Sustainable Land Use

Sustainable Land Use

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What is it?

Land use is the human use of land – the management, conservation and change of natural environments, built environments and semi-natural areas –  to support human settlement and communities.

Sustainable land use enables people to thrive within nature's limits; it includes social, environmental, economic and cultural objectives into policy and practice for the long-term well-being of communities and ecosystems.

Why is it important?

The pace of development continues to escalate and our current real estate and land-use planning processes are often not enough to integrate economic activities and the natural environment into our communities.

What is the Foundation’s interest?

Our goal is to ensure resilient land use that supports current and future generations. Four priority areas include:

Integrated Sustainability Planning

A long-term vision based on economic, social and environmental principles and policies. Community partners are involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of a plan in small and large rural communities, neighbourhoods and regions.

Conservation Planning

Coordinated approaches for conservation and biodiversity can help integrate local and regional government planning by providing ecological planning expertise to conserve and restore lands and waters in communities, and making it easier for citizens to connect with nature.

Sustainable Land-Use and Natural Resources

British Columbia has abundant natural resources and we continue to rely on resource industries for economic opportunities. We help engage communities by exploring technology advancements in the use of natural resources and providing policy options that minimizes the impact on the land, air and watershed while maintaining ecosystem integrity.

Aboriginal Land-Use

Land use and real estate planning are important for asserting rights and community values on the development of Aboriginal territories. We help communities engage to determine future uses of their lands and natural resources. This involves integrating generational knowledge into maps and written rules about land, water, fishing and hunting to others. There is a growing constitutional acknowledgement of fundamental shifts to laws and policies governing land, resources and community development in BC.

Examples

Integrated Sustainability Planning

Conservation Planning

Sustainable Land-use and Natural Resources

Aboriginal Land-Use