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Nature Based Planning in Action

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Nature-based solutions are underpinned by natural processes or structures, designed to address environmental challenges while providing multiple benefits to economy, society and our ecological systems. In short: they’re what works. Two exceptional leaders and planners share how we can use nature to inform, plan, design and make decisions—and how, by doing so, we can protect our natural environments. Herb Hammond, from Silva Forest Foundation, will share the philosophy, principles and process of nature-based planning, and how his development of NBP has been shaped by his work with many Indigenous peoples. Dawn Morrison, from the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, will share her analysis, insights and experience on how NBP is complementary to Indigenous knowledge, laws and governance. She will also share an overview of current work that is using NBP to reassert Indigenous rights to hunt, fish, farm and to protect land and water.

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Session Tags
Restoration/Conservation, Resources, Food & Agriculture, Climate Justice, Indigenous Teaching
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Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Since 1983 Dawn has worked and studied horticulture, ethno-botany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems in formal institutions, as well as through her own healing and learning journey with Elders and traditional knowledge holders. Following the time spent teaching Aboriginal Adult Basic Education, Dawn has been dedicating her time and energy to land based healing and learning which led her to her life's work of realizing herself more fully as a developing spirit aligned leader in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement. Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 16 years for mobilizing knowledge and networks that have been foundational for decolonizing food systems in community, regional and international networks where she has become internationally recognized as a published author on the topic. Dawn's work on the Decolonizing Research and Relationships is focused on creating a critical pathway of consciousness, that shines a light on the cross-cultural interface where Indigenous Food Sovereignty meets, social justice, climate change and regenerative food systems research, action and policy, planning and governance.
Dawn Morrison
Herb Hammond is a forest ecologist and Registered Professional Forester with 40 years of experience in research, industry, teaching and consulting, currently working through Silva Ecosystem Consultants and the Silva Forest Foundation. He is best known for his concept and application of nature-based planning, which he formerly referred to as ecosystem-based conservation planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in forest management and a Masters of Forestry in forest ecology and silviculture. Herb is the author of the award-winning books Seeing the Forest Among the Trees: The Case for Wholistic Forest Use and Maintaining Whole Systems on Earth’s Crown. He is currently co-writing book Inviting Nature Home: An Ecosystem-based Approach to Cities, to be published by UBC Press.
Herb Hammond