CPAWS’ vision is to keep at least half of Canada’s public land and water wild — forever. We focus on protecting large tracts of land, oceans and freshwater so that the species within them can survive and thrive.
Species At Risk
Wildlife in British Columbia are on the frontlines of extinction. We’re working to protect species by safeguarding their habitats.
In BC, there are 55 Grizzly Bear populations, and 60% of them are threatened. Grizzly Bears are a keystone species in North America, which means their presence in a landscape shows us how healthy or harmed an ecosystem is. We need urgent conservation measures to protect these animals. [Learn more]
BC’s ancient glass sponge reefs help store carbon and provide vital ocean habitat for endangered rockfish. CPAWS-BC is calling on the federal government to ban bottom contact fishing on or near glass sponge reefs with marine protected areas (MPAs) and Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) such as marine refuges and fishing closures. [Learn more]
Gwaii Haanas is known for its diverse ecosystems, distinct flora and fauna, living Haida culture, and cooperative management model. By safeguarding these marine ecosystems along with the land itself, the Haida Nation and Canada have the potential to create one of the greatest protected areas on Earth, from mountain top to sea floor. [Learn more]
Parks and Protected Areas
From the high alpine to grasslands and grizzly country, our terrestrial team works with communities across the province to protect the land.
Learn all about Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas!
Support Kaska Dena’s work to protect Dene Kʼéh Kusān, the largest intact landscape in BC. This proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) would protect nearly four million hectares of wilderness lands abundant with wildlife like caribou, moose and song birds. [Learn more]
When given adequate protection to thrive, nature supports healthy wildlife and resilient communities. From threatened grizzly bear populations and dwindling caribou numbers to critically endangered northern spotted owls, biodiversity is declining quicker than ever before. Protect 30% by 2030. [Learn more]
A new National Park Reserve in the nxʷəlxʷəltantət (South Okanagan-Similkameen) grasslands will honour the cultural values of the sməlqmix / suknaʔkinx (Okanagan First Nation) and protect about 27,300 hectares of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. [Learn more]