Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
We are trying to establish a research centre/think-tank that serves to integrate the various uses and interests within the Columbia Mountains so that we can ultimately develop a realistic and adaptive long-term plan that can steer industry, government and citizens toward economic and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to serve as a non-profit organization that will help integrate the area’s diverse regional land use plans into a comprehensive landscape-level plan for sustainable resource management and protection.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We have assembled a strong board of directors and incorporated our association under the BC Society Act.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
To help industry, conservation groups, government and First Nations understand each others' priorities and to promote collaboration of the different groups. Within the next five years we hope to have a better sense of what sustainability (eg. extraction and protection levels) and self-sufficiency can look like for the Columbia Mountains.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Currently, financial start up costs are the greatest hindrance to our project. Our region is blessed with a wide variety of individuals with sufficient capacity to advance our project; however, we need to provide adequate incentive and resources to procure their collaboration. Last, the nature of our project involves bringing opposing views to the same table; stubbornness, and fundamentalism of opposing values could hinder our project. Tactfulness, diplomacy and highlighting our common goals can help us overcome some of the barriers.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Our six month milestone is to build the economic foundation of the Association and to better define the roles of the BOD
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
To have procured sufficient funding to become a well established NGO