Sensitive Ecosystems and Land Use Planning

The ecosystems of the islands are among the most critically imperiled in B.C. Land use planning determines which land use activities are suitable in the islands. These decisions can have a direct effect on the health of these sensitive ecosystems.


Sensitive Ecosystems in the Islands

The Islands Trust Conservancy has identified and mapped the island ecosystems most sensitive to human disturbance. Learn more

Land Use Planning Tools and Practices for Sensitive Ecosystems


Local Government Tools Supporting Species and Ecosystems at Risk

The South Coast Conservation Program developed this resource guide for local governments involved in the development or implementation of actions that effect species and ecological communities at risk on the South Coast.  
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Collaborate Planning Guide

Collaborative Conservation Planning: Resource Guide

This guide, written by Deborah Curran and produced by the Galiano Conservancy Association, is a resource for local and regional government agencies and non-government organizations promoting sustainable community development. The guide sets out mechanisms for supporting conservation planning, including mixed-use zoning, regulatory tools to facilitate conservation, and integrated land use.
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Develop with Care

Develop with Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia

The B.C. Ministry of Environment created these province-wide guidelines for maintaining environmental values during the development of urban and rural lands.  The guidelines provide information and ideas for communities, developers and property owners on ways to achieve cleaner, greener developments. The guidelines are intended to support and encourage good decision making by all those involved in land development in B.C.
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Green Bylaws

Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure

The Green Bylaws Toolkit provides local governments with practical tools for protecting natural resources. The toolkit includes sample bylaw language, official community plan provisions, zoning regulations, and other planning tools that local governments in B.C. are using to protect sensitive ecosystems. The toolkit explains various legal approaches to protection, their benefits and drawbacks. It was developed by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Clinic and Deborah Curran & Company. 
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Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Resources for Local Government

The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team provides information and support to local governments protecting Garry oak areas and species.
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Species at Risk & Local Government: A Primer for British Columbia

The Islands Trust area is home to more than 100 species-at-risk.  The Stewardship Centre for British Columbia gathers examples of actions local governments can take to protect species-at-risk and steward the ecosystems those species depend on.
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Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group

The SEAR LGWG is a forum for communication and collaboration on species and ecosystems at risk issues.  If you are an elected official or staff member working in a regional or municipal government, then this is the group for you! 
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Local Government Toolkit for Invasive Plant Management

Developed by the Invasive Species Council of BC, this toolkit is a resource for local governments in British Columbia who would like to be involved in invasive plant management.  The toolkit includes information on local government jurisdiction for local invasive plant control programs, non-regulatory approaches to invasive plan management, and examples of existing bylaws and government initiatives in B.C.
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WetlandNetwork: Planning and Policy Resources for Canadian Wetlands

The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Canada) hosts a searchable database of resources and information about wetlands.  WetlandNetwork enables those involved with land development, planning and conservation to make informed decisions by making it easy to find wetland information resources from authoritative sources, as well as share their documents with those who need them. 
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CC Tools

Land Use Planning Tools for Local Adaptation to Climate Change

The Government of Canada describes planning tools that are used by communities across the country to adapt to climate change.  In addition, this report outlines decision-support tools and resources to help planners and local decision makers take effective adaptation action.
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Page last updated: 13/09/18
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