March 25, 2014
Student Led Professional Development Lecture
James Casey & Aarti Khosla: World Wildlife Fund Canada

12:30pm to 1:20pm, AERL Theatre (room 120)

The AERL building (Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory) is located on 2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver.

Bringing the global conservation struggle to ground in BC: WWF’s conservation efforts in the pacific region

Abstract: Taking stock in the early part of the 21st century it became clear that WWF’s conservation efforts were having some success but not enough to claim that we had bucked the trend of continued loss of biodiversity. It was back to the drawing board to develop some new strategies that included the need for a each of our projects to have: conservation change mechanisms, at least one non-conservation oriented conservation partner, vertical integration to address local, national and global drivers, a broader public appeal, be embedded in a conservation and development coalition, have the possibility for wide spread adoption and can be developed in a way that allows it to be self sustaining. WWF has had success pursuing these strategies but the world is ever changing. With projected population growth, the raising levels of consumption in the global south and climate change the conservation movement is faced with still more challenges to which there are no simple solutions. I will be exploring some of WWF conservation programs in the context of these new challenges focusing primarily on our work in the Great Bear and our effort to protect environmental flow in rivers across Canada.

James Casey has worked with WWF-Canada for the past 7 years in the conservation sectors efforts to see an Ecosystem Based management plan developed for the Great Bear. He also campaigns to keep projects that are inconsistent with healthy ecosystems, like the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project pipeline, out of the Great Bear. Personally convinced that the largest challenge for future generations will be finding a way to prosper on a finite planet, James has joined the growing ranks of people seeking to establish a gentler relationship between society and the natural world. James is working on a new BC water act that implements environmental flow standards across BC as well as working with sustainable industries to find ways to limit their impacts on our rivers. His Masters work explored the various ecologically informed worldviews and their implications for the management of international transboundary rivers around the world. It has become clear to James that regardless of the conservation challenges we face, only those communities that invest in developing social capital will be able to deliver innovative solutions that maintain and grow our natural capital.

Aarti Khosla is a global campaigner working for WWF-International. Currently, Aarti is the part of the network team running Seize Your Power, WWF’s campaign on investments in renewables.

Aarti has over 12 years of experience in communications out of which the last 8 years have been in the development sector. She has worked on several campaigns for WWF-India, including those on tigers- a key focus area for WWF. Aarti also runs the Earth Hour project in India. Her background is in life sciences and management.

Note:  There is a followup Brown Bag Lunch Seminar with James Casey on Friday, March 28, 2014. 

10:30am to 12pm 

Room 107/108 

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) building

2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver

You’re welcome to bring your lunch.