A binational webinar focusing on Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, “Lakewide Management,” was held on Wednesday, July 8th from 1:00-3:00 CT (2:00-4:00 ET). Slides from the webinar can be found here. The webinar is intended to:
· provide a brief overview of the Agreement, focusing on Annex 2;
· provide an update of progress under Annex 2 thus far; and
· hold an open discussion on the subject of public outreach and engagement under Annex 2.
In early 2013, a revised and updated Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement entered into force. The revised Agreement covers issues such as Areas of Concern, lakewide management, and nutrients, but also covers new issues like invasive species and climate change. Annex 2 of the agreement is intended to assess the status of each Great Lake and address environmental stressors on a lakewide scale through an ecosystem approach.
Public engagement is a key principle of the Agreement, which describes such engagement as incorporating public opinion and advice, as appropriate, and providing information and opportunities for the public to participate in activities that contribute to the achievement of the objectives of this Agreement. The webinar is intended to encompass an open discussion on the topic of outreach and engagement, including proven practices and suggestions for innovation.
All Great Lakes stakeholders (NGOs, citizens, academics, etc.) are welcome to participate in the July 8th webinar.