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KEY POLICIES ON BIODIVERSITY AND FRESHWATER CONSERVATION FOR GABRIOLA ISLAND

This page provides information on the major policies and planning tools contained in the Gabriola Official Community Plan (OCP), the Islands Trust’s Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystem Protection Toolkit and Gulf Islands Groundwater Protection Toolkit that address environmental issues generally and speak to the protection and promotion of biodiversity and the conservation of the island’s freshwater resources. It covers:

  1. the OCP’s general statements about environmental preservation
  2. specific environment-related goals in the OCP
  3. various OCP objectives and policies relevant to biodiversity and freshwater conservation
  4. the OCP’s specific objectives and policies about groundwater protection
  5. current relevant Development Permit Areas on Gabriola
  6. key policies in the Islands Trust’s Coastal Douglas-fir Toolkit
  7. key policies in the Islands Trust’s Groundwater Protection Toolkit

Key Considerations

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Gabriola’s OCP speaks to the protection of the environment in both general and specific ways. It includes a number of objectives and policies related to the natural environment. There is currently no overarching strategy to identify biodiversity and freshwater conservation priorities and ensure that effective objectives and policies are both in place and regulated in order to achieve them.

The Islands Trust’s Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) Toolkit provides specific guidance on regulatory tools that Local Trust Committees can use to protect our important biogeoclimatic zone. Similarly, the Islands Trust’s Groundwater Protection Toolkit provides guidance on regulatory tools that can be used to protect groundwater resources. None of the CDF Toolkit recommendations and only one of the Groundwater Protection Toolkit recommendations have been incorporated into the Gabriola OCP and Land Use Bylaw.

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