Moderator: Mike Simpson
Working Together Across Boundaries for a Resilient Cascadia: A bi-national biodiversity climate adaptation strategy and a novel tool to support collaborative conservation in a rapidly changing landscape
Presenters: Gregory Kehm
Climate change will have profound impacts on both the human and natural communities of Cascadia, from declining snowpack and increasing wildfire to shifting habitat availability for native species. The scale and pace of these changes will require a historic effort by public and private partners across broad geographic areas to identify and implement actions that will help human and natural communities adapt. Identifying and implementing a shared regional biodiversity climate adaptation strategy for directing independent and collaborative efforts will be critical to ensuring a sustainable and biodiverse Cascadia region into the future.
This talk will provide an introduction to the initiative, a summary of progress including results of four stakeholder workshops and demonstration of a novel web-based spatial tool supporting dynamic collaborative conservation.
BC and US State Transboundary Collaboration
Presenter: Dennis Paradine
Dennis Paradine will present on British Columbia’s participation in the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), an agreement signed in June 2008 between the Premier of British Columbia and the Governors of Washington, California, and Oregon. The priorities of the PCC include building a sustainable regional economy, clean energy, innovation, emergency management, and regional transportation. The collaborative approach of the PCC was exemplified by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between British Columbia, Washington and California in December 2018 on Pacific Coast Temperate Forests. There is a pledge to share information and work jointly to improve forest resilience and better understand how forests are responding to climate change. Additionally, Dennis will highlight transboundary collaboration initiatives on climate adaptation, the development of climate change tools and data, and the sharing of climate change information, including transboundary science needs.