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We Are The Centre Of Applied Science In Ontario Protected Areas (CASIOPA)

We provide state of the science workshops and networking for all those interested in protected areas, with an emphasis for solutions based on social, natural, and physical science for best practices in all types of protected areas.

 

2022 CASIOPA Conference

October 13 0900-1545. Robinson Place, 300 Water St.  Peterborough ON.


“Decision Making and Planning in Protected Areas”

Protected Areas are a major path to conserving and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function and have been promoted under the Aichi Targets as the main path to fulfill our international, national and provincial obligations. Like most jusrisdictions, protected areas also serve multiple functions in Ontario where decisions and planning grapple with additional demands such as recreation.


There are the strains of the pandemic, demographic changes in visitors to protected areas, the rise of technology and expectations of visitors in either using or avoiding it in protected areas, and increasing ecological and climate crises that can undermine the very reason a protected area was created.


All of this creates ahistorical challenges for those to work in protected areas management, especially where it pertains to decision making and planning.

This year’s CASIOPA theme of “Decision Making and Planning in Protected Areas” has invited five speakers:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Halpenny (University of Alberta). Dr. Halpenny was a key author on a recent paper focused on evidence-based decision making in protected areas and will lead off the conference.

  • Mr. Trevor Swerdfager (Former Senior Vice-President Operations at Parks Canada; University of Waterloo). Mr. Swerdfager brings his experience in the operation of all national parks to CASIOPA 2022.

  • Ms. Catherine Reining (Wilfrid Laurier University; Western University). Ms. Reining has extensive experience in protected areas, including health parks, healthy people and as coordinator of ParkSeek Canada.

  • Ms. Melissa DiLeo (Research Scientist Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). Ms. DiLeo’s work on spatial analyses of wildlife is of paramount importance for decision making.

  • Mssr. Richard Feldman (Wildlife Landscape Ecologist Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). Like his colleague, Mssr. Feldman has much experience in wildlife management; in particular, Richard will likely focus his session on protecting bird species.  


As this is our first (partially) in-person conference since the pandemic began, CASIOPA is interested in hearing from a diversity of voices eager to share their research-based and applied experiences in this broad theme.


Decision-making and planning can take many forms, from visitor management, strategic focusing, climate change adaptation, technical approaches (e.g. modelling, spatial analysis, decision support systems, monitoring) through to inter-agency planning in light of the Aichi targets. 


Whether your focus has been on local scale work in a particular protected area or on a more province-wide scale, you are welcome to deliver a contributed session at CASIOPA 2022. 

We also plan a facilitated round-table discussion to isolate what our attendees think is their one biggest priority for research and fast action given so many challenges – what one thing would you focus on?


We anticipate a variety of responses and it should be instructive to see if attendees have any sort of conensus or if any broad categorizations of focal research or actions emerge (e.g. is more based in technical quantitative research, is it more focused on resource deployment, is it more about building partnerships, or is it about engaging visitors?).  Those who are ‘early career’ (e.g. students or those just starting careers in protected areas) are particularly encouraged to contribute.

We will be running a hybrid model – in-person attendance and online attendance; people may present remotely and we will have a zoom room for the online round-table. We have an OWL meeting system that allows for an enhanced experience for online attendees.

There is no charge for the conference. We will have to cap the number of in-person attendees due to space constraints but will not likely have to cap online attendance.

Those who wish to contribute a 10 minute ‘lightning talk’ should contact Stephen Murphy (stephen.mur

Protected Areas are a major path to conserving and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function and have been promoted under the Aichi Targets as the main path to fulfill our international, national and provincial obligations. Like most jusridicitions, protected areas also serve multiple functions in Ontario where decisions and planning grapple with additional demands such as recreation. There are the strains of the pandemic, demographic changes in visitors to protected areas, the rise of technology and expectations of visitors in either using or avoiding it in protected areas, and increasing ecological and climate crises that can undermine the very reason a protected area was created. All of this creates ahistorical challenges for those to work in protected areas management, especially where it pertains to decision making and planning.
This year’s CASIOPA theme of “Decision Making and Planning in Protected Areas” has invited five speakers:
•    Dr. Elizabeth Halpenny (University of Alberta). Dr. Halpenny was a key author on a recent paper focused on evidence-based decision making in protected areas and will lead off the conference. 
•    Mr. Trevor Swerdfager (Former Senior Vice-President Operations at Parks Canada; University of Waterloo). Mr. Swerdfager brings his experience in the operation of all national parks to CASIOPA 2022.
•    Ms. Catherine Reining (Wilfrid Laurier University; Western University). Ms. Reining has extensive experience in protected areas, including health parks, healthy people and as coordinator of ParkSeek Canada.
•    Ms. Melissa DiLeo (Research Scientist Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). Ms. DiLeo’s work on spatial analyses of wildlife is of paramount importance for decision making.
•    Mssr. Richard Feldman (Wildlife Landscape Ecologist Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). Like his colleague, Mssr. Feldman has much experience in wildlife management; in particular, Richard will likely focus his session on protecting bird species.  

As this is our first (partially) in-person conference since the pandemic began, CASIOPA is interested in hearing from a diversity of voices eager to share their research-based and applied experiences in this broad theme. Decision-making and planning can take many forms, from visitor management, strategic focusing, climate change adaptation, technical approaches (e.g. modelling, spatial analysis, decision support systems, monitoring) through to inter-agency planning in light of the Aichi targets.  Whether your focus has been on local scale work in a particular protected area or on a more province-wide scale, you are welcome to deliver a contributed session at CASIOPA 2022.  
We also plan a facilitated round-table discussion to isolate what our attendees think is their one biggest priority for research and fast action given so many challenges – what one thing would you focus on?


We anticipate a variety of responses and it should be instructive to see if attendees have any sort of consensus or if any broad categorizations of focal research or actions emerge (e.g. is more based in technical quantitative research, is it more focused on resource deployment, is it more about building partnerships, or is it about engaging visitors?).  Those who are ‘early career’ (e.g. students or those just starting careers in protected areas) are particularly encouraged to contribute.


We will be running a hybrid model – in-person attendance and online attendance; people may present remotely and we will have a zoom room for the online round-table. We have an OWL meeting system that allows for an enhanced experience for online attendees.


There is no charge for the conference. We will have to cap the number of in-person attendees due to space constraints but will not likely have to cap online attendance.


Those who wish to contribute a 10 minute ‘lightning talk’ should contact Stephen Murphy (stephen.murphy [at] uwaterloo.ca) no later than 15 September 2022.


Draft Schedule

0900-0905: Welcome
0905-0955: Elizabeth Halpenny
1000-1020: Health break
1020-1110: Trevor Swerdfager
1110-1200: Catherine Reining
1200-1300: Lunch
1300-1330: Melissa DiLeo
1330-1350: Richard Feldman
1350-1415: Health Break
1415-1545: Contributed sessions and Roundtable discussions (what one innovation do you think is feasible to implement in the next 4 years?)
1545-1550: Conclusion

phy [at] uwaterloo) no later than 15 September 2022.


Draft Schedule


0900-0905: Welcome

0905-0955: Elizabeth Halpenny

1000-1020: Health break

1020-1110: Trevor Swerdfager

1110-1200: Catherine Reining

1200-1300: Lunch

1300-1330: Melissa DiLeo

1330-1350: Richard Feldman

1350-1415: Health Break

1415-1545: Roundtable discussions (what one innovation do you think is feasible to implement in the next 4 years?)

1545-1550: Conclusion




 
 
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