Working together to Keep Nature in our Future.

South Okanagan-Similkameen
Conservation Program

About SOSCP

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program is a partnership of fifty organizations that work together to conserve the unique biodiversity and environment of this region. The membership is a diverse array of government, non-government, First Nations and academic institutions. SOSCP has been working collaboratively in the South Okanagan Similkameen community, coordinating and facilitating partner activities and improving the effectiveness of conservation efforts for over 17 years.

The Vision of SOSCP is to maintain “a healthy environment that sustains the diversity of indigenous plants and animals while enriching people’s lives”.

Featured Programs

For more information on the South Okanagan Conservation Fund

A Strategy for Biodiversity in the South Okanagan Similkameen

Establish a Conservation Fund in your area.

Learn more about what SOSCP partners are doing to conserve nature.

The SOSCP:

  • Promotes the practices of land & water stewardship through Landowner Contact Programs
  • Applies first nations knowledge and ecological heritage
  • Offers educational programs that link people and communities to nature
  • Purchases, receives or monitors land for habitat
  • Undertakes habitat restoration for enhancement of fish & wildlife populations
  • Undertakes research related to wildlife and fish populations and habitat
  • Acts as an advocate for policy change
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The vision of SOSCP is to maintain a healthy environment that sustains the diversity of indigenous plants and animals while enriching people’s lives. The six pillars that guide SOSCP activities are:

SOSCP recognizes that decisions, policies and practices are important to ecological conservation and works to provide the tools and guidance needed to make sustainable planning choices.

Sustainable Land Use Planning

Supporting the acquisition of key habitats includes purchases, covenants or donations of private land, often in conjunction with enhanced protection of Crown lands. Securement activities include restoration, care, and management of these important areas.

Securing Key Habitats

SOSCP promotes stewardship activities and encourages landowners to protect biodiversity, enhance habitat for plants and wildlife, and manage lands sustainably.

Enhancing Stewardship on Public and Private Land

Involving communities in conservation is essential. SOSCP support professional development workshops, school programs, festivals and outdoor seminars that foster a love and understanding of our natural environment.

Expanding Community Involvement

SOSCP is committed to using a science-based approach to guide actions and decision-making, and to promote and facilitate further scientific research for species and ecosystems at risk.

Applying a Science-Based Approach

The En'owkin Centre continues its work to recover, revitalize and perpetuate Syilx Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) so it can be applied throughout traditional Syilx territory.

Applying Traditional Ecological Knowledge

South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program