Speaker Name(s): Peter J. Ewins, Senior Officer, Species, World Wildlife Fund Canada
Description: Canada’s Arctic is still in a relatively natural state. But very rapid changes in climate, infrastructure, and transportation, and accelerating viability of developing mineral, oil and gas deposits there, present very significant risks that must be properly addressed by local people, investors, industry and governments alike. Around the world local people, wildlife and natural habitats have usually lost out in such situations. Will Canada’s upcoming chairing of the Arctic Council truly ensure that this doesn’t happen here? The talk will focus on risk assessment, scenario planning, and social-ecological resilience, trying to help set a new approach for these changing conditions.