Facilitating the protection and restoration of endangered species and ecological communities on BC’s South Coast

Conservation Planning for Land Use Decision Makers

With funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Ducks Unlimited the SCCP has been evolving a pilot partnership with local governments across 5 Regional Districts. The first phase project "A Pilot Partnership for Integrating Species and Ecosystems at Risk into Sustainable Land Use" was initiated with a core group of local government partners in June 2013. The REFBC has continued to invest in this project and the SCCP will be expanding its work with various levels of government over the coming years.

Proceedings and tools developed through the project can be found in the "Resources" section at the bottom of this page. The SCCP employs a unique social enterprise (SEM) or fee for service model to assist local governments in undertaking internal assessment and or developing locally relevant, meaningful language and approaches to address SARA responsibilities on municipal and private land. A pricing schedule and range of services can be found in the resources section below. Working with the SCCP provides a cost effective approach for local governments to benefit from the SCCP's expertise and assistance in dealing with species at risk and critical habitat conservation. Ultimately the goal is to have a consistent and committed approach to integrating species and ecosystems at risk in land use policies and practices. This is the first regional pilot to implement recommendations jointly prepared by the provincial Species and Ecosystems at Risk and Local Governments Working Group (SEAR LGWG) within the discussion paper Working Together to Protect Species at Risk: Strategies Recommended by Local Government to Improve Conservation on Municipal, Regional and Private Lands in British Columbia which was completed in January 2011. While local governments have many of the tools needed to achieve protection for species at risk, those that work to achieve such actions are few. The reason for this inertia is most often due to challenges at the political level.

Aside from local governments, the Real Estate Foundation and Ducks Unlimited Canada, the SCCP has collaborated with other ENGO's on this initiative. The BC Wetlands Federation has been working on a complementary process with local governments. The outcomes of their work from 2013 can be access here.

For further information on this project and to find out how the SCCP can assist your organization in improving SEAR conservation as part of local land use planning, please contact the SCCP at: info@sccp.ca

The SCCP would like to acknowledge the support and investment of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Ducks Unlimited Canada in this novel partnership.


The Real Estate Foundation's Mission: The Real Estate Foundation transforms land use attitudes and practices through innovation, stewardship, and learning.


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. Using sound science, we deliver on-the-ground habitat conservation projects, research, education programs and public policy work to conserve, restore and manage wetlands.

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