Species and Ecosystems at Risk Symposium

The Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group (SEAR LGWG) includes over 160 participants from municipal, regional and provincial governments. A report from their recent symposium will be released in March and posted to the SEAR LGWG webpage.

Approximately 70 participants attended the symposium, held in Victoria on January 31 and February 1, from the Province, NGOs, regional districts and municipalities across the province.  Mayor Lisa Helps announced the peer-nominated awards for 6 local governments who demonstrated exemplary work on SEAR-related projects:

  • The Regional District of East Kootenay, for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund,
  • The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen, for the South Okanagan Regional Conservation Fund,
  • The City of Kelowna, for the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative,
  • The Thompson-Nicola Regional District, for the Cherry Creek Savona Official Community Plan,
  • Metro Vancouver, for the Aldergrove Regional Park Wetland Restoration Project, and
  • The Comox Valley Regional District, for the Partnership Project to update Comox Valley Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory Assessment and Map in the OCP.

Breakout sessions were also held to discuss the proposed SEAR Charter and potential Conservation Tax Incentive Program.  Outcomes from these and other sessions will be detailed in the Symposium Report.

Additional background information on the SEAR LGWG is available on the SEAR LGWG webpage, including a Terms of Reference and discussion paper. The group holds regional teleconferences twice a year and a face-to-face meeting every couple of years.  Local governments interested in joining the SEAR LGWG are encouraged to contact the Ministry of the Environment.

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