Monday: 1:30 – 2:25
Continuing Ed. Title: Criteria for Entrance in the College of Applied Biology
Presenter: Linda Stordeur, Registrar for the College of Applied Biology
Abstract: Professional Biologists in British Columbia are governed by the College of Applied Biology (College). The College was created by the enactment of the College of Applied Biology Act (a B.C. Provincial Statute) in 2002 and is the only organization of its kind in North America. At present the College has in excess of 1700 members, 125 of whom reside outside of British Columbia. One of the roles of the College is to ensure that criteria for College admission are sufficient to indicate the applicant should have the ability to practice competently. This presentation will focus on the 3 areas required for membership as a Registered Professional Biologist; academic, work experience and professional report requirements.
Monday: 2:30 – 3:25
Continuing Ed. Title: International Fisheries Consulting Related to Approval of Major Infrastructure Projects
Presenter: Mark G. Pedersen, FP-C, Margenex International
Abstract: Experienced AFS biologists may be called upon to be part of a team of international Independent Environmental and Social Consultants to international financial lenders for the review of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) of proposed major infrastructure construction and operation in several countries around the world. Most scopes of work have the objective of providing professional advice to the lenders for aspects related to aquatic natural resources and fishing components of the project, in order to assure the proposed project will be sustainable. The assignments typically include the following in-field and office tasks:
- Preliminary review of the project ESIA documentation prior to the Team Site visit;
- Team site visit to assess resources and affected stakeholders.
- Contribution to the draft and final Environmental and Social Due Diligence Report after the site visit, in collaboration with all team members.
This presentation will review the biologist’s role in interpreting and reporting on relevant World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Espoo standards and associated guidelines to assure the project’s ESIA and associated Environmental Management Plans are compliant with the aforementioned standards. Several example projects will be presented (Peru, Mauritania, Baltic Sea, Papua-New Guinea).