The Islands Trust Fund's work is guided by the Regional Conservation Plan, a science-based plan that identifies, prioritizes and plans for the protection of the best of the islands' natural spaces. We've created this plan to focus our efforts and resources on what's most urgently in need of protection.
First, we identified where ecosystems and habitat were, and which were most at-risk of disappearing with our Ecosystem Mapping. Next, we partnered with other conservation agencies and experts to identify and prioritize biodiversity values that needed our support. Then we developed a plan and strategies for the protection of those biodiversity priorities that we can work towards on our own and with our partners.
Regional Conservation Plan
The Regional Conservation Plan 2011-2015 was approved by Trust Fund Board in November 2010. The plan identified seven goals and proposed thirty, five-year objectives to guide the work of the Islands Trust Fund over the course of the plan.
In January 2015, the Trust Fund Board voted to extend the Regional Conservation Plan to the end of 2017. This extension will help the Trust Fund Board achieve some of the more time consuming actions of the plan.
The full 2011-2015 Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here. [PDF]
The 2015 Regional Conservation Plan Update can be viewed here. [PDF]
A summary of the 2015 Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here. [PDF]
Our Biodiversity Priorities
We believe the biodiversity of the islands makes them beautiful. We're committed to protecting that diversity of life. To do this, we've prioritized the protection of these features:
- Rare and sensitive ecosystems, such as old forest, woodland, freshwater, riparian, herbaceous, wetland, and cliff ecosystems
- Ecosystems representative of the islands
- At-risk species and ecosystems
- Ecosystems that connect and buffer existing protected areas
- Nearshore zone areas
- Islets and small islands
To achieve the most protection for our biodiversity priorities, we've set to work with our partners on the following goals:
- Protect core conservation areas
- Protect biodiversity in working landscapes
- Conserve marine ecosystems
- Encourage local governments to prioritize biodiversity
- Empower islanders to conserve the islands
- Build strong conservation partners
- Take care of what we have
We're measuring our own successes and the combined successes of conservation efforts across the islands so we can adapt and respond to new conservation opportunities. Over the course of the Regional Conservation Plan, we'll reassess our priorities and goals to continue to move towards effective protection of the natural landscape of the islands.