Bird Studies Canada

Planning to Conserve Bird Habitat and Biodiversity

Building on previous work, Bird Studies Canada (BSC) worked with local governments in BC's Lower Mainland and Okanagan regions, and on the east coast of Vancouver Island, to develop policies and plans to conserve bird habitat and biodiversity; this included advancing the Important Bird Area program.

The organization provided data and customized assistance such as:

Fraser Basin Council

Smart Planning for BC Communities

Smart Planning for Communities was developed as a collaborative, BC-wide initiative to provide smaller, non-urban communities with practical supports to do Integrated Community Sustainability Planning. Since 2008 they have been helping communities make long-range plans for social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability.

The Real Estate Foundation awarded this grant to support the initiative’s continuing success. Between 2011 and 2013 the program:

Tyee Solutions Society

Affordable Housing Solutions for Greater Vancouver and BC

During 2013, the Tyee Solutions Society produced a year of full-time reporting and public engagement on affordable housing in the Lower Mainland. Drawing on issues and initiatives in Vancouver Victoria, New Westminster, Toronto and San Francisco, the project presented possible housing solutions for greater Vancouver and other BC communities.

Regional District of North Okanagan

Managing Growth in the North Okanagan

During 2012 and 2013, the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program to track progress on its 2011 regional growth strategy. The initial program established a baseline of information and will help identify actions that may contribute to a more sustainable region.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

The Smart Farm Project

The Smart Farm Project, based on the Sunshine Coast, explored whether increased density on small lots outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) could rally landowners to provide affordable housing for a younger generation of farmers.

The project consisted of research, community outreach and recruitment of volunteers and properties for four case studies.

The project involved 250 participants. It produced:

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