Presenter: Dominique Sigg, Senior Policy Analyst with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Invasive species are among the top five drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide, yet there are considerable knowledge gaps regarding the nature, extent, and severity of their impacts. Biodiversity is particularly important for the resilience of ecosystem functions, and as species populations decline or become extinct, ecosystem resiliency suffers. Further exasperating this decline is the effects of climate change and the increase of extreme weather events. Incorporating adaptive strategies for dealing with the anticipated threats of climate change to restore biodiversity is vital for the development of focused research, education, and management strategies that help maintain the resilience of BC’s ecosystems.