Greg Mayne

Photo of Greg Mayne of Environment Canada Speaker at 2013 Forum

Greg Mayne

Mr. Greg Mayne works with Environment Canada’s Great Lakes Issue Management and Reporting Section.

He collaborates with Canadian and U.S government organizations, ENGOs, academia and community-based conservation groups to identify management needs, strategies and projects that promote water quality and biodiversity conservation of the Great Lakes.

He currently plays a lead role in Lake Huron management as part of the Lake Huron Binational Partnership and the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Framework for Community Action.

Professional Affiliation

Great Lakes Issue Management and Reporting Section – Lake Huron
Section de la Gestion des Enjeux et des Rapports des Grand Lacs-Lac Huron
Environment Canada/Environnement Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada

2013 Changing Lakes Forum Topic

From Water Quality Agreement to Regional Implementation

Local Actions with Community and Global Impacts:
The Role of the Bruce Peninsula in Conserving Lake Huron

Co-Presenter: Dan Krauss

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Of the five Great Lakes, Lake Huron, more than any other, embodies the biodiversity of the basin. Stretching over 350 km from Ontario’s “Carolinian” zone to the boreal transition forests along the North Channel, Lake Huron includes a multitude of climatic, geological and biogeographical zones. This second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron’s meandering shoreline and thousands of islands represent the longest freshwater coast in the world. It is also an ecosystem under stress – invasive species, climate change, water pollution, poorly planned shoreline, residential and industrial development, and altered hydrology are all having a negative effect on biodiversity, ecological services and the quality of life in coastal communities.

Increasing awareness about the importance of biodiversity and the link between environmental health and human well-being has focussed attention on conserving and restoring the Great Lakes. In October 2010 the Lake Huron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy was released. Developed by over 400 experts representing over 100 organizations from around the basin, the Lake Huron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is an international initiative designed to identify what actions are needed to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Lake Huron. The revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was released in 2012, and includes a greater emphasis on coastal areas and nearshore waters. Both of these planning documents provide a platform on which to base regional conservation initiatives to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes.

This presentation will provide an overview of these planning initiatives, and discuss the importance of the Bruce Peninsula in context of the Great Lakes conservation. Key local opportunities and actions that will have broad and long-lasting impacts on the health of local communities and Lake Huron will be explored.

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