Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Partner profile: World Wildlife Fund

In December 2016, WWF-Canada and the BVRC convened First Nations, multiple levels of government, and environmental NGOs at a two-day workshop to discuss water sustainability in the Skeena watershed. The workshop was spearheaded by Jeffrey Anderson, WWF-Canada's Senior Manager in the Skeena region, and served to create space for an open dialogue between First Nations and government surrounding components of water sustainability, biodiversity, ecosystem health, and community needs.

Guest speakers presented on topics related to water conservation, the Skeena Knowledge Trust, the importance of conserving environmental flows, legal measures available for First Nations under British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act (WSA), and ensuring available and accessible public data to empower community-based decision making. “Bringing the main stakeholders in the Skeena region together really identified that water sustainability is not only a shared priority, but also requires a sustainable model for training, financing, and community-based monitoring,” says Anderson.

WWF has been working in the Skeena River Estuary and coastal interface for nearly 15 years, contributing to marine conservation and protection area planning. Over time, at the national and global scales, their work has evolved from protecting particular species and habitats to protecting life on earth—including our own. The mission of the WWF is to secure the future of healthy, thriving ecosystems. They operate within a framework that includes taking a collaborative approach to science-based, solution-oriented, lasting results in order to create community-based conservation solutions both here in Canada and around the globe.

Protecting the wild nature of the Skeena watershed is a shared priority that requires community groups and stakeholders to collaborate and demonstrate to the rest of Canada how maintaining biodiversity, healthy rivers, and resilient watersheds can support community and economic well-being.

Find out more about WWF-Canada's projects and initiatives at wwf.ca.