The future of wildlife and wildlife habitat in rural, suburban, and urban settings depend on an environmentally-responsible strategy of land management that emphasizes a mix of spaces for people and wildlife. As the world’s population increasingly inhabits cities, urbanized areas have become the most rapidly expanding habitat type worldwide. Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in our cities and suburbs is a vital component of wildlife conservation
In the Spring of 2019 BBEMA completed a three year partnership with the City of Summerside to develop a Biodiversity Action Plan.
The Summerside Biodiversity Action Plan is a tool through which City staff and relevant partners can work together to deliver a program of continuing action for biodiversity stewardship at a local level. It is a roadmap for the protection of the natural systems, and a guidepost for the engagement of the community in conservation activities. A BAP emphasizes integration of biodiversity considerations into urban planning and decision-making processes.
Inclusive in this strategic plan was the completion of a Supplementary Biodiversity Action Plan Field Manual – composed of reference material for advising the proper management of biodiversity in an urban setting. Providing further detail on biodiversity enhancement methods and issues which may arise with conservation and and restoration of the City’s natural systems.
The Summerside Biodiversity Action Plan was created by the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) through funding from the Environment Canada Eco-Action Program. At the end of the project in 2019, BBEMA staff will transfer this document and the accompanying material to the City of Summerside. This plan will guide the City of Summerside in protecting its position in Prince Edward Island’s biodiversity and the invaluable benefits it provides. The suggested goal is that this plan will be updated bi-annually, based on the results of regular monitoring of actions taken and the impact of these activities. In this way, continuity of benefits to natural systems and community engagement can be followed.