The Stewardship Centre actively works with our partners to demonstrate science-based and community-supported Stewardship Practices guidelines. Our aim is to encourage private landowners, industry, local governments and stewardship organizations to voluntarily address threats to wildlife and species at risk.
This Stewardship Practices for Species at Risk project has four primary aims.
- foster partnerships between local government, agricultural producers, and ENGOs who have a long term stake in stewarding the local land base;
- develop stewardship community champions;
- address science gaps related to the effectiveness of the different riparian area and agricultural waterways stewardship practices; and
- encourage people to take voluntary stewardship actions to safeguard the natural areas of species at risk need to live.
Case Study Methodology
To develop our case studies, we work with a variety of partners and collaborators throughout BC. Based on partner recommendations, we look for sites with diverse examples of stewardship practices, habitat types, and species at risk.
After selecting and contacting the site’s landowners, a one-hour semi-structured interview and tour is completed for each site. The semi-structured interview is based on a data collection form created by Bernardo Ranieri and an interview protocol designed by Mollie Chapman.
The data collection form allows for the gathering of systematic information about the implemented stewardship practices and some of the outcomes of these practices. The interview is also designed to capture why landowners adopted stewardship practices (motivations), what problems they had with implementation (challenges), and what were impacts of the adopted practices (outcomes).
Landowners frequently elaborate deeper philosophical thoughts and political opinions on several other issues related to sustainability, economics, policies and regulations. Our goal is to obtain their narratives showing how applying stewardship practices can be beneficial for their community, agriculture and the industry.
The Stewardship Centre for BC would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Bernardo Dourado Ranieri (Ph.D. candidate), Mollie Chapman (Ph.D. candidate), and Adrian Semmelink (M.Sc. candidate) who all contributed to the project. In the summer of 2014, Bernardo established a methodology to collect data on the stewardship practices and started completing profiles. Throughout 2015, Mollie expertly crafted the interview protocol and completed more profiles. During the summer of 2016, Adrian worked on refining aspects of the project, updating older profiles, and completing new profiles. All three researchers are in the process of completing their degrees at the University of British Columbia. Mollie and Adrian are both completing their graduate studies at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, while Bernardo is a fellow Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering.
Sponsors and Partners
We offer sincere thanks to the numerous individuals and organizations who are involved in and contribute to the Species at Risk Stewardship Practices Demonstration project. Their donations, support, guidance and information have been indispensable to the ongoing work of the Stewardship Centre. We also wish to recognize the following partner organizations for contributing funding to Species at Risk Stewardship Practices Demonstration Project:
We also thank our project partners including: the South Coast Conservation Program, Fraser Valley Conservancy, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, The Nature Trust of BC, A Rocha Canada, Environmental Farm Plan Advisors (Okanagan), and the Environmental Services Initiative. Finally, this project would not be possible without the support of all the landowners we profiled. Thank you all for welcoming us onto your property and sharing your inspiring stories of stewardship.