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Wetlands and Legal Frameworks: Protecting Natural Assets - Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series:

Wetlands and Legal Frameworks: Protecting Natural Assets

: November 4th, 2020, 9am to 12pm
Where:  Hosted virtually over Zoom. 
Cost NO CHARGE (valued at $100)

Due to COVID-19, The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Insitute has been formatted into a virtual Speaker Series- a series of stand-alone webinars and workshops hosted throughout the Fall, covering topics that are of interest to those working in the environmental sector with wetlands (including environmental education).

Please join us to learn more about the legislative tools available to protect wetlands.


Guest Speakers:     

  • Deborah Curran is the Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria where she teaches land and water regulation and law and is the author of numerous environmental law resources for government and articles for research journals. Deborah will be speaking on one of the resources she developed for environmental stewards: Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure


  • Dave Newman is the Director of Infrastructure Services for the Town of Gibsons. He first began to explore the concept of Natural Assets when the Gibsons Aquifer was mapped between 2009 and 2013. Since that time, Dave has been involved with a team of staff in learning more about the natural assets within the Town and in raising awareness of the benefits and importance of managing natural assets in a similar manner as engineered assets.


  • Brittany Lange is an Environmental Planner with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  In her position, she works to develop and implement policy and planning programs to improve environmental protection and sustainability within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Brittany will be speaking about Regional Floodplain Management Plan and sharing case studies on her experiences with environmental planning.


This workshop is suitable for consultants, planners, environmental/conservation groups, government representatives, First Nations, environmental educators, and engaged community members. Participants are invited to join the workshop with a wetland project or program that they wish to implement in their community and/or have a high propensity to initiate a project/program in the future.  

This experience will also provide you access to a network of individuals who will help you successfully complete your local conservation project(s). You will leave with the skills, support, and confidence you need to make a difference in the world of wetland conservation. The BC Wildlife Federation offers follow-up support and resources to participants who complete the workshop, for up to 3 years post-workshop. Full-time participants are eligible to receive a certificate after successfully completing the workshop. 

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring these valuable knowledge transfer events free of charge to wetland practitioners all over BC (and into other provinces!). This special offer is available thanks to the generous contributions of our funders.

Registration is limited and set on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is separate for each individual event so please make sure to sign up for each event of interest. 

 This workshop is best experienced on a desktop or laptop computer, and a strong, stable internet connection is highly recommended.

For more information, you may contact:
Alyssa Purse, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator
604-882-9988 ext 239


Neil Fletcher, Manager of Conservation Stewardship
604-882-9988 ext 232


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Date & Time: Nov 04, 2020 09:00 AM to
Nov 04, 2020 12:00 PM
[America/Vancouver UTC -8]


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