NCC joining the world at COP15

Catherine Grenier (Photo by Geneviève Lesieur)

Catherine Grenier (Photo by Geneviève Lesieur)

Last December, Canada welcomed the world in Montreal for COP15. Dubbed the NatureCOP, this UN Biodiversity conference set the stage for what the world will work toward between now and 2030 to halt and reverse the loss of nature. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) was there, as part of the Canadian delegation, and in its own right as an accredited observer organization under the Convention for Biological Diversity. We actively participated, showcased NCC expertise and projects that deliver on-the-ground results, and voiced our ambition to achieve a nature-positive future. Already a reliable partner to all governments in Canada, NCC has a plan to protect and conserve more critical biodiversity habitats, faster, by partnering with the private sector and local communities. NCC also acknowledges the critical role of indigenous Peoples in meeting these goals, as they have protected and cared for the natural areas, plants and wildlife that have sustained them for millennia. When nature thrives, people thrive, and resilient landscapes require collaboration for long-term success!

After participating in two weeks of intense discussions, NCC was thrilled to join the world in celebrating in the signing of a global agreement to protect the world’s biodiversity. The plan calls on signatories to help protect 30 per cent of the world's lands and waters by 2030, and provides a framework for conservation organizations, individuals, governments and groups to deliver on its ambitious goals.

We are committed to leading through innovation, enabling new ways to accelerate conservation through such means as supporting Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, other effective means of conservation and new sources of private investment in conservation. With NCC, you are accelerating the pace of conservation in Canada, which has global impact.

The winter issue of NCC magazine's feature story explores what can happen when people from all sectors of society come together with a common vision of building a thriving world with nature. Together, we can, and must, do more. We need to find our collective footing and help each other activate solutions. We know there has never been a more important time for nature, nor a greater need for the mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Our strategic plan supports the Global Biodiversity Framework’s goals. We are already accelerating the pace of conservation, and are ready to do more, to build a thriving world with nature. Because when nature thrives, we all thrive.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support.

Catherine Grenier

President and CEO, NCC

This story originally appeared in the winter 2023 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine. To learn more about how you can receive the magazine, click here.

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