Theme: “Resilience in Practice”
Species at risk, population declines, ecosystem functions, economics, and science… where should we be putting our efforts?
The intensity of wildfires and extreme weather is increasing as the effects of climate change continue to spread. Biology Professionals have critical role in addressing these issues, while being faced with some of the greatest challenges in effecting change. We work in the trenches of environmental planning as roads are built, forests are harvested, and decisions are being made to manage the land base, decisions which are often fraught with competing interests are being made.
There is opportunity to build resilience in practice. Diversity in ecosystems increases chance for survival through redundancy, new growth where old growth is lost, and advantage gained by mixture of specialists and generalists responding to the chaos of nature. Resiliency in ecosystems can reduce the threat of fires and buffer against the extremes of weather, but we are seeing evidence that of a planetary-wide breaking point.
A goal of this year’s AGM is to invite speakers to talk about the different priorities and approaches that are being advocated by government that, in turn, frames how we respond as a profession. Species at risk are a legislated priority, but what about the common species whose populations face continued decline? What about migration? Fish passage through culverts has been restricted as much as the migratory pathways of amphibians are being fragmented by the construction of roads.
Should we be focusing our efforts and financial resources on the rare and endangered or the common and abundant organisms that are important for the ecosystem services they provide? Billions of western toad tadpoles filter through mountains of sediment in aquatic ecosystem across the province and that is something we might want to sustain as well. How does this relate to the economics or science in our practice? These are the difficult questions that we will be addressing through lively debate in our 2019 AGM, which is being held at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Call for Abstracts
For our 2019 AGM and conference, the APB is inviting speakers to address the issues of priority. Given our conference theme, we look forward to a diverse range of abstracts being submitted. We are welcoming abstracts until March 31, 2019.
Example topics include:
Valuing common species - Species at Risk and Ecosystems at Risk Legislation - Declining populations, homogenized landscapes, and loss of genetic diversity - Resilience and cumulative effects - Ecosystem services and functions - Declining population, homogenized landscapes, and reductions in genetic diversity - Migration and shifting climates - Can professional reliance address the Anthropocene mass extinction?
For more information and registration, please see conference page here.