Major events

Given the spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the RE3 event by a full year to 19-24 June 2021.
If you previously registered and/or had an accepted abstract, symposium, workshop or training course proposal, click here
Thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.
RE3 2020 – Organizing Committee
Line Rochefort, PhD, Université Lava

Interested in making a difference for the future environment? Come and join us in these major events within the conference.


Quebec RE3 Conference to Feature Plenary Panel of High Level Global Environmental Leaders

UN Decade of Restoration: Responding to climate destabilization and wetland/biodiversity loss

This Plenary Panel convenes high level global leaders on wetlands, biodiversity, restoration and climate change for a facilitated and dynamic discussion regarding the role of ecological restoration and wetlands in responding to the dual challenges of climate destabilization and biodiversity loss, as well as to help amplify the awareness of the role of wetlands and ecological restoration in responding to these global challenges. Celebrating the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and the themes of the RE3 Conference, this high-profile event promises to enlighten and inspire. Presenters include:
  • Elisabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Dianna Kopansky, UNEP, Coordinator for the Global Peatlands Initiative
  • Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International
  • Brendan Mackey, IPCC, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Australia
Immediately following the plenary panel we invite interested conference delegates to join a forum where small participatory groups will discuss the role of ecosystem restoration in the post-2020 agenda, especially in the context of both climate mitigation and biodiversity protection, and will develop recommendations on ecological solutions, including greater recognition of the critical role of wetlands and ecological restoration, to:
  • Accelerate achievement of sustainable development goals,
  • Conserve and restore biodiversity, and
  • Stabilize the planet’s climate.
Recommendations developed during this forum will be compiled and shared after the conference as a means for advancing ecologically-based responses and solutions to the global challenges of a rapidly destabilizing climate and unprecedented biodiversity losses.
Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, from 8:45 to 10:30

SWS Women in Wetlands Luncheon: Discussions on smooth transitions at any career stage

This luncheon is an opportunity to continue our discourse on smooth career transitions (see symposium: Smooth Transitions at Any Career Stage). A brief presentation will be followed by round table discussions on sharing stories of strategies and lessons learned while navigating transitions in careers in wetland science, policy and management. This luncheon supports the key mission of the Women in Wetlands Section to facilitate connections that promote networking and professional development for wetland scientists.

Date: Monday, June 8th, from 12:30 to 13:45

RE3 Indigenous and First Nations Symposium

This consecutive two-part session will include a symposium followed by a knowledge cafe for discussion about indigenous engagement and knowledge related to restoration. The symposium will feature speakers discussing Indigenous/First Nations approaches to restoration and re-wilding. The session is still being developed but will feature Indigenous/First Nations speakers or their collaborators. Potential topics (to be determined by the speakers) include:  

  • incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into restoration or management plans, 
  • incorporating culturally important sources of food or building materials into restoration plans, 
  • managing hyper-abundant or invasive species through traditional methods,
  • guiding principles for engaging local and traditional communities in restoration, 
  • participatory restoration and reciprocity - understanding the spirituality/community/cultural benefits of restoration for indigenous communities.

The Knowledge Cafe will occur in the following session after lunch. The Knowledge Cafe will be a facilitated discussion with all of the panelists and other interested parties to create opportunities for indigenous and non-indigenous participants to learn from each other, share experiences and knowledge, and further discuss the topics raised in the symposium. The Knowledge Cafe will have 3-4 people prepared to facilitate so that people can break into smaller groups (no more than 15) with the panelists distributed among the groups if many people stay for that session. (See knowledge cafe description: 

Date: Thursday, June 11th, from 10:30 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 15:00 

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Important Preliminary Dates

Conference Postponed
June  19-24, 2021

Deadline to Update 2020 existing abstract
November 13, 2020

New Call for Symposia and Workshops
August 3rd, 2020