Agencies with regulatory authority over invasive species in British Columbia involves four levels of authority: federal, provincial, local, and Indigenous governments.
Successful invasive species management requires effective communication, cooperation, and coordination among many different levels of government, land management agencies, land users, provincial and regional invasive species organizations, Indigenous groups, researchers, industry organizations, volunteer groups, community groups, and the public.
3. Introduction and Spread
Prevention is British Columbia’s best and most cost-effective tool for invasive species management and the first step in integrated pest management. Reducing invasive species establishment within British Columbia, requires eliminating the ways by which they spread.
4. Effective Control, Restoration, and Monitoring Programs
Taking field action to address invasive species is central to this Strategy. The control, reduction and elimination of invasive species is most successful when applied with restoration and monitoring strategies.
5. Support and Extend Relevant and Applicable Research
Future research efforts require adequate investment and extension. These efforts should expand on existing knowledge while incorporating the needs of resource managers.
6. Stable, Long-Term Funding
Obtaining adequate, stable, long-term funding for invasive species management is a serious challenge, particularly when the potential economic impacts are not fully understood by all citizens or by all decision-makers. Investing adequate funding now is critical and is an essential aspect of this Strategy.
7. Action through Communication and Education
A key component of any Strategy is to encourage positive behavioral changes using an approach that assists residents, youth and visitors to adopt and foster responsible actions that prevent new introductions and minimize the spread of existing invasive species.
8. Preparing for Climate Change Resilience and Protecting Biodiversity
10. Other Recommendations