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Towards a participatory and sustainable governance of the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence river and its Gulf

21 September 2014

From Chicago... to Baie-Saint-Paul

Map of the Great Lakes basin

The idea for the "Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin" exhibition came with the merging of two visions: that of architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), supported by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and that of the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and its partners.

There is an urgent need, according to SOM, to develop urban and territorial planning that will protect the environment and reinvigorate the economy throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river basin. The ISW places importance on involving the basiners, while contributing to the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Symphony , so that we can truly go "from solitudes to rallying".

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French conference on "the invisible and remote pollution"

02 September 2014

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - "Off Courts" French festival

15ème édition du festival Off Courts de Trouville

The ISW, along with Solidarity Water Europe and the International Water & Film Events, will participate in the 15th edition of the French film festival "Off Courts" to join the debate on these remote forms of pollution outside our knowledge: ocean and river pollution and invisible pollutants (chemical, micropollutants, groundwater pollution).

The conference, our third collaboration with the festival and the Seine-Normandy Water Agency, will revolve around the experience of Patrick Deixonne, a member of the French Explorer Society, who was recently heading the "Expedition into the seventh continent". This series of missions gathered several researchers in May 2013 and 2014 to warn the general public about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a cluster of several millions of tons of plastic waste that formed in the Pacific ocean - thus being labelled the "seventh continent".

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First edition of the Global Estuaries Forum (June 30th-July 2nd 2014)

01 July 2014

Logo of the Global Estuaries Forum (Deauville, 30 June-2 July 2014)

The first edition of the Global Estuaries Forum, hosted by the French association Estuaire de la Seine, Territoire de l'Eau, will bring together global leaders and innovators from the business world, governments, research and civil society to explore the opportunities and map out the obstacles that must be overcome to protect and foster flourishing estuarine ecosystems.

The Forum will take place in Deauville (France), in the heart of the largest estuary of Northwestern France, which is also arguably one of the largest European estuaries, between 30 June and 2 July 2014.

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