Process and Practice: Leveraging Disturbance Regimes for the Management of Natural Resources

Date: 30 October 2024
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Price: $50 CAD

Workshop Summary

This 2.5 hour workshop will present specific projects that incorporate natural disturbance regimes into the design approach, followed by a small breakout group activity that will encourage the sharing of individual perspectives and project experiences across different practice types and geographic regions.

Disturbance is understood to be a key component of many ecological systems; however, naturally occurring disturbances increasingly pose a significant threat to the social and economic wellbeing of people around the world. Despite understandably negative public perceptions, the strategic reintroduction of disturbance regimes can help to enhance ecological function and restore natural resources while protecting communities from the negative effects of natural disasters. While the technical considerations differ across project types, practitioners can benefit from identifying common practices and processes that are critical to project success, such as regional and community level planning, cost/benefit analysis, and stakeholder engagement.

The focus of the presentations and breakout group activity will be to highlight connections between the practices and processes of projects that successfully integrate community equity, access, and planning efforts with the strategic introduction of disturbances to achieve the goals of natural resources management and ecological restoration.

In this workshop attendees will learn about successful strategies for incorporating disturbance into ecological restoration and resource management projects. Attendees will engage with the group activity worksheet to identify key ecological characteristics and develop and share unique understandings of the interconnectedness of ecological restoration, natural resources protection, and the role of natural disturbances across different ecological systems.

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