Saanich is currently undertaking a process for a proposed Biodiversity Conservation Strategy within the Resilient Saanich Environmental Policy Framework process. A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy would be a significant policy document for Saanich.
The development of a proposed Biodiversity Conservation Strategy will take place in Milestone Three. The new Terms of Reference [PDF - 421 KB] (October 2021) for the Resilient Saanich Technical Committee describes the steps leading up to and during the development of a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
Resilient Saanich is currently in Milestone Two of the process. See the State of Biodiversity Report webpage for updates on the development of this report. This State of Biodiversity Report will inform the development of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. As noted above, there is currently an open invitation to participate in a mapping engagement process for the State of Biodiversity Report.
Why a proposed Biodiversity Conservation Strategy?
“Biodiversity encompasses all living species on Earth and their relationships to each other. This includes the differences in genes, species and ecosystems.” - Government of Canada
Biodiversity enables the sustainability of life on earth. International and senior government commitments compel Saanich to address management of biodiversity within our jurisdiction. A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is proposed to address gaps and effectiveness in the protection of biodiversity in Saanich. Information related to the development of this strategy is included in the Resilient Saanich factsheets below.
“Biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems".
- 1992 International Convention on Biological Diversity
Find out more about how you can learn more and get involved in environmental stewardship in Saanich and this ecologically rich and sensitive region we live in.
Resilient Saanich Factsheets
Factsheet #2: Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Examples [PDF - 867 KB] - learn more about biodiversity conservation strategies from other local governments.
Factsheet #3: Biodiversity Targets [PDF - 509 KB] - find out about biodiversity conservation targets from international to local levels.
Factsheet #4: Biodiversity Conservation Resources [PDF - 526 KB] - a list of biodiversity conservation resources (supporting the work of the Resilient Saanich Technical Committee) now available as a resource for the public.
Factsheet #5: Biodiversity Related Saanich Reports [PDF - 2 MB] - Further to Factsheet #4, this factsheet summarizes past Saanich reports related to biodiversity goals, objectives, and criteria.
Factsheet #6: Biodiversity & Protected Areas in Saanich [PDF - 535 KB] - Looks at how Saanich biodiversity and protected areas potentially measures up to the most commonly used governmental target.