Responsible Development Initiative
Investing in our future
The Skeena watershed has seen a number of concerning and inappropriately sited industrial projects come and go over the past decade. In the aftermath of these, SkeenaWild saw a need for a proactive approach about how resource development occurs in our region. This project aims to highlight and describe innovative, adaptive and, diverse opportunities for responsible economic growth. SkeenaWild’s Responsible Development Initiative articulates a vision of what we feel responsible development might look like for the communities in the Skeena watershed and Northwest BC. The initiative highlights the need to shift from large-scale resource extraction projects at any cost, to an economy which supports jobs and economic development that maintains both our standard of living and core values that matter to our local communities, such as health, clean air, water, and wild salmon. We are doing this by setting strong criteria for assessing projects and promoting development (including mining, forestry, and energy projects), which meet these criteria.
We’ve completed a regional economic analysis and several other research components which focus on mining, forestry, energy, tourism and value added / secondary manufacturing sectors. This research describes how these industries can take place using practices that protect functioning salmon ecosystems, provide examples of good practices / projects, and opportunities to expand responsible development in the region.
We’ve reviewed existing findings on public views (Skeena 2050 by the numbers and in words, mining focus groups and polling) regarding development. This information provides insights and information on what people care about and how development should be done in the region. Overwhelmingly, residents of the Skeena want development, but want it done in a manner that protects our values – healthy communities, healthy salmon, clean water, clean air and a fair share of the benefits.
SkeenaWild is also developing diverse partnerships to host community forums and speakers’ series aimed to create a collaborative and public space to inspire, educate, and connect with our communities on these issues. This will help us better understand and advocate for the multitude of exciting and innovative community initiatives and projects already underway.