Network will focus on science and research collaboration related to parks and protected areas in Canada   


November 10, 2020                        Calgary, Alberta                    Parks Canada Agency

Canadians are fortunate to have an abundance of nature right in our backyards – a gift that comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility to protect it. Ensuring our network of protected areas across the country is protected for future generations is a top priority for the Government of Canada. 

Today, on World Science Day for Peace and Development, the Government of Canada, in collaboration with Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability and the Canadian Parks Council, announced the launch of the Pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network. The Network, made up of scientists, researchers, Indigenous knowledge holders, students, and parks and protected areas specialists and managers, will help build a shared understanding of challenges and potential solutions for our protected areas. Network members will share knowledge and best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on joint projects that will improve the management of protected areas, in order to safeguard them for future generations.  

Over the next three years, the Network will engage through an online platform. It will develop and offer learning opportunities such as webinars, virtual summits, and online courses in knowledge exchange and sharing. These actions will help advance science, research and evidence-informed decision making to protect natural treasures in Canada.

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