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JPAC Regular Session 12-03 and Workshop - Reducing Ecosystem Vulnerability, Responding to Community Needs: Tools and Information for North American Action
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When:
Thursday, December 13, 2012 to
Friday, December 14, 2012

Where:

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Fiesta Americana Mérida

Paseo de Montejo 451,
colonia Centro, 97000

North America’s ecosystems are under enormous stress—from a changing climate, the pollution emitted into the air and water, and the overconsumption of natural resources. This stress has already made many of our ecosystems vulnerable to irreversible change, with direct impacts on the human communities that depend on those ecosystems.

This workshop will take a close look at what makes ecosystems and our communities vulnerable to a changing environment, and where in North America the threats to them are most extreme. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a range of new tools for assessing vulnerability, mapping environmental changes and stressors, and improving the health of vulnerable human communities.

Working with North American experts and members of the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee, they will also identify actions for individuals, communities and governments to improve these tools and their dissemination, especially for the rural and indigenous communities most affected by environmental change.

Agenda

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Time Topic

8:00–9:00

Registration of Participants – Salón Yucatán 1

9:00–9:30

Opening and introductory remarks

9:30–9:45

Presentation of objectives, methodology and participants, by Francisco Padrón Gil, Director, IMAC
9:45–13:30 

Ecosystem vulnerability

9:45–10:05

Keynote presentation, by Elizabeth Smith, Associate National Program Director, Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program, US EPA

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10:05–10:30 Question and answer period
10:30–11:30

Presentations: The impact of increased ecosystem vulnerability on the livelihoods and health of communities in North America

Panelists:

11:30–11:45

Break

11:45–13:30

Dialog between panelists and public on their perceptions of increased ecosystem vulnerability on the livelihoods and health of communities in North America

13:30–14:30

Lunch [provided] Salones Yucatán 3 & 4

14:30–14:50

Presentation: Framework for capacity building to improve the health of vulnerable communities in North America, by Orlando Cabrera, CEC Program Manager, Air Quality and PRTR

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14:50–15:00

Question and answer period

15:00–16:15

Group work to generate feedback on the framework document

  • What are the opportunities and the most effective ways to distribute the Framework document to all of North America?
  • What are the potential applications (tools, guides, etc.) of the Framework?
  • What tools are needed to reduce human vulnerability to chemical pollution?
  • What are the challenges that tool developers may face with the creation of these tools?

16:15–16:30

Break

16:30–18:00

Group exercise: Tools to map and identify vulnerable systems (natural and human) and to estimate future change

Introduction by Karen Richardson, Program Manager, Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems

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Group work:

  • Geographic areas undergoing large amounts of change
  • Factors generating change
  • Factors that can already be measured and factors for which data are needed
  • Different ways to integrate stressors and conditions
  • Ways to visualize possible future conditions

18:00

Wrap-up by Francisco Padrón Gil

Friday, 14 December 2012

Time Topic

9:00–10:30

Group work: The main objective of the session will be to develop proposals for actions, to strengthen the ability of North Americans to identify vulnerable ecosystems and human communities, including an assessment of access to current information and needs to improve access. Proposals to include actions for individuals and for local and federal governments.

10:30–10:45

Break

10:45–12:45

Submission of proposals for action, by rapporteurs and facilitator

12:45–13:00

Conclusions, by facilitator and JPAC Chair

13:00–13:15

Report by representatives of the national and governmental advisory committees (NAC and GAC)

13:15–13:30

Update on JPAC work and administrative matters

  1. Election of JPAC Chair for 2013
  2. JPAC priorities for 2013 and next meetings

13:30

Closing

13:30–14:30

Lunch [provided] - Salones Yucatán 3 & 4

Marcela Orozco, JPAC Liaison Officer 
Phone: 514.350.4305 
Fax: 514.350.4314
E-mail: morozco@cec.org

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