The Solution

Ten Principles of Highly Effective Endangered Species Laws

If you’re going to draft a law, you might as well do it right, so we went out and we looked at endangered species laws from around the world (remember, BC is one of the last places on earth without a law), and we found a bunch of things in common among laws that were doing a good job.

If you’re going to draft a law, you might as well do it right

Ten Principles of Highly Effective Endangered Species Laws

1. Enshrine the principle that healthy ecosystems are essential to healthy human societies and economies,

2. Recognize that biological diversity is essential to healthy ecosystems,

3. Identify, protect and recover at-risk biodiversity across BC,

4. Protect and recover biodiversity by protecting habitat,

5. Identify, assess and develop recovery strategies for at-risk biodiversity on the basis of sound science,

6. Enshrine the precautionary principle; the principle of inter-generational equity; and the polluter-pays principle,

7. Require citizen, community and First Nations participation,

8. Require accountability and transparency,

9. Be enforced, and

10. Be funded.

The 10 principles listed above will ensure that the new law we eagerly await does the job it is designed to do.