#8a Biodiversity Links

Biodiversity helps to sustain life on earth and human health. Yet we still know relatively little about the diverse species and interactions of plants, animals, insects, and microbes on our planet.

The links listed below lead you to a great wealth of information and to information on non-profit organizations that are leading the way.

EXPERTISE:

  • Hul’qumi’num People: Our society has a sophisticated understanding of hwulmuhw (Indigenous) relationships, s'aalh tumuhw (land) and resource and extraction rights, as well as a world view that reflects a spiritual relationship with the environment and an obligation to manage responsibly the use of resources.
  • University Of Victoria - A great university is more than a place to learn.
  • Vancouver Island University - innovation that contributes to providing the highest quality of learning, research, and self discovery available.  
  • Royal Roads University - Their Environment and Sustainability programs provide the leadership skills and interdisciplinary knowledge that lead to sustainable solutions.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Nature Conservancy of Canada (Cowichan Valley) - It is a private, non-profit organization working for the direct protection of Canada's biodiversity through the purchase, donation or placing of conservation easements on ecologically significant lands.
  • Cowichan Community Land Trust - The CCLT is committed to conserving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of the human and natural environment in and near the Cowichan Valley Regional District.                
  • Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society - Naturalists are those who speak for nature because nature cannot speak for itself.  
  • Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society  - Somenos Marsh is a rich and diverse wetland complex lying at the geographic, demographic, and economic centre of the Cowichan Valley. It is an area of exceptional bird, fish and other wildlife and ecosystems.
  • The Nature Trust of British Columbia - Their mandate is to protect British Columbia’s natural diversity of wildlife and plants and their critical habitats through the acquisition and management of ecologically significant land.
    BC Conservation Foundation  - a federally registered charity dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of British Columbia's ecosystems and species. They contribute significantly to the perpetuation and expansion of fish and wildlife populations through the efficient implementation of projects in the field.     
  • Living Rivers Trust Fund - The Provincial Government of British Columbia has established a 21 million dollar trust fund to fulfill the vision - "to create a legacy for the province based on healthy watersheds, sustainable ecosystems and thriving communities."
  • Pacific Salmon Foundation - Their mission is to conserve and rebuild Pacific salmon populations through strategic and focused efforts where people and resources are mobilized to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Quamichan Lake Stewardship Committee - The Quamichan Stewards formed in the spring of 2006 to respond to the continuously declining health of Quamichan Lake. The Watershed Management Plan will be finalized soon and takes the whole Quamichan Watershed into consideration and provides a blueprint for restoring the lake to health.
  • Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team - GOERT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of Garry oak and associated ecosystems in Canada and the species at risk that inhabit them.  
  • Sierra Club - State of the Coastal Rainforest - Mapping the Gaps for Ecological Health and Climate Protection

 INITIATIVES:

  • Chemainus Biodiversity Project - What can a single person or community do? We can start with learning what biodiversity means right in our own backyards, why it is important, and what might be threatening it at a local level.     
  • Cowichan Bay Eelgrass Project   - Seagrasses, including eelgrass have been used as indicators or nearshore ecosystem health in many areas of the world.  The complex and intricate food webs of an eelgrass meadow rival the world’s richest farmlands and tropical rainforests.
  • Canopy Projects - Introduction to coniferous canopy research in the Walbran and Carmanah Valleys by Dr. Neville Winchester and associates.

 

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