A Better Future: Adapting to Change

The broad over-arching conference theme for the 2009 BC Land Summit was A Better Future: Adapting to Change. This theme recognized the many different processes of change – from the global to the local – affecting land, land-use, and communities’ relationship with the land. This theme also adopted a positive, future-oriented perspective that recognized the valuable and important need for informed adaptation as we move forward in the face of change. Within the umbrella of the over-arching conference theme, the program was organized into four sub-themes, outlined below.


Changing Place & Space – Communities in Transition:

This sub-theme focused on human settlements and the built environment, from urban centres to small towns and rural communities, and the many diverse and sometimes contradictory forces of change affecting them. Topic areas covered under this sub-theme included: housing, urban design, downtown revitalization, development economics, municipal taxation, green design, small town & rural community issues, issues of locality and identity, community engagement, resource communities in the contemporary context, issues of resort development, and more.

Changing Environments – Natural & Cultural Diversity:

The sub-theme focused on the complex diversities of people, communities and the natural environment, and the dynamic issues facing them. Topic areas covered under this sub-theme included: First Nations community issues, environmental & nature conservation, connecting with nature, water issues, food security, food quality and agriculture, agricultural land regulation and global/local impacts on agricultural lands, demographic change and cultural diversity, and more.

A World of Change – Growth & Globalization:

This sub-theme focused on the major global, dynamic issues and challenges that are affecting and impacting the land, environment and all communities and regions. Topic areas covered under this sub-theme will included: climate change, economic growth issues and globalization, community durability, energy and resources, governance, and more.

Change in Motion – Movement, Transportation & Travel:

This sub-theme focused primarily on transportation, movement and travel at every level and scale and their vital, interactive relationship with land and land-use. Topic areas covered under this sub-theme included: public transit, transportation infrastructure, cycling, alternate modes of transportation, goods movement, travel and tourism, pedestrianization, jobs and housing balance, green transportation and more.