This workshop will be held on December 10th 2018 at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montréal
Ameliorating ecosystem connectivity has become a widespread strategy for attaining local, regional and global conservation goals. Worldwide there are hundreds of connectivity conservation projects designed to sustain biodiversity and preserve ecosystem services in the face of a changing climate and development. While research on connectivity is suggesting new ways to prioritize areas to protect and connect, the translation of this science to practice has not proceeded as quickly as it might.
This workshop, titled “Connectivity conservation: from science to solutions” is being organized by the QCBS in collaboration with Nature United, the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy. The workshop will focus on identifying challenges and opportunities to achieve effective connectivity conservation at multiple scales. The day will include invited talks and smaller breakout sessions for discussion. Our objective is to develop a set of recommendations for connectivity science to support more effective and rapid decision-making and implementation, especially in regions undergoing very rapid change due to urban growth and other pressures.
The workshop is timely as multiple governments have made commitments to address ecological connectivity. These include the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ Resolution 40-3 on Ecological Connectivity, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Biodiversity Conservation and the National Advisory Panel of Canada’s Pathway to Target 1 report, Canada’s Conservation Vision.
The Nature Conservancy
University of California, BerkeleyFrom connectivity planning to implementation: Challenges and opportunities
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
University of TorontoConundrum of Connectivity for Conservation
Apex Resource Management Solutions
The world’s remaining free-flowing rivers: from mapping to conservation
Concordia UniversityDeath by cuts and punctures: On the effects of roads and urban sprawl on landscape connectivity
Center for Large Landscape Conservation and Western Transportation Institute
Fawziah (ZuZu) Gadallah
Environment and Climate Change Canada. Science advisor, protected areas
Pathway to Canada Target 1