Species & Ecosystems at Risk
Our province is home to thousands of species and ecosystems – some of these are at risk of disappearing from B.C. Working together at a federal, provincial and local level is essential to protect them. Check out what the provincial government is doing to take conservation action and learn how you can participate.
Include All Levels of Government
Federal: B.C. supports the national strategy for preventing species from becoming extinct by coordinating species at risk programming with federal government agencies.
- Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk in Canada (PDF, 1.3MB)
- Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Species at Risk (PDF, 1.5MB)
Provincial: In order to protect and improve the management of species at risk in the province, the B.C. Government has legislative tools and provides outlined high-level strategic actions to be taken.
- Five-Year Plan for Species and Ecosystems at Risk
- Legislation that protects species and ecosystems at risk
Local: The Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group, promotes protection of species and ecosystems at risk on municipal, regional and private lands.
Determine What's at Risk
A number of factors determine what species and ecosystems are at risk. The Conservation Data Centre (CDC) uses a standardized method to determine the status rank for species and ecosystems in B.C.
Use these tools to learn more about species and ecosystems in B.C. – which ones are at risk and where they occur:
Learn about species that are considered nationally at risk:
Setting priorities is key to guiding effective conservation actions in the province.
Scientific and traditional information help guide recovery or conservation of species and ecosystems that are at risk.
It’s not necessary to wait until planning activities are complete to take conservation action. Find out how you can participate: