After our five minutes each, Facilitator Susan Abs pulled it all together to highlight opportunities for coordination and collaboration, possible overlaps and some common themes.
Project Overlaps and Possible Collaborations:
Connectivity Projects in South, North and Central Okanagan/Similkameen
Common Themes and Needs
Climate change adaptation is a common theme
Integration of TEK and First Nations engagement
Restoration and Enhancement – heighten engagement of volunteers and stewards; need more senior and local government collaboration
Streamlining local and provincial regulations for conservation projects
Research needs and opportunities
Possible Funding Collaborations
Could SOSCP partners coordinate asks, and share in the new federal Environment and Climate Change Canada funds?
Consider SOSCP consider developing an Endowment Fund?
Could SOSCP explore a fundraising position, see example of Capacity Re-grant Program used in the Heart-of-the-Rockies conservation program to administer grants. https://heart-of-rockies.org/what-we-do/capacity-building