We hope that you had a restful holiday season and a bright start to 2021. We’ve had a productive start of the year with a handful of KBA proposals in British Columbia ready for review and plans to hire a regional coordinator for Ontario in the next couple of months (see below).
Save the date for the next webinar in our series:
Title: Methods, tools and data for KBA identification and beyond
Date and time: February 18, 2021 at 12pm ET
Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) assessment work requires lots of data, knowledge, and methodological tools, and in turn also produces a lot of data and information that is broadly relevant to conservation. Join us to learn about the data that we have amassed within the Canadian KBA initiative, how we have used it to understand Canadian biodiversity at the national and subnational scales, and what products are becoming freely available to the conservation community through this work. Chloé Debyser, Lead Data Analyst in the KBA program at WCS Canada, will provide an overview of the KBA program’s data infrastructure and discuss how she is using it to scope potential KBAs throughout Canada. Christine Terwissen, National Coordinator of the Ecosystem Based Automated Range map (EBAR) program at NatureServe Canada, will present how her team assembled Canadian biodiversity datasets that are being used to develop hundreds of range maps for species across Canada. Juan Zuloaga, a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University (working with Professor Andrew Gonzalez), will present a tool that they developed to identify the most likely places for KBAs on a landscape.
Link to join: http://bit.ly/KBAwebinar5
A recording of Dr. Jeffrey Wall and Roger Lewis’ presentation on Envisioning Compatibilities between Mi’kmaq Environmental Value and KBA Criteria in Mi’kma’ki can be found here, along with all other webinars in the our series.
Due to technical difficulties during the webinar, Jeff was unable to share a couple of video clips with our attendees. You can view those videos here:
As always, please get in touch if you have questions or if you want to learn more.
Canada Key Biodiversity Areas Coordinator / Coordonnatrice Zones Clés pour la Biodiversité