The Okanagan valley has been recognized as one of the most ecologically diverse regions of Canada. This valley has more threatened, endangered and rare species than any other part of BC. Those species are associated with certain ecosystems and cannot exist without the environment that supports them.
Local residents place a high value on the unique environment of the valley. The Regional District is dedicated to protecting and enhancing natural and environmentally sensitive areas and achieving sustainable development. We have a commitment to protect and enhance the natural environment through land use planning, special projects, development regulations, and public education.
The long-term sustainability of our region depends upon the natural environment - the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land upon which we live and grow our food. Ensuring that a healthy environment exists today and into the future is everyone's responsibility.