Recovery Planning Documents

One or more planning documents are usually developed for a species or ecosystem at risk as part of the recovery planning process.

Recovery planning documents summarize the best scientific and traditional information available. They provide advice that's used by government and others to provide a well-defined, logical and coordinated approach to achieve recovery/conservation of a species or ecosystem.

Key topics in recovery planning documents include:

  • What is / what is not known about a species or ecosystem
  • Habitat and biological needs
  • Threats
  • What should be done to mitigate threats
  • Goals and objectives
  • Recommended recovery/conservation approaches and actions

All recovery planning documents are available from the lead government on each project:

Recovery plan: A document developed for a species or ecosystem in B.C. that has been designated as extirpated, endangered or threatened. This approach is used for B.C.-led recovery documents – it includes information to guide implementation as well as an outline of the survival and recovery habitat needed to meet the goal and objectives.

In some cases, information is summarized in a more strategic recovery strategy followed by one or more action plans used to guide implementation measures.

Management plan: A document developed for "special concern" species or ecosystems in B.C. It outlines the coordinated conservation activities and land use measures needed to ensure, at a minimum, that a species or ecosystem does not become threatened or endangered.

Implementation plan: In addition to a recovery planning document, some species may also have an implementation plan that outlines the provincial government's response to managing species at risk – especially in cases where there could be significant socio-economic implications.

Implementation plans can be found under "additional documents" in the list of recovery planning documents.