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Beyond environmentalism: Exploring the role of community-based environmental organizations as agents of 'place' in rural British Columbia

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(Project) M.R.M. (Planning)
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This research explores the role of place-based philanthropy in rural community development through a case study on the Skeena watershed, an ecologically significant region in Northwest BC that is confronting the complex and layered forces of change being experienced by many rural communities in Canada. Through qualitative interviews and document analyses, it documents how a robust ecosystem of community-based environmental organizations (CBEOs) is filling important structural gaps and playing an influential role in community development and environmental management. This research aims to fill knowledge gaps related to understanding the evolving role of philanthropy, the impact of foundation funding, and the effectiveness of locally led solutions. The discussion highlights opportunities and insights for philanthropic funders, CBEOs, and rural governments alike to contribute to building vibrant rural communities by centering local priorities and visions for the future.
66 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Markey, Sean
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