The Province of BC is interested in supporting local governments, private landowners, industry (e.g., agriculture, private forest lands) and non-government organisations in stewardship efforts to recover and protect species at risk and their habitats on private lands.
WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
A high proportion of the species at risk in British Columbia are found on private land. The Province recognizes that there are gaps in provincial protection of species at risk on private land. Protection of species at risk is a shared responsibility and requires a stewardship approach to their management. There may be opportunities to support improved protection of species at risk on private lands.
An example of shared stewardship is the Species and Ecosystems at Risk (SEAR) Local Government Working Group which works to enhance species at risk protection on local government and private lands. The group has developed a discussion paper that provides recommendations to enhance protection on private lands.
A recent government-led project has determined that using a suite of tools are effective in improving protection of species at risk on private land, including legal authority, shared stewardship and protection incentives. The Province understands that private landowners are motivated to protect species at risk on their lands in different ways. A collection of both monetary incentive tools (e.g., tax relief, grants, endowment funds, market certification, etc.) and non-monetary incentive tools (e.g., recognitions, awards, decals, education, demonstration sites, etc.) could better support stewardship efforts on private lands.
Please provide your answers to the following questions:
- What motivates you to protect species at risk where you live?
- Please provide examples of effective monetary and non-monetary incentives that the Province might consider.