Join us at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is chairing a session on ecological resilience in the Lower Fraser River and we are seeking session abstracts.

Along with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance, Raincoast is chairing a traditional session at the upcoming Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference April 19-22, 2020 Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver BC. The session, Toward a vision for Ecological Resilience in the Lower Fraser River, session ID1438, is accepting abstracts until November 1st.

Our goal is to bring together Indigenous leaders, researchers and conservationists to share progress on collaborative initiatives for salmon habitat protection, recovery and ecological resilience in the Lower Fraser River. Presentations will explore how conservation and restoration initiatives proceed in the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), issues of relevance across the Salish Sea.  

We are particularly interested in receiving abstracts that discuss methods and approaches that address Indigenous priorities, perspectives and participation in conservation decision making. The deadline for abstract submission is November 1st (details here). The session ID is 1438.

The session will offer stories, research updates and analysis to demonstrate key points that could advance the effectiveness of future conservation efforts in the Fraser and elsewhere including:

  • How Indigenous knowledge and law can be part of contemporary ecological governance (RELAW) and proposals for restoring Indigenous governance;
  • Indigenous priorities and approaches to climate adaptation and ecological resilience;
  • Preliminary results from a priority threat management approach to support wild salmon conservation in the Lower Fraser river; 
  • Options for more sustainable funding and finance for habitat protection and restoration. 

Potential speakers for our session include Tara Martin, (UBC), Murray Ned and Dionne Busha (Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance), Deborah Carlson (West Coastal Environmental Law) and myself. We seek additional abstracts with a preference for those that present from an Indigenous perspective. 

We look forward to seeing your abstracts.

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Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.