The Comox Valley Conservation Strategy

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The Comox Valley Conservatin Strategy is an ecosystem-based conservation plan for the protection and restoration of natural areas and sensitive ecosystems of the Comox Valley.

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The Comox Valley Conservation Strategy

  1. 1. The COMOX VALLEY CONSERVATION STRATEGY is supported by: Comox Valley Morrison Creek Stream Keepers Water Watch Portuguese Creek Watershed Stewards
  2. 2. What is the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy?
  3. 3. What is the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy? The CVCS is a regional land-use planning framework for the Comox Valley in which conservation is the primary focus. It identifies critical ecosystems for protection and restoration and links them together to form a network.
  4. 4. Why do we NEED a Conservation Strategy?
  5. 5. Why do we NEED a Conservation Strategy? • To STOP the loss of vital ecosystems • To RESTORE degraded ecosystems • To ENSURE a REGIONAL ecosystem-based approach to land use planning • To PREPARE for future population growth • To PREPARE for coming climate change
  6. 6. Growth Management …
  7. 7. Growth Management … The Comox Valley is projected to grow by at least 21% by 2020 and up to 40% by 2030. With 4 local and 1 tribal governments, we need a REGIONAL and PROACTIVE approach to the protection of natural systems and biodiversity.
  8. 8. Growth Management … The Conservation Strategy shows that with careful management, restoration and conservation the Comox Valley can continue to provide the resources needed for human and non-human survival for many generations to come.
  9. 9. PRIORITY ECOLOGICAL AREAS
  10. 10. RIPARIAN AREAS
  11. 11. RIPARIAN AREAS • strips of vegetated land alongside bodies of water • highly productive ecosystems • maintain shoreline stability, water quality, in-stream structure and stream temperature • provide water storage and conservation
  12. 12. SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS
  13. 13. SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS Older Forest • With average tree age of over 100 years, Older Forests support a rich community of biodiversity Older Second Growth Forests • Maturing forests have significant biodiversity values and connect fragmented ecosystems Woodlands (including Garry Oak habitat) • Occur as widely scattered fragments
  14. 14. Historic and Current Abundance of Garry Oak Woodlands in the Comox Valley
  15. 15. SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS
  16. 16. SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS Wetlands • are extremely productive and provide habitat for most animal species during part of their lifecycle • prevent flooding by holding water like a sponge and releasing it slowly when water levels are low • purify water and recycle nutrients
  17. 17. UPLAND WILDLIFE CORRIDORS
  18. 18. UPLAND WILDLIFE CORRIDORS • provide natural routes of passage and migration • provide linkages between significant ecological areas and habitats • are essential to the long-term survival and sustainability of biological diversity • help maintain healthy, natural functions of ecosystems
  19. 19. CRITICAL WATERSHEDS Browns River Tsable River
  20. 20. ESTUARIES
  21. 21. ESTUARIES Estuaries are the “nurseries of the sea,” providing fish with sheltered waters for spawning and safe habitat for juveniles to develop. They are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet. Although estuaries cover less than 3% of BC’s shoreline, 80% of all species on the coast use them at some point in their life.
  22. 22. What Will This Look Like on the Ground?
  23. 23. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS?
  24. 24. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity
  25. 25. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR
  26. 26. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR Local food production reduces our ecological footprint and encourages good farming practices.
  27. 27. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry
  28. 28. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour
  29. 29. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour • Lowers infrastructure costs by redeveloping existing areas
  30. 30. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour • Lowers infrastructure costs by redeveloping existing areas • Natural rain water management avoids need for costly infrastructure and reduces flooding
  31. 31. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour • Lowers infrastructure costs by redeveloping existing areas • Natural rain water management avoids need for costly infrastructure and reduces flooding • Buffers Climate Change
  32. 32. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour • Lowers infrastructure costs by redeveloping existing areas • Natural rain water management avoids need for costly infrastructure and reduces flooding • Buffers Climate Change • Protects / Enhances Tourism & Hospitality Industry
  33. 33. What are the BENEFITS of the CVCS? • Protects Ecosystem Amenities and Biodiversity • Promotes Local Farming and Supports the ALR • Expands the Restoration Industry • Attracts investment and skilled labour • Lowers infrastructure costs by redeveloping existing areas • Natural rain water management avoids need for costly infrastructure and reduces flooding • Buffers Climate Change • Protects / Enhances Tourism & Hospitality Industry • Increases Recreation Amenities & Protects Quality of Life
  34. 34. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE?
  35. 35. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE? • Local government can develop opportunities and incentives to reduce/recover costs (for example: through the use of density bonuses to protect ecological amenities)
  36. 36. With Bonus Without Bonus
  37. 37. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE? • Local government can develop opportunities and incentives to reduce/recover costs • Green infrastructure reduces long term costs of development
  38. 38. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE? • Local government can develop opportunities and incentives to reduce/recover costs • Green infrastructure reduces long term costs of development • Developers have greater certainty about where to build and developments are planned correctly from the start
  39. 39. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE? • Local government can develop opportunities and incentives to reduce/recover costs • Green infrastructure reduces long term costs of development • Developers have greater certainty about where to build and developments are planned correctly from the start • Can partner with / utilize skills of local NGO’s
  40. 40. Is the CVCS economically FEASIBLE? • Local government can develop opportunities and incentives to reduce/recover costs • Green infrastructure reduces long term costs of development • Developers have greater certainty about where to build and developments are planned correctly from the start • Can partner with / utilize skills of local NGO’s • Utilize/create incentives for landowners to protect Sensitive Ecosystems on private land
  41. 41. We Can’t Afford to WAIT!
  42. 42. We Can’t Afford to WAIT! The Conservation Strategy is an important tool for integrated, regional land use planning.
  43. 43. It protects ecosystem services and biodiversity, attracts green investment and skilled labour,and creates certainty and a level playing field for developers. It reduces infrastructure costs, grows the restoration industry, promotes tourism, increases property values and protects our health and quality of life. It will buffer climate change by maintaining the ability of ecosystems to adapt and allow for increased CO2 absorption.
  44. 44. The CVCS supports a Balanced Approach: Growth and development that protects biodiversity
  45. 45. How Will the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Achieve its Goals? • Activities are coordinated by a Steering Committee • Community Partnership of 9 local environmental groups has been formed and is working to: • improve land use planning, policy and standards • conduct conservation projects and activities • educate the community/build support for the Strategy • Join the CVCS Community Partnership as a Partner, Supporter or Volunteer today!
  46. 46. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP MEMBERSHIP
  47. 47. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTER ORGANIZATIONS • Formally endorse the CVCS • Keep their membership informed about the CVCS • May consider a financial contribution to the CVCS PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS • Formally endorse and actively participate in the CVCS and: a) have a representative sit on the steering Committee or on an Implementation Team, and/or b) assume responsibility for a project and report back on its progress
  48. 48. BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP
  49. 49. BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP Offers an opportunity to work together toward a regional ecosystem-based approach to land use planning Offers the opportunity to advance protection of Lands of concern to your organization Can provide resources for environmental education Can help with recruitment of volunteers Sharing information, resources and expertise Can offer support in your dealings with local government
  50. 50. YOUR ROLE in the CVCS Educate yourself and others about the values of conservation Donate to or Volunteer with the CVCS Reduce your use of natural resources, water, toxics, electricity and packaging, and walk or bike instead of driving. Let Your Voice Be Heard: Get involved in community and regional planning initiatives Be a responsible landowner: - dispose of hazardous materials safely - use water-saving devices, compost - protect natural areas on your property - plant native species in gardens
  51. 51. GET INVOLVED: VOLUNTEER!
  52. 52. GET INVOLVED: VOLUNTEER! Volunteer! We can use your HELP! Sign the list today! Share Your Skills with the CVCS or one of our Member Organizations in your neighbourhood: • Comox Valley Land Trust • Project Watershed • Comox Valley Water Watch • Tsolum River Restoration Society • Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society • Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards • Comox Valley Environmental Council • Morrison Creek Stream Keepers • Portuguese Creek Stream Keepers • Oyster River Watershed Mgmt. Committee
  53. 53. OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS • local governments are working with us to adopt regional conservation planning practices • sharing knowledge, expertise and resources • Mapping Centre and Development Assessment • Education and Outreach Program • input to RGS and Sustainability Strategies Website: www.cvconservationstrategy.org

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