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The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Keeping Nature in Our Future: Designing and Implementing Ecosystem Connectivity in the Okanagan

Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
Published: 2014
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This guide provides an introduction to the key concepts in landscape fragmentation and ecosystem connectivity, and an overview of policies, tools, and information that could improve and protect wildlife corridors and connected habitats. The guide is intended to help direct the ecosystem connectivity planning process by outlining steps or considerations that could be taken into account including:
·         Defining the process
·         Determining a planning area/scale
·         Setting goals and targets
·         Identifying patches and corridors
·         Field review
·         Considering land tenure, focal species, linkages with other jurisdictions
·         Identifying barriers
·         Considering shifts due to climate change
·         Refine mapping to a network of linked patches and corridors
·         Finalize plan and monitor species movement and indicators of health
The guide includes detailed information in the Appendix on: ecosystem patches (size, shape, quality, location, arrangement); connectivity elements or corridors (species, width, riparian and upland areas, habitat quality, scale, configuration); planning and design steps; roads and other land use barriers; climate change implications; local government tools (regional conservation and growth strategies, official community plans, zoning, development permit areas, subdivision, development cost charges, conservation covenants).
Subject Areas:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Habitat
  • Land Use
  • Mapping/Inventory
  • Agriculture Plan
  • Biodiversity Conservation Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • Habitat Stewardship or Restoration Plan
  • Land Use Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Sensitive Ecosystems Protection Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • List of Resources
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