First Kings 2050 Background Papers Released

The first of the Background Papers are ready and should prove to be enlightening to everyone who is concerned about the future of Kings County. Papers will be released on a regular basis over the coming weeks.  Check in often to see the latest.

Background Paper 1, Environment, covers a full range of issues that decision makers will have to address in the coming years and includes topics such as climate change, renewable energy, species at risk and water resources. 2050 Environment Background Paper with Maps

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One Response to First Kings 2050 Background Papers Released

  1. Doug Hickman says:

    The Background Paper on Environment addresses a variety of “environment” themes that are relevant to the Kings 2050 process. It should be clarified, however, that in this context “environment” refers only to “natural environment”, and that “cultural” and “social” environments are not considered – although current standards of international good practice indicate that they should be. Additionally, it seems to me there are 2 major deficiencies: (i) Agriculture and Industry as relevant thematic topics (Forestry is addressed in this context); (ii) an absence of ecological description.

    AGRICULTURE Agricultural practices have a direct impact on soils, water quality, and biodiversity. Issues of herbicide/pesticide use, loss of topsoil from erosion and the way agricultural activities are undertaken are directly relevant to “environment” both within the sector iteslf, and adjacent or “off-site” locations. Likewise INDUSTRY may have a significant impact on “environment” as a result of emissions to water or air and the demands it may place on local natural resources (e.g. water, land).

    ECOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION A description of the basic ecological linkages and pressures in Kings County is essential to understanding how sectoral actions may lead to negative environmental impacts, and the measures that should be incorporated into future actions to ensure that these negative impacts are avoided/mitigated. An immediate example in this regard relates to agricultural pesticides, and particularly neonicotinoids (neonics) that are used on effectively 100% of corn and soybeans – among other crops and other uses – and which have been implicated by independent scientists in widespread die-offs of pollinators and other terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and species that depend on these – and this is relevant to “environment” issues such as species diversity, the ability of protected areas to in fact “protect”, water quality and other issues. Of course, in a background document of this type there cannot be an exhaustive analysis of all ecological pressures/problems – but there can be an identification of the major ecological pressures with respect to each of the sectors addressed by the otehr background papers that have been prepared – since presumably these sectors represent the sectors that are most relevant to Kings 2050.

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