Project officer - integrating ecosystem services into landuse planning

Nature NB is looking for a dynamic, and creative individual who is passionate about the environment and landuse planning. The successful candidate will possess strong technical knowledge of computers, have some background in GIS, some experience in landuse planning would be an asset. He/she will have experience and knowledge in biology or ecology, and will demonstrate interest and knowledge of environmental issues. Specific skills and knowledge of climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, and environmental non-profit organizations are assets but not requirements of the position.

Project Description:

As climate change impacts are forecast to increase the risks from coastal storm surges, inland flood events, drought events, as well as placing increased stressors on ecosystems, land use planning that incorporates ecosystem services and functions, can reduce human exposure to those risks and can play a significant role in community resilience. The project represents a grassroots, hands on, practical approach that is grown out of a need to reduce the deterioration of ecosystems while addressing risks that climate change impacts pose to human health and safety. In addition to developing a methodology, we will raise awareness about using ecosystem services in climate change adaptation, especially flood risk reduction. We will best management practices on how to incorporate ecosystem services into adaptation decision-making, and work with landuse planners to incorporate ecosystem assets into landuse planning, focusing on flood risk reduction. The long-term benefit will be an increased resiliency of communities and environments, reduced costs for the implementation of adaptation measures (using ecosystem-based adaptation where appropriate and feasible), an appreciation for and maintenance and restoration of ecosystem services (water quality, biodiversity, habitats), and a reduction in stressors on ecosystems.

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Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Still Time to Submit Comments - Snowmobile Trail Development up Mount Carleton

Monday, 21 November 2016
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
You can still send in your comments until end of day Nov 21 (Monday) on the environmental assessment report about the proposed snowmobile trail at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. If you're not sure what to say, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NB Chapter has summarized some of our key messages here: http://cpawsnb.org/images/upload/key_messages_EIA.pdf

Please send comments or questions to: lynn.white@gnb.ca or mail to: Lynn White, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.