Environmental Governance of the Salish Sea

     The health of the Salish Sea is of vital concern to communities on both sides of the Canada – U.S. border. Maintaining safe places to live, work, and play and a healthy ecosystem relies upon our ability to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate across our shared border. The environmental governance database has been produced to support cross-border information exchange and dialogue.

     The database is an in-depth and highly detailed source of information on a range of governance mechanisms and stakeholders working on environmental issues in the Salish Sea region. The searchable database is categorized according to five key environmental issue areas: Water, Air, Land, Conservation and Pollution. By selecting a link below, you can identify an issue area of interest, and then search for different laws and agreements or stakeholders that are involved in that issue area.

Information on water is sub-categorized to address Water Quality, Quantity, and Restoration, Freshwater Resources, Marine and Nearshore Ecosystems, and Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Issues related to air. Information is further sub-categorized to address Air Quality and Climate Change.

Issues related to land management. Information is further sub-categorized to address Development Permitting and Land Use Planning and Public Lands.

Information on conservation is further sub-categorized to address Public Lands, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Endangered Species and Species at Risk, and Salmon Recovery.

Issues related to pollution prevention and cleanup. Information is further sub-categorized to address Contaminated Sites, Wastewater Management, Toxic Substances, Dredging and Ocean Dumping, and Energy Transport.

Full Report
Click here to access a written inventory report that provides more detail and background about the issue areas, governance mechanisms, and stakeholders.

This project was made possible by financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, by way of a Partnership Grant that funds the “Borders in Globalization” project managed by the University of Victoria.