CBRA’s Pathway to Canada Target 1

CBRA has been funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to assist with the identification, recognition, and reporting of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) within and in proximity to biosphere reserves. The OECM concept emerged in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2011 Strategic Plan and appears in both Aichi Target 11 and its Canadian equivalent, Target 1, which states:

By 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10% of marine and coastal areas of Canada are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based measures.

Last week, staff, board members, and Indigenous delegates from across Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves met in Ottawa for a briefing on OECMs. Presentations were given by Nadine Crookes, co-chair of the National Steering Committee for the Pathway to Canada Target 1, Danika Littlechild and Eli Enns, co-chairs of the Pathway’s Indigenous Circle of Experts, Larry McDermott, the Algonquin Elder associated with the Pathway’s National Advisory Panel, and CBRA staff and consultant Monica Shore and Kate Potter. 

Indigenous delegates gathered for a special meeting on how CBRA can move forward in the spirit and practice of reconciliation through this project and in its everyday operations. The group crafted a document called CBRA’s Indigenous Circle Statement – “Making a Promise.” A 5-7 minute documentary is also being produced with reflections from Indigenous delegates and will be broadcast online in June. 

For updates on CBRA’s OECM project, follow CBRA’s Facebook Page. To learn more about the Pathway to Canada Target 1, visit http://www.conservation2020canada.ca/the-pathway/

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A photo of boats at Alma Warf in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Region.