We are one of several networks that support capacity building for conservation in the Kootenays.
Kootenay Conservation Program
Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is a broad partnership of land and water conservation and stewardship groups, government agencies, resource industries, and agricultural producers working throughout the east and west Kootenays. KCP partner organizations seek to cooperatively conserve and steward landscapes that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems. The mandate of KCP is to coordinate and facilitate these conservation efforts on private land, and generate the support and resources needed to maintain this effort. KCP has four main priorities: increasing the effectiveness, collaboration and coordination of private land securement; increasing the effectiveness and coordination of stewardship activities taking place on private lands; building financial and technical capacity of partner organizations; and serving as a network to achieve efficiencies, synergies and ultimately greater effectiveness. Organizations must apply and be approved as partners.
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) is the regional network for environmental education in the Columbia Basin. The mission of CBEEN is to encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability in the Canadian Columbia Basin by supporting environmental educators. CBEEN does this by facilitating active collaboration on environmental education initiatives amongst CBEEN members, organizations and communities. They also support access to environmental education while strengthening the capacity of environmental educators throughout the region. Membership is available for individuals who have an interest in environmental education and are residents of the Canadian Columbia Basin.
Columbia Basin Watershed Network
The Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society (CBWN) is the voice for watershed stewardship across the Columbia Basin, and the go-to hub for watershed groups to find information, training or connections. CBWN works with member groups and partners to increase their impact when it comes to improving watershed health. They work with their partners towards setting and achieving regional goals in watershed stewardship including data for decision-making, regional water stewardship collaboration, and regional water stewardship resources. CBWN has an open membership policy.
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) is dedicated to outstanding natural resource management through building and sharing knowledge about the ecology of the Columbia Mountains and its associated regional ecosystems. CMI serves to foster collaboration, communication, and education in support of relevant applied ecological research within the Columbia Mountains area. The primary goal of CMI is to build the capacity of people working in the various fields of applied ecology in order to support improved natural resource management. CMI offers courses, researcher’s forums and conferences. CMI has an open membership policy.