The 2019 Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) annual national workshop and AGM will be held following the Canadian Parks Conference in Quebec City. It is being hosted in partnership between CCEA and the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Accounting Working Group (PAWG). The focus of the workshop is a practitioner level deep dive and training on the use and application of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Decision Support Tool for assessing areas against pan-Canadian standards for protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs).
The Decision Support Tool (DST) and associated guidance is based on a tool originally developed and published by the CCEA that was informed by practitioners through previous CCEA workshops. The original CCEA tool has been collaboratively revised and approved for use by Pathway jurisdictions, and members of the CCEA and Nature Conservancy of Canada to support jurisdictions in assessing if an area contributes to Target 1.
The 2019 workshop will:
Provide practitioners with detailed, hands-on training on the application of the guidance and tool using case studies to help foster understanding on how to apply it.
Learn from other practitioners on the practicalities of applying the DST.
Give practitioners the opportunity to provide additional feedback on the application and utility of the DST and guidance, to help inform PAWGs further enhancements to enable consistent application of the DST and subsequent reporting by all users across Canada as we collectively work towards achieving Canada Target 1 and beyond.
Provide practitioners with the opportunity to inform and offer the CCEA feedback on its 2020-2030 strategic priority objectives and outcomes that will guide the work of the organization over the next decade.
This year’s workshop will be hosted at the Hilton in Toronto, Ontario from October 1st to 5th providing you the opportunity to submerse yourself in Ontario’s capitol.
The workshop will consist of two full-day sessions on the Tuesday & Wednesday that first explores technical solutions to support landscape-scale conservation planning of protected area networks and secondly explores the rationale, methodologies, and outcomes of enhanced integration of social considerations in effective conservation planning for the establishment, network planning and management of protected areas.
These sessions will be followed up by another full-day on Thursday with an opportunity for participants to celebrate the history and past work of the CCEA and contribute to the development of the CCEA’s 2020-2030 Strategic Plan.
The workshop will showcase of a variety of presentations, technical demonstrations, breakout sessions and case studies so that both practitioners and members of academia will have experiences to takeaway.
CCEA members are invited to participate in the Annual General Meeting on the Monday 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.
Lillith Brook, Government of the Northwest Territories, presenting the award to the Elder’s Working Group
Dave MacKinnon, CCEA Chair, giving the award to Ed Jones, North Slave Métis Alliance Elder
Dave MacKinnon, CCEA Chair, giving the award to Michel Louis Rabesca, Tłįchǫ Elder
From left to right, Charlie Apples, Louis Franki, Michel Louis Rabesca, Moise Rabesca (Tłįchǫ Elders), and North Slave Métis Alliance Elder, Ed Jones.
In presenting the award to the Elders, a dedication was read by Lillith Brook, Manager of Conservation Planning for the GNWT Environment and Natural Resources, to the Dinàgà Wek’èhodì Elders Working Group:
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.