November 4-7, 2001 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “6th International Conference of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society.” Conference will exchange current knowledge and strategies for assessment of aquatic ecosystem health. Web:

November 5-8, 2001 — Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. “Oceans 2001.” Conference will include sessions on marine habitat restoration, marine mammals, coral reefs, pelagics management, and other topics. Web:

November 7-10, 2001 — Dakar, Senegal. “Pacem in Maribus 2001.” Annual conference will examine potential of ocean resources to sustain mankind; organized by the International Ocean Institute. Web:

November 16-17, 2001 — Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. “Caribbean Marine Protected Areas: Practical Approaches to Achieve Economic and Conservation Goals.” Symposium will be held in association with 54th annual meeting of Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI). Web:

November 26-30, 2001 — Maputo, Mozambique. “International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Regional Workshop and Coordination and Planning Committee (CPC) Meeting.” Workshop and meeting will occur in conjunction with annual meeting of the CORDIO Program (research for management of coral reefs of the Indian Ocean). Web: or

November 26-December 1, 2001 — Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. “Second International Conference on Marine Ornamentals: Collection, Culture & Conservation.” Conference will examine creation of an economically and environmentally viable future for the marine ornamentals industry. Web:

Go to for MPA News’s list of MPA-related conferences for the coming year.

Box: Paris meeting to assess state of Earth’s oceans, coasts

This December, a five-day conference in Paris will examine the global progress achieved in managing oceans and coasts since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Titled “Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10”, the conference will feature several panels of potential interest to MPA practitioners, including one on the present status of, and future directions in, marine protected areas. The conference website is at

The conference goal is to assess progress made in the past decade and to address associated challenges. Organizers anticipate that input from the conference will inform discussions by governments at next year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa (

Patrons of the Paris conference include the International Oceanographic Commission and national agencies from Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the US. Collaborators include the governments of Mozambique, Barbados, and Australia, as well as several others.