To support local governments in incorporating and applying conservation principles into their activities, KCP hosted a Forum in Creston for local government elected officials and staff on tools for conservation in the Kootenays in March 2019.
The goal of this Forum was to identify specific tools/resources required by local governments of the Kootenays to integrate conservation principles into planning.
The workshop showcased examples of voluntary and regulatory tools that have been used in B.C. to promote conservation in local government activities, and explored local tools, resources, and needs of local government in the Kootenays.
The priorities that were highlighted by Local Government Forum participants are: the expansion of Local Conservation Funds, integrating science into the identification of ecological corridors in land use planning, and promoting voluntary private land stewardship. KCP is focusing on these three priorities in the following ways:
- KCP is actively working with local governments to explore the expansion of the Local Conservation Fund service in the Kootenays.
- The science-based approach through Kootenay Connect is identifying important landscape linkage areas that can be integrated into the OCP process and the designation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas.
- KCP has developed the Stewardship Solutions Toolkit that local governments can utilize to promote voluntary private land stewardship.