British Columbia has the highest number of species of any province in Canada, but these species are showing alarming signs of distress. According to the B.C. Conservation Data Centre at least 1,918 species or distinct populations of wildlife in British Columbia are now at risk,1 and significant portions of some ecosystems have already been lost.
This report describes the great importance of transboundary ecosystems and species in B.C., the alarming number of such ecosystems and species that are at risk, and the need for greater protections for them — both internally in B.C. and via improved collaboration with neighbouring jurisdictions.