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Revised dates--Federal and international permits workshop

Due to scheduling concerns expressed by several people, we have changed 
the dates of the Federal and international permits workshop. We apologize 
for any confusion, but feel that this will make the workshop stronger and 
more effective. These dates are set and confirmed, and flyers will go out 
in April. Please forward or re-post this message as needed.

     a workshop for natural history museums and collectors

                ***NEW DATE: 29-31 January 1997***

        sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum
  and co-sponsored by the Association of Systematics Collections

                      San Diego, California, USA

Confusion and controversy often surround the process of applying for and 
maintaining valid collecting permits. In many cases, the process is not 
well understood, new laws and regulations are not well publicized, or 
there is confusion about different agencies and responsibilities.

This bilingual (English and Spanish) workshop will address these problems 
by bringing together scientists, agency representatives and collectors 
from several countries to examine the problems and provide clarification. 
Permit agency representatives will be available at a "permits bazaar" to 
answer individual questions and to facilitate on-site permit applications.

Topics to be addressed include:
*The roles, responsibilities and requirements of permitting agencies: 
        Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, Central and South America
*International regulations and treaties affecting global scientific 
*Issues related to the Biodiversity Convention, collecting, and national 
        sovereignty laws
*Issues specific to vertebrate, invertebrate, botanical, microbiological 
        and paleobiological collecting
*The roles of scientific and avocational collectors 

The official languages of the workshop will be English and Spanish. 
Simultaneous translation facilities will be provided for speakers of 
these languages. Participants with other translation needs should contact 
the workshop coordinator. All proceedings will be printed in the language 
in which they are submitted, with abstracts in the other language. 
Individual translators will be available as needed.

The registration fee covers the cost of the translation facility, 
banquet, coffee breaks, and all handouts and published proceedings. 

For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list, please contact

Sally Shelton
Director, Collections Care and Conservation
extension 226

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