DFO’s Ecosystems Management Branch and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN) have been working to develop a Draft Terms of Reference for the “ENGO and DFO –Ecosystems Management Discussion Forum” (the Forum) within the Newfoundland and Labrador Region. The “Forum” will be used as the primary venue to facilitate engagement, discussion and relationship building between DFO Ecosystems Management (EM) Branch and the ENGO community. An initial meeting of the “Forum” is scheduled for Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at DFO’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John’s.
Participation in this Forum is open to all ENGOs within Newfoundland and Labrador who have an interest in DFO’s mandate, but is limited to one member, or his/her alternate, to attend as their representative. Any environmental organization interested in having a representative participate should email Connie Dobbin-Vincent at Connie.Dobbin-Vincent@dfo-mpo.gc.ca , by April 21st, 2017. There will an opportunity for individuals to teleconference should you not be able to attend in person.
An official agenda and meeting details will be provided in the coming weeks. Agenda items will include:
– Review and discussion on the TOR including “Co-Chair” representation from the ENGO community
– Updates from EM Branch programs on current initiatives and engagement opportunities. (i.e. Fisheries Protection Program, Oceans Program, Species at Risk Program and Aquaculture Management)