Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 12:30 to 13:30

WEBINAR: Does regional climate planning matter?

Scaling up climate action in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region.

Please join Dr. Tamara Krawchenko and Dr. Katya Rhodes from the School of Public Administration and IESVic to learn about regional planning to accelerate climate action.

Regional planning can help functionally-connected communities share expertise and the costs of climate action and amplify collective concerns and needs to upper-level governments. In support of a nascent climate strategy in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region led by three Vancouver Island mayors, UVic researchers with funding from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions conducted a territorial analysis and a survey of local government officials (n=106) to identify the existing climate impacts, policy priorities, barriers, and opportunities that guide climate policy-making.




Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is an Assistant Professor and an expert in comparative public policy and regional development and has she advised governments on a range of topics including rural policy (Poland), regional development (Greece, Kazakhstan, Sweden), the governance of land use (Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Poland) and Indigenous economic development (Canada and Sweden).

Dr. Katya Rhodes is an Assistant Professor studying the topics of low-carbon economy transitions and climate policy designs using survey tools and energy-economy models. Prior to joining the academia, she advised the BC government on climate policy options for the CleanBC plan and analyzed the issues of green jobs (Vancouver Economic Commission), carbon tax design (Pembina Institute), and cumulative environmental effects (BC Government).

Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards more sustainable, resilient, and equitable restart following the pandemic. A partnership between the University of VictoriaCivil Engineering and the UBC Sustainability Initiative, supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.