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West Coast Environmental Law joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2021
Pages: 15
Indigenous Laws in the Context of Conservation cover

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are defined by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) as “lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, WCEL, Larry Innes, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership - University of Guelph
Publication Date: March 2021
Pages: 36
Shipping in MPAs report covers

Canada's existing marine protections do not adequately consider or mitigate the impacts of shipping, leaving marine life to contend with a number of stressors, including underwater noise, ship strikes, and vessel discharges, even in areas designated as protected. 

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, WWF Canada, East Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: February 2021
Regulating the West Coast Cruise Industry Cover

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-century global tragedy, one of its unforeseen impacts was a welcome reprieve for marine and coastal ecosystems from the massive amount of cruise ship pollution that is discharged off the Pacific Coast of Canada each year.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Stand.earth
Publication Date: February 2021
Pages: 35

This document provides feedback from SeaBlue Canada, a coalition of environmental non-governmental organizations with extensive experience in the establishment and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs).

Author: SeaBlue Canada - Joint submission
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 9

This document provides advice from SeaBlue Canada, a coalition of environmental non-government organizations with extensive experience in marine protected area (MPA) establishment and management.

Author: SeaBlue Canada - Joint submission
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 25
Ocean Law Guide - Cover Image (aerial of ocean wildlife/herring spawn)

Are you concerned about the health of your local shoreline, and wondering what your government(s) can do to help? Curious about the complex web of laws, policies and regulations governing the BC coast and ocean?

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson & Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 324

Healthy coastal ecosystems are essential for maintaining biodiversity and liveable coastal communities, providing critical habitat, water quality protection, food and medicinal plants for harvesting, lessening of coastal erosion, resilience to climate change, and flood regulation.

Author: Deborah Carlson - Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 44

This report reviews the trends, changes, and projections which have been studied in British Columbia’s coastal habitats and species, with a focus on those under provincial

Author: Maryann Watson
Publication Date: November 2020
Pages: 81
Blueprint for restoring ecological governance to the Lower Fraser River cover

The Lower Fraser River and its estuary host a remarkable diversity of species within a globally important ecosystem, including its role as one of the greatest salmon bearing rivers in the world.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: October 2020
Pages: 10

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