The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is pleased to announce that Jerrica Mann, a MSc. Candidate at the University of Northern British Columbia, is the recipient of the 2018 Stan Rowe “Home Place” Graduate Award for her research proposal “Climate Change Conscious Systematic Conservation Planning”.
Under the supervision of Pamela Wright, Jerrica will sharpen the focus of the systematic conservation planning framework through the explicit incorporation of a climate change lens. She will identify ways to overcome the substantial challenges of incorporating complex climate variables into conservation planning by using the systematic conservation planning framework, a variety of sophisticated spatial planning tools and publicly available climate change data. In doing so she will identify high priority areas for connectivity and conservation within the Peace River Break and produce a proposed protected areas network that meets targets for connectivity, size and representativeness, as well as promotes climate change resiliency in the region.
The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
The Award is:
- One cash award of $2,000;
- Available to Master’s students in their first two years of study and engaged in research related to CCEA’s Mission and/or Strategic Plan (please visit the CCEA website for more information); and,
- Given to projects having an emphasis on an ecosystem or landscape-based approach to selecting, establishing, or managing protected ecological areas in Canada.
In addition to the cash award, CCEA may:
- Invite the student to present their work at the CCEA Annual General Meeting;
- Promote or feature their work in the CCEA newsletter; and/or,
- Publish their work as a CCEA Occasional Paper.
Applicants should submit:
- A 1 page cover letter, outlining their research and its relationship to CCEA’s Mission and/or Strategic Plan;
- A research proposal, no more than 2,000 words (organized under four headings: Introduction, Proposed Methods, Expected Outcomes, and Literature Cited);
- A 1 page letter of reference from their supervising professor; and,
- A current resume.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail only with the subject line “Stan Rowe Award application” no later than January 31, 2018. All applications received will be acknowledged by e-mail. The successful student will be advised by April 30 2018 and their name will be posted on the CCEA website.
Applications should be submitted to:
School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
2017 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP OF THE CANADIAN COUNCIL ON ECOLOGICAL AREAS
Conservation Reporting, Key Biodiversity Areas and Ecosystem Services
November 7-10, 2017 | Hotel Palace Royal | Québec City, Québec, Canada
The International Science Workshop: Reporting on Conservation – Key Biodiversity Areas and Ecosystem Services to be held from November 7 – 10 in Québec City, Canada, will be a unique opportunity for scientists and other experts to establish a common understanding of some major conservation issues for the implementation of Aichi Target 11, under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The expected outcomes of the workshop will be:
1. To establish a consensus on improving and expanding the capability of the Conservation Areas Reporting and Tracking System database (CARTS), to measure, track and report on all Canadian protected area, as well as OECMs (Other Effective Conservation Measures) and natural conservation areas from all governance types;
2. To achieve better understanding of the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Standard and its potential applications, particularly for protected areas, and develop a plan for a national coordination body to complete the KBA identification in Canada; and,
3. To discuss and test approaches for assessing the ecosystem service values of KBAs in Canada, as part of determining and promoting their values for KBAs as well as protected and conserved areas.
The Workshop will bring together international and Canadian scientists, Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial protected area and conservation agencies, experts in Aboriginal and community land-use planning, national and international non-governmental conservation experts and land stewardship experts.
Workshop sessions on November 8-10 are opened to the concerned community (registration required) however, the workshops on the CARTS database on November 7 are by invitation only (registration required as well).
The Workshop is sponsored by the Government of Canada and The Science for Nature and People Partnership (https://snappartnership.net/about-us/). The Workshop is hosted by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA), in collaboration with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group on KBAs and Ecosystem Services, with Members from IUCNs Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas and Members from the KBA Partnership.
Please note that the CCEA will hold its Annual General Meeting on November 6th in the afternoon.
For efficiently fostering the conservation of ecological areas through education, stewardship programs, and partnerships, and for their leadership in promoting land conservation in Dinàgà Wek’èhodì.
For the knowledge shared and inspiration created, we honour the meaningful guidance you have provided in the pursuit of long-term protection for Dinàgà Wek’èhodì – a land of legend, teaching, learning, and living; a landscape of cultural narrative vital to the defining of the Tłįchǫ and Métis communities; and an important piece of the conservation network of the Northwest Territories.
Achieving All Aspects of Aichi Target 11 & Canada’s Target 1 – How Will We Know We’ve Achieved Our Goals? Second Session
You are invited to participate in the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas’ (CCEA) next national workshop Achieving All Aspects of Aichi Target 11 & Canada’s Target 1 – How Will We Know We’ve Achieved Our Goals? Second Session being held from October 24th to 27th 2016 at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. For CCEA Members, including Directors, Associated Directors and Jurisdictional Representatives, you are also invited to stay the morning of Friday, October 28th 2016 for the CCEA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Please see the workshop description on the CCEA website for more details.
Participants in the workshop are asked to provide their best, objective, science-based input to the workshop and not to represent agency or organizational positions per se. Participation is open to the community-at-large but space may be limited. The CCEA will contact organizations if the number of participants per organization needs to be limited due to space restrictions.
Registration for the national work is $500, with a special $300 rate for non-governmental organizations. 15 rooms has been reserved under the “CCEA” with a special room rate of $190 or $159 (for government employees). Please call the Explorer Hotel directly to have one of the CCEA reserved rooms assigned to you. Note: This is not a group booking and there is no code to provide the hotel. Hotel room cancellations may be made up to 24 hours prior to check-in, so you are encouraged to book your room even if you haven’t confirmed your participation.
Please refer to the registration form on the CCEA website for more information. We ask you to please provide your registration form or let us know of your interest to attend as soon as you can to help with us with finalizing logistics.
Participants are expected to seek coverage of the costs of their participation from their supporting agencies or organizations. CCEA has limited funding to assist participants with travel expenses, if they cannot otherwise be covered. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will require travel assistance in order to participate. Priority for use of travel funds will be to ensure balanced representation of experts from across Canadian protected area and conservation agencies or organizations, Aboriginal land-use planning organizations, IUCN, the scientific community and those in the fields of land stewardship and community land-use planning.
We look forward to seeing you in October. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
CCEA Secretary/ Workshop Organizing Committee
Summary of CCEA Participation
The event, held from April 11- 14 in Canmore, Alberta, hosted over 190 decision-makers in the sector, including participation from Federal, Provincial, Territorial, regional and municipal park agencies, indigenous organizations, academics, NGOs, as well as private sector and allied interests. The summit was co-chaired by the Canadian Parks Council and Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, who collaborated with a country-wide National Advisory Committee including delegates from 24 organizations across Canada. Heather Lazaruk, CCEA Director, attended the Canadian Parks Summit as the CCEA delegate.
The intent of the Summit was to solicit feedback for the draft framework for action document entitled “Parks for All: A Shared Vision for Canada’s Parks Community”. The summit was organized around the “Parks for All” workbook and four commissioned papers, with 14 themed keynote addresses in plenary and breakout workshop sessions for each of the four main topics outlined in the workbook: Connect, Conserve, Leadership & Sustainability, and Collaboration. More information on the Summit as well as each of the commissioned papers and the keynote presentations are available on the Summit website at www.lin.ca/canadian-parks-summit/.
For each topic, there were keynote presentation(s) in plenary, followed by structured breakout workshop sessions – the makeup of which was pre-determined to ensure a diversity of viewpoints. For each workshop session on the four main themes, feedback was solicited around key questions regarding the goal statement and priority items as outlined in the workbook. Feedback focused on – “did they get it right”, as well as opportunities, barriers and outcomes. On the final day, a single ‘open session’ workshop session was held where delegates had the ability to submit topics and freely attend those that were chosen to be held as workshops by the organizers. The CCEA delegate attended the workshop on “Systematic Conservation Planning” on how to achieve the targets nationally, hosted by delegate Pam Wright, UNBC.
Prior to the Summit, feedback on the workbook was solicited from the CCEA Board members and compiled to inform CCEA input into the summit.
Relevant to CCEA’s mission, some of the key issues that were raised in the workshop session included:
- Going beyond 17% will be necessary to ensure meaningful progress toward biodiversity conservation, and targets should be based on scientific evidence (i.e. Nature Needs Half)
- The concept and role of urban parks in the protected areas conversation has been undervalued
- A better understanding and collaboration on how to account for urban parks or use them in furthering the Conserve goal is needed
- Additional or alternative tools may be needed/ required to conserve biodiversity and to manage urban parks “effectively” and count towards the conservation targets
- A national “municipal forum” on nature tools and best practices for urban parks would be useful
- Concepts of management effectiveness, ecological connectivity are missing
- Recognition of national system level goals would be useful
- Concept of best practice and moving to adopt best practice
- Meaningful progress and tackling the issues needs strong and committed leadership
- Nationally – we should be looking at “large landscape conservation cooperatives” and build from existing approaches – e.g. U.S. model, Biosphere reserves
- A national forum is needed to guide achievement of the 17%.
- There is a need to collaborate with and have more meaningful priorities relevant to indigenous peoples
- Working better with traditional partners and collaborating among parks organizations is needed in addition to “new” partners and “new” ways of doing work
- There is a recognized need to build effective science, management partnerships and national/subnational forums.
According to the organizers, the workshop sessions discussions produced 175 pages of input/feedback, which will be compiled into a single document and opened to the general public to read and offer comments. A revised and improved draft “Parks for All” document will be produced, that can be collectively endorsed by government park agencies, and utilized by non-government interests who manage or promote parks.
Any interested party can still provide feedback to “Parks For All” by completing the Summit Survey http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2710053/2016-Canadian-Parks-Summit. If you did not attend, answer “No” to the question “Did you attend the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit…?”, to get a subset of survey questions that will allow you to provide feedback about the document.
The outcomes of the Summit will be carried forward via the 2017 Pan-Canadian Parks Conference in Banff, centered on the key ideas and themes from the summit, with registration open to all. More information on the 2017 Conference is available at www.2017parks.ca.
Source: Heather Lazaruk, CCEA Director
Montreal, April 25, 2016
The CCEA participated in the meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA20) in preparation for the next Conference of Parties (COP13) to be held in December 2016.
Three Council members followed the work on the update of the progress made in achieving some Aichi objectives and specifically target 11 on protected areas. The general information suggests that quantitative terrestrial target is on track for realization worldwide.
This meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss directly with delegates from other countries and organisations, particularly with our colleagues WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) to discuss issues related to CARTS.
This participation CCEA has provided an opportunity to present our work to the IUCN Working Group on Other Effective Area Based Conservation Measures (OEABCM). The event was chaired by Kathy MacKinnon, World Commission on Protected Areas Chair (IUCN-WCPA) and jointly opened by Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, and Trevor Sandwith, Director of the World Programme on protected areas (IUCN-GPAP). An overview of the work done to date, the road map of next steps and a presentation by the CCEA on the Canadian experience were the highlights of this event.
You can download the CCEA presentation HERE.
The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is pleased to announce that Carmen Chelick, a MSc. Candidate at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), is the recipient of the 2016 Stan Rowe “Home Place” Graduate Award.
Under the supervision of Dr. Jason Pither, Carmen will identify biodiversity hotspots in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. Through the mapping of functional and phylogenetic diversity, and assessment of connectivity in the region, Carmen’s research will provide a better understanding of how conservation efforts can be enhanced in this ecological important area of Canada.