Natural resource stewardship

In B.C., we are lucky to have many natural resources. We must carefully plan how we use them to preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.

Services and information topics

Cumulative Effects Framework

British Columbia is committed to sustainable resource management. As resource demands grow, we must be able to measure the effects of all natural resource activities, large and small, on values that are important to the people of British Columbia.

Natural Resources & Climate Change

British Columbia's forest and range resources are being impacted by a changing climate. They also offer opportunities to mitigate the impacts through management.

Land Based Investment

Land based investment supports and guides the investments in activities that manage, conserve, or protect British Columbia's natural resources.

Laws, Policies, Standards & Guidance

Natural resources in B.C. are managed by laws, policies, standards or guidance that:

  • Control or guide activities to ensure sustainability
  • Protect the environment and human health and safety

Natural Resource Law Enforcement

Natural Resource Officers and Conservation Officers enforce the laws that protect British Columbia’s ecosystems and natural resources.

Environmental assessments

EAO logoWhen a major project is proposed in British Columbia, it must undergo an environmental assessment. In B.C. environmental assessments are managed by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), a neutral regulatory agency within the provincial government.

Resource Stewardship Tools

Tools and resources to help set objectives and management recommendations for priority natural resource values.

Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest is a global treasure that covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast – equivalent in size to Ireland. All British Columbians have a stake in protecting it.

Forest Stewardship

The Government of British Columbia is committed to the sustainable management of our forests. Learn where, when and how forest and range resources are used in the province.

Find out more about forest stewardship.