Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON; Photo by NCC

Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON; Photo by NCC

Nature + Climate Projects Accelerator

“NCC is accelerating conservation to address rapid biodiversity loss and climate change — two of the most urgent global issues of our time. The Nature + Climate Projects Accelerator is helping to close the gap in funding for conservation so that we can protect more habitat, faster.” 
- Catherine Grenier, Nature Conservancy of Canada President and Chief Executive Officer


Protecting nature isn’t just good for the planet, it’s great for business

NCC is a reliable delivery partner

  • NCC’s core conservation work is aligned with the targets of major national and global efforts to address rapid biodiversity loss and climate change.
  • NCC has national reach, a significant land portfolio and proven conservation success — more than 15 million hectares of critically important landscapes have been protected since 1962.
  • NCC is committed to collaboration, consultation and bringing experts together to create, fast-track and implement permanent, long-term conservation projects.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Nature + Climate Projects Accelerator (the Accelerator) is seizing an unprecedented opportunity to address the dual crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change. The Accelerator’s mission — to accelerate conservation outcomes by connecting the true value of nature to new sources of finance — is a powerful complement to traditional government and philanthropic funding for conservation. The Accelerator is NCC’s answer to narrowing the corporate gap in nature investment.

Nations are pledging net-zero carbon economies by 2050

As the private sector shifts toward net-zero and nature-positive commitments, the pool of private capital available for conservation is growing. When environmentally responsible companies invest in conservation, they are helping to solve the climate crisis by supporting nature-based solutions, like forests that store carbon. Investing in nature results in win-win environmental and economic outcomes for conservation and for the private sector.

The Accelerator is fast-tracking conservation

The Accelerator is developing ways for the private sector to help meet their climate and nature commitments when they invest in NCC’s conservation work. NCC’s focus on conservation outcomes means our projects centre on protecting areas that are prioritized for their conservation value using science-based planning. The Accelerator identifies potential conservation projects that meet specific eligibility criteria, such as being under threat of conversion from an intact landscape to commercial land use. For these projects, leveraging carbon offsets and other nature-based solutions is an opportunity to tap into new sources of revenue, allowing NCC to do more conservation, faster.  

NCC’s Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project in British Columbia and the Boreal Wildlands Carbon Project in Ontario are examples of conservation projects where the Accelerator is leveraging carbon markets to accelerate private sector investment in nature.

To learn more about the Accelerator and opportunities for investing in nature,
please contact accelerator@natureconservancy.ca

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