|Strategies for protecting biodiversity|
Walker, J. (1993). Strategies for protecting biodiversity, in: Fenger, M.A. et al. (Ed.) Our living legacy: Proceedings of a Symposium on Biological Diversity. pp. 265-270
In: Fenger, M.A. et al. (Ed.) (1993). Our living legacy: Proceedings of a Symposium on Biological Diversity. The Royal British Columbia Museum: Victoria. ISBN 0-7718-9355-8. XIII, 392 pp., more
Traditional strategies for fish and wildlife agencies have been directed towards a few game species. The current wildlife strategy in British Columbia departs from this by classifying species "at risk" and those "not at risk". Existing mechanisms such as Parks Plan 90, the Forest Wilderness System Plan and the Old-growth Strategy can lead to an overall system to protect biological diversity .The term "biodiversity" needs to be carefully defined and its underlying values need to be made explicit -otherwise, effective conservation will be jeopardized. This province has international obligations to protect biodiversity. Success will be reflected in how well we maintain species in their natural ranges. Natural changes (e.g., through global warming) will profoundly alter what species occur in B.C. and where they exist. Preservation of biological diversity must consider dynamic, natural, ecological and evolutionary processes. There are enough current designations for land to protect biological diversity. Most emphasis for protection focuses on threats from poaching, logging, mining and development; there is less appreciation of threats by introduced species, diseases and hybridization. Restoring natural biological diversity by transplanting wildlife is becoming more difficult due to conflicts with agriculture, forestry, etc. Current land-conservation initiatives offer excellent opportunities to preserve biological diversity in B.C. An umbrella strategy that integrates them and gives direction to the protection of natural areas is needed.