How can a conservation fund be established?
There is no “one size fits all” method to establishing a conservation fund; everything—from choosing a legislative approach, to deciding how to finance the fund and engage the public—depends on the nature and needs of each community.
The guide expands on seven main tasks that should be considered during the fund establishment process:
- Identifying a team to work on establishing the fund
- Determining community priorities and gauging support for the fund
- Making a case for the conservation fund
- Designing the conservation fund
- Deciding how to finance the conservation fund
- Understanding the establishment options
- Selecting the appropriate approval process to establish the fund
Making the case for conservation and building consensus: To be successful in establishing a conservation fund, support is required from two different sources: the local government that will host the fund, and the community that will pay for it. A communication strategy will help with framing the issues, outlining communication tactics, defining tasks and responsibilities, laying out a timeline, and determining budget needs.
Funding and support for this second edition is gratefully received from: The Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation of BC, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC and the Schad Foundation.