About the societies

Given the spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the RE3 event by a full year to 19-24 June 2021.
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The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/Association canadienne de réhabilitation des sites dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1975. The Association encourages personal and corporate involvement where reclamation or rehabilitation of disturbed lands is planned or implemented.

Its members meet annually for technical discussion, information exchange and personal interaction. Local activities occur in Alberta, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, and the newly established Saskatchewan where there are active provincial chapters.

The CLRA/ACRSD provides its members with up-to-date technical information through the publication of its newsletters, the magazine Canadian Reclamation and proceedings of its annual conferences. These publications allow the organization to have an informal, instructional role in the decision-making processes of reclamation/rehabilitation projects and to act as a forum for the dissemination of ideas and information pertinent to reclamation activities.

From the beginnings, when the OCCC in the Crop Science Department, University of Guelph, identified the need for a national association dealing with land reclamation, to the association that exists today, the CLRA/ACRSD has held true to many of its objectives over the past years.

In fact, the original founding members of the CLRA/ACSRD laid the groundwork for the establishment and legitimization of the land reclamation field as a profession in Canada. To read the comprehensive history of the CLRA/ACSRD, view, print or download the PDF file of the history as written and published by Aquila Publishing. This history was most recently updated in 2010.

The CLRA/ACRSD offers a platform for reclamation professionals across Canada to network and gain knowledge through active participation in sessions, site tours, trade shows, and contribute to the overall growth and renown of the industry.

 

Among the many exciting opportunities, the Annual General Meeting is hosted annually where attendees are invited to a banquet where CLRA/ACRSD National Awards are presented to recipients, including the Dr. Edward M. Watkins Award, Noranda Land Reclamation Award, Linda Jones Memorial Award, and the newly established Dr. Jack Winch Early Career Award.

 

The CLRA/ACRSD Chapters each get an opportunity to host the national conference so that all members across Canada are able to attend. Some Chapters also host their own events, and some host their own Conference and AGM. Visit our Chapter Pages to find out more about events near you or become a member today!

Incorporated in 1988, the Society for Ecological Restoration is a global community of more than 3,000 members from over 65 countries. SER members are actively engaged in the ecologically sensitive repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives. The Society provides a robust and dynamic platform through which to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, networking, research, and policy discussions among the many actors and interests it represents at the international, national, and regional levels.

SER is positioned at the critical interface between restoration science and practice and actively promotes participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration. SER serves its members, partners, and the field at large by:


Advancing Policy: SER released its groundbreaking publication the International Principles Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in December 2019. In addition to producing technical guidance, SER helps guide and inform policy discussions through collaborations with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).

Facilitating Communication and Networking: SER’s Chapters, Sections and Student Associations provide high-quality local and regional networking opportunities. SER also organizes biennial world conferences, regional chapter meetings, and workshops where scientists, practitioners, community leaders, and students come together to exchange ideas, showcase their work and forge new alliances.

Sharing Information and Knowledge: SER maintains the Restoration Resource Center, which provides practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and the public with access to a wide variety of resources, publications, and project information. SER publishes the peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, and the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration book series in partnership with Island Press.

Certification: SER runs the world's first certification program for ecological restoration. This program will ensure people working in the field can be credentialed based on a combination of their academic and field experience.

Incorporated in 1988, the Society for Ecological Restoration is a global community of more than 3,000 members from over 65 countries. SER members are actively engaged in the ecologically sensitive repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives. The Society provides a robust and dynamic platform through which to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, networking, research, and policy discussions among the many actors and interests it represents at the international, national, and regional levels.

SER is positioned at the critical interface between restoration science and practice and actively promotes participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration. SER serves its members, partners, and the field at large by:


Advancing Policy: SER released its groundbreaking publication the International Principles Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in December 2019. In addition to producing technical guidance, SER helps guide and inform policy discussions through collaborations with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).

Facilitating Communication and Networking: SER’s Chapters, Sections and Student Associations provide high-quality local and regional networking opportunities. SER also organizes biennial world conferences, regional chapter meetings, and workshops where scientists, practitioners, community leaders, and students come together to exchange ideas, showcase their work and forge new alliances.

Sharing Information and Knowledge: SER maintains the Restoration Resource Center, which provides practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and the public with access to a wide variety of resources, publications, and project information. SER publishes the peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, and the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration book series in partnership with Island Press.

Certification: SER runs the world's first certification program for ecological restoration. This program will ensure people working in the field can be credentialed based on a combination of their academic and field experience.

Important Preliminary Dates

Conference Postponed
June 19-24, 2021

New Call for Symposia and Workshops
August 3 to October 15, 2020 Now open

Deadline to Update 2020 existing abstract
November 13, 2020

 

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