In September 2012, Compass was hired to undertake preliminary planning work to support the development of strategic plans for the Peace Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP). In partnership with Ecofish Research and EcoLogic Research, Compass carried out this initial planning work, and then in 2013 designed and facilitated a strategic planning process towards the development of a series of strategic action plans. These plans will define annual funding priorities (about $1.4m is available each year) for the next five years to compensate for fish and wildlife impacts associated with the creation of BC Hydro's generation facilities on the Peace River. The planning process consisted of a series of technical, First Nations, and broader public meetings guided by an overarching advisory committee. Ten planning meetings were held over a four month period where consensus was reached on six ecosystem based action plans. This was an incredibly compressed planning schedule that included detailed technical reviews and sophisticated surveys and ranking techniques to elicit and gauge public priorities from over 100 participants.
The development of land, fish or wildlife management plans often spark intense community interest, elevating the need to effectively engage stakeholders and integrate science, traditional knowledge and values in a planning process. At Compass, we are committed to continually raising the bar for best practices in participatory assessment methods.