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Monday, December 3 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: A prioritization tool for the conservation across the province of British Columbia

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There is a timely need for solutions-focused research for how best to adapt our business-as-usual practices to minimize our vulnerability to the risks posed by climate change. Despite the importance of protected areas (14.4% of BC's land base) and the large projected impacts of climate change on our natural systems, there is current no tool available to plan the establishment of protected areas in a way that is adaptive to future climate change.

The core question we will address in partnership with The Nature Trust, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and BC Parks Foundation and others is: How can we adapt our conservation plans in BC to minimize the impacts of a changing climate? We are currently developing a ‘proof of concept’ tool for climate adaptive conservation planning in BC.

The goal for this workshop is to co-present our pilot tool, discuss initial results and identify priority research needs in collaboration with Federal, Provincial, Indigenous and NGO land-use planners interested in climate adaptation. The tool we propose to develop (provisionally called CAP-BC: Climate Adaptive Planning for British Columbia) will be, to our knowledge, the first development anywhere of a fully contained (data already preloaded), systematic conservation planning tool for climate change.


Richard Schuster

Carleton University
Conservation planning can be challenging because researchers, managers, and stakeholders must consider a range of different objectives and constraints, and require analytical tools tailored to specific tasks. We developed the R software package prioritzr, a flexible interface for... Read More →

Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST