Watershed Futures Initiative Research
The Watershed Futures Initiative aims to fill key knowledge gaps in our understanding of cumulative effects in BC’s salmon-bearing watersheds by undertaking several interconnected projects. Each research area uses syntheses or novel analyses to fill knowledge gaps within critical linkages of the pathways by which cumulative effects impact salmon (Fig. 1, below).
Fig. 1: Cumulative effects and their management can be visualized as a pathway of effects from activities, to habitat, to salmon (grey arrows), and the feedback (white arrows) that potentially connects the state of the system to the governance of activities.
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Carlson, D. and Baylis, V. (2022). How Crown laws and policy normalize cumulative harm to salmon watersheds in British Columbia: A Case Study. West Coast Environmental Law and the Watershed Futures Initiative. 51pp.
Address Knowledge Gaps
COMPILE STRESSOR-RESPONSE RELATIONSHIPS FOR SALMON
Lead: Jonathan Moore (Simon Fraser University; Principal Investigator and WFI Coordination Team)
There is a need and opportunity to synthesize the enormous body of scientific research on salmon and their sensitivity to stressors to guide science-based management.
Human Dimensions of BC Salmon Watersheds
PREFERENCES FOR SALMON MANAGEMENT IN BC
Lead: Nigel Sainsbury (Simon Fraser University; WFI Coordination Team)
This research will illuminate diverse people’s preferences and priorities for the management of salmon systems in British Columbia, in the context of cumulative effects, climate change, and Indigenous rights.
Prioritizing Threat Management
ROADMAPS TOWARDS CLIMATE RESILIENCE FOR BC'S SALMON WATERSHEDS
Lead: Tara Martin (University of British Columbia; Co-Principal Investigator and WFI Coordination Team)
This research will connect policy solutions with stressors to identify roadmaps towards climate resilient watersheds.