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Fun week of workshops

I seem to be giving bad news to Joyce and Simon from WWF on the HCV maps behind, as Beckley observes . Maybe I was, a little. (photo: Sarah Saunders, WWF Canada).

I seem to be giving bad news to Joyce and Simon from WWF on the HCV maps behind, as Beckley looks on. Maybe I was, a little. (photo: Sarah Saunders, WWF Canada).

Last week, with winter marks submitted, launched the workshop and conference season. Monday I spent all day in the marvelous new Halifax Central Library with a range of government, academic and NGO experts interested in agricultural risk management in the face of climate change. We workshopped AgriRisk research grant proposal ideas, well provisioned by Pavia. Then I hopped into the car with recent MREM alumna Sarah Saunders, now a tidal energy specialist at WWF Canada based in Halifax, to drive to New Brunswick for a meeting on the Saint John River. Organizer Simon Mitchell, WWF Canada’s Saint John River Advisor, always picks great meeting places, this time the Brundage Point River Centre in Grand Bay-Westfield, north of Saint John. That Tuesday meeting was to troubleshoot the first maps out of the Habitat Friendly Renewable Energy Mapping Project. WWF Canada uses the HCV system to identify constraints to development – high conservation value – which has 6 elements including social value and community needs. Those people-oriented maps were almost empty, prompting lots of suggestions from me and my Energy Transitions colleagues Tom Beckley and Louise Comeau, also in attendance. A thoroughly fun day for nerds like us, but I particularly enjoyed taking the long way home, across the Westfield ferry and up the Kingston Peninsula – entirely worth the extra half hour.

A lovely day in the Musquodoboit

Cows grazing along the Old Guysborough Road.

Cows grazing along the Old Guysborough Road.

I had a great day today at a workshop organized by the Nova Scotia Eastern Habitat Joint Venture folks, who administer the North American Waterfowl Management Plan activities in this region. Many of my existing collaborators on farm wetland and biodiversity issues across government and NGOs were present, to share our work and discuss common interests in the Musquodoboit River area. It was a beautifully sunny morning, on a warmer than average day, and so wonderful to get out of town and into the countryside. Great to be feeling a growing interest in social science within the conservation and agricultural science community.

Relaxing, post-jury

A sunny post-jury walk on the Mactaquac shoreline below Keswick Ridge with the energy team.

A sunny post-jury walk on the Mactaquac shoreline below Keswick Ridge, NB, with the energy team (photo: Yan Chen).

Science & Diplomacy

Ray is a keen birder, and captured this picture of King Penguins on the move at Volunteer Point.

Ray is a keen birder, and captured this picture of King Penguins on the move at Volunteer Point.

A summary of the Pan-American Scientific Delegation to the Falklands appeared recently in Science and Diplomacy, penned by Ray Arnaudo and Dr Lindsay Chura, American diplomat and British Embassy science advisor, respectively. The piece is a useful reminder of the underlying ethos of the Delegation: the naturally collaborative nature of science builds bridges. This is important amidst continuing tensions with Argentina, which still claims the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). The Falklands have mostly looked to the UK for research collaborations (viz: the Shackleton award), but need to strengthen their networks in the region, as a nation to its neighbours, and where ecosystems are shared.

Washington stop-over

The Washington Memorial glowing from fugitive sources, as Washington anticipated thunderstorms.

The Washington Monument glowing from fugitive sources, as Washington anticipated thunderstorms.

Enroute back from Charleston I stopped over in Washington for a night. This was a great opportunity to visit iconic sites like the Lincoln and Washington Memorials and the White House, but also to catch up with Lindsay Chura, ‎Senior Policy Advisor, Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Washington. Lindsay organized the Falklands trip in January. We had an interesting walking meeting, enduring hot and hazy pre-storm weather while catching up on collaborations since the Symposium and talking about the next steps for advancing science and diplomacy in the region.

Lindsay and Kate at the White House

Lindsay and Kate at the White House

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