July 31, 2006

Environment Canada, Parks Canada contribute to development of nationwide nature network

Environment Canada and Parks Canada have signed contribution agreements valued at more than $1 million with Nature Canada (formerly the Canadian Nature Federation). The contribution will help Nature Canada investigate how best to develop a comprehensive nature network to work on conservation issues. The network would bring together naturalists, conservation organizations and land trusts throughout Canada to collaborate on these issues.

Over the next 14 months, Nature Canada will oversee a participatory process of seeking out, cataloguing and assessing the current activities of more than 360 local and provincial nature groups all over Canada. The project will include consultation with national conservation organizations and provincial land trusts on the development of a national alliance on conservation. The end result will be a plan outlining how a Canadian Nature Network could engage the conservation community in long-term participation in policy discussions about important national issues, and in practical implementation of nature conservation priorities.

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