Safe Drinking Water Foundation formed

A foundation dealing with rural drinking water safety is now available on the Internet at >>>
The Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF) was formed to deal with issues surrounding surface water supplies that are typically eutrophic to hypertrophic and shallow ground water supplies that are affected by sewage. SDWF is a registered charitable foundation soliciting support from corporations and foundations. SDWF will in turn support researchers carrying out projects to improve drinking water from these challenging water sources. The Executive Director is a long-term SIL member, Dr. Hans Peterson. For information on the SDWF, please contact:

Dr. Hans Peterson
Executive Director, SDWF
11 Innovation Blvd.
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 3H5
Phone: (306) 934-0389
Fax: (306) 975-5143

Austrian Network for Environmental Studies

This Austrian network has published an English language version of their newsletter with the objective of reaching a broader international audience to introduce the Network and its goals. The newsletter contains a retrospective view of network activities and introduces present activities and future plans.

For further information about the Network and the newsletter, SILnews readers can log into one of two interlinked websites: or For those who do not have internet access >>>

copies of the newsletter can be obtained from:

Dr. Irene Gabriel
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Verkehr Minoritenplatz 5
A1014 Wien

INTECOL VI – Global Wetlands at the Millennium

The Sixth Wetlands Symposium of the International Association of Ecology, INTECOL VI, on the theme of Global Wetlands at the Millennium will be held at Québec City, Canada, August 6-12, 2000. Topics addressed include: global water conservation, sustainable development issues, fisheries in wetlands, microbiological research, botanical studies, waterfowl habitat, conservation policy and legislation, wetland restoration technology, wetlands as carbon sinks, the role of wetlands in climate change, tropical peatlands, estuarine ecology, forestry in wetlands.

INTECOL VI will be a component of a Millennium Wetland Event with its meeting held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the 11th World Congress of the International Peat Society and the 12th Symposium of the International Mire Conservation Group as well as specialized meetings of Wetlands International and numerous other groups. The Convention on Wetlands and the IUCN Ecosystem Management Commission have offered to assist in implementation of the program. The second call for papers is now available – abstracts are due Dec. 15. Further details of this wetland meeting, accommodation and a special student discount offer for the first 200 students registering are available at: or contact:

Clayton Rubec, Chair
Organizing Committee
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H3
Phone: 1-819-953-0485
Fax: 1-819-994-4445

International Society for Environmental Protection (ISEP)

ISEP is a forum for the exchange of environmental information between environmental experts, administrators, industry, researchers and the public. Its goal is to initiate and promote the exchange of knowledge and information on environmental issues among partners to support a sustainable development from an environmental perspective. ISEP cooperates with national and international authorities, the European Environment Agency, UN organizations and NGO’s. Instruments for ISEP’s activities include international conferences, workshops and the development of environmental information systems. ISEP is an NGO and a ‘private association’ supported by its members, companies and individuals for whom environmental protection is an important concern. For more information about ISEP, contact:

International Society for Environmental Protection (ISEP)
Marxergasse 3/20
A-1030 Vienna
Phone: +43-1-715-28 28-0
Fax: +43-1-715-28 28-19
E-mail: or