Government Seeking Public Input on Species at Risk
Over the next six weeks, British Columbians are invited to share their ideas on new ways to protect species at risk in B.C., and how to better support activities such as monitoring, research and stewardship.
Beginning today until Nov. 30, the public can leave feedback on the new Species at Risk Engagement website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/SpeciesAtRisk
Input received will be used to identify priorities for new policy and programs in the months and years ahead.
What can you do?
- Visit the website and answer five key questions on issues related to species at risk. All the input we receive throughout this engagement process will help guide future policy and legislation.
- Help spread the word! The more people we hear from on this important issue, the better.
- Check out some recent success stories about species-at risk projects and partnerships from around the province. (New stories will be added to the site every week)
- Sign up on the website to receive updates by email.
On the website, the public can also learn more about shared recovery efforts currently ongoing around B.C. for the Northern Spotted Owl, Northern Leopard Frog, Western Rattlesnake and whitebark pine, with new stories being posted every week throughout the engagement period.
Why are we doing this?
Released in 2014, B.C.’s Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk in British Columbia commits government to consulting with all levels of government, First Nations, conservation partners, stakeholders and the public on the protection of species at risk in B.C., because recovering species at risk is a shared responsibility. Three of the actions defined in this plan aim to strengthen the foundation of the species-at-risk program:
- Analyse opportunities for and make recommendations regarding changes to existing or new policy and legislation to address gaps in protection for species at risk, ensuring input from stakeholders and the public is considered prior to making any changes.
- Explore and recommend new ways (including incentives and possible project funding) to promote voluntary protection of species at risk.
- Develop options for innovative and enduring funding for species-at-risk stewardship
Thank you for helping us to improve species-at-risk protection in B.C. Together, we can ensure our province’s native plants and animals remain part of B.C.’s extraordinary natural heritage for generations to come.