Land of Opportunity
What sort of machine would it take to filter billions of litres of water, produce soils and restore nutrients, store carbon, produce oxygen, control flooding and erosion, support hundreds of different species (including humans), and cost us nothing to run? The boreal forest handles these "jobs" or ecosystem services every day and their preservation requires careful planning.
Ontario Nature supports two strategies to maintain healthy ecosystems:
- The establishment of a large interconnected network of protected areas that are supported by local communities and designed and managed according to the best available science and knowledge.
- The management and use of natural resources in ways that benefit local communities and maintains ecological integrity across the boreal region.
Ontario Nature supports Free Prior and Informed Consent from indigenous peoples for development projects that may affect the lands they own, occupy or otherwise use, as set forth by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration designates a responsibility to governments to gain such consent.
Ontario Nature's position on protected areas and First Nations can be found here.
Ontario Nature is working in collaboration with communities in these ways:
Community Outreach, Dialogue and Education
Boreal Conservation Office - In 2003, Ontario Nature officially opened the Boreal Conservation Office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The purpose was to support a strong voice for conservation in northern Ontario. Ontario's northern forests, lakes and rivers are integral to the way of life of people who live in northern Ontario, used for camping, canoeing, hunting, trapping, fishing and berry gathering, and many other activities. Northern forests also play an important economic role, supporting activities ranging from industrial forestry to remote tourism.
A unique challenge facing the northern conservation community is geography. The vast distances separating groups and individuals in the north mean that many act in isolation, with little opportunity for collaboration, diluting the full potential of a northern voice for conservation. In response, through our Boreal Conservation Office, Ontario Nature has launched a series of internet-based e-lectures to connect dispersed communities. E-lectures have covered topics such as renewable energy opportunities for remote First Nations, nuclear waste in northern Ontario, and potential health and environmental impacts of mining. We have also supported workshops on public policy, volunteer leadership, communications training, and developing effective advocacy campaigns.
Our programs, campaigns and events include: