Information on species at risk is used for a variety of reasons, including: targeting species-at-risk surveys, informing the review of development permits and environmental assessments, and supporting on-the-ground recovery actions. More information on where species at risk occur and the habitat they use can lead to better informed decisions and actions.
Information on species and ecosystems in British Columbia is provided through a variety of public sources including:
- BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC);
- BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer;
- CDC iMap;
- Data BC;
- E-Flora BC; and
- E-Fauna BC.
The Province provides Inventory Standards, Specifications and Guidelines as well as Best Management Practices for operating in areas where many species occur, including some species at risk. Data for these sources comes from a variety of contributors such as museum species records; published and unpublished research; inventories conducted by government staff, contractors, and consultants; and observations recorded by the public.
In previous engagements we heard the following about the collection of information on species at risk:
- Citizens, non-government organizations (NGOs), and land users often collect a variety of information that, if pooled, creates a valuable resource to better inform planning and decision-making for species at risk;
- Citizens, NGOs, and land users are willing to help collect additional information to fill data deficiencies, but they need to know what information is needed and how it would be used; and
- There is a general need for additional information on species at risk such as open data sources, along with guidelines, best management practices, and priority areas for data collection.
We would like to hear your thoughts on the following questions:
- What type of information do you collect on species at risk and how do you feel about pooling that information in a central database?
- What type of information would you find helpful to support stewardship of the lands on which you live or work?
- What type of information do you need to have a better understanding of species at risk in British Columbia?