Grants

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Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) for the Okanagan Basin

To complete a biodiversity conservation strategy for the north and central Okanagan that will identify, preserve and restore important natural areas. It will provide a road map for coordinated efforts to manage land and water of ecological value and provide a template for land use decision-making for public agencies, local governments and conservation groups.
$17,400.00
2010

Cowichan Community Land Trust Society

Friends of Cowichan Creeks Project

The Friends of Cowichan Creeks Project will initiate streamkeeping and ecological restoration efforts on six urban creeks in the Cowichan Valley. Consultants from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will help prescribe restoration plans, and the organization will implement these plans with the help of volunteers. They will also offer four Streamkeeper courses and two riparian restoration workshops for members of the public.
$30,000.00
2010

Ecojustice Canada Society

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.
$50,000.00
2010

Ecotrust Canada

Green and Culturally Appropriate Building for Clayoquot First Nations

To design a green housing plan for First Nations communities in Clayoquot Sound which will use local materials and labour, be well-suited to the climate and affordable to build, maintain and heat. The project will produce designs incorporating green building options and culturally appropriate building elements for each community accompanied by a financial plan to enable them to actually be built.
$20,000.00
2010

Fraser Riverkeeper Society

Stand Up for Pacific Salmon Animation

The project will create a visually compelling animation to educate the public about the problem of net-pen salmon fish farms and their impact on the aquatic environment, human health and wild salmon stocks. It will show consumers how to help shift global salmon farming to a more positive economic and ecological operation: closed-containment or tank system, aquaculture. The project is part of a larger campaign that educates consumers on the risks posed to wild salmon by net-pen farms, and facilitates citizen engagement with retailers.
$20,000.00
2010

Habitat Acquisition Trust

Fostering Wetland Stewardship: The Painted Turtle Conservation Circle

This project will enable four conservation organizations from different parts of southwest BC coast to join forces to protect the endangered western painted turtle, a flagship species for engaging communities in wetland conservation, and its associated habitat. The groups will share and standardize methods and stewardship materials, coordinate research, restore important habitats and create wetland management guidelines.
$30,000.00
2010

Invasive Species Council of BC

Engaging Communities: Spotters Workshops and Community Events

To develop a Spotters Network Workshop tailored to the needs of First Nations and horticulture groups. The workshops will train individuals to identify and record invasive plants in a provincial database. The database will identify priority treatment areas for partners to complete community weed pulls and massive species mitigation activities.
$30,000.00
2010

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Blue Carbon: Creating a Climate Change Solution

The role played by marine ecosystems in carbon sequestration (blue carbon) has been largely overlooked in the study of climate change. Currently, on average, between 2-7% of blue carbon sinks are lost annually worldwide. Coastal areas in BC are under ever-increasing pressure from human use. This project will begin to create an institutional body of knowledge about how much carbon is being sequestered in coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on eel grass and estuary ecosystems.
$10,000.00
2010

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education

Water and Energy: A Critical New Intersection

In the past several years, new energy developments - be they gas production practices or renewable electricity projects - are having an impact on water resources throughout British Columbia. The Pembina Foundation seeks the support of the Vancouver Foundation to increase the public understanding of threats that energy developments pose to our water resources. There are two specific opportunities in 2011 to do so. The first is the B.C. government's plan to introduce legislative changes to the 100 year old Water Act, through its Water Act Modernization process, and the second is the recent passage of the B.C. Clean Energy Act and the requirement for BC Hydro to develop an Integrated Resource Plan for renewable electricity development by the end of 2011.
$35,000.00
2010

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.
$40,000.00
2010

Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen

SOSCP Transition Planning and Capacity Innovation

This project will develop a transition planning process reflective of the current and anticipated realities for conservation and the region for the next three to five years; and a capacity innovation initiative to develop a significant resource base and accomplish biodiversity conservation goals identified in the Regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (in prep) for the South Okanagan Similkameen.
$27,700.00
2010

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University Wetland Ecosystem Restoration

This project aims to restore approximately 10 acres to a functioning wetland ecosystem with marsh, wet meadow, forested swamp, riparian wetland areas, creeks and ponds. Phase I of the project is a technical assessment of the site and public envisioning sessions. Technical experts and local artists, including Robert Bateman, will work with the community to discuss the diversity and complexity of the site and work with the public to develop a vision for the wetlands.
$19,000.00
2010

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Climate Solidarity: Building Alliances with First Nations for Nature & Climate

This project will build relationships between First Nations, support First Nations organizations to do outreach and education on climate-related issues, and bring together First Nations and environmentalists in a Climate Solidarity Gathering to jointly identify and work together towards nature and climate conservation.
$10,000.00
2010

Coastal First Nations Regional Monitoring Strategy

This project aims to increase the capacity of First Nations to monitor and steward important cultural and natural values in their territories by implementing a coordinated approach to gathering data and monitoring impacts. Phase two of this project will help to ensure data collected is used in planning and decision-making; explore mobile technologies to increase effectiveness of data collection and analysis and provide ongoing training and support to communities to integrate the project.
$65,000.00
2010

Sunshine Coast Conservation Association

Habitat Area Nomination Project 2011-2012

This project will address the need for marbled murrelet nesting habitat protection – old-growth dependent seabirds that are the highest profile at-risk species in the region. It will also nominate the 12 largest salmon spawning rivers of the region for Fisheries Sensitive Watershed designation and develop a compelling digital mapping presentation to support public education efforts about the project and liaison with stakeholders and agencies.
$16,000.00
2010

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

Capacity Building in BC

This project will develop a leadership program to support the funding needs of the organization and its members. It will implement a user-friendly communications and public awareness program that will assist land trusts with more effective fundraising, new ways to attract potential volunteers and board members and increase public understanding of land trusts. It will also develop a capacity building program to increase volunteers and their skills, assist Board members to become more effective and work with staff to ensure human resources and skill sets are met.
$25,000.00
2010

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Climate & Conservation in BC: Baseline Mapping and Communications Development

Since our founding in 2000, ForestEthics has helped secure agreements to protect more than 26 million hectares around the world. We are currently working to build awareness in government and communities across British Columbia (BC) about the importance of conserving forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems to mitigate the ecological and economic impacts of climate change. Through targeted public outreach, we are helping BC protect its unique natural resources today to create a buffer that will help future generations stave off challenges related to human-caused shifts in the environment. With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, we will undertake two important steps toward this effort; we will: 1) develop a geographic information system (GIS)-based map detailing the total land area in British Columbia currently managed by various conservation designations (parks, wildlife reserves, etc.); and 2) produce analysis and sample communications materials for future focus-group testing to help us better inform and engage communities in the province.
$5,000.00
2010

Organizing for Change

This project's goal is to build the political and public prominence of environmental issues and strengthen the ability of organizations to effect change in BC. Their focus is on environmental issues that are the greatest priority in BC. Their organization has emerged as the only forum where a significant part of the BC environmental community can coordinate and collaborate on various issues, and develop strategies to enhance collective power.
$15,000.00
2010

Treaty 8 Tribal Association

First Nations Site C Leadership Summit

The Treaty 8 First Nations (Doig River, West Moberly, Prophet River, and Halfway River) are proposing to host a gathering on Sep. 16-17 at the Fort St. John Curling Club that places emphasis on BC, AB, and NWT First Nation leaders within the Peace River watershed, Peace-Athabasca and Mackenzie Deltas. Environmental groups and non-government organizations will also be invited. The purpose of this 1.5 day Summit is to further support and acknowledge participants common relationships and unique dependence on the water flows of the Peace River. The cumulative impacts associated with the past and future hydroelectric developments on the Peace River are the core issues that will summon everyone to share stories, network and foster relationships, mount common strategies and messaging, and build a strong alliance. Activities will include an inventory of the human capital within the participants’ organizations, their assets, and inputs into future action and education plans. Keynote speakers on energy policies/climate change and a field trip to the proposed Site C dam location.
$7,500.00
2010

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

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

To develop a law reform proposal on evolving forest policy and legislation to address climate change and enable new revenue streams for forest-dependent communities. This project would refine and advance this proposal by engaging with opinion leaders from conservation groups, First Nations, industry, local governments and senior government decision-makers (both provincial and First Nations).
$30,000.00
2010

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Living Lakes Network Canada

The project aims to protect and enhance Lake Windermere by means of inter-agency cooperation, scientific water quality monitoring and public education and engagement. This includes hosting a national workshop, initiating a partner survey to determine priority projects, standardizing stream monitoring methods, helping to train five water stewardship groups and developing a guide to successfully implementing community-based water stewardship programs.
$35,000.00
2010

World Wildlife Fund Canada

British Columbia Water Polling

WWF is proposing to plan and execute a short-term, timely and detailed polling project to provide our organization, and our partners, with a solid base of information to understand the interests, concerns and values of the residents of B.C. with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems. This project has two main purposes/goals: 1. To gain an understanding of the values, interests and concerns of the B.C. public with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems, providing a base of information for NGOs and others to use in strategies and campaigns aimed at improving water policy and management in the province; and 2. To educate the B.C. public on the importance of water to their economy, health and environment, and on the importance and need for water policy reform to secure safe, reliable water supplies and a healthy aquatic ecosystems.
$10,000.00
2010

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

A Collaborative Conservation Plan for the Peace River Break

This project aims to maintain and restore the ecological connectivity of the Peace River Break region by facilitating the completion of a collaborative conservation plan and support for high priority projects consistent with the plan for addressing conservation threats and opportunities. Currently, no such integrated regional plan or network exist.
$25,000.00
2010