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Salt Spring Island Conservancy

Restoration of Freshwater Habitats in the Cusheon Lake Watershed on Salt Spring

After a year of fundraising and enormous community support, SSIC acquired the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, 32 acres in the Cusheon Lake watershed with outstanding biodiversity values and opportunities to preserve water quality through restoration of its streams and wetlands. Blackburn Lake delivers most of Cusheon Lake's water, which provides drinking water to hundreds of households and has recurring toxic algal blooms that threaten water quality. Restoration of Blackburn Lake will positively impact the health of this watershed. This project addresses the Cusheon Watershed Management Plan goal of decreasing phosphorous inputs by: a) Creating a restoration demonstration site on Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, including: Increasing wetlands buffers to allow sediments to settle; fencing to allow establishment of areas with high deer browse; invasive species control. b) Delivering a workshop: Invite public to attend workshop by a specialist to learn restoration techniques. c) Completing riparian mapping in watershed: to prioritize future work.

School District #23 - Central Okanagan

Fascieux Creek and Habitat Restoration - Phase 2

The project entails daylighting and naturalizing Fascieux Creek for 3 reasons: to protect the Western Painted turtles nesting on school property (blue listed species); to provide almost 1000 students a year a natural, living “classroom” and to return the creek to its natural state. Phase 2, for which we are requesting funds, is to finish the last of a 2 phase project begun in 2014. This project was conceived in 2010 by students and parents who still sit on the planning committee because of their passion for education and environmental protection though their kids are grown. Community members joined who were drawn by subsequent students’ passion for wildlife protection. This project is a grass roots effort that will take 5 years to complete because of its scope and the fact that the students and Green Parent Committee had no power or authority to make decisions about land owned by the School District. And while the District supports the project, they can only provide in-kind help, no cash. This meant that a handful of community volunteers with no real decision making ability had to do everything necessary to forward this major project - all while working with but outside the confines of the school and School District. However, once complete, the students of KLO Middle School and Kelowna will have a creek with wetland, wildlife and habitats in their backyard where they can learn about environmental stewardship and how a small group of people really can bring about change.

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

The Restoration of SNIDCEL Shores

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society will restore nearshore and marine habitats within Tod Inlet, an area of great significance to local Saanich First Nations and visitors from around the world. The site has been damaged by historical limestone mining activities and the dumping of waste products from the historical cement operation (now known as Butchart Gardens). The nearshore marine environment will not recover from these impacts unless the nearshore is replenished with suitable sediment and replanted with riparian vegetation. This will happen through the long-term engagement of groups and individuals in the local community. Community events and a restoration forum will disseminate lessons learned from this pilot throughout the Capital Regional District (CRD). This project will restore lost nearshore marine habitat due to historical industrial impacts as well as slow the effects of erosion from rising sea levels without constructing seawalls. First Nations have a stake in these projects, as many of their middens and archaeological sites are located on or near marine nearshores within the Inlet. If this beach nourishment project succeeds over time, it may help other communities restore damaged intertidal environments that are also affected by rising tides. Beach nourishment has not been piloted on small scales within the Capital Regional District (CRD).We intend to organize a community event to share the progress of all the restoration within the site and to share others' s

Nearshore and Shoreland Ecosystem Stewardship

Shoreline aquatic habitats, and the wildlife that depend on them, face increasing threats due to increasing coastal settlements, lack of education and poor shoreline planning. This initiative will work with waterfront property owners locally, regionally and up to the San Juan Islands in Washington State to address erosion challenges while conserving and enhancing wild ecosystems as part of the Islands Trust Green Shores for Homes Program. Activities will include mapping, monitoring and conducting educational workshops for the public and local governments.

SFU - Centre for Dialogue

Expanding renewable energy in BC through Climate Action Plan 2.0

In May, the Government of British Columbia created a new climate leadership team to recommend policies that would help ensure it meets its legislated 2020 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets. The team’s recommendations, due in December, will form the basis of what the government is calling its Climate Leadership Plan—a set of policies to be included in the 2016 budget. The province understands that new policy will be needed across the economy to achieve its targets; this newly opened policy window offers an excellent opportunity to boost clean and renewable energy development and deployment in the province. The province has been clear that it needs the public to ask for climate solutions now; this is key in that there has been little to no political space open for such a discussion over the past three years. We believe that an immediate, targeted communications and engagement effort can help ensure that the Climate Leadership Plan fully delivers on its potential. We intend to build the evidence base and communicate the benefits of a prosperous low-carbon provincial economy. We will do this by developing and amplifying economic arguments, insightful analyses, and good-news stories about the development and deployment of clean energy. We aim to develop a positive, engaged, and geographically diverse constituency to inspire and inform a suite of strong new climate policies. We will then convey this feedback to government via a series of briefings.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Sierra Club BC

From the Ground up: Empowering BC communities to protect coastal temperate rainforest

Forested watersheds on Vancouver Island and BC’s South Coast are being heavily logged with negative impacts to water quality and availability, wildlife habitat, carbon stores, local economies, and our collective resilience against climate change. Only approx. 8% of the forested area of Vancouver Island and 6% of the forested area of the South Coast are protected and most of the productive old-growth has been logged. Regulations requiring the forest industry to self-monitor are ineffective at maintaining ecosystem health. Community members have become increasingly disconnected from the state of the forests in their region due to a lack of information and options for meaningful input. One of the ways to convince provincial decision-makers to implement conservation policy solutions is when they are pressured to do so by a diverse network of citizens; and the public will only get involved when they understand the impacts of forest practices in their backyard. To this end, the social innovation we are testing is to empower communities with localized information on forest health, to motivate people to monitor logging impacts in their watersheds and build support for improved forest practices. Through localized maps, public events, strategic communications, and a ‘gumboots on the ground' strategy to get people out monitoring watersheds, we will raise public awareness of the importance of forest conservation for wildlife habitat, a diverse economy, carbon values, and clean water.

Building Community Capacity for Conservation Outcomes

With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, Sierra Club BC (“SCBC”) will work with our local group in Powell River (“Sierra Malaspina”) and Myrtle Creek Stewards to enhance ecological values in Myrtle Creek and build capacity within these groups in order to create a sense of community ownership and investment in the local environment. Following project completion in Powell River, Sierra Club BC will deliver the training to groups in Nanaimo, Quadra Island, Vancouver and the Okanagan. We envisage four interacting components: (1) fish habitat restoration, (2) building grassroots leadership capacity to maximise the effect of (3) community and stakeholder engagement. Component (4) would include training other local groups and supporting peer-to-peer learning, enabling them to replicate similar projects in their communities. Sierra Club BC is well positioned to offer these trainings due to years of experience doing public engagement and education. The youth engagement training module will draw on expertise from Sierra Club BC’s ongoing Youth Environmental Leadership Program.

Our Water BC: Growing Support for a Modern Water Act in British Columbia

Support and participation from engaged citizens is critical to develop a robust water law in British Columbia. Sierra Club of BC will grow and nurture a provincial water movement that is ready and able to engage in the current Water Act policy process. They will use public events, social media and community organizing tools to build a large pool of engaged citizens eager to learn more about the issue and ultimately be willing to make their desires known to government for an equitable water future for BC.

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.

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.

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Environment

Low Carbon Resilience: Practitioners as Drivers For Sustainable Communities

Climate change requires us to reduce emissions (mitigation) and prepare for impacts such as flooding, sea level rise and heatwaves (adaptation). To date, climate mitigation and adaptation have been planned separately, but it's clear there are major benefits to integrating them - an approach called low carbon resilience (LCR). As we shift to a low carbon economy and begin upgrading infrastructure to withstand climate impacts, we can save time and money using LCR approaches. This is good news for ecosystems, which are also challenged by climate change, as their health is central to innovative LCR approaches. This project facilitates and supports the role of professionals as LCR champions.

Simon Fraser University - Morris J. Wosk Centre For Dialogue

Moving in a Livable Region: Investing in Transportation for a Growing Economy

The SFU Centre for Dialogue through Carbon Talks will work with key stakeholders to undertake an extensive third-party public consultation on funding options, decision-making models, and planning tools for regional transportation. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a sustainable funding regime for transportation for Metro Vancouver, and by extension a model for other urban jurisdictions. Carbon Talks will gather and analyze data on funding options, decision-making models, and planning tools through opinion research and extensive citizen consultation. Those options that are most favoured by residents will be compiled into a policy framework, then advanced through knowledge mobilization and government relations. A communications strategy will raise the public’s awareness about the funding options, the vision, and the decision-making structures that govern transportation.

Small Change Fund

Building Grassroots Action in British Columbia

Small Change Fund is changing the funding landscape for grassroots groups across Canada. We are connecting community projects, especially those in remote and rural areas, with donors through our innovative crowd-funding platform and communications campaigns. Without Small Change Fund, grassroots groups have few, if any, sources of support and channels to communicate their messages. Over the past year, we received more applications to support vital grassroots action taking place in British Columbia than any province/territory. B.C grassroots leaders clearly see Small Change Fund as an opportunity to secure resources to contend with their specific set of struggles around resource development and Aboriginal rights. Now, more than ever, grassroots leaders in British Columbia are mobilizing around the challenges they are facing in their communities. We want to answer the call of these leaders, and be responsive by offering the support they are asking of us.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Climate Adaptation for Small-Scale Producers

Working with our partner organizations we will facilitate a series of workshops/tours, create extension material and create a demonstration site that focuses on priority issues (identified by farmers themselves) which consider future growing conditions as they relate to climate change. To add rigor to the workshops/tours and extension information, there will be a component of community-based research that combines academic resources with hands-on demonstration, for example: improved water monitoring/utilization techniques for multiple soil types, site specific soil quality indicators, hedgerow demonstrations, or integrated pest management. This program will explore ways in which farmers within a particular locale, who share similar site-specific challenges, can identify shared concerns and access expert help/research in addition to providing and sharing their own knowledge and advice. This community-based learning, enhanced by expert knowledge and real-world demonstrations, can provide information that is site specific, current, adaptable to changing conditions and, most importantly, shareable. In this way, farmers can access better information without huge costs and augment the collective knowledge base of farmers in their area. This project will support farmers where there is an identified need, in their efforts of responding to water, soil/nutrient and/or pest problems and will improve and increase food production in BC.

Strawberry Isle Research Society

??aa?aas [Tla­-aas: meaning outdoors] Youth Stewardship

The project will include a beach cleanup, eelgrass mapping and monitoring, eelgrass diversity beach seine, and shellfish collection (mussels, clams, and crabs) intended for testing of contaminants. Each activity will involve an instructional clinic where the participants will learn the skill needed to carry out that aspect of the monitoring project, which will include scientific note taking, transect surveys, GPS mapping, and species identification. There will also be a take home sheet, which will feature the organisms involved in that day's activity with information on the organisms' life history, traditional uses, and its Nuu­chah­nulth, scientific, and common name. All of the information gathered will be made into a report booklet and housed within the new library at Opitsaht, as well as distributed to our project partners and sponsors.

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.

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

Working Together to Clean up the Estuaries of Northern Vancouver Island

In order to reduce biodiversity loss, protect the health of plants and creatures and improve the habitat in the estuaries of northern Vancouver Island, Living Oceans Society (LOS) will develop and coordinate a project with regional government and local organizations to safely remove and dispose of debris and other sources of pollution from populated near shore areas where high concentrations occur (docks, crabbing grounds, anchorages). The dangers to the marine environment and human safety from this threat are a concern to local residents and groups however no effort has yet been made to harness this interest and coordinate action to address the problem. This project will be the catalyst that inspires that community action. We will coordinate our project with Cetus Research and Conservation Society to ensure that this project will be an initial step to a derelict fishing gear removal project that can be duplicated for the entire coast of Vancouver Island and in other B.C. coastal communities.

Taku River Tlingit

Native Terrain Digital Collections Management System (DCMS)

This project results from the precedent setting agreement between the B.C. and TRTFN Governments to establish 13 new protected areas in our territory. That agreement relies heavily on co-management through the use/application of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Our TEK database includes an estimated 200,000 pages of information directly related to the new protected areas, including species-specific behaviors and distributional data, land use patterns and impacts, and information related to climate change and cultural resource management. Currently, we cannot effectively access this database. The purpose of this project is to complete development of and implement a digital collections management system (DCSM) that includes a TEK search engine platform tailor-made to our land management needs. We have spent two years developing a prototype of this software platform that we call “Native Terrain.” Project activities include: complete development of Native Terrain DCMS, input/code our entire TEK database, and integration of the program into the TRTFN government server.

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

BC Conservation Toolkit

The Conservation Toolkit will be targeted toward four distinct user groups: land trusts, landowners, local governments and professional advisors (realtors, accountants, lawyers). The Conservation Toolkit will be an online/print repository of documents, hosted by the LTABC, related to work of land trusts (specifically in BC, but with broader applications as well). Each section of the Toolkit will provide templates and sample documents related to the legal, financial and policy tools available for conservation in BC. The Toolkit (in particular the Landowner Toolkit) will include online videos on topics such as conservation covenants. Where possible, sample documents will be solicited from LTABC member land trusts and other partners. However, it is anticipated that additional work will be required to create or refine templates and information for different sections of the Toolkit. Where relevant, connections will be made between existing and related tools, such as the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and Greening Your Title.

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.

The Polis Foundation

ReFRESH Water Lab - Exploring the Future of the Columbia River Treaty

The reFRESH Water Lab, seeks to address transboundary watershed governance challenges.  The Lab will provide an opportunity to tackle the complex challenges of watershed governance in the context of a modernized Columbia River Treaty. Transboundary watershed governance is multijurisdictional with complex legislation, policy and institutional architecture that can challenge collaboration. The Lab will provide a structured yet creative process for deep collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams of diverse rights and stakeholders to work together on an interconnected challenge– How might ecosystem values be incorporated into Columbia River Treaty Governance?

BC Water Funders Workshop


The Sustainability Institute of Canada

Environment and Diversity Forum Series

Ethno-cultural communities across Canada have shown a strong desire to participate in environmental programming, that they have a concern about the environment and quality of life, and that Environmental NGOs (ENGOs) historically just have not worked with them. ENGOs have now come to realize that they have as much to learn from different ethno-cultural communities as these groups have from them, and that they become stronger and more relevant to the communities they work with when there is sincere collaboration. We are holding a series of one-day environment and diversity forums in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto to: 1. Share knowledge, experiences and best practices in engaging and developing collaborative relationships with ethno-cultural communities; 2. Discuss ways how ENGOs are promoting diversity within their organizations; 3. Compare and contrast environment and diversity initiatives in various cities; 4. Share these findings with other Canadian ENGOs and the general public; and, 5. Inspire ENGOs to develop their own environment and diversity initiatives.

Tides Canada Foundation

Increasing the Impact of Freshwater Funding in British Columbia

The goal is to go beyond networking, to achieve focused learning, partnership development and action on specific initiatives by establishing a program with structure, professional support and coordination, and tangible deliverables Over the next year, funders of freshwater working in British Columbia will formalize and strengthen their emerging collaborative effort known as the BC Water Funders Group. The purpose of this collaborative is to find areas of common interest and alignment between funders that facilitate the strategic use of collective resources to advance freshwater protection in B.C. The goal is to both increase the resources available for freshwater protection efforts and ensure funders are more effectively coordinating the use of those funds to ensure they are having a collective impact. The group provides a forum for exchange of information and peer learning between funders and water leaders by strengthening relationships, knowledge and networks. Over the next year, the funders group will host two-in person meetings and one field trip. It will convene three to four

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Our Water BC

Public engagement regarding BCs water supplies is rarely supported beyond consultation. It becomes incumbent on community groups to react to local threats and demand attention on freshwater issues. The passage of BCs Water Sustainability Act opened the door for more proactive opportunities for engagement on local water health. This project will capitalize on the opportunity and engage in public discussion on the values, needs and priorities of the local, grassroots community when it comes to water issues. Not only does this dialogue advance robust implementation of the WSA but it equips communities with the information, knowledge, and power needed to engage in discussions around local water.