Biodiversity

ACT's first core topic was biodiversity and climate change adaptation, culminating in a set of reports released in 2009. We are continuing work on this theme through our Nature-based Solutions Project.

A global biodiversity crisis is unfolding, with species going extinct at rates 100-1000 times the average. This crisis is principally driven by human influences causing habitat loss and pollution, as well as climate change, which is influencing more severe floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, loss of glaciers, and periodic water quality issues, as well as new pests and health challenges. Combined with warming temperatures, these changes are shifting ecosystem boundaries and challenging the conditions species rely on to survive, requiring them to adapt by shifting their ranges – often northwards and upwards – and requiring them to navigate new obstacles, including cities.

ACT’s first initiative focused on biodiversity and climate change adaptation, which we explored during a set of workshop sessions and associated policy research that ran from September 2007-April 2008. The kick-off workshop featured experts from across BC sectors on biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Click here to see video of the presentations from this event.

As part of this series, ACT also hosted a public dialogue, Communities in Jeopardy: Plant, Animal and Human, at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The 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:

Click here to see ACT’s policy recommendations and other results from this research initiative.

Click here to see ACT’s current work on Nature-based Solutions.