About the Workgroup
Since 2014, the CSLA’s Committee on Climate Adaptation has developed a number of policy documents and tools to further involve the profession of landscape architecture in climate adaptation. The Committee’s goal is to ensure a prosperous future within a changing climate by creating a society which has: an enhanced capacity for resilience, a willingness to transform to a better state, and a commitment to ensuring the long-term sustainability of environments, cultures and well-being.
Recently, the Committee formed the Urban Canopy Working Group. The objective of the working group is to partner with arborists, the Canadian Landscape Standard Steering Committee and other stakeholders, such as the Canadian Forestry Service and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, to create a user-friendly report on which species of trees are best-suited for planting by region of Canada. The workgroup will explore if this report could eventually be included in the Canadian Landscape Standard.
The development of tools and guidelines supporting our urban canopy supports many of our associations’, government and global objectives, such as:
- IFLA Climate and Biodiversity Action Plan
- Resilient, Transformative and Sustainable: A Positive Approach to a Changing Future (CSLA’s Position Paper on Climate Adaptation)
- The federal government’s promise to plant 2 billion trees
- Related association’s responses and support of the 2 billion trees initiative (Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Forest Products Association of Canada
- Municipal urban forest master plans
The workgroup operates under the aegis of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation and with the support of CSLA staff. The workgroup is chaired by Nicci Theroux (BC).
For More Information:
Michelle Legault, CSLA Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 613-668-4775