Bridging Silos: Advancing climate adaptation and low carbon resilience in small communities and rural regions

Wed, 02/24/2021
March 4 - 5, 2021 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST)
Selkirk College
Jayme Jones (250-365-0283)
Event Description: 
Whether it is extreme weather, floods or wildfire events, climate impacts take place in and around our communities - the places where we live, work, and play.
Distinct from large urban centres, small communities and rural regions in British Columbia have unique challenges and opportunities to strengthen local adaptive capacity and plan for infrastructure and economies that are both climate-resilient and low carbon.
Accelerating our progress to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world requires a new willingness to innovate and collaborate across sectors, disciplines, regions and jurisdictions. The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have renewed the urgency and opportunity to set an intentional path forward toward robust, thoughtful, and resilient solutions to the climate crisis.
An opportunity for shared learning
Drawing on expertise and experience from across British Columbia, this two-day knowledge-sharing event will highlight some of the latest innovations and capacity building insights from and for small communities and rural regions seeking to increase their climate readiness and to plan for low carbon resilience. The innovative virtual conference design will provide space for networking and active participation to help build and strengthen relationships and foster peer learning – as addressing climate change is something we need to do collaboratively.
Who should attend:
“Bridging Silos” welcomes a diverse audience from small communuties and rural regions in BC, Yukon, and Alberta. This includes local government and indigenous nations (staff and elected officials), community organizations, consulting professionals, researchers and interested members of the general public.
This event is hosted by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College in partnership with the Adapting to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University (ACT SFU) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) Kootenay Rockies Chapter. This initiative is offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
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