PUBLIC TALK: Resource Extraction versus Environmental Protection: oil sands and caribou in Canada
|Resource Extraction versus Environmental Protection: oil sands and caribou in Canada : 2017 Rio Tinto Lecture
A public lecture by Professor Vic Adamowicz, Vice Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta.
This case study will illustrate some of the challenges of endangered species recovery, focussing on caribou in Alberta, Canada, and the threats they face from the oil sands industry.
In any jurisdiction involved in resource extraction there are concerns about the environmental impacts of the extractive activities, including impacts on natural systems, human health, scenery, recreational enjoyment, and other “ecosystem services”. Caribou have been listed as threatened in Canada for sometime, but strategies for their protection are complex and could have significant impacts on forestry and energy sectors. Issues of the development of recovery goals, the economic costs and benefits of caribou recovery, the importance of the timing of recovery, and the policy options that can help achieve recovery at least cost, will be addressed.
Economic analysis has been used to identify options and strategies for reducing adverse impacts and reducing the requirement for costly recovery to maintain the species.
The Rio Tinto Lecture at UWA is part of the Rio Tinto-UWA Education Partnership, established in 2013.
This event is sponsored by Rio Tinto, UWA Faculty of Science, and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
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