The first target of Canada's Biodiversity Strategy is to protect 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. With only 10.6% of land and freshwater currently protected, we have a big opportunity to push for the protection of freshwater ecosystems in Canada over the next two years.
Join us for our next Fresh Ideas webinar, with guest speakers Stephen Hazell of Nature Canada and Eli Enns of the Indigenous Circle of Experts. Stephen will share insights about how groups around the country are working to advance Target 1 and how the freshwater community can get involved in protecting our life-giving waters. Eli will discuss the necessity of including Indigenous Protected and Conserved areas in this conservation goal.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 24th at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time.
It is free of charge, but spaces are limited, so RSVP below to save your seat.
About the Speakers:
Eli Enns is a Nuu-chah-nulth Canadian political scientist and internationally recognized expert in bio-cultural heritage conservation. He is a community developer focused in Constitutional Law, Geopolitics and Ecological Governance. Eli has experience in First Nations program administration, capital project management, fundraising, green and culturally appropriate housing, the deployment of renewable energy solutions in remote communities, and small scale liquid/solid waste management systems; all in the context of fostering alternative pathways to economic certainty in the era of reconciliation.
Co-founder of the Ha’uukmin Tribal Park in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island, Eli is a Research Associate at The Polis Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and serves as the Regional Coordinator North America for the Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium. Eli is a co-chair of the Indigenous Circle of Experts.
Stephen Hazell is director of conservation and general counsel with Nature Canada. He is also adjunct professor at University of Ottawa where he teaches environmental and natural resource law.
Stephen served as interim executive director of Nature Canada in 2014, and executive director of Sierra Club Canada (2006 – 2009) and of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (2000 – 2003). He served as director of legislative and regulatory affairs at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that developed the regulations for the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Stephen holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Queen’s University. He has written numerous scholarly articles, as well as Canada v. The Environment, his 1999 book on federal environmental assessment law and policy.