Solutions the focus of Kelowna wildfire conference

By UBC Okanagan
May 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dr. Mathieu Bourbonnais isn’t going to rehash what everyone in the Central Okanagan already knows about wildfires when he opens the three-day Wildfire Coexistence Symposium in Kelowna next week. The Assistant Professor in UBC Okanagan’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences says the event is tailored toward innovative wildfire solutions. “We want to move beyond recognizing the problem to finding and implementing solutions that address the whole-of-society issue of wildfire,” he says. “This is about understanding what’s happening around our communities and making us better prepared.” Dr. Bourbonnais as well as his colleague and co-presenter from UBC Vancouver, Dr. Lori Daniels, have tailored the symposium to as broad an audience as possible. They will touch on new technology and new tactics. They’ve designed the symposium to be engaging, with panels, moderated questions and audience interaction with over 20 experts in various fields.

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