Nature Canada and CPAWS: A Case for Nature-Based Solutions in Canada
June 11, 2020, 1-2 pm Eastern Time
Investing in nature-based solutions to climate change is a great opportunity to create jobs and build back better as our economy struggles with the COVID19 crisis. This webinar will provide an overview of some of the key dimensions of nature-based climate solutions and emerging opportunities for groups to work together, including a discussion of how we can defend and restore wildlife and landscapes, fight climate change, and contribute to the economic recovery process at the same time.
The world is facing twin environmental crises: mass biodiversity loss and climate change. Although these crises are unique challenges, they are deeply interrelated in both their causes and solutions. While global temperature rise threatens species and ecosystems, the destruction of ecosystems caused by human settlement and activity removes important carbon sinks needed to mitigate climate change. Now more than ever, we need to make the connection between nature and climate change and help people understand how this connection can also stimulate economic recovery. Nature-based climate solutions include actions such as: better ecosystem management; restoring our forests, wetlands, coastlines and grasslands; expanding protected areas; and the development of natural infrastructure in and around our communities.
For the first time in history, the Government of Canada has made a meaningful commitment to nature-based climate solutions. This webinar will discuss how we can work together to move this work forward. This is a critical area of work that can help bring people together to face the twin crises of species collapse and climate change.
About the Presenters:
Graham Saul has been the Executive Director of Nature Canada for almost three years. He previously served in the same role at Ecology Ottawa and Climate Action Network Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience working on social and environmental justice issues in Canada and abroad.
Florence Daviet is National Director Forest Program at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Her work focuses on the Species at Risk Act, climate change policy, and forest management standards. She previously worked for the Western Climate Initiative, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Canadian government on forest carbon programs.
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