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Innovating Canada’s approach to the conservation of fish, wildlife and biodiversity
Charting a collaborative vision and actions for conservation in Canada
Making Conservation Relevant
Addressing nature connection, public opinion, and livelihoods
Partnerships for Conservation
Expanding stewardship partnerships among industry, governments, conservation groups, and Indigenous Peoples
Increasing public and private investment, valuing nature, advancing incentive-based tools
Using a workshop format, participants will share concerns, ideas, and interests, be challenged and inspired by leading thinkers
through panel discussions and keynote speakers, and seek collaborative action for fish, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation.
The Summit program is motivated by a number of conversations currently taking place in Canada including
the Federal Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes, the Pathway to Target 1 process,
public dialogue around major new resource development projects, the conservation of fish, wildlife, and biodiversity
on working landscapes and private lands, and the advancement of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Summit Program and Presentations
Part 1: The Future of Conservation in Canada
Canadian Conservation Futures – Download PDF
Stephen Woodley, IUCN
Workshop Discussion: Future of biodiversity conservation – key elements, emerging priorities, actions, and barriers
- What are the priority actions beyond 2020 to achieve effective biodiversity conservation?
- Post-2020, the biodiversity conservation agenda cannot continue to stand on its own, what other agendas does it need to be integrated with (i.e. public health, natural resource development, urban expansion, etc.)?
Part 2: Acting Locally but Planning Broadly: Can we create an effective interface?
Connecting Habitat to Achieve Landscape Scale Conservation – Download PDF
Jodi Hilty, Yellowstone to Yukon
Integrating Local Engagement with Landscape Scale Conservation – Download PDF
Nancy Newhouse, Nature Conservancy of Canada
How can the bottom-up approach of local conservation action be best integrated with the top-down approach of landscape-scale conservation initiatives?
The IUCN #Natureforall Movement – Download PDF
Sean Southey, Chair IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Part 3: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Their role in the future of conservation
Creating Ethical Space for Biodiversity Conservation
Danika Littlechild, Co-Chair, Indigenous Circle of Experts
Understanding the Role of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas
Eli Enns, Co-Chair, Indigenous Circle of Experts [Link to video reports from Parks Canada Pathway to Target 1 process] https://www.facebook.com/pg/CanadianIPCAs/videos/?ref=page_internal]
Open Discussion with Speakers and Additional Members of the Indigenous Circle of Experts
Making Conservation Relevant
Part 1: Relevance of Conservation in Canadian Society
Current and Future Canadian Demographics, Values, and Public Opinion – Download PDF
Sarah Roberton, Vice President Corporate and Public Affairs, Environics Research
Insights from the Value of Nature to Canadians Study – Download PDF
Kelly Torck, National Biodiversity Policy Manager, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Incorporating Public Values into Conservation Management and Decision-making – Download PDF
Howie Harshaw, University of Alberta
Workshop Discussion: Exploring the links between how Canadians value nature and the conservation of fish, wildlife, and biodiversity
- How might the trends and approaches presented affect your organization?
- What might your organization need to do more of, less of, or differently to make conservation relevant to Canadians?
- What do the trends and approaches presented indicate about the future direction, priorities and arguments to make conservation relevant to Canadians?
Making Conservation Relevant Part 2: Relevance of Conservation in Decision-Making
Moderated Panel Discussion: Situating wildlife and biodiversity conservation on the decision-making agenda
Moderator: George Greene, Stratos
Panelists: Barry Worbets, Brad Stelfox of ALCES Group, and Stephen Hazell of Nature Canada
Presentation as part of the panel:
What is the Role of the “Working” Landbase in Achieving Conservation Objectives
Brad Stelfox, ALCES Group
Partnerships for Conservation
Part 1: Advancing Conservation Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities
Views on the Current State of Conservation Partnerships in Canada – Download PDF
Caitlin McClung, Director, StrategyCorp
Moderated Panel Discussion: What can governments and non-government organizations do to help build a stronger environment for conservation partnerships?
Moderator: Cameron Mack, Wildlife Habitat Canada
Panelists: Travis Ripley, Alberta Environment, Nathalie Zinger, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Matt DeMille, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Patricia Dwyer
Workshop Discussion: Creating a stronger environment for conservation partnerships
Discussion question: What are the practical actions needed to better facilitate partnerships for wildlife management and biodiversity conservation that links landscape scale objectives to local action?
Part 2: Novel Models and Approaches to Conservation Partnerships
Advancing a Collaborative Approach to Conservation and Economic Development with First Nations – Download PDF
Colin Lachance, Lachance Environmental
Building Conservation Partnerships with Agriculture – Download PDF
Sue Michalsky, Saskatchewan Rancher
Achieving Conservation Outcomes with Municipalities – Download PDF
Gord MacPherson, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
New Thinking for Nature – Approaches, policy tools, and investments to secure Canada’s natural capital
Michael Wilson, Smart Prosperity Institute
Advancing Conservation Financing in Canada
Conservation Financing Mechanisms for Canada: An Overview – Download PDF
Amy Taylor, Green Analytics
Dedicated Financing for Biodiversity Conservation: Experience in establishing major national funding programs for conservation in the U.S. – Download PDF
Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation
Workshop Discussion: Exploring conservation financing options for Canada and defining actions
- Which of the financing tools described hold most promise and why?
- What would be important for you to see in order to support establishment of new financing tools?
Reflections and Next Steps
Review and Workshop Discussion of Next Steps: Commitment to Action
Need for an emerging national coalition for conservation
- What changes tomorrow?
- What action can you commit to?
Leadership Panel: Commentary and thoughts on the Summit and the future
- Larry McDermott, Algonquin ElderDianne Ramage, Pacific Salmon Foundation
- Robert McLean, Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Kim Mathieu, Parks Canada Youth Ambassador
Remarks from the Province of Alberta
The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
Stoney First Nation Closing Ceremony