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Thursday, February 24 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Track 2: Collaboration for Conservation: Achieving More for Less in Nature Protection and Community Engagement through Friends and Partners in Canada

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Canada’s Federal Protected Areas Program of National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries is not as rich as we make it look. We have a large territory and more than 150 sites to manage across the country and a relatively small workforce and annual budget to do it with. We have to approach many of our operational challenges and the implementation of our visitor engagement plans with creative solutions to stretch our dollars and still create meaningful impacts, both for the communities we invite in and the wildlife we protect on their behalf. Through necessity, the Protected Areas Program of Environment and Climate Change Canada has come to rely on collaboration with external partners and “friends” in the community to help us in our work and to facilitate public visitation and nature interpretation.

In this presentation, we will share several examples of how we have partnered in recent years with others on specific projects—some strange, some unique, some amazingly productive, and some even musical (!)—to achieve our goals with limited investment on our part. Through these examples, we hope to demonstrate how much more impact a program can have when the local community
participates in its delivery. By sharing program ownership, we can share the benefits too, a factor that only improves program sustainability in the long run. This presentation will also demonstrate how your parks or protected areas can amplify the efforts of your local communities and work equitably with partners without losing sight of your conservation mandate.



Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Thursday February 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Room 2