Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity

This report lays out key climate change challenges to BC’s biodiversity and policy recommendations for action.

ACT’s Biodiversity report was authored by Jon O’Riordan, former BC Deputy Minister of Sustainable Resource Management, and includes a substantial background research report authored by research assistant Eric Kimmel.

The report recommends ways British Columbia (BC) can help biodiversity adapt by making the transition to an ecosystem-based economy that will include the full value of the province’s ecosystems in resource decision-making.

This transition necessitates a paradigm shift from the sectoral, agency-specific approach to one that considers ecosystems as whole systems that are governed, ideally, by a single agency. This shift would allow BC to address the impacts of climate change while sustaining the province’s economy.

 

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