Our Vision for Applied Science

Raincoast’s Applied Conservation Science Lab


The Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab will be an active participant in empowering evidence-based environmental policy by all governments.  

Our Vision is to support social-ecological sustainability that considers not only nature but also the people who rely on it. 

With a focus on working actively with Indigenous governments we will contribute high-quality data from applied scientific research to inform decision-making.


To develop applied conservation scholars and practitioners whose research informs and empowers environmental management decision-makers.

Details and Operating Principles:

Decision-makers, including members of the public, require relevant, reliable, timely and understandable information to address environmental problems and opportunities.

High-quality information often takes the form of evidence derived from scientific research.

Applied scholars can produce not only scholarship but also information to support environmental management decisions.

Seeking, generating, and receiving evidence cannot be separated from the value systems of those involved.

Therefore, in all our work we strive to:

1) acknowledge and apply our core values: conservation, social justice, Indigenous rights, animal welfare, and informed advocacy;

2) work with diverse partners & knowledge systems in a decolonizing framework, especially via collaboration with Indigenous Nations and their members;

3) develop and implement creative, targeted, and collaborative research connections;

4) maintain and nurture long-term relationships with partners via open dialogue, and mutually-beneficial, productive collaborations;

5) ensure the rigour of our research (and the authority of applied information) by exposing our work to peer-review;

6) communicate new knowledge broadly, clearly, and compellingly.