Author: Lee Harding
Subject: Report Announcement
ENVIRONMENT CANADA RELEASES REPORT ON BIODIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The federal Department of Environment released, in April, 1994, a report
titled, "Biodiversity in British Columbia: Our Changing Environment."
Consisting of 425 pages in 30 chapters, the report is a collaboration of
some 170 of British Columbia's top specialists in various fields of
biodiversity. It begins by establishing a philosophical context on the
importance of conserving systems by Dr. J. Stan Rowe, Professor Emeritus,
University of Saskatoon, now living in New Denver, B.C., and ends with a
discussion of the ethics of land use by Mr. Robert F. Harrington, winner
of the 1991 award from the Premier of British Columbia for Environmental
Educator of the Year. In between are chapters on classification of
rarity and determination of conservation status; chapters on rare and
endangered species of all taxa in the province for which inventories are
available; a chapter on exotic species in freshwater, terrestrial and
marine environments; detailed examinations of existing and potential
threats to B.C.s forest, grassland, marine and urban ecosystems; chapters
on the possible effects of climate change and tropical deforestaton on
the ecosystems of British Columbia; and chapters on protected area
programs in the province. A final chapter synthesizes conclusions and
recommendations of the preceding chapters.
The purpose of the report is to scope the issue of biodiversity in the
context of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity and the
development of Canadian and British Columbia strategies on biodiversity.
It provides a reference for people working to conserve biodiversity, and
an analysis of the challenges facing conservation of biodiversity in this
province. The intended audiences are scientists, environmental and
resource managers, and the educated/interested public.
The report may be ordered from University of British Columbia Press.
Send $29.95 plus $4.00 for shipping to: UBC Press, University of British
Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2. For
Canadian orders add 7% GST on total order, including shipping. UBC
Press's GST registration number is R108161779. For orders from outside
Canada, prices are in U.S. dollars. Orders may be telephoned to (604)
822-5959 or FAXed to 1-800-668-0821.
Extended summaries are available from Environment Canada in French and
English. For more information:
Head, Ecosystem Health
Canadian Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 340
Delta, British Columbia
Canada V4K 3Y3
Phone: (604) 946-8546
FAX: (604) 946-7022
EMail: hardingl at cwsvan.dots.doe.ca