Proposed Abstract Title

Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group

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 Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group (SEAR LGWG) was established in the fall of 2009 in response to the Minister of Environment’s interest in developing a collaborative, provincial vision for species and ecosystems at risk protection on private land in British Columbia. The SEAR LGWG is intended to be a forum for communication and consensus to foster collaboration on SEAR issues.

The SEAR LGWG consists of representatives from municipal, regional and provincial governments and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The SEAR LGWG approach includes identifying existing barriers and building on the extensive work already underway by provincial and local governments, land trusts and conservation groups in the various regions of the province and facilitating further discussion among local governments about SEAR protection on private and local government lands.

To date, the SEAR LGWG has held three workshops, each involving training (e.g., incentives) and collaboration to further SEAR protection in British Columbia. The first big achievement was the jointly prepared Discussion Paper Working Together to Protect Species at Risk: Strategies Recommended by Local Government to Improve Conservation on Municipal, Regional and Private Lands in British Columbia. The Ministry of Environment recently conducted a survey to see how the 45 recommendations within the Discussion Paper are being translated into action through collaboration between the SEAR LGWG and existing regional and local conservation programs, land trusts and other environmental stewardship organisations, including the South Coast Conservation Program. This presentation will discuss how these accomplishments are providing insights for moving forward on species at risk conservation at the provincial level.

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Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group

2016SSEC

The Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group (SEAR LGWG) was established in the fall of 2009 in response to the Minister of Environment’s interest in developing a collaborative, provincial vision for species and ecosystems at risk protection on private land in British Columbia. The SEAR LGWG is intended to be a forum for communication and consensus to foster collaboration on SEAR issues.

The SEAR LGWG consists of representatives from municipal, regional and provincial governments and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The SEAR LGWG approach includes identifying existing barriers and building on the extensive work already underway by provincial and local governments, land trusts and conservation groups in the various regions of the province and facilitating further discussion among local governments about SEAR protection on private and local government lands.

To date, the SEAR LGWG has held three workshops, each involving training (e.g., incentives) and collaboration to further SEAR protection in British Columbia. The first big achievement was the jointly prepared Discussion Paper Working Together to Protect Species at Risk: Strategies Recommended by Local Government to Improve Conservation on Municipal, Regional and Private Lands in British Columbia. The Ministry of Environment recently conducted a survey to see how the 45 recommendations within the Discussion Paper are being translated into action through collaboration between the SEAR LGWG and existing regional and local conservation programs, land trusts and other environmental stewardship organisations, including the South Coast Conservation Program. This presentation will discuss how these accomplishments are providing insights for moving forward on species at risk conservation at the provincial level.