NCC intern takes water samples, Kootenay Rockies, BC (Photo by NCC)

NCC intern takes water samples, Kootenay Rockies, BC (Photo by NCC)

The Conservation Process

The conservation process

The conservation process

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) on-the-ground work is led by a team of conservation science professionals who work to identify, plan and execute the protection of the best of Canada's natural spaces and manage and restore them for the long term. This process ensures that our conservation actions (like buying land, removing invasive weeds or mapping the location of rare species) are efficient and effective. 

Our conservation process is guided by the following four steps, which happen at all scales (from ecoregions, to natural areas, to properties and projects):

Setting priorities

First, we identify where we should work, the species and habitats we want to protect, their health and the threats to them.

Developing strategies

Next, we identify what we need to do to reduce the threats to those species and habitats and improve their overall health.

Taking action

We then implement these strategies, both on our own and with partners.

Measuring success

We assess how effective our actions are, whether they are improving the health of the species and habitats we want to protect and reducing the threats to them.

This leads to a reassessment of our priorities, strategies and actions, and we begin the process again.

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