Please join us for an Eco-Asset Management Symposium to explore a powerful new practice where local goverments are formally valuing and accounting for the ecological services provided by nature to deal with infrastructure challenges including flooding, storm surges, water quality and rain water management.
These ecological services are becoming more and more important as communities struggle to adapt to rapidly changing infrastructure demands due to climate change. Together we have an incredible opportunity to tackle some of our communities infrastructure needs, with natures assistance. When we “think like a watershed’ we see how ecological services are provided from mountain top to ocean floor. These services are more affordable and more adaptive than those provided by ‘hard infrastructure”.
This exciting event aims to introduce the community to the value of ecological assets and how to integrate an eco-asset management approach into municipal and regional planning. Featuring presenters from Gibsons (where eco-asset management is being implemented), hydrologists, climate change scientists, engineers and policy leaders, this 2 day event features a free community presentation Tuesday evening and a full day workshop on Wednesday where community members can apply their professional skills and knowledge to exploring options for eco-asset management right here in the Comox Valley.
Presenters and panelists include:
Emmanuel Machado: CAO Town of Gibsons
EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international examples to bear on local water issues. Bob is a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. http://www.rwsandford.ca/
Kim Stevens: Centre for Water Sustainability BC:
Michelle Molnar, Ecological economist and policy analyst at David Suzuki Foundation – David Suzuki Foundation
Dr. Bill Floyd, M.Sc., RPF, Hydrologist, Coastal Hydrology and Climate Change Research Lab, VIU
Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, Coast Forest Region Research Section – Hydrology
Tim Ennis: Executive Director, Comox Valley Land Trust. Director, Project Watershed and President, Latitude Conservation Solutions Company.https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-ennis-02014637
Jennifer Sutherst: Estuary Coordinator and Staff Biologist, Project Watershed and Project Watershed Estuary Working Group, (Restoration of the Courtenay River Flood Plain)
Presented by the Comox Valley Land Trust in partnership with Project Watershed, the Centre for Water Sustainability in BC, Comox Valley Regional District, City of Courtenay, Real Estate Foundation of BC, Wedler Engineering, CV Collective and the Comox Valley Record.