A panoramic view of the Okanagan Valley with West Kelowna in the foreground and mountains in the background

From the Background section of the report's Introduction:
"A biodiversity conservation strategy is an environmental policy framework that sets priorities for identifying, preserving  and  restoring  important  natural  areas.  The  strategy  promotes  a  ‘big-picture’  landscape view of the region and provides a framework  for  considering  conservation  options  for  entire  ecosystems  and  watersheds that go beyond municipal or rural  boundaries. Various jurisdictions throughout North  America have prepared biodiversity strategies as a response to increasing urban and rural development pressure. The development of a strategy for the Central and North Okanagan Regional Districts is timely as the combined population is projected to increase by more than 1.5% per year to reach in excess of 348,000 people by 2031..."

See the report [PDF @43 MB].

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