From the Shaw conference centre, Edmonton at the opening of the 2015 IASC Biennial International Conference on ‘Complexity and Change’. Brenda Parlee and Prateep Nayak, co-chairs of the conference hosted by the University of Alberta, opened the conference this morning with references to the importance of the support for the conference from the Treaty 8 First Nations.
A small group of us have been here in Edmonton since last Thursday – getting ready for the15th Biennial IASC international conference. It’s been a long few days of meetings for the Executive Council, held before all the delegates join us in Edmonton, Alberta. A lot of time has been taken up reviewing the proposals for the next few regional conferences (Rome in November, Berne, and then Alaska) and exploring options for developing the Association.
Close-up, Edmonton’s a strange mix – the glittering towers of steels and glass reflecting each other in the sunlight, with construction cranes sitting in the gaps sending up more buildings. There’s not much left of the old buildings in the centre – just one or two remain, uncomfortably overshadowed by larger modern neighbours.
CCRI’s John Powell will be spending the next 10 days in Edmonton, Alberta at the International Association for the Study of the Commons’ (IASC) 15th Biennial Global Conference ‘The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change’ which takes place on May 25-29, 2015. He is president-elect of IASC and will be writing a series of blogs reflecting on the event. Here are John’s initial thoughts:
The recent release of the 2014 FAO report on the State of World Fisheries clearly demonstrates the value of fishing around the globe, and the increasing importance of fish as a source of food. The report notes a significant increase in fish consumption worldwide from under 10kg/capita in the 1960s to 19.2kg/capita in 2012, and that since the early-1990s aquaculture production has steadily increased as a proportion of total fish consumed, while the amount from capture has stabilised, suggesting we may have reached the limits of fishing from natural ecosystems production in many parts of the world.
In early 2015, there were numerous news reports of a significant climbing event unfolding in Yosemite valley, California – the first ‘free’ ascent of ‘The Dawn Wall’ route on El Capitan. Senior research fellow, John Powell from CCRI took great interest in this as he was once a fairly formidable climber himself.