Reports

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Protecting your community's coastal assets: local leadership in marine planning

September 2014
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British Columbia's coasts and oceans provide billions of dollars in economic benefits. This report describes easily accessible resources local governments can use to maintain aquatic ecosystem value and productivity, including maps and tools to guide decisions and bylaws regarding management of activities on land, and in intertidal and sub-tidal zones.... More »

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The Peace Dividend: Assessing the Economic Value of Ecosystems in B.C.'s Peace River Watershed

July 2014
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British Columbia's Peace River Watershed (PRW) is a vast region of boreal forest, rushing rivers, and rich farmland. This report provides the first-ever valuation of the PRW's ecosystems and makes recommendations on how the region's natural capital should be stewarded and sustained into the future.... More »

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30x30 Nature Challenge Survey Findings

July 2014
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This report summarizes survey data from the 2014 30×30 Nature Challenge participants.... More »

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Committing to effective marine protected areas

May 2014
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Marine protected areas need management plans, budgets, dedicated staff, monitoring and enforcement to achieve their intended benefits. Marine protection measures are more successful and regulations are easier to enforce when communities are involved. This beautifully illustrated report presents opportunities to build support and boost local economies through partnerships with First... More »

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Rockfish conservation areas in B.C.: Our current state of knowledge

March 2014
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Rockfish Conservation Areas are fishery closures intended to be refuges for the diversity of rockfish in B.C.'s oceans. But are they working? This technical report: examines the reasons for—and potential of—Rockfish Conservation Areas; summarizes studies about their effectiveness; and, describes the research and outreach needed for them to work better.... More »

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Marine Protected Areas 101

March 2014
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Science and experience have taught us key design principles to help make marine protected areas most effective. The most fundamental ones are summarized in this one-page report. Part of a series of reports on marine planning and protected areas. Read more: Safeguarding B.C.'s coastal waters: marine protected areas for fishing,... More »

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Safeguarding B.C.'s Coastal Waters: Marine protected areas for fishing, tourism and communities

March 2014
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Marine protected areas safeguard our natural treasures, as well as coastal economies. A vast majority of British Columbians are asking for greater marine protection in the Canadian Pacific. Political and financial commitments are needed to meet Canada's national and international commitments to establish a network of marine protected areas by... More »

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Failing B.C.'s Grizzlies: Report Card and Recommendations for Ensuring a Future for British Columbia's Grizzly Bears

March 2014
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B.C.'s wilderness is one of the last global safe havens for grizzly bears, which are extinct or at risk of disappearing worldwide. This study finds that little progress has been made to implement the province's 1995 Grizzly Bear Strategy, leaving threatened bear populations in jeopardy.... More »

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector

January 2014
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In developing low carbon scenarios for Canada, it is important to understand the role of the oil and gas sector as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian Energy Systems Simulator model has been chosen to provide estimates of current and future energy use and GHG emissions.... More »

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POPULATION CRITICAL: How are Caribou Faring?

December 2013
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The first annual assessment of how well Canada's provinces and territories are enacting the requirements for conservation plans under the federal government's National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou.... More »

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Passages from the Peace: Community Reflections on Changing BC's Peace Region

December 2013
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This report is presented from the perspective of First Nations and non-aboriginal people living in Northeastern B.C. who speak to the impact industrial development has had on their lives and the wellbeing of their communities. The Peace region has seen the intensification of converging industrial operations such as logging, mining,... More »

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Green Budget Coalition's recommendations for Budget 2014

November 2013

Canada's upcoming 150th anniversary in 2017 gives us a unique opportunity to make transformative progress towards an environmentally sustainable, prosperous Canada.... More »

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