Our project has been designed to incorporate fine-tuning our plan as we proceed through each phase. Activities underway or anticipated for each phase are listed below.
Project Scoping (2022-2023): Underway
- Identify priority goals and objectives.
- Review other community-led initiatives in and near BC.
- Establish a governance structure and engagement framework to help guide project implementation.
- Build capacity to analyze and evaluate patterns of habitat connectivity in the region using a blend of landscape and focal-species models.
- Identify land use planning and policy options for the protection of biodiversity at local and regional scales.
Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Connectivity Mapping (2023-2024):
- Engage in deliberative dialogue and participatory planning workshops to inform the assessment of habitat connectivity and to identify opportunities for conservation.
- Identify habitat core areas and prioritize connectivity networks for focal species.
- Use assessment results to inform development of a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
Policy Development (2024-2025):
- Work with Local and Regional Governments, First Nations, and other organizations with a mandate and agency to take actions that enhance biodiversity conservation in our region.
Ongoing Evaluation (2025-Onwards):
- Conduct ongoing evaluation to ensure adaptation as new information becomes available.
Photo by Brian Aikens: a Black Bear (Ursus americanus) sow and her two cubs, foraging in early spring, Squamish Valley.