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Concerns related to the governance of water that have emerged at the global scale have created pressure for, and an increase in, water policy reform in many countries. Simultaneously, Indigenous governance movements related to self-determination are undergoing an immense period of growth and change worldwide; the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been a milestone of this growth. These movements are significant because of Indigenous peoples' asserted rights to lands, waters, and natural resources. In this paper, we explore the extent to which water policy reform efforts recognize concepts of Indigenous governance and self-determination. The extent to which these concepts are...
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We used the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in northeast British Columbia, Canada as a case study to determine potential conflicts between future resource development and high-value habitats of large mammals in an undeveloped boreal landscape. More than 50 % of high-value habitats for caribou, moose, elk, wolves and grizzly bears were located in Special Resource Management Zones, where natural resource developments could occur. We developed geographic information system (GIS) layers of potential forest resources, oil and gas, minerals, wind power, all resources combined, and roads; and quantified the proportions of high-value habitats overlapping these potentials. Greater proportions of high-value habitats across...
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The general goal of this research was to address the broad question, does consensus work in resource management decision-making? Its purpose was to identify success factors for employing the consensus decision-making model specifically in land use planning; to examine the models incepted by the government of British Columbia during the period 1992–1995; and to investigate the application and effectiveness of the models as actually employed in integrated resource planning in British Columbia. The specific objective was to develop a general diagnostic framework for evaluation, based on indicators and success factors derived from a review of pertinent literature; from interviews with stakeholder participants in these...
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Purpose of the Management Plan The purpose of the Management Plan (MP) is to provide strategic direction for Liard River Corridor Park, Liard River Corridor Protected Area, and the adjacent Scatter River Old Growth Park in northern British Columbia, established in 1999. The MP provides background information on the protected area attributes, land use, tenure, interests, role in the protected area system, existing commitments and issues. It then specifies priority objectives and actions for management of the park. The implementation of the conservation and development strategies identified in this MP is subject to funding availability and agency priorities. Future detailed management plans may provide further...
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An updated ecological risk assessment was conducted to re-evaluate and review the overall risk of pesticide residues to certain aquatic life. The focus was the impact on offsite non-target, freshwater organisms of pesticide operational sprays in British Columbia from 1973 until 2012. The values of risk quotients for pesticides of selected indicator organisms were determined to measure the effect. When compared with organophosphorus, carbamate, and other miscellaneous pesticides, this risk assessment analysis suggests that the historical use of persistent and highly toxic organochlorine pesticides posed, and continue to pose, a deleterious ecological risk. The risk is both short-term acute and long-term sub-acute,...
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Many of the world's forests are likely to face multiple stresses under a rapidly changing climate. Understanding the impact of climate change on tree species suitability is therefore crucial for forest management planning and policy development. We use the Douglas-fir and spruce (white spruce, Engelmann spruce, and interior spruce) forests of British Columbia as a case study. The impact of projected climate change on these forests was assessed using flexible bioclimatic envelope models appropriate for areas with sparse species locations records. Analysis of the model results focused on quantifying uncertainty due to differences between global climate models, emissions scenarios, and spatial resolution of climate...
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We used the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in northeast British Columbia, Canada as a case study to determine potential conflicts between future resource development and high-value habitats of large mammals in an undeveloped boreal landscape. More than 50 % of high-value habitats for caribou, moose, elk, wolves and grizzly bears were located in Special Resource Management Zones, where natural resource developments could occur. We developed geographic information system (GIS) layers of potential forest resources, oil and gas, minerals, wind power, all resources combined, and roads; and quantified the proportions of high-value habitats overlapping these potentials. Greater proportions of high-value habitats across...
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Planners in British Columbia must adapt to climate change by preparing for expected and unexpected changes in their communities. The results of survey and workshop research conducted at the Planning Institute of BC conference indicate that planners do not have a high level of knowledge of climate change adaptation. Planners feel that the impacts that will affect BC the most in 50 years will be related to forests, agriculture, river flooding, transportation and water. Different regions in the province will be affected in different ways, and adaptation strategies must be created for the specific needs and attributes of a community. Open-structured workshops are a good method to educate planners about climate change...
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Website for the Muskwa-Kechika MAP with links to various orders, agreements, amendments, implentation directions and other park management plans


map background search result map search result map Fish passage: Culvert inspection procedures Ecological risk of pesticide residues in the British Columbia environment: 1973–2012 Municipal flood hazard mapping: the case of British Columbia, Canada Peace River Management Plan for Liard River Corridor Provincial Park and Protected Area and Scatter River Old Growth Provincial Park Community adaptation to climate change: An exploration of climate change adaptation planning in British Columbia Skeena Region Management Direction Statement for Atlin Park and Recreation Area Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Plan webpage Fort St. James sustainable resource management plan Water policy reform and Indigenous governance Using an ensemble of downscaled climate model projections to assess impacts of climate change on the potential distribution of spruce and Douglas-fir forests in British Columbia Consensus processes in land use planning in British Columbia: the nature of success Opening a policy window for organisational change and full-cost accounting: The creation of BC Hydro's water use planning program Accelerating the sustainability transition: Exploring synergies between adaptation and mitigation in British Columbian communities Potential conflict between future development of natural resources and high-value wildlife habitats in boreal landscapes Potential conflict between future development of natural resources and high-value wildlife habitats in boreal landscapes Peace River Management Plan for Liard River Corridor Provincial Park and Protected Area and Scatter River Old Growth Provincial Park Skeena Region Management Direction Statement for Atlin Park and Recreation Area Fort St. James sustainable resource management plan Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Plan webpage Potential conflict between future development of natural resources and high-value wildlife habitats in boreal landscapes Potential conflict between future development of natural resources and high-value wildlife habitats in boreal landscapes Water policy reform and Indigenous governance Consensus processes in land use planning in British Columbia: the nature of success Fish passage: Culvert inspection procedures Opening a policy window for organisational change and full-cost accounting: The creation of BC Hydro's water use planning program Ecological risk of pesticide residues in the British Columbia environment: 1973–2012 Municipal flood hazard mapping: the case of British Columbia, Canada Community adaptation to climate change: An exploration of climate change adaptation planning in British Columbia Using an ensemble of downscaled climate model projections to assess impacts of climate change on the potential distribution of spruce and Douglas-fir forests in British Columbia Accelerating the sustainability transition: Exploring synergies between adaptation and mitigation in British Columbian communities