Preserving Natural & Sociocultural Elements of Coastal Communities of Atlantic Canada

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•02•28    16:00 - 17:00

    “Preparing Coastal Communities of Atlantic Canada: Challenges of Preserving Natural & Sociocultural Elements”

    Atlantic Canada has been touched in the past decade by increasing numbers of storms which have shown the fragility of this coastal ecosystem. All climate scenarios for this region predict sea level rise, continuous coastal erosion, and increasing frequency in storm surges. The impacts are important for the natural and human components of this ecosystem.

    In this talk, Prof. Liette Vasseur (Brock University) will describe some of the actions that have been taken to examine the potential impacts of these predictions as well as the steps and activities being taken right now to try to adapt and improve resilience of these communities. Although the subject remains very emotional for some, there is now a general consensus among decision makers and stakeholders that it is time to move forward to transform the communities of today to more sustainable communities for tomorrow.

    This event is part of the UNU-INWEH Managing Coasts in a Changing World  seminar series.

    For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.

    About the speaker

    Liette Vasseur is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University and a Minjian Scholar at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, in Fuzhou, China. Her research program encompasses a strong transdisciplinary component which links ecological and social components of the ecosystem as a means to discover community-based solutions that protect functions and services in rural or coastal ecosystems where human activities are usually intimately linked to natural resources.


  • McMaster Innovation Park
    Conference Room 1A
    175 Longwood South
    Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1