Access to practical tools & resources to help Canadians better understand and conserve wetlands.


The ecological values ascribed to riparian and wetland areas are numerous. They are recognised as centres of high biodiversity, focal points of wildlife use, important for maintenance of water quality, and areas of high recreational and aesthetic values. The British Columbia Forest Service has embraced a philosophy of ecosystem management in resource planning and management. One of the most important tools for understanding ecosystems and applying ecosystem management is an ecologically based classification system. Classifications allow for the ordering, comparing, synthesising, and inventorying of information and give resource workers a common language to communicate results. The Wetland and Riparian Ecosystem Classification project began in 1995 as an initiative of the Ministry of Forests to classify the wetland, riparian, and estuarine ecosystems of British Columbia. The project will specifically address those ecosystems at the ecotone between freshwater-terrestrial and freshwater-terrestrial-marine, while providing a framework in which all ecosystem classifications can be united. This web site provides access to most of the publications and information resources produced from this program.

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Regions: British Columbia, Canada


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