You’re invited….March 15-16, 2013, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Hosted By:
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) at UNBC
Workshop Purpose
This workshop will focus on the conservation values, challenges and opportunities in the greater Peace River Break and northern Canadian Rockies region. The Peace River Break is one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region, yet there are few protected areas, decreasing intact habitat for wide-ranging wildlife species, and a rapidly expanding industrial footprint—including the prospect of a third ` ` hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.
The Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, established in 1998 and located adjacent to the Peace River Break, has been a global model for approaches to large-scale conservation. Yet declining government interest, climate change and future development could threaten the ecological integrity of this remarkable landscape, unless we plan ahead. What lessons can we draw from the MKMA?
The workshop will include keynote presentations on recent leading-edge research in the region; discussion on a collaborative conservation strategy for the Peace River Break; roundtable discussions on future research needs; and action steps towards achieving conservation goals. Join us to learn more and help shape the future of the Peace Break region by sharing your knowledge and ideas.
Workshop Topics
 A Conservation Vision for the Peace River Break Region
 Impacts of the Proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River
 Land Use Change & Natural Capital Assessment in the Peace Break Region
 Assessing Cumulative Impacts on Wide-Ranging Species in the Peace River Break Region
 Muskwa-Kechika Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Assessment
 Caribou Research and Conservation Initiatives in the Peace Region

The first Y2Y-led workshop focussing on the Peace River Break was held at UNBC in 2008. Working groups with participation from Treaty 8 First Nations, the Peace Valley Environment Association and other local partners have met each year since then, with the objective of working towards a collaborative conservation strategy. The 2013 workshop will present the results of our recent research, introduce a proposed conservation vision, and invite discussion on the next steps to implement the vision.

Workshop details here:Y2Y Peace Break Workshop 2nd Announcement January 29 2013-1

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