Protected areas are essential to conserving biodiversity. The protected areas initiated by the provincial government in 1992, has designated 13% of BC as provincial parks. However the protected areas strategy is restricted to provincial crown land, and 13% of this land base is too small to maintain viable populations of many species in BC.
A strategic plan is required to conserve as much of our unprotected biodiversity as possible. This requires the identification of provincial goals that coordinate conservation efforts of government and non-government organizations and the general public.
The Centre for Biodiversity Research at the University of British Columbia is currently analyzing the complementarity for aid in determining conservation priorities in BC. While this methodology does not provide guarantees, it provides an explicit scientifically based conservation strategy.
Biodiversity Research Centre
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
BC Conservation Data Centre
Canadian Wildlife Service
British Columbia Environmental Science Centres
Pacific Wildlife Research Centre
Pacific Wildlife Foundation
Environment Canada – Ecological Gifts Program
Friends of Ecological Reserves
Stewardship Centre for British Columbia
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
The Nature Trust of British Columbia
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