Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Upcoming forum Adding On to previous cumulative effects discussion

February 20, 2014

This April, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre builds on the success of its 2012 Adding It All Up conference with the follow-up forum Adding On: Knowledge Management and Cumulative Effects. The forum is expected to draw roughly 50 participants and examines the need to manage for cumulative effects, focusing on data management and the ways we collect, store and distribute knowledge so it can best contribute to informed decision-making.

“Our previous conference raised the issue of cumulative effects and managing the combined impacts of industrial development on the landscape during times of economic growth,” BVRC research program manager Rick Budhwa said. “What we heard at that conference was that managing those impacts starts with effective data management that informs decision-making. That will be the focus of our upcoming forum.”

The event, to be held April 16-17 at Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers, will showcase new and ongoing initiatives, providing a basis for discussion around information management. Topics will include ecosystem management, climate change adaptation and case studies about knowledge sharing. Updates will also be provided from presenters at the previous Adding It All Up conference. The goal for this event is to provide an interactive forum that focuses on knowledge management and data sharing.

“This forum is about integrating assessments to support more informed land and water management,” said Don Morgan, a systems ecologist with the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Ecosystem Protection and Sustainability Branch. “It merges topics like cumulative effects and climate change adaptation into the same assessment process because they rely on the same people, knowledge and information. Effective knowledge management is about making connections between these previously independent information streams.”

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre is a Smithers-based not-for-profit that aims to improve knowledge of natural resource sustainability by facilitating credible research projects across British Columbia. For more information, please visit http://www.bvcentre.ca or contact the centre at 250-847-2827250-847-2827.