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Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping & Holistic Land Use Planning

Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is a Tlingit self-governing First Nation that began the process of Holistic Land Planning in 2012. An Environmental Scan began in December of 2012 with the goal of synthesizing all current, historical and relevant data. Nearing completion, the final steps include; sensitive ecosystem mapping, community engagement, implementation planning and finalization of the land use plan. Work will be conducted exclusively in the BC portion of the Traditional Territory (TT) addressing the habitat needs of identified species at risk through the development of a land use plan for the conservation and preservation of these valuable areas. The benefits of this project will extend beyond the Southern Lakes area; facilitating proactive ecosystem based planning and management, meeting the priorities of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the priorities and recommendations of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, planning and research priorities of Species at Risk Management Plans and will assist in the conservation and protection of critical habitat.

Cetus Research & Conservation Society

Expanding Killer Whale Protection

The effects of living in a heavily industrialized,urbanized area & a massive increase in vessel traffic (as well as the live-capture business which killed/captured at least 47) has put intense pressure on KWs. With a complete picture of vessel interactions, this project will enhance their immediate well being and contribute to bringing about the systemic change necessary for their survival. The southern resident population has fluctuated since the 70's (hitting a known high of 98) but is now at 78, with the loss of 6 individuals in the last year. Their crisis is caused entirely by human activities. Only meaningful action on our part will bring about the conditions needed for them to survive.

Ecojustice Canada Society

Litigation and Law Reform Response to the Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-38)

With the passage of Bill C-38, Canada’s Budget Implementation Act, key environmental laws are being dismantled. A legal problem requires a legal solution, and, as the leading environmental law organization in Canada, Ecojustice will respond to these challenges. The courts are independent of government and play a vitally important role in our democracy, perhaps now more than ever. The courts must be the forum where we argue for the rights of our citizens to be heard and that our prosperity depends on environmental protection. A response to changes in law must be strategic, informed, and collaborative. Under the supervision of a new Law and Policy Lead, Ecojustice will identify, develop and implement test case litigation to challenge the legality of new provisions or regulations to enable Bill C-38. We will play a leadership role within BC’s environmental community by building strategic partnerships and roles, and recruiting and educating new and diverse clients and allies to lay the groundwork for a long-term plan to restore federal environmental laws.

Species and Ecosystem Protection Act for BC, Years 2 and 3

To conduct research and policy analysis to provide technical support to the BC Species at Risk Working Group. Legal activities will also leverage media as part of a public outreach campaign to secure a Species and Ecosystem Protection Act in BC. Ecojustice’s interdisciplinary approach and leadership will demonstrate the need for additional legislative protection for BC species and habitat.

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education

Engaging British Columbians in shaping our collective climate legacy

This year, project staff met with 150+ organizations to better understand why & how these groups might wish to engage on climate policy. Several have become central allies. Clean Energy BC (power producers), Green Jobs BC (labour+NGOs), Climate Smart (businesses), the Bowen Group (high-emission industries + ENGOs), the Urban Development Institute (building developers), Union of BC Municipalities, Organizing for Change (ENGOs) and others have worked with us to highlight opportunities to advance climate policy collectively with their members. We are seeking funding for a 3-year Test Grant to strategically expand & deepen the participation of British Columbians in climate action. This will also allow us to respond to more requests from grassroots groups, First Nations and community leaders to provide analysis and assistance on development issues relevant to them. With climate policy windows officially open federally and provincially, groups can now advocate effectively (using a GHG emissions lens) on issues such as pipelines, tankers, fracking, LNG, etc. We will test & expand our engagement, by partnering with key allies across strategic sectors (e.g., buildings, industry, ENGOs, labour, local government, First Nations, grassroots groups and media) to engage their networks in shaping climate policy. This work will change “how we act”, “money, knowledge & people”, and “laws, policies & rules”, and in promoting a more engaged society, will inform our “values & beliefs".

PHS Community Services Society

Creating Bee Space

Our mandate is to enhance community through apiculture and to connect people & pollinators. We believe in the therapeutic value of beekeeping, its ability to connect all people to community, to nature and to themselves. We bring bees into marginalized urban communities and manage them side by side with community members through our mentorship program; we create green spaces and green opportunities for training, employment and education; we diversify our ecosystem by supporting pollinators and increase our food security by pollination of local food and production of local honey. The bee hive is the centre point of our programming, out from which a spectrum of opportunity radiates. The bees are an incredibly fertile substrate for meaningful connection, green skills training and access to nature. Our programming is socially innovative in its ability to reach out and connect to those considered hard-to-reach, welcoming and supporting individuals and their communities, building bridges of communication, de-stigmatizing bees and people and taking leadership in environmental stewardship. There is a wealth of opportunity in the city for bees and people of all kinds, and our project is helping our city to realize its potential and be a model for other cities. This project will grow our ability to offer meaningful programming that builds community capacity to support native pollinators & honey bees; extend our programming to new geographies & peoples; and embeds us in our community.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Keeping BC's North Coast Oil Free

This project will enable Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society to participate in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency review process. They want to research and identify the risks to ecosystems associated with Enbridge’s proposal to build a pipeline from the tar sands terminal in Alberta to the BC coast and transport this oil by tanker from Kitimat to offshore markets, which presents the likelihood of oil spills in some of world’s most ecologically valuable and unique ecosystems, including the globally renowned parks and waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society Lagoon Society

A Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Sunshine Coast

The Lagoon Society will work collaboratively with other organizations to engage residents in biodiversity conservation, conduct a biodiversity assessment, and develop a regional biodiversity conservation strategy. We will bring together existing information and conduct new inventories and assessments to evaluate the current status of biodiversity, assess threats, and identify high priority areas for conservation and restoration. We will bring together scientists, land managers and stakeholders at a 3-day summit to develop a biodiversity conservation framework with common objectives, coordinated strategies and effective measures to conserve, enhance and monitor biodiversity in the region. By carrying out diverse public outreach activities, we will encourage and enable residents to assist with biodiversity conservation. In the long-term, this project will increase the capacity of our community to undertake sound stewardship of biodiversity and ensure that our region maintains a connected, biologically diverse network of habitats, healthy, resilient ecosystems and ecosystem services.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Protecting Fish Habitat and Freshwater in the Upper Fraser Basin

This project will further the work between the First Nations of the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) and Dr. Jack Stanford, a Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana specializing in river and freshwater ecology. It will combine Dr. Stanford’s impact assessment of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline on the Sutherland, Stuart, and Salmon Rivers within the YDA traditional territories with the traditional ecological knowledge holders of the YDA First Nations. The final results will inform the YDA traditional decision-making process.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Enabling a Greener BC Economy: Law Reform for Forest Ecosystems & Climate Change

Policies are urgently needed in British Columbia to protect the environment and sustain BC communities in an era of climate change. This multi-year project will assess the existing laws governing BC forests (approximately 80% of BC's land base) and advocate for corresponding law and policy reform.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Peace-Making: Advancing Conservation Outcomes in BC's Peace River Break

Since 2008 Y2Y has led an effort to raise awareness about, and support conservation of the Peace River Break (PRB). This culminated in a successful conference in March 2012, at which more than 50 individuals validated work to date and contributed to future plans. Y2Y will build upon this work to advance a shared conservation vision for the PRB. We will finalize a conservation agenda that will preserve sufficient intact lands to maintain connectivity for wildlife and ecosystem services for human communities. Through a new and significant partnership with the University of Northern BC, we will establish a repository of accessible regional spatial information, and initiate an assessment of wildlife mortality hotspots, especially along Highway 97 through Pine Pass. We will push the BC government to complete the proposed Peace-Boudreau Park. We will involve local First Nations in these efforts. We will communicate about the importance of the region and strengthen the connections among its communities. We will build the long-term capacity of local organizations to carry on this work.