Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity: Summary Recommendations (PDF: Biodiversity Session – SummaryReport)
Updated: January 27, 2009
Author: Jon O’Riordan, Former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, Government of British Columbia
The ACT Biodiversity Sessions ran from September 2007-April 2008.
As a fundamental part of this process ACT hosted a public dialogue called Communities in Jeopardy: Plant, Animal and Human, in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver BC. This town hall-style meeting featured brief presentations on climate-induced ecosystem shifts, and offered the public an opportunity to engage with experts and each other on the challenges we face and possible solutions.
Expert speakers for the public dialogue included:
- Donna Barnett (Mayor of the District of 100 Mile House; Vice-Chair, Cariboo-Chilcotin Pine Beetle Coalition)
- Stewart Cohen (Senior Researcher, Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada; contributing author, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
- Dawn Morrison (Coordinator, Provincial Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty)
- Jon O’Riordan (former senior BC DM; ACT policy author)
- Gary Zorn (Proprietor, Eco-Tours BC)