Surrounded by high mountain ranges with abundant water, ample hydro-electric power and arable land, the Okanagan Valley is a uniquely beautiful and resilient region.  But it is by no means immune to the challenges of rapid growth and global climate change.

Healthy, functioning ecosystems are natural capital.  They are essential to our quality of life.  These ecosystems provide us with valuable services:  the pure water we drink, the clean air we breathe, the fish and healthy foods we eat, the recreational opportunities we enjoy.  Wetlands and protect us from floods.  Healthy forests protect us from fires.  

But if we over-exploit these resources and exceed their carrying capacity, they will no longer be able to support us.  How can we incorporate best management practices, state-of-the-art technologies and indigenous knowledge to protect and restore our natural ecosystems?

This initiative aims to protect the remaining critical eco-systems (forests, grasslands, wildlife corridors, lakes and streams), and identify and implement projects to restore critical areas damaged by human development.  Scientific evidence tells us that maintaining habitat connectivity is one of the most significant strategies for maximizing adaptivity and resilience to climate change.  

Adopting this watershed approach ensures property will be protected, real estate values will be improved, quality of life will be enhanced, and recreational opportunities expanded.  Public policies that encourage these goals are urgently needed.  So is citizen engagement.  We welcome your participation in this critical initiative.

Healthy Ecosystems Resources

Okanagan

OSLC Submission to BC Government Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Plan

Recently the Government of British Columbia welcomed submissions as part of a public consultation on its Climate Preparedness and Adaptation…

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David Jenkins speaks to Global News

OSLC Submission to City of Kelowna Public Hearing

David Jenkins is imploring Kelowna city council to be extremely diligent when considering McKinley Beach’s latest development proposal. “You should…

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 All Hands on Deck: An Assessment of Provincial, Territorial and Federal Readiness to Deliver a Safe Climate

Pembina Institute Unlocking a prosperous future for all will require bold, ambitious action on climate from governments across Canada. To…

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Clean BC Climate Change Accountability Report 2020

This 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report summarizes B.C.’s actions and progress towards a stronger, cleaner future. It is the first…

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