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Conservation Action Planning

For the better part of a decade, Carolinian Canada has coordinated ecosystem recovery efforts across the most biologically diverse and most heavily impacted landscape in our nation – an ecoregion with 100 times the concentration of species at risk compared to other parts of Canada.  To ensure that this work is effective and efficient, conservation action is being prioritized to “biodiversity hotspots” where need for action is most urgent, and where the greatest positive return is likely to be gained. 

To develop conservation strategies for these hotspots, Carolinian Canada and nearly 100 partner groups, are using the Conservation Action Planning (CAP) approach developed by The Nature Conservancy (U.S.) and being used all over the world.  CAP is a proven method that can be applied at any scale in any place.  Its methods are science-based, focused, and efficient, and have evolved over three decades of trial and error in an array of landscapes, cultures and political environments.  CAPs are clear, achievable, measurable, and can quite easily be monitored.

The CAP approach is collaborative and holistic, considering not only ecological, but also socioeconomic and cultural factors.  It thus fits perfectly with Carolinian Canada’s mission to work in partnership with diverse groups.

Learn more about the CAP process in this brochure.