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BC Parks actively manages protected areas to conserve natural and cultural values found within our diverse system.
The objectives of our conservation program are to:
- Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change
Actions that support natural resilience, biological diversity, landscape-level management and adaptation to climate change create the best outcomes for ecosystems to continue into the future.
- Maintain and Restore Ecosystems
Where possible, in BC Parks we allow natural processes to proceed unimpeded. However, ecosystems within protected areas sometimes need help to get to a more resilient state.
- Protect and Recover Biodiversity
Protected areas provide an important tool for protecting biodiversity. BC Parks has a mandate to work with others to protect the biodiversity within our protected areas system – helping to protect species at risk and also maintain overall diversity of species and ecosystems, and the genetic diversity to maintain resilience in the face of future threats or climate change.
- Know What We Are Protecting
Before we can take conservation action, we must know what BC’s protected areas system is protecting and understand the threats it is facing. The information we need comes from traditional knowledge, ecological and social science research, citizen science and other inventory and monitoring.
- Create Connections
BC Parks is committed to working with First Nations, and other government and community partners to achieve shared goals, leverage each others’ resources to deliver conservation projects and create community connections through education, experiences and outreach.
Want to know more about conservation at BC Parks? Contact us at BCParksConservation@gov.bc.ca.
Establishing parks, ecological reserves and protected areas is an important first step to ensure that natural and cultural values are afforded legal protection. The legal framework for protecting these important areas includes the:
- Protected Areas of British Columbia Act;
- Park Act;
- Ecological Reserve Act; and
- Environment and Land Use Act
Parks and protected areas are managed for important conservation values and are dedicated for the preservation of their natural environments, and the enjoyment of the public.
Places of special ecological importance are designated as ecological reserves for scientific research and educational purposes. Scientific research and study of values contained in protected areas are part of BC Parks’ ongoing commitment to knowledge and information gathering.
Conservation lands that are not parks or protected areas are the responsibility of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). These lands are made up of a variety of land types that all give priority to the conservation of wildlife, fish and their habitat, but also provide for other resource uses.