The Government of British Columbia is starting a discussion on improving wildlife management and habitat conservation, and they want to hear from Indigenous peoples, wildlife stakeholders and the public. The feedback will help them build a strategy that more effectively manages the province’s wildlife for future generations. The government has dedicated $14 million over three years for this strategy.
The province’s unique landscapes and climate is home to one of the richest wildlife resources in North America. Three-quarters of Canada’s mammal species are found in B.C., with 24 of those species exclusive to B.C.
In recent decades, alteration of habitat due to expanded human populations, expanded natural resource development and impacts from climate change have placed increasing pressure on certain wildlife populations, some of which are now in decline.
As part of the government’s commitment to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, collaboration with Indigenous peoples is an integral part of developing a new provincial wildlife strategy.
The discussion paper, Improving Wildlife Management and Habitat Conservation in British Columbia, poses eight questions for discussion. Engagement is the first step in a four-step process to develop the strategy:
- Hold online engagement and face-to-face sessions with Indigenous communities and key stakeholders.
- Develop policy options to address priority concerns emerging from the engagement.
- Release a policy intentions paper for public engagement.
- Implement a new wildlife management and conservation strategy in 2020.
The comment period will end on July 31, 2018. The public is invited to provide input online.