Species & Ecosystems at Risk
British Columbia is home to thousands of species and ecosystems, and some of these are at risk of disappearing from our province. Working together at federal, provincial and local levels is essential to protect them. Check out what B.C.'s 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 B.C., the Province uses legislative tools and outlines high-level strategic actions. In 2017, government mandated the enactment of an endangered species law, and this legislation is now under development.
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. Often "rare" is used interchangeably with "endangered" to describe species or ecosystems that are at risk. Rare actually means a species or ecosystem is not found very commonly, which does not necessarily mean that it’s endangered - especially if there are few threats and its state is stable. 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 to 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: