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Investing in healthy watersheds tackles many priorities in the face of cumulative environmental and climate impacts: species recovery, job creation, reconciliation, community resilience, and more.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: March 2022
Pages: 4

Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for maintaining biodiversity and liveable coastal communities, providing critical habitat, water quality protection, food and medicinal plants for harvesting, lessening of coastal erosion, resilience to climate change, and flood regulation.

Author: Deborah Carlson - Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 44
Caring for our Coast brief

British Columbia’s iconic coast extends for tens of thousands of kilometres and is relied upon by millions of people. It is one of the largest coastal jurisdictions in the world.

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson, Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 8

In January 2020, the BC government invited the public to share their views about a climate adaptation strategy for British Columbia.

Author: Andrew Gage, Deborah Carlson
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 6

BC exercises considerable jurisdiction in the marine and coastal realm, and works closely with other levels of government who share this jurisdiction – including Indigenous, federal and local governments.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 4

In 2015, Ministerial mandate letters charged three federal Ministers with responsibility for reforms on fisheries, protected areas, shipping, and wildlife protection.

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 16
Design Basis for the Living Dike Concept

West Coast Environmental Law is leading an initiative to explore the implementation of coastal flood protection approaches that also protect and possibly enhance coastal and aquatic ecosystems. The “Living Dike” concept is aimed at minimizing the loss of coastal ecosystems while establishing floo

Author: John Readshaw
Publication Date: July 2018
Pages: 42

There are many different legal authorities and regulations that have a role in the management of coastal floodplains in BC. West Coast Environmental Law has prepared this infographic to help explain the very complicated regulatory environment, and to guide community discussions about planning and implementing green infrastructure in these areas.

Author: Deborah Carlson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2017
Pages: 1
Green Waterfront Design Charette Report

The Green Waterfront Design Charrette brought together design experts and staff from five British Columbia municipalities, including planners, engineers, sustainability specialists, emergency managers and biologists.

Author: Deborah Carlson, Deborah Harford et. al.
Publication Date: December 2016
Pages: 104
EA Reform Summit Proceedings

In November 2015, the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries, Transport, Natural Resources, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Science were given the mandate to review Canada’s environmental assessment processes or to support that review.

Author: Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Publication Date: August 2016
Pages: 76