Proposed Abstract Title

Overcoming inertia - affecting postive outcomes for species at risk conservation

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

From Conversation to Conservation Action: Balancing Endangered Species Protection and Growth on BC's South Coast

Location

2016SSEC

Description

The SCCP was the first organization in BC to do pilot implementation of recommendations jointly prepared by the provincial Species and Ecosystems at Risk and Local Governments Working Group (SEAR LGWG). While local governments have many of the tools needed to achieve protection for species at risk, those that work to achieve such actions are few. The reason for this inertia is most often due to challenges at the political level. The learning outcomes from the SCCP’s work on this project are many as have been the challenges. Ultimately the goal is to have a consistent and committed approach to integrating species and ecosystems at risk in land use policies and practices.

One of the challenges is that the province of BC has a bilateral agreement with the federal government delegating the responsibility to ensure species at risk and critical habitat are protected. The reality is that actions to do so have not been well supported politically and BC remains alone in not having dedicated provincial species at risk protection. Local governments in particular remain confused or unaware of their responsibilities and have often sought to avoid acting, citing a need for the province to compel then or provide clearer messaging in order to act.

As session conveners the SCCP will set the stage for the session, discussing these challenges and how interests might move forward to affect positive outcomes for conservation in the absence of clear legislative direction from the province to local governments on species at risk protection.

Comments

Pamela Zevit RPBio, Program Coordinator South Coast Conservation Program: Pamela provides overall coordination of the SCCP's program streams as well as inter-regional collaboration and engagement, working with government and non-government partners, funders and practitioners on developing best practices and facilitating knowledge sharing around the science and management of endangered species and their habitat.

Christine Cooper, B.Sc.Env, M.L.Arch, is the Conservation Planner for the SCCP working on engaging local governments to integrate species at risk into land use planning: With a background in ecology and a focus on urban wildlife, Christine’s primary role is to influence land use decisions by providing local governments and the development community with the tools to integrate species and ecosystems at risk into biodiversity considerations in the built environment.

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Overcoming inertia - affecting postive outcomes for species at risk conservation

2016SSEC

The SCCP was the first organization in BC to do pilot implementation of recommendations jointly prepared by the provincial Species and Ecosystems at Risk and Local Governments Working Group (SEAR LGWG). While local governments have many of the tools needed to achieve protection for species at risk, those that work to achieve such actions are few. The reason for this inertia is most often due to challenges at the political level. The learning outcomes from the SCCP’s work on this project are many as have been the challenges. Ultimately the goal is to have a consistent and committed approach to integrating species and ecosystems at risk in land use policies and practices.

One of the challenges is that the province of BC has a bilateral agreement with the federal government delegating the responsibility to ensure species at risk and critical habitat are protected. The reality is that actions to do so have not been well supported politically and BC remains alone in not having dedicated provincial species at risk protection. Local governments in particular remain confused or unaware of their responsibilities and have often sought to avoid acting, citing a need for the province to compel then or provide clearer messaging in order to act.

As session conveners the SCCP will set the stage for the session, discussing these challenges and how interests might move forward to affect positive outcomes for conservation in the absence of clear legislative direction from the province to local governments on species at risk protection.