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advancing collaborative climate action in british columbia

Interactive webinar series

Webinar Series: Advancing Collaborative Climate Action in British Columbia

In keeping with directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, ICLEI Canada will be delivering the third provincial workshop as part of the Together for Climate project as a series of four-online events. Participants will have an opportunity to deep dive into subject matter led by adaptation experts from across Canada and work hands-on with a suite of tools to help ensure the longevity of adaptation actions, secure necessary resources, and communicate their community’s successes. Themes for the webinars include partnerships, communications, financing and monitoring and evaluation. The objectives of the webinar series are:

  • To help municipalities and sustainability practitioners learn about implementation-ready climate adaptation plans
  • To bring together participants from across Vancouver Island participating in the Together for Climate project, while showcasing the achievements of the project thus far.

The series will feature presentations from the City of Burlington, the City of Edmonton, ACT-SFU, and more! Stay tuned as more session speakers are announced over the coming weeks. Please see program details below, including how to register for one or more of our webinars!

Session One: Working Together – Advancing Climate Adaptation Through Strategic Partnerships

June 1, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)

The first in the series of webinars will offer an introduction into the various types of collaboration and partnerships ranging from transactional to strategic and fully integrative. Speakers will kick-off a discussion on why strategic or transformative partnerships around climate change are necessary rather than more traditional or “transaction-based” partnerships.  Case studies of various partnership models will be presented. 

Session speakers include:
– Hana Lapp, Climate Change Program Manager, ICLEI Canada
– Amy Daca, Stormwater Management Technologist, City of Burlington
– Julie Cayley, Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association
– Andrea Byrne, Environmental Coordinator, City of Prince George

Session Two: Having the Climate Conversation – Getting the Message out and Inspiring Change

June 2, 2020 10:00-11:00 AM (PT)

This interactive workshop will offer an opportunity to learn foundational skills about climate communications and give participants a chance apply them using real-world climate solutions. Content will centre on strategically identifying key audiences, tailoring messages, and developing communications strategies using a variety of channels. 

Session speaker:
– Ewa Jackson, Managing Director, ICLEI Canada

    Session Three: Who Pays the Bill? Financing Adaptation Actions

    June 3, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)

    Local governments in Canada are using a variety of tools, and accessing a variety of new funding sources, to pay for adaptation actions. This webinar will cover some of the tools that have seen greater uptake/innovation including: Conventional sources (Gas Tax, Invest in Canada Funding, etc.), Merit-based funds (MCIP, GMF, MAMP, Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund), and Carbon Price Revenues. Following this, presenters will share their experiences with identifying funding and financing options for adaptation plans.

    Session speakers:
    – Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University
    – Chandra Tomaras, Program Manager – Environmental Strategies, City of Edmonton
    – Devin Causley, Manager, Climate Change Programs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    – Shannon Miedema, Energy and Environment Program Manager, City of Halifax

    Session Four: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure – Establishing Monitoring Frameworks for Adaptation

    June 4, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)

    The purpose of this webinar will be to discuss challenges and best practices for measuring progress on adaptation at the local level. Panelists will begin by introducing monitoring and evaluation work completed to date in each of their respective municipalities. They will then discuss constraints to establishing adaptation indicators, such  as uncertainty, timescales, measurement of avoided impacts, availability of data, and lack of available resources, and suggest potential strategies or recommendations for other municipalities moving forward. 

    Session speakers include:
    – Allan Douglas, President, Climate Risk Institute
    – Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey
    – Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability City of Vancouver
    – Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Windsor

    About the Together for Climate Project

    ICLEI Canada has received two years of funding from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) to work with 8 local and regional governments in British Columbia to develop climate adaptation strategies. This builds capacity for each community to engage with local stakeholders and receive input from a wide range of experts. The Together for Climate project also provides these communities with the opportunity to come together and share their challenges and successes based on their unique strengths and risks, while connecting them to a broader network of practitioners working on climate adaptation across the province and country. Through assessing their vulnerability and risk to climatic changes, each community is able to prioritize action-setting and create a plan that is locally relevant and implementation-ready.

    Photos: White Fawn Lily by Alanah Nasadyk (Flickr); Harbour by Bolun Huang (Flickr); Flowers “Together” by Danna (Flickr); “Climate Change is Real” by Eden, Janine, and Jim (Flickr); Stairs image (Flickr)

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