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Rick Bates is the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion's Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-pres­i­dent and CEO. He talks with us about the CWF 2017 Na­tional Con­ser­va­tion Sum­mit

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News, events and up­dates on con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and en­gage­ment projects from the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion

CWF is call­ing Cana­di­ans to help chart a path for­ward to en­sure abun­dant wildlife and habi­tat for gen­er­a­tions to come. The CWF 2017 Na­tional Con­ser­va­tion Sum­mit will ex­plore the con­ser­va­tion land­scape, ex­plore the ma­jor chal­lenges ahead and work to­gether to move for­ward im­por­tant projects. The sum­mit takes place from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alta.

WHY IS THIS IM­POR­TANT?

The 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion is an im­por­tant mile­stone for Cana­di­ans to come to­gether to cel­e­brate our con­ser­va­tion suc­cesses, eval­u­ate our cur­rent chal­lenges and

es­tab­lish the ac­tions nec­es­sary for wildlife, fish and bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion. Our nat­u­ral her­itage is an im­por­tant part of what it means to be Cana­dian. It is an in­te­gral part of our iden­tity. But we are fac­ing the de­cline of many species across the coun­try from chal­lenges such as habi­tat loss and degra­da­tion, pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change. We need to come to­gether to seek so­lu­tions. This is an op­por­tu­nity for thought lead­ers from across all sec­tors of so­ci­ety to share their ideas and ex­per­tise to help shape the fu­ture of con­ser­va­tion in Canada.

WHO IS AT­TEND­ING THE SUM­MIT?

The sum­mit will bring to­gether about 175 peo­ple with a broad range of per­spec­tives on wildlife, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, Indige­nous lead­ers, hunt­ing and an­gling or­ga­ni­za­tions, academia, in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment to seek col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tion for fish, wildlife and bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion. More than 30 gov­ern­men­tal and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions will be in at­ten­dance, rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of in­ter­ests.

WHAT ARE THE TOP­ICS OF DIS­CUS­SION?

We con­ducted a se­ries of pre-sum­mit work­shops with par­tic­i­pants from a va­ri­ety of sec­tors to iden­tify four crit­i­cal steps needed to ad­dress key con­ser­va­tion chal­lenges such as a chang­ing cli­mate and cu­mu­la­tive im­pacts across land­scapes and seascapes. Based on this in­put, the sum­mit themes are think­ing big­ger and broader, mak­ing wildlife and habi­tat con­ser­va­tion rel­e­vant to Cana­di­ans, build­ing new part­ner­ships for ac­tion on con­ser­va­tion, and es­tab­lish­ing new ways of fi­nanc­ing con­ser­va­tion.

WHAT ARE YOU HOP­ING THE SUM­MIT WILL ACHIEVE?

Our vi­sion for the sum­mit is to work across sec­tors of so­ci­ety to iden­tify prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­ser­va­tion that in­clude en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial di­men­sions, and to build a com­mon ground for con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. We also want to en­sure that there is com­mit­ment to the fol­low-up ac­tions re­quired on key ini­tia­tives for the con­ser­va­tion of the full di­ver­sity of wildlife and habi­tats.

HOW CAN I GET IN­VOLVED?

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to sign up for con­ser­va­tion up­dates about the sum­mit. Ap­pli­ca­tions for reg­is­tra­tion are also be­ing ac­cepted. In­ter­ested del­e­gates are asked to pro­vide a writ­ten sum­mary of their po­ten­tial con­tri­bu­tions and will be no­ti­fied of de­ci­sions by email. Ac­cepted par­tic­i­pants will be pro­vided with de­tails of how to for­mally reg­is­ter for the sum­mit. There will be a reg­is­tra­tion fee to at­tend.

To learn more about this project, visit con­ser­va­tion­sum­mit2017.ca.

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