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Welcome to Otsu (from SQA2000 Book of abstracts) On behalf of the SQA4 Organizing Committee, the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society (AEHMS), and the Lake Biwa Research Institute (LBRI), we are pleased to welcome you to the International Symposium on Sediment Quality Assessment. This symposium is the fourth in a series of symposia being organized by AEHMS every two years. Previously such symposia were conducted in Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands. These symposia are designed to attract professional experts that are actively involved in the field of sediment quality assessment, remediation and management. Our enthusiastic Japanese host has adopted an extremely important and interesting theme: Approaches, Insights and Technology for the 21st Century focusing on the management of contaminated sediments, remediation, restoration and rehabilitation. Hopefully the results should facilitate the input of the best available scientific knowledge and sediment quality management into different decision making frameworks. As you may notice, an integrated strategy has been adopted for developing the programme. Various themes have been systematically selected which will be led by the keynote speakers to provide a topdown overview of the topic. The programme consists of invited lectures, special sessions, keynote speeches, platform presentations and posters. The scientific programme has been intermingled with a field trip to a beautiful island in Lake Biwa, as well as a visit to Lake Biwa Museum, so that the participants will be able to enjoy an informal atmosphere. As the co-chairs of SQA4, we are honoured and delighted to extend a warm welcome to all the participants in the beautiful and scenic surroundings of Otsu, Japan. Co-chairs Michio Kumagai, Mohiuddin Munawar, Tom Murphy LBRI, Japan DFO, Canada NWRI, Canada ...


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