The Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (SEI) of East Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands was initiated in 1993 in response to an urgent need for inventory information on remaining natural areas to support sound land-use planning. The eastern coastal lowland of Vancouver Island and the adjacent Gulf Islands were chosen as a pilot study area for the project because of their exceptionally high biodiversity values. This area contains some of British Columbia’s rarest and most endangered plants, animals, and plant communities. It is also a highly desirable place to live, and is therefore experiencing intense development pressure. The objective of the SEI project was to provide mapped ecosystem inventory data to local governments, developers, landowners, and others as a user-friendly flagging tool for identifying remaining natural areas and important wildlife habitats, and to engage and encourage their participation in the protection of sensitive ecosystems in their area...
Kirkby, Jan. 1999. Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory Project for East Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: Gulf Islands, inventory, land-use planning, Vancouver Island
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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