The CCLM collaborators believe collaboration and knowledge sharing are key to advancing their collective conservation and land management goals. Each organization is a leader in their field and committed to making their work and expertise easily accessible so that conservation and land managers across Canada are better informed and equipped to make the important decisions that impact our environment.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is a not-for-profit, science-based organization that has been a respected leader in habitat conservation for over 80 years. DUC’s vision is a world with abundant wetlands and waterfowl – today, tomorrow and forever. Their mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats benefit other wildlife, people and our environment.
DUC’s National Boreal Program has been in operation for over 20 years and delivers conservation programs across the boreal forest. These focus on supporting three key areas: 1) the establishment of protected areas, 2) wetland policies and 3) sustainable land-use practices.
The National Boreal Program believes in collaboration to address conservation challenges and meet shared goals. Working with partners, they carry out wetland training, outreach and extension; wetland mapping, inventory and modeling; scientific research; and other projects to advance boreal wetland conservation.
DUC has found successful solutions to many conservation challenges through partnerships. Therefore, they enthusiastically support the CCLM as a tool for facilitating knowledge exchange, promoting collaboration, and developing and supporting communities of practice related to upland and wetland conservation in Canada.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Centre for Boreal Research (CBR) is part of NAIT Industry Solutions. The goal of Industry Solutions is to help individual companies and broader industries in Alberta and Canada succeed in building a strong and prosperous economy. The CBR is an applied research center based in Peace River, Alberta. They are a leader in applied research for reclamation, restoration, and reforestation of disturbed uplands and wetlands, and an essential partner for applied science, innovation and enterprise development in Alberta’s boreal forest region.
The CBR’s mission is to promote the informed use of boreal resources through applied science, education, and partnerships with industry, government agencies, practitioners, communities and academic partners. They provide novel, scientifically proven and cost-effective reclamation methods, products, training and education across four key programs: 1) Forest Reclamation, 2) Peatland Restoration, 3) Plant and Seed Technologies and 4) Research Extension and Education.
Deeply committed to enhancing the innovation capacity and competitiveness of its industry partners and small and medium-sized enterprises, the CBR provides timely publication of technical information and easy access to their research expertise and technology. CBR’s partnership with the CCLM reflects this commitment by facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration with an even more diverse audience.
Under the 2018 Action Plan for Boreal caribou, the Government of Canada made a commitment to establish the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium (NBCKC), a forum for collaborative knowledge generation and sharing to support the conservation and recovery of boreal caribou across Canada.
The NBCKC is coordinated by a secretariat housed in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science & Technology Branch, but its direction is driven by its members, who come from academia, Indigenous organizations, wildlife co-management boards, industry, ENGOs, and federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Conservation and recovery of boreal caribou, a species dispersed widely across many Canadian jurisdictions, requires collaboration and communication among experts and knowledge holders. However, communicating complex information to groups spread across the country and with different but overlapping interests and objectives can itself be a significant challenge. For example, the ability to locate and access relevant information can be a barrier to adopting and implementing policies and practices that support our collective conservation goals. At the launch of the NBCKC in June 2018, the NBCKC recognized this barrier and so the Secretariat began working in collaboration with the CCLM towards developing the CCLM Portal to connect people to resources, as well as to improve communication and knowledge transfer between organizations and individuals.
The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is the national and international voice for Canada’s forest sector. They are part of Natural Resources Canada, a federal government department, and in addition to their office in Ottawa, ON, they operate out of 6 research centres across the country. The CFS collaborates closely with Canada’s provinces and territories to ensure our forests are sustainable and healthy for our country and the world to enjoy.
Core services provided by the CFS include conducting scientific research in Canada’s forests, providing science and policy expertise as well as advice on national forest sector issues. Their research helps inform forest management planning and policy decisions and assists the forest industry, the public and other scientists. By collaborating with the CCLM, the CFS is sharing ecosystem science and resources that can help them continue to reduce its environmental footprint and advance its excellent record for environmental performance.
InnoTech Alberta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alberta Innovates and a leading Research and Technology Organization established by the Government of Alberta. Their primary focus is to facilitate the conversion of applied research to economic, social and environmental benefits for Alberta.
InnoTech Alberta offers a diversified range of scientific, engineering, and technological research expertise and experience. Through their world-class researchers, leading-edge facilities and strategic investments, they pave the path of innovation that will feed, grow, fuel and build Alberta’s economy. They help their industry partners reduce impacts on our environment, improve water management and transform waste into useable products.
With a reputation for quality service and a long history of impacts in Alberta’s economy going back a century when they were known as the Alberta Research Council, InnoTech Alberta’s multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to environment to fibre and bio-industrial. Their partnership with the CCLM is driven by their commitment to building Alberta’s - and Canada’s - capacity, tools and expertise to solve diverse conservation and land management challenges.
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