B.C. Conservation Data Centre

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre (CDC) assists in the conservation of our province's biodiversity by collecting and sharing scientific data and information about wildlife and ecosystems in B.C.

The CDC is a member of NatureServe, a global network of more than 80 Conservation Data Centres and equivalent programs, covering all states and provinces, and many Latin American and Caribbean countries. The programs share common methodologies for collecting and managing information, which allows them to pool data for conservation assessment and planning across geopolitical boundaries.

The primary functions of the CDC are to:

  • Compile a list of species and ecosystems that occur in B.C.: The list is based on current literature and expert advice – look up groups that have been compiled.
  • Assess conservation status ranks: Based on collaboration with scientists and experts across the country, the CDC assigns status ranks for B.C.'s species and ecosystems according to their level of risk of being lost.
  • Map known locations (element occurrences): Maps include information about the locations of species or ecosystems that are at risk of being lost and compiles information on these occurrences.
  • Make data and information available: The CDC disseminates data and information about species and ecosystems in B.C. in easily accessible formats to serve its wide-ranging client base.

Access information and data the CDC uses: