Conservation Action Forums2020-07-28T05:10:32-06:00

Conservation Action Forums

KCP’s Conservation Action Forums identify shared priority actions that will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in the region.

The KCP Conservation Neighbourhood approach brings together diverse conservation perspectives as well as leading scientists and other knowledge keepers for a particular landscape or “conservation neighbourhood”. These subregions of the Kootenays represent unique ecosystems, communities and approaches to conservation.

The Action Forums bring together partners from a particular neighbourhood where there is local interest and leadership to learn from the latest science in the region to inform the development of shared action priorities.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the current knowledge regarding species of concern, critical habitats and processes in the neighbourhood? What more do we need to know?
  • Based on scientific findings, what actions will make the most difference in preventing / controlling invasive species, protecting critical habitats, enhancing ecosystems, reducing recreational pressure and promoting climate change resilience?
  • Where do you see opportunities in your organization’s or agency’s plans, policies, programs, budgets and communications for realizing these actions?
  • What kind of alignment do we need to foster between scientists, non-profit organizations, First Nations, and local and provincial government to effectively collaborate and make a significant, positive impact while also meeting organizational mandates?

Desired outcomes:

  • Science recommendations set the foundation for priority-setting of actions.
  • Natural resource managers and representatives of local non-profit organizations will have the information they need to identify how they can contribute to collaborative approaches and actions.
  • The group clearly identifies at least 4 conservation actions and the partnerships / teams required to achieve positive results.
  • Kootenay Conservation Program and other partners have clear direction for how they can support the proposed conservation actions in the neighbourhood.

Real Progress

From 2017 to 2020, KCP facilitated Action Forums with Partner organizations in five Conservation Neighbourhoods: Slocan Valley, Columbia Valley, Lower Columbia, Elk Valley and Creston Valley. As of December 2019, out of the 27 priority actions that were identified that will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in these regions for the next 5 years, 22 were underway!

Conservation Actions Forums and Summary Reports

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