Last year the Raincoast lab at UVic marked an important new milestone with the creation of the Raincoast Chair in Applied Conservation Science at the University of Victoria. This five year Chaired Professorship allows us to expand our research, teaching and outreach programs in community-driven applied conservation science.
Our long-term vision is to train next generation applied conservation scholars whose research informs and empowers resource management decision-makers. Over the years our science and informed advocacy has contributed to significant conservation wins for grizzly bears and many other species. A key geographic focus, and place of special importance to me personally, is in the Indigenous territories within what is now known as the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s central coast. Our interdisciplinary work is shaped by the values of our colleagues, especially those of the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk, Wuikinuxv, and Gitga’at with whom our lab works in close partnership.
Although our research lab at the University of Victoria is best known for its work on wildlife, our team also actively investigates wildlife policy. Although the best available evidence about wildlife ecology forms the basis of sound decisions, identifying ways in which policy could improve can ultimately bring lasting change. We also engage in policy processes. For example, several of us have contributed expert witness testimony to the Joint Review Panel (Enbridge), the National Energy Board (Kinder Morgan), and the Auditor General of BC (grizzly bear management). We also recently contributed to an expert panel with recommendations to inform the BC government’s proposed Endangered Species legislation.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the values, individuals, and areas of focus of the lab, please watch and share our latest video.
Much of our research is available in open access journals.
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Giving to Raincoast enables you to protect what you love most.
For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. Thanks to your generous donations, among many other accomplishments, we have been able to end commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in over 38,000 square kilometers of the Great Bear Rainforest, begin acquiring forest land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, aid recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and establish a university research lab dedicated to applied conservation science. Strong partnerships are integral to our success.
Our efforts need to be maintained and advanced, now more than ever. As the biodiversity and climate crises collide, your support allows us to continue to make tangible conservation gains.
Biodiversity protection is the most important gift we can give the next generation. Join us as a Raincoaster today!