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(June 4-5) Grand forum des communautés résilientes

The Grand forum des communautés résilientes is an opportunity to draw on collective knowledge to better address the social, environmental and economic issues caused by climate change. In addition to sharing knowledge from communities and research, participants will co-create solutions and build collaborative projects during hands-on workshops. A call for action will also be prepared and validated by the participants during the event in order to urge the research community, elected officials and municipal practitioners to act collectively to increase community resilience and facilitate adaptation to climate change.

The forum aims to bring together community members of the Rés-Alliance, professionals from the public sector and from communities and municipalities, researchers and students, First Nations community representatives, elected officials and committed citizens.

For more information and to register, click here.

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(Jan 23-24, 2020) Africa 2030- 3rd Symposium of Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

It is widely known that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African societies,  and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment. There are also signs that the impacts of climate change are already being felt, not only in terms of increases in temperature, but also in respect of agriculture (with lower crop yields) and the availability of water resources, among others. The links between climate change and the incidence of diseases  – such as malaria – are also becoming clearer.

It is against this background that the Symposium “3rd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA” (January 23-24, 2020) is being organized  by the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP).

For more information on the symposium and to submit an abstract, click here.

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(May 6) Natures Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

On May 6th, 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released the much anticipated report outlining that nature is declining globally at a rate unprecedented in human history. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” says the IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson.

The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is considered the most comprehensive ever created, building on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005 and for the first time ever at this scale, drawing on indigenous and local knowledge. The Report states that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction within decades.

However there is hope, The Report provides useful policy recommendations that will contribute to the ‘transformative change’ required to slow the global loss of biodiversity. One such recommendation that ACT is advancing is “in urban areas, among others: promotion of nature-based solutions; increasing access to urban services and a healthy urban environment for low-income communities; improving access to green spaces; sustainable production and consumption and ecological connectivity within urban spaces, particularly with native species.” ACT is currently working to advance biodiversity-led green infrastructure approaches at the regional scale to build resilience to the impacts of climate change while providing habitat for species forced to migrate as local climatic conditions change.

For more information on ACT’s work to advance biodiversity-led green infrastructure, click here.

To read the IPBES media release and the summary for policymakers, click here.

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(May 21) Call For Abstracts: Adaptation Canada 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraser Basin Council will be hosting the Adaptation Canada 2020 national conference in Vancouver on February 19-21, 2020. Abstracts must be submitted by May 21, 2019 ay 5pm PST!

The Program in 2020 will focus innovations in resilience that have been developed over the past three years since the 2016 Adaptation Canada Conference. The Program Committee is interested in innovations that have significantly raised the game on resilience, involved unprecedented collaboration and resulted in quantifiable action on the ground, and are beginning to attract the necessary capital to begin implementation.

For more information and to submit an abstract click here.

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(May 3) Job postings: The Canadian Climate and Clean Growth Institute

ACT’s Executive Director, Deborah Harford is proud to be serving on the adaptation panel for the newly established, Canadian Climate and Clean Growth Institute. Launched in early 2019, The Institute’s mission is to generate, communicate, and mobilize trusted information and policy advice to stakeholders on climate mitigation, adaptation and clean growth. They are an independent national research institute committed to highly credible, integrated and inclusive research, analysis, and engagement with experts and practitioners across the country.

The Institute is hiring a number of positions with applications due May 22, 2019. Details for the Operations Manager can be found by clicking here, and for Research Directors (2) and Research Associates (6) can be found by clicking here.

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(Apr 30) Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here’s what we can do about it (CBC News)

On April 30th, CBC News published a story detailing the flooded or areas at risk of future flooding as a result of a legacy of poor planning in communities across Canada. Climate change, coupled with a changed landscape, due to agriculture, urban development and other land use decisions has increased communities vulnerability to flooding. ACT’s Executive Director, Deborah Harford, is quoted in the article stating, “it’s time to stop talking about climate as though it’s a separate thing and just mainstream it through all of our urban planning.”

 

ACT has been working to advance climate change policy recommendations for over a decade. Our current focus is in advancing the Low Carbon Resilience approach which looks to integrate emissions reductions strategies (mitigation) while building resilience (adaptation) to impacts such as flooding, urban heat island effect, and sea level rise.

To read the full CBC News article, click here. 

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(May 1) Job posting: Project Lead, Climate Change and Health Adaptation Planning, Public Health

Vancouver Coastal Health is hiring a Project Lead in the Public Health department. The Climate Change and Health Adaptation Planning Project Lead will prepare an integrated health and climate change vulnerability assessment report and develop a climate change and health adaptation strategic plan.

This is a temporary position, ending approximately April 30, 2022.

For more information on the posting and to apply click here.

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(Apr 30) Protecting space for wildlife: A national habitat crisis

WWF-Canada’s new nation-wide Wildlife Protection Assessment identifies gaps in wildlife habitat protection while offering recommendations regarding how to protect areas that will benefit biodiversity while slowing climate change. Based on the assessment, the following five regions should be prioritized for protection:

  • The Territories
  • Okanagan
  • Grasslands
  • Southern Ontario and Quebec
  • Saint John Watershed

In order to protect areas resulting in a benefit to wildlife and slowing climate change, the assessment recommends:

  • Focus on habitat for at-risk or vulnerable species;
  • Extend protections to include lakes, rivers and wetlands;
  • Safeguard areas with high carbon storage potential to sow climate change while providing habitat;
  • Set restrictions within protected areas to maintain the integrity and value of the space.

For more information about the Wildlife Protection Assessment and to see the full report, click here.

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(May 2) A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure- Webinar

We are excited to announce our May 2nd webinar, A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure, hosted by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources! Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. ACT, SFU researchers have been investigating ways that cities could take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure in ways that benefit biodiversity in a changing climate, while providing a host of other benefits. We will share urban success stories and discuss the importance of building shared understanding, as well as efforts to integrate across political, jurisdictional, and disciplinary boundaries.

For more information about the speakers and to register click here.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PST

 

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(May 9) To Catch a Falling Sky: Metamorphosis

On May 9th, the Executive Director of ACT, Deborah Harford, along with Matt Horne (City of Vancouver) and Deborah Carson (West Coast Environmental Law) will be discussing climate change mitigation strategies in British Columbia. This is the third edition of the To Catch a Falling Sky  discussion series hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment, the Pacific Water Research Centre, and in partnership with Telus World of Science.

Date and Time: May 9th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Science World at Telus Word of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Apr 26) Bullitt Environmental Fellowship

The deadline for graduate students in British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon interested in applying for the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is April 26th.

The Foundation awards this two-year, $100,000 Fellowship annually to one graduate student who has overcome adversity, demonstrates strong leadership potential, and is focused on work to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Emerald Corridor, stretching from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR.

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record and a university faculty member who will nominate and recommend them. Students of colour are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.

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(Apr 12) Climate change now a fact of life in Atlantic Canada fishery- CBC News

The recently published State of the Atlantic Ocean report outlines the ongoing effects of climate change in unprecedented detail. “We see warming waters throughout the region. We see less oxygen as a result of warming waters and increased stratification, and we see lower levels of food in the water, particularly phytoplankton that has decreased over time,” says Dalhousie University biologist Boris Worm.

The synthesis report includes summaries of the available peer-reviewed literature and data on aspects of the physical and chemical oceanography, biological oceanography, habitats, fish and invertebrate communities, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists and colleagues from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) contributed peer-reviewed and published data from monitoring and research programs for this report. This information will be updated in future reports to create an ongoing picture of the status and trends of Atlantic Canada’s marine ecosystems.

To read the State of the Atlantic Ocean report click here, and for the CBC News article click here.

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(Apr 9) Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration

We are proud to announce that ACT will be supporting the recently announced Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration group to generate, communicate, and mobilize trusted information, policy advice, and best practices for Canadians, governments, and stakeholders on clean growth and climate change. We will be working alongside over 15 highly credible and inclusive researchers, leaders, experts, and practitioners from across Canada. This will be an independent, policy-oriented, not-for-profit, nationwide institute that will;

  • provide credible and authoritative advice to Canadians and their governments
  • develop and provide independent and expert-driven analysis to help Canada move toward clean growth in all sectors and regions of the country
  • develop advice and analysis spanning climate change mitigation, adaptation, and clean growth
  • set its own agenda and operate independently from government
  • fill existing information gaps and help translate research into useful information for policy decision-making

For more information see here.

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(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

We would like to thank the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for highlighting the Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) approach in the spring edition of their professional association’s magazine Landscapes/Paysages. In this edition titled Lo!Carbon, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Alison Shaw, research lead for the Integrated Climate Action for B.C. Communities Initiative, discuss how since the two streams of climate action (mitigation and adaptation) emerged, they have been pursued separately. LCR is an approach that focuses on integrating these two climate change strategies in order to support sustainable development with efficient and effective policies in all aspects of governance, business and community development.

To read the article, Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century, click here! 

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(Apr 17) Climate Emergency Response: Report Back to Vancouver City Council Webinar

On January 16, 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a motion to ramp up the City’s climate action. In three weeks, staff will report back on this motion with a series of recommendations, many of which were discussed during the breakout sessions at our Climate Emergency Response event on Feb 25. Join Matt Horne on April 17, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm (PDT) for a preview of what he will present to Council on April 24th.

To RSVP for this webinar see here.

Password to register: RC2050

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(Apr 8) Metro Vancouver 2050: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure

On November 23, 2018, ACT hosted a workshop with Metro Vancouver-based professionals who share a common interest in advancing the connection between green infrastructure, biodiversity health, and climate action. The workshop included three presentations on climate change, biodiversity and green infrastructure planning that can be accessed from links in the report. Participants brainstormed ways that green infrastructure could be planned regionally and strategically, with the intent of reducing impacts on, or even enhancing, biodiversity health as climate change and land use alter the landscape of Metro Vancouver.

Through this process participants crafted a vision of Metro Vancouver as a biodiversity-focused green infrastructure mecca, and milestone achievements that would aid in reaching this vision. We heard inspiring and surprising ideas around potential shifts and adjustments in policy, law, economy, society and culture. In particular, we heard a resounding and unanimous desire for a more integrated, interdisciplinary, and regional approach to green infrastructure.

Read our report to find out more

Transdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group – February 22nd

The outcomes from the November workshop inspired us to host a transdisciplinary focus group on February 22nd, 2019 that brought together professions essential to green infrastructure implementation including engineers, accountants, planners, and other professionals for a discussion on green infrastructure implementation and existing barriers and opportunities. The summary report from this focus group is coming soon.

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