A joint conference of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) will be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on June 7-11, 2020, at the dawn of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The proposed theme of the conference for 2020 is “From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding”. It aims to stimulate discussions about the range of environmental management approaches advocated by the three hosting societies:
- Reclaiming is recognized and practiced by many industries, including mining and petrol extraction;
- Restoring is recognized most broadly around the world, and has been the main focus of SER; and
- Rewilding, or bringing back to nature, allows us to dream. These terms also imply ideas of industry, science, practice, society and imagination. They run from the practical to the creative.
Since 2000, economic development has been growing at a fast pace in temperate, boreal and arctic regions of North America, and ecological restoration is in full expansion. As the boreal biome comprises close to 20% of wetlands in North America, we believe it is important to bring together, for the first time, experts from SWS to join members from CLRA and SER, for stimulating exchanges of knowledge, best practices and new ideas.
The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for all members, whether academic, private-sector or governmental stakeholders, to interact and to present the latest developments for reclaiming, restoring or rewilding diverse ecosystems, and to promote the understanding, the science-based management and the sustainability of wetlands.
The conference will be held in English.