Managing BC’s forest sector to mitigate climate change: future options for emissions reductions

May 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm


Room 2270, SFU Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC

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Please join us for this free event that presents the latest findings from the PICS Forest Carbon Management Project.

Learn how different strategies can alter the carbon uptake and climate change mitigation potential of the BC forestry sector; the likely impacts of climate change on BC's forests; and how policy makers can align forest and wood product management practices with British Columbians’ values.

This initiative is part of the Forest Carbon Management Project supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) that aims to generate recommendations for regionally specific climate change mitigation activities for BC’s forest sector, while maximising the environmental, economic and social benefits for British Columbians. This event will discuss the initial findings of this multi-year research collaboration.

Light refreshments will be provided. Coffee and registration at 8:30am Pacific Time, talks begin at 8:55am PT.

This is a free public event, please register to save your seat. No need to register for the webcast viewing. To ask questions remotely, email This email will be monitored for the duration of the event.

A remote viewing of the webcast will be held at the University of Northern British Columbia at Room 5-155 at UNBC, 3333 University Way, Prince George. Refreshments will be provided.


  • Sybil Seitzinger, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Opening remarks
  • Werner A. Kurz, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, The role of forests and forest products in decarbonization
  • Carolyn Smyth, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service and Zach Xu, University of British Columbia, Mitigation options for BC`s forest sector
  • Robbie Hember, UBC, Environmental impacts on forest productivity in British Columbia
  • George Hoberg, Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, Forest carbon mitigation policy: A policy gap analysis for British Columbia
  • Guillaume Peterson St-Laurent, PhD Candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC, Deliberating climate change mitigation options and policies in British Columbia’s forests

Image credits: Presley Perswain, Arthur Chapman, Wikimedia