Fish and Wildlife Compensation Plans
The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program(FWCP) is a partnership that was formed between BC Hydro, the Province, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and related stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by the construction of BC Hydro dams. To clarify annual funding priorities, FWCP requires the development and periodic updating of strategic plans for the Peace, the Columbia, and the Coast region.
Compass designed and facilitated a series of technical and public strategic planning processes for both the initial development and subsequent updates of these strategic plans, with technical support from Ecofish Research and Ecologic Research. Our role began with supporting the interagency steering committee (BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans) on core policy and governance issues. At the analytical level, Compass developed decision support tools (e.g., surveys, ranking and weighting systems) to help identify restoration priorities based on conservation, sustainable use and community engagement objectives. Engagement processes varied by region and phase, but typically consisted of a series of technical, First Nations, and broader public meetings guided by an overarching advisory committee made up of government agency and First Nations representatives. The full suite of plans written by Compass and other partners can be viewed here