Free Workshop – An Ecosystem Approach in the 21st Century

The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4K3

27/11/2023, 6:30 pm - TO 27/11/2023 - 8:30 pm

Organizer: Bay Area Restoration Council

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Join Dr. John Hartig and Fani Tsaroucha from the University of Windsor for an interactive workshop hosted by the Bay Area Restoration Council on re-energizing the ecosystem approach in the 21st century. The workshop will feature breakout sessions and group discussion as we dig into the following questions:

Is an ecosystem approach important today and is it relevant in your work?
How is an ecosystem approach/ecosystem-based management valid, important, and actionable?
What recommendations would you like to see for more effective use of an ecosystem approach in the 21st century?

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Meet the workshop leaders:
John Hartig is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and chairs the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Great Lakes Way Advisory Committee. For 14 years, he served as Refuge Manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. John has received numerous awards for his work, including being recognized as a 2022 Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Leader in Sustainability, the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association, and a 2010 Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications on the environment, including eight books. John’s recent book titled Waterfront Porch won a 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the “nature/environment” category.

Fani Tsaroucha (she/her) is the Project and Research Associate of the lab’s Ecosystem Approach Project. Together with her Ecosystem Approach team colleagues, she is synthesizing historical information around the evolution of the term Ecosystem Approach and its practical implementation in conservation and management. The focus of her research brings the global angle of existing Ecosystem Approach frameworks and will attempt to shed light on key areas for meaningful improvements.
Fani holds an MSc in Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management and a minor MSc in Water Quality and Aquatic Ecology from Wageningen University. She has 4 years of experience in managing grassroots projects that had the objective to amplify youth voices in decision-making in global cooperation spaces, as well as in regional (in the EU), and local (in Greece). She has organized numerous multi-stakeholder workshops, and conferences, including two hybrid annual events and a Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) in collaboration with the British Embassy in Athens and the Youth Constituency to UNFCCC (YOUNGO).
Fani is a young white woman that was fortunate to be granted access to an abundance of social advantages and privileges. She acknowledges her positionality in recognition of the intersectional dynamics in the space she is working in.