VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Mitzi Dean says that funding through BC’s Economic Recovery Plan will help restore ecosystems, wildlife and habitats in Greater Victoria, ensuring their health and resilience in a changing climate.
“We all want to ensure the world we leave behind for our children is healthy and beautiful,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “This funding will support the work of World Fisheries Trust to restore and strengthen watersheds in our community, improving both animal and plant health.”
The World Fisheries Trust is receiving $374,000 for the restoration and stewardship of small watersheds throughout Greater Victoria.
This local project is one of 60 projects dedicated to restoring diverse ecosystems and conserving fish, wildlife and habitat recently announced by the BC New Democrat government. About $10 million is being dedicated to support the projects for species conservation and ecosystem restoration, which will also create more than 350 jobs.
The projects, which are being completed through partnerships with environmental groups, universities, local stewardship organizations and Indigenous communities are part of the BC New Democrat government’s commitment to develop and invest in new strategies aimed at better protecting fish, wildlife and their habitat. Scheduled for completion by December 2021, the projects were identified by provincial government biologists, non-government partners and regional staff with local knowledge of priority needs.
This initiative is part of the province’s COVID-19 response, which includes StrongerBC — a plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities.
More information about the BC New Democrat government’s species and ecosystems restoration investment can be found by visiting: https://news.gov.bc.ca/24042