BC, First Nations Marine Use
               Planning in Coastal British Columbia (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
               Alison Kelly, Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa,
               Increasing Equity, Access and Participation in Managing
               Coastal and Marine Resources in South Africa
               (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)

               Thursday, October 10, 2007
               --------------------------

               World Tour of Best Practices at Beaches Around the World:
               featuring beaches in Morocco, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico,
               Iceland, France, Scotland, Wales, England, Netherlands,
               Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Ireland, Dominican Republic, South
               Africa, Spain, Greece, U.S., Bulgaria, Denmark, and Jamaica.
               (10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)

    A full list of speakers, keynote presentations, and workshops is
    available on the Blue Flag Canada web site at www.BlueFlag.ca.

    WHEN:      Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday October 11, 2007

    WHERE:     Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
               525 Bay Street
               Toronto

    SPONSORS:  City of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, An Taisce,
               Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, ANWB,
               AutoShare, H. Barber & Sons, Ltd., BeachTech, Beach Trotters,
               Bullfrog Power, Tourist Office of Spain, Keep Wales Tidy,
               Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Sustainable Travel International,
               Friluftsradet - The Danish Outdoor Council, Keep Scotland
               Beautiful, Green Living Magazine, Ontario Parks, Foundation
               for Environmental Education (FEE), FEE Portugal, Lonely
               Planet, Shipmate, SIGG, Turkiye Cevre Egitim Vakfi, Jakeman's
               Maple Farm, Mountain Equipment Co-Op
    

    About Environmental Defence: (www.environmentaldefence.ca) Environmental
Defence protects the environment and human health. We research. We educate. We
go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, safe food and
thriving ecosystems. Nationwide.

    Blue Flag Canada is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an
agency of the Government of Ontario.





For further information:

For further information: Media registration for the Beaches World Tour
2007 conference, contact: Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416)
323-9521 ext. 232, (647) 280-9521 (cell)


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