Envisioning a Community of Practice for
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP in British Columbia
Why Environmental Stewards Need a Community of Practice With an ever-increasing degree of self-regulation, British Columbia’s environmental professionals, educators and stewards say they would benefit from critical guidance by friends and colleagues. They agree dialogue needs to occur sooner, in order to effectively break down the “silos of information” and work through the various barriers preventing effective stewardship. By welcoming actionable input from the Social Sciences in addressing critical global issues even broader benefits of the CoP can be realized.
Barriers to Effective Environmental Stewardship Wetland Restoration and Speciesat-Risk | Conflicting Uses Barrier Many important wetlands are associated with large lakes that are also used by boaters. The motorboats and personal watercraft cause disturbances that affect the integrity of wetland vegetation and its associated wildlife. The science of wetland restoration is undermined by such conflicting use and in order to persist, the restoration project needs to broaden to deal with recreational users. Conflicting uses also affect species-at-risk, as seen in urban development on Garry Oak ecosystems and grazing pressures from cattle ranches on grasslands ecosystems. For more information visit the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia: www.stewardshipcentrebc.ca | 1.866.456.7222 Layout | Britton Jacob-Schram, email@example.com Photography | Simone Rochon, higherlatitudes.ca