Share your knowledge and ideas to help create a new wildlife and habitat conservation strategy for B.C.

B.C.’s diversity of wildlife provides many environmental, cultural, social, and economic benefits to all British Columbians.

The purpose of this engagement is to open a discussion among Indigenous peoples, rural communities, wildlife organizations, natural resource development industry stakeholders, and the public so together we can identify ideas on ways to improve the way we manage wildlife and their habitat.

The Province seeks a better understanding of the challenges facing wildlife management and habitat conservation, and ways to explore opportunities for developing more effective management tools.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is looking for thoughts and feedback on:

  • The engagement approach and how you would like to be involved in the future;
  • Questions posed in the challenges section;
  • Issues or concerns you think we should be aware of;
  • Ideas or solutions you or your organization wishes to share;
  • Anything you wish to share on the topic of how wildlife management and habitat conservation can be improved in B.C.

Join the discussion on challenges and opportunities below. Submit your feedback by July 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Province is using this online discussion tool to seek a better understanding of the challenges facing wildlife management and habitat conservation, and ways to explore opportunities for developing more effective management tools.

There are a series of challenges currently facing wildlife management and habitat conservation in British Columbia that are posted to this site. All of the challenges have been determined through discussions with Indigenous peoples, rural communities, wildlife and habitat organizations, natural resource development industry stakeholders and the public over the last number of years. This list is by no means exhaustive and is provided as a starting point for sharing your thoughts. Each Challenge includes “Our Opportunities” and then a question for you to comment on below:

Challenge 1: Advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Posted on May 22, 2018
45 comments

How to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in wildlife management and habitat conservation: Our Opportunities: Build on and enhance existing collaboration on wildlife management and habitat conservation. Develop and implement new approaches for government-to-government collaboration and decision-making. Update programs and... Read More

Challenge 2: Increasing Involvement and Shared Stewardship

Posted on May 22, 2018
92 comments

How to increase the involvement of non-government conservation organizations as well as a broad range of wildlife and habitat stakeholders and the general public in wildlife management and habitat conservation: Opportunities: Support and enhance the long-standing role and contributions of non-government conservation organizations in... Read More

Challenge 3: Declining Wildlife Populations

Posted on May 22, 2018
122 comments

Some wildlife populations are declining across the province. Opportunities: Set measurable objectives for wildlife populations and ecosystems in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, wildlife and habitat organizations, natural resource development industry stakeholders and the public. Address habitat loss, alteration and fragmentation... Read More

Challenge 4: Increasing Human Activity

Posted on May 22, 2018
34 comments

Habitat loss, alteration and fragmentation are increasing due to human activity. Opportunities Integrate wildlife and habitat values into decision-making about land and natural resource use on Crown and private land. Expand the use of cumulative effects assessment and habitat modelling to better understand the effects of human activity... Read More

Challenge 5: Wildfires and Extreme Weather

Posted on May 22, 2018
32 comments

Climate change is resulting in more wildfires and extreme weather, contributing to wildlife diseases, forest health issues, and the spread of invasive species, affecting wildlife populations and altering habitats. Opportunities: Assess the potential implications of climate change for wildlife and their habitats. Proactively manage... Read More

Challenge 6: Better Information

Posted on May 22, 2018
15 comments

There is a growing need for better information on wildlife and habitats to inform management and conservation outcomes as well as achieving robust compliance and enforcement. Opportunities: Review the need for natural resource management legislation to ensure natural resource management decisions consider information about wildlife and... Read More

Challenge 7: Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Posted on May 22, 2018
21 comments

Concerns about human-wildlife conflicts are increasing, including those related to agricultural impacts, urban wildlife, wildlife-vehicle collisions and dangerous wildlife. Opportunities: Improve understanding of human-wildlife conflicts, and address the underlying causes such as the presence of attractants in communities. Encourage... Read More

Challenge 8: Funding

Posted on May 22, 2018
42 comments

Wildlife management and habitat conservation are funded through annual Ministry budgets, contributions to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation from surcharges on hunting, trapping and guide outfitting licenses, and through partnerships (e.g., academia, non-government organizations, industry, etc.).  Current funding levels may not meet... Read More

Additional Questions

Posted on May 22, 2018
16 comments

We would also like to receive feedback on the following: What challenges are we missing? What currently works well in BC for wildlife/habitat management? What changes in wildlife/habitat management are most needed for BC (i.e., what are the highest priority challenges)? Are there any challenges or opportunities listed that concern... Read More