#3 AUDIT OUR ASSETS
Figure out what we have so we know what to protect.

Auditing environmental assets means "taking the pulse" of our natural environment: understanding what species we share the Cowichan Region with, where they live, what they need to survive, and how they are faring in our current world.

It means understanding the condition of the other pieces of the environment around us - things like air and water quality.

It means documenting and assessing things like sensitive areas, species at risk, wetlands, and watercourses.

The goal of auditing environmental assets is to understand how our actions affect our neighbours, human and non-human, in both positive and negative ways; and to identify areas where we might have to act to protect these neighbours.

Regular audits will keep us aware of how we're doing. They will reveal, for example, whether development decisions are having undetected cumulative effects on ecosystems, or whether investments in habitat restoration are being rewarded with species recovery. For more information on these subjects click on:

INFORMATION LINKS:

AIR: Environment Canada Climate Data and Normals - National Climate Data and Information Archive

WEATHER: The Weather Office    Climate normals or averages are used to summarize or describe the average climatic conditions of a particular location. This site will let you key in your province and location for information between       

WATER: Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Pacific Region) and BC Marine Ecological Classifications - (BCMEC)

LAND: Click here Biodiversity and here Biodiversity links for many more links on biodiversity, ecosystems, endangered species etc.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

SeaChange - We believe...every child - in Victoria, in BC, and in the whole world - has the right to experience their marine environment first hand. Together, we can learn how to protect and restore the life in the estuaries and oceans surrounding us. This is our responsibility, to give back to the ocean some of the riches she gives.