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The Importance of Biodiversity at UBC : Recommendations for Climate Action Plan 2030 Chan, Chester; Cheng, Blossom; Moody, Lauren; Pudritz, Sarah


With the consequential threats of global climate change expected to alter ecosystems and societies around the world, the University of British Columbia (UBC) has listed climate action as one of their priorities. With UBC currently planning their next steps in addressing climate change through their development of the Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP 2030) it is critical that UBC addresses biodiversity in this plan. CAP 2030 currently lacks sufficient consideration for biodiversity as a key aspect for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to inform UBC of the importance of biodiversity to all aspects of the UBC community. We have chosen four pillars that UBC should consider when planning for biodiversity conservation. These pillars are social, cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives for biodiversity. Our team has done a literature review of peer reviewed papers addressing the interconnections between biodiversity and each of our four chosen pillars. Additionally, we reviewed UBC’s current actions that address biodiversity. In consultation with UBC’s Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program, we have prepared this report to guide UBC in their integration of biodiversity action into CAP 2030. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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