Based in British Columbia, Canada, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation is made up of a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. The foundation uses rigorous, peer-reviewed science and grassroots activism to further conservation objectives. As an evidence-based, conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, the foundation is unique in Canada.
Since 1990, the foundation has been making progress toward habitat and wildlife protection goals, based on a deep-rooted understanding of British Columbia’s vast coastline. Working in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and nongovernmental organizations, the foundation builds support for decisions that protect marine and rainforest habitat on the British Columbia coast.
Raincoast conducts applied, process-oriented and hypothesis-driven research through in-house scientists that collaborate with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professors to produce high-quality peer-reviewed publications.
The foundation operates a research lab at the University of Victoria, a research field station on Denny Island, owns and operates a 70-foot steel Canadian Coastguard-certified research vessel and maintain speedboats suitable for research in a range of coastal conditions.