Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast
In 2007 the South Coast Conservation Program commissioned a survey of residents of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to gage awareness of species at risk and the level of support for possible provincial initiatives or legislation aimed at this issue. This survey included questions on:
-Concern For Loss/Deterioration Of BC Ecosystems
-Development Vs. Conservation
-Legislation & Initiatives
-Opinion On Valley Bottom Development
(See bottom of page for pdf's of all surveys)
In 2008 the University of British Columbia in partnership with the Simon Fraser University and the Provincial Species at Risk Coordination Office undertook a similar survey for the Province of BC. The report "British Columbia Species at Risk Public Opinion Survey 2008: Final technical report." The purpose of the British Columbia Species at Risk Public Opinion Survey was to inform Government about British Columbian's opinions and beliefs about the management, protection, and recovery of species at risk within the province. This report summarizes responses received from four regions of British Columbia: Vancouver Island/Lower Mainland (Development Regions 1 & 2), Coastal BC (Development Region 6), Southeastern BC (Development Regions 3 & 4), and Central-Northern BC (Development Regions 5, 7 & 8).
The survey instrument was a twelve-page booklet that contained questions which comprehensively measured people’s attitudes and beliefs about a wide range of issues and challenges regarding protection and recovery of species at risk in British Columbia. The twelve questions that made up the survey were:
Question 1: Opinions and beliefs about how people relate to the environment;
Question 2: Opinion and beliefs about natural resource management issues in BC;
Question 3: Opinions about species at risk protection;
Question 4: Attitudes towards species at risk protection on private land in BC;
Question 5: Opinions about different approaches for protecting and recovering species at risk;
Question 6: Priorities and responsibilities for species at risk protection and recovery;
Question 7: Support for the protection and recovery of species at risk;
Question 8: Prioritizing spending for species at risk protection and recovery;
Question 9: Opinions about priorities for species at risk protection;
Question 10: Opinions about threats to species at risk;
Question 11: Experiences with outdoor recreation; and
Question 12: Demographics.
Most Recently, in December 2012 Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Canadian Wildlife Federation conducted a national poll on the issue. The results? Three in five (62%) Canadians feel that the federal government is doing too little to ensure the survival of Canada’s species at risk and should strengthen and better enforce Canada’s endangered species laws. Furthermore nine in Ten Canadians (85%) Say Federal Laws Protecting Species at Risk are Crucial to the Diversity and Abundance of Wildlife, the Canadian Economy, and Canadians’ Health.