Protecting species at risk is complex and involves many considerations. The Province of British Columbia intends to improve the protection for species and ecosystems at risk using sound science and conservation and public policy principles. We propose the following principles to guide the protection of species at risk in BC:
- Positive conservation outcomes – BC’s policy and legislative framework for species at risk will support positive conservation outcomes for species at risk.
- Socio-economics – Protection and recovery of species at risk will take into account the social and economic interests of BC’s communities.
- Flexibility – BC’s approach to protection and recovery of species at risk will be flexible and appropriate to the sector, land tenure, species and level of threat.
- Shared responsibility – Programs will be designed to promote the shared responsibilities of all levels of government, First Nations, neighboring jurisdictions, land managers, land owners, resource users and communities to protecting species at risk.
- Consultation and engagement – Effective protection of species at risk requires consultation and engagement with other levels of government, First Nations, conservation partners and stakeholders.
- Best available information – Decisions related to the management of species at risk will be supported by the best available information and will not be hampered by lack of scientific certainty.
- Proceed on a priority basis – Actions to protect and recover species at risk will be prioritized and will consider return on investment to ensure resources are allocated in an efficient manner.
- Transparency and openness – The protection of species at risk will operate under a model of transparency and openness, clearly distinguishing between science advice and decision-making.
- Voluntary conservation actions – BC’s legislation and policy framework for species at risk will enable and support voluntary conservation action, where possible, to support protection of species at risk.
Please provide your answers to the following questions:
- Do you agree with these principles for the protection of species at risk?
- Are there any key principles that you would add?