GLOBE 2014: International Forum on Business and the Environment, Vancouver Convention Centre March 26-28 2014

GLOBE 2014 Program Preview Just Released

Check out the newly released GLOBE 2014 Program Preview to discover the inspiring speakers, thought-provoking sessions, the program schedule, new workshops, special networking events, and much more.

ACT’s executive director, Deborah Harford, will be moderating the Food Security session at 2:45pm on March 27 and invites you to join!

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Putting the brakes on climate change – new PICS free online course shows how

PICS Climate Insights 101

Climate Insights 101 is a short course series designed to provide users with an in-depth understanding of climate science and related issues. 101 is produced as a series of modules, each with several animated lessons.

A New Module on Mitigation was just released this past Thursday, January 24th, 2014.


NOT WAITING FOR NOAH: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk

The Not Waiting for Noah workshop, held in Kelowna BC on April 24, 2013, was organized as a partnership between the BC Water and Waste Association’s Climate Change Committee, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team.

This report, entitled Not Waiting for Noah: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk, is the result of that workshop that brought researchers and practitioners together from across Canada and the U.S. The event was designed to bring a range of professionals and experts together to share flood risk assessment tools, to build a community of practice, and to expose a broader audience to the subject.

Participants discussed many central challenges to navigating flood management and mitigation in the face of climate non-stationarity, while working with increasing population and development in floodplains. The report is organized around the themes that emerged from the range of issues explored.

We are deeply grateful to the partners and funders of this project, whose support was invaluable.

We are also grateful to the presenters, who donated their time and experience to make this an exceptional event.

Partners & Funders include:

The SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team

The BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development 

The BC Water and Waste Association 

The Okanagan Basin Water Board 

The Real Estate Foundation of BC 




University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN Index)

The ND-GAIN Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country’s vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.


You’re Invited: Watershed 2014 Satellite Events

As you may already know, the POLIS Project is playing a lead role in organizing the upcoming forum Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia & Beyond—an event designed to support skills development and capacity-building for watershed groups, First Nations, and community watershed champions.

Although registration for the event itself is already full, a number of partners will be hosting regional satellite events organized around a live webcast of the first day of the forum.

A full list of the satellite events is provided here.

The goal is to broaden the reach of the forum beyond the venue in Duncan, B.C. and to share the important opening sessions and dialogue with water leaders and interested individuals from across the country.


Urban Climate Adaptation and Leadership: From Conceptual Understanding to Practical Action

The paper entitled “Urban Climate Adaptation and Leadership: From Conceptual Understanding to Practical Action” is part of a series of OECD Regional Development Working Group Papers.

The full PDF is available  here Urban Climate Adaptation and Leadership.


PEIA Forum 2014 – Charting our Energy Future

On February 24th, the Pacific Energy Innovation Association is hosting the 2014 Energy Forum.

The Energy Forum will take place at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver.

The theme this year is “Charting our Energy Future – Balancing Economic Prosperity and Environmental Stewardship in BC and Canada”.

Discussions will address the economic, environmental and political factors that govern Canada’s energy prospects and will highlight practical steps toward the transition to sustainability. 

The many excellent speakers at this year’s event include internationally renowned keynoters:

·  Nobuo Tanaka, Institute of Energy Economics, Tokyo; Immediate Past Director of the International Energy Agency, Paris

·  Chris Hartshorn, Lux Research, Boston – Strategic intelligence on emerging technologies to clients globally

Additionally, the executive director of ACT, Deborah Harford will be moderating a session on behavioural change.

Seating is limited to 154 registrants, so register early.

If you register before February 7th, 2014, you will receive a 40% discount on your registration fee!

You can find out even more and register at:



Melting polar ice causing changes to jet stream?

Global BC looks at how the wacky winter weather around the globe may be due to polar ice caps impacting the jet stream including comments from ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford.



Extreme Weather: Impacts, Challenges and Adaptations

The Symposium will be held April 22-24, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Organized by the Canadian Climate Forum (www.climateforum.ca), the Symposium will examine the incidence and impact of severe weather, the challenges it raises – and how we can prepare for, or adapt to it, to minimize its often devastating effects.

2013 was a year of costly and disruptive weather for Canadians.  The Symposium will bring together experts from a range of fields, stakeholders, media and the public.  It will stimulate insights into extreme events and consider the economic, infrastructural and health challenges they raise; participants will also discuss measures to develop resilience as well as to safeguard people and businesses.

A special media session on April 22 will provide information on the  IPCC’s* March 2014 report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.


*IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

This report was released by the National Academies Press. The full PDF can be accessed here:

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises



Webinar: A Modernized Water Act & B.C.’s Expanding Natural Gas Sector

You are invited to the second webinar in POLIS’ 2013/2014 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

WHAT: Webinar–A Modernized Water Act & B.C.’s Expanding Natural Gas Sector
DATE: Friday, December 13th, 2013
TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET)
WHO: Ben Parfitt (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives & POLIS Water Sustainability Project) and James Tate (Ratcliff & Company Law)


If you are interested in participating, please email Laura Brandes at communications@polisproject.org with the subject line “December Webinar Registration.”

For full details please visit http://poliswaterproject.org/story/602.


In this webinar, resource policy analyst Ben Parfitt will explore some of the complex issues surrounding projected increases in industrial water use in northeast B.C. and how the management and oversight of water use may be impacted by proposed changes to provincial water legislation. He will demonstrate projected water use increases for the province under an unfolding natural gas sector, and the major implications for how water use is tracked, and how pre-development planning may need to change in order to ensure watershed integrity. James Tate, a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal law, will then discuss some of his work with Fort Nelson First Nation and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations District Water Manager related to the authorization of long-term water licences for fracking purposes in the Fort Nelson territory.


Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia & Beyond

Join us at Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond—an event designed to support skills development and capacity-building for watershed groups, First Nations, and community watershed champions.

The website is now live at www.watersheds2014.ca, so please visit to register!

WHEN: January 27th to 29th, 2014

WHERE: Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, British Columbia

WHAT: We live in a changing world and water needs to be managed and governed in new ways. Watershed governance is one innovative approach. It involves reorganizing our decision-making processes to align with the ecological boundaries of watersheds, instead of political boundaries.

This is not a forum for talking heads, but a “roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work” event. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from your peers. You will become part of a network of engaged volunteers and professionals, and learn how to better collaborate with stakeholders, government, industry, and not-for-profits to improve collaborative governance. And, you’ll be supported in bringing your new knowledge back to your home watersheds.

The entire event has been designed with participants’ needs at top of mind. Pre-forum research means the sessions have been customized to address priority topics, such as resilience thinking, drinking water source protection planning, and the role of First Nations rights and title in decision-making. Sessions will include keynote presentations, plenary talks, breakout groups, and workshops. There will also be opportunities to learn from other participants about successful—and not-so-successful—programs and strategies from other regions.

This forum is designed for:

  • watershed groups
  • researchers
  • professional resource managers
  • decision-makers at all levels of government, including First Nations

The forum is being organized by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, situated at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, the University of Victoria’s Department of Geography, and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, with significant funding from the Canadian Water Network. In addition, core partners include Cowichan Tribes, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, and the Ministry of Environment.




North Vancouver City plans for climate change floods: Flood risk for SeaBus, transit hubs

The North Shore can expect flooding, transportation disruptions and an increased demand for emergency services due to climate change, according to a staff report prepared for the City of North Vancouver.

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Will the footings of Lions Gate Bridge be under water by 2050 or the end of the century?  Photograph by: Cindy Goodman, North Shore News


Resilient Cities Webinar Series – Webinar 3: Community based solutions linking adaptation and development


Tuesday 5 November 14:00-15:00 CET

Registration for our third webinar is now open!

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This webinar focuses on how community based approaches can strengthen urban resilience while supporting socio-economic development, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable groups.


  • Diane Archer, Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK
  • Shiraz Wajih, President, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Gorakhpur, India

Speaker presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A between speakers and webinar participants.

The webinar is free of charge, but space is limited.

Reserve your space today at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tabletVisit our website for more on the webinar series.

Webinar 2: Financing the resilient city

Resilient Cities Webinar

Webinar 2: Financing the resilient city

Tuesday 22 October 14:00-15:00 CET

Registration for our second webinar is now open!

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This  webinar will discuss strategies for how cities can access funds from both public and private sources to finance urban adaptation and resilience projects.


  • Jan Falconer, Manager, Projects Partnerships and Funding, Aberdeen City Council, UK
  • Sarah Ward, Head: Energy & Climate Change, Environmental Resource Management Department, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Expert  commentary:

  • Katharina Schneider-Roos, Leader, Project Outreach, Global Infrastructure Basel, Switzerland

Speaker presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A between speakers and webinar participants.

The webinar is free of charge, but space is limited.

Reserve your space today at:


PICS Research Lecture Series: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) by Ann Dale, Royal Roads University and her research team on October 23, 2013

Join Drs. Ann Dale, John Robinson, Meg Holden, and Stephen Sheppard as they share results on Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3). Ann Dale, MC3 Principal Investigator, holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Development at Royal Roads University. Her research team and partners will present policy implications released in the recent “Action Agenda for BC Decision-Makers: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.” Engage with the team and elected officials from the MC3 case study communities in a facilitated dialogue on drivers and barriers of climate policy innovation in our cities.

Register at www.meetingclimatechangechallenge.eventbrite.ca. For more information about MC3 visit http://www.mc-3.ca.




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