Nature Canada

The Twin Crises of Climate and Biodiversity

Four-part webinar series on conservation through nature-based solutions.

Join Nature Canada on Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET) for the launch of our four-part series on tangible actions for nature that counter our climate and biodiversity crises.

This series will empower local conservation and nature organizations to understand how their work contributes to solving the twin crises of biodiversity and climate change. You will hear from a wide array of experts ranging from climate and biodiversity scientists, to professionals on the front line of extreme weather events and the impacts on the natural world and Canadian municipalities.

You will learn how you can mobilize your community with the tools needed to help shape the future for nature. We will be highlighting resources and funding opportunities to help prepare for extreme weather events and at the same time protect natural habitats.

The Twin Crises: Connecting Climate and Biodiversity

Dr. Jeremy Kerr, University of Ottawa and Dr. Simon Donner from the University of British Columbia will present the most up to date science on our current state, and where we are headed if no immediate action is taken.

Of course it won’t be all doom and gloom. We will talk about a path forward and what you can do to get involved.

November 28, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)


How the increase in extreme weather events impacts you at a local level

In the second webinar, you will hear from Joanna Eyquem from the Intact Center, Climate Adaptation on how municipalities are currently experiencing and preparing for the rise in extreme weather events. Joanna has a wealth of experience to share and how municipalities if not preparing for extreme weather are putting their citizens in grave danger along with the associated liabilities to your community.

Roy Brooke from the Natural Asset Initiative will share how they are working with municipalities across the country preparing natural inventories for conserving natural habitats and nature-based solutions. You will leave the webinar with a better understanding of how natural inventories are weaved into official municipal plans.

January 23, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)


On-the-Ground Success Stories

The third webinar in the series will pick up where the Natural Asset Initiative left off by hearing from an on-the-ground practitioner, Michelle Lewis, Natural Asset Technician at Town of Gibsons. Gibsons is the leading municipality in Canada to have implemented nature-based solutions into their municipal operations.

You will also hear from Katrina Adams, Restoration Ecologist, Aquatic Biologist, and – GIS Technician, Peninsula Streams Society and as a nature group how they are working with municipalities in First Nation communities in the Greater Victoria Area.  Their work is truly inspiring and they can see firsthand how their work is making a real difference for all those involved.

Discover the solutions you need to work with your own municipality and how you, as an organization, can get involved in helping prepare for the twin crises.

March 26, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)


Funding the Solutions for Nature

The fourth and last webinar in our series will look at municipalities across the country that are struggling to keep up with the demands of their aging infrastructure and rise of extreme weather events. Kat Lorimer, Senior Research Associate with the Smart Prosperity Institute will present case studies findings on a recently published research paper on the business case for nature based solutions.

Groups on the ground who are struggling to find money for their own ecological projects will find that by incorporating nature based solutions into their projects that there can be a whole new source of funding. We will showcase federal funding programs on how to fund your projects. You will hear directly from federal government representatives on how to successfully put together a winning application.

April 16, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)


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