Conservation Conversation: Canadian climate change policies and protected areas

Yes it has been a while…SCB Toronto invites you to our next…

Conservation Conversation

Date: Thursday March 1st 2012
Conversation: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: The Graduate Student Union Pub
(or upstairs, will anounce in the next week)
16 Bancroft Ave. Toronto, ON

Canadian climate change policies and protected areas

At our next Conservation Conversation (March 1st), we will be discussing Canada’s policies on climate change and adaptation strategies in the context of our protected areas.
Potential future climate change is regarded globally as a threat to social and ecological systems, and may potentially exacerbate those systems that are already currently threatened by other stressors, such as habitat loss. Given this, it is important that nations integrate climate change into policy, planning, and management. At this week’s Conservation Conversation, we will present a brief overview of what Canada’s is (or is not doing) with special emphasis on protected areas and the responsible jurisdictions and levels of governance. Secondly, we would like to hear from you and what you think should or should not be done in the context of protected areas planning and management. What do you think the role of various types of institutions should be? How might this play out over different scales or jurisdications (i.e. local, landscape, regional; municipal, provincial, national)? Bring your questions, anecdotes, and suggestions to the table.

Bring a friend if you like and come and meet other conservation biologists and enthusiasts from your neighburhood

Background material:


For further reading (grey and peer reviewed literature)

  1. Climate Change and Ontario’s Provincial Parks: Towards an Adaptation Strategy (2007)
  2. Implications of Climate Change for Northern Canada: Freshwater, Marine, and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Terry D. Prowse, Chris Furgal, Fred J. Wrona, and James D. Reist. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment Jul 2009 : Vol. 38, Issue 5, pg(s) 282-289 doi: 10.1579/0044-7447-38.5.282
  3. Lemieux et al. 2011. Changing Climate, Challenging Choices: Identifying and Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Options for Protected Areas Management in Ontario, Canada. Environmental Management. 48:675–690. DOI 10.1007/s00267-011-9700-x
  4. Kerr and Coristine. 2010. Habitat loss, climate change, and emerging conservation challenges in Canada. Can Journal of Zoology.

This event is part of the Toronto Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology series Conservation Conversation. The purpose of these monthly discussions is to get people together in an informal setting (Pub!) to discuss topical and sometimes controversial conservation issues.



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