Priorities for 2018

During their most recent meeting, the CCIUCN Board of Directors confirmed the following four priorities for 2018:

1) Engagement in the post-2020 Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan;
2) Diminishing the biodiversity communications deficit in Canada;
3) #NatureForAll;
4) Pathway to Canada Target 1.

The Board also confirmed the following ongoing operational focus:
5)  Growing the CCIUCN membership and engagement
6)  Youth and Young professional engagement.

2018 Annual General Meeting and Forum

The 2018 CCIUCN Annual General Meeting and Forum was held January 18, 2018 in Ottawa. The proceedings were recorded and may be viewed below.

AGM Business Meeting

Agenda items in this video include:

Welcome and report from the Chair: activities of the past year by Nadine Crookes (on behalf of Meg Beckel)

Report from the Treasurer and Membership Committee by Brian Roberts

Report from the Youth Representatives by Shailyn Drukis

Report from the Communications Committee by Risa Smith

Report from the Nominations Chair: Election of Board of Directors by Nadine Crookes

Report from IUCN: Recent and Upcoming Highlights by Frank Hawkins, IUCN North America Office


The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas, and
A Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas: Opportunities for Canada.

Presented by Stephen Woodley, Vice Chair for Science and Biodiversity, WCPA

#NatureForAll : Canadian Committee for IUCN Update

Presented by Karen Keenleyside, Parks Canada

Parks for All: An Action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community

presented by Dawn Carr and Murray Kopp, Parks for All Co-chairs

Pathway to Canada Target 1

Topics in this video include:

Introduction and overview / National Steering Committee
presented by Nadine Crookes and Scott Jones

Indigenous Circle of Experts perspectives
presented by Eli Enns.
During the meeting Eli presented a draft video which is unavailable to post at this time. However, that summary video draws upon the following public videos that we invite you to view: – Western Regional Gathering – Eastern Regional Gathering – Northern Regional Gathering – Central Regional Gathering

National Advisory Panel perspectives
presented by Cliff Supernault and Janet Sumner


Privately Protected Areas in Canada: Linking to the Pathway to Target 1

presented by Michael Bradstreet, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 1:
Cree Regional Conservation Strategy: Example of Planning Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)

presented by Chantal Otter Tétreault, Cree Nation Government and
Christie Macdonald, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 2

presented by Steven Nitah, ICE Member and Negotiator for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations

Due to technical difficulties Steven Nitah’s slides do not display during this video. However, you may still listen to Steven and a pdf file of his slides is available here.

Urban Landscapes and Green Spaces

Topics in this video include:

Park People presented by Dave Harvey, Park People

Connecting People to Nature in an Urbanized Landscape presented by Eva Katic, National Capital Commission and Nick Stow, City of Ottawa


IUCN DG Visits Ottawa

Rick Bates reports on Inger Anderson’s visit to Canada last fall and the state of framework funding from Canada.

Restoring Framework Funding from Canada to IUCN

by Rick Bates, IUCN Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean

IUCN Director General Inger Anderson met with several government officials in Ottawa September 25-27, 2017 as part of her work to restore framework funding from Canada to the IUCN.

Inger, along with IUCN Regional Director Rick Bates, Director of the U.S. IUCN office Frank Hawkins, and IUCN Director of Strategic Partnerships Lucy Deram-Rollason met with, and listened to, several federal government department staff. The primary topic was how to best align interests of IUCN and Canada for a potential future proposal to Global Affairs for Canadian financial support for IUCN. Inger also described IUCN’s role in international development and its current and future priorities. The group also worked to strengthen relations with a number of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

There was good progress in improving understanding of ICUN’s priorities, in exploring areas of alignment, and strengthening relations with departments. However, Global Affairs has yet to be convinced that IUCN fits into the appropriate administrative category to be considered for framework funding. Follow-up work on this file will continue over time.

Inger met with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, as well as staff from:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Parks Canada, Canada’s state agency for IUCN,
  • the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • Global Affairs,
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and
  • Natural Resources Canada.

A separate meeting was held with the CC-IUCN Board of Directors, as well as some new and prospective IUCN members.

Canada last provided framework funding to IUCN in 2008.

Making Waves

The 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress took place from September 4th to 8th in La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile. During the event, over 800 marine conservation professionals and practitioners from all around the world met, exchanged and discussed marine protected areas issues including governance, efficiency, finance and their surface area expansion. With a strong emphasis on people, this event built upon the 2016 Hawai’i Commitments and called to step up ocean conservation and MPA coverage, through increased partnerships and action. Now is the time to act.

IUCN Programme 2017-2020

The IUCN Programme provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of IUCN Members.

The 2017-2020 Programme as revised by Congress is now available on the IUCN website:


More from the CCIUCN Youth Ambassadors

Our Youth Ambassadors are back home from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii but still very much engaged.

In ‘Ambassadors of the Ocean’ Elise points out that the champions of our natural world are not always who you expect.

Samantha describes the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers and staff from Montréal’s Ecomuseum to help protect Wood Turtle habitat in The Secret Sandpit.

What is kuleana and how did Caroline bring it home from Hawaii? Find out by reading Stories the Ocean Holds

Nature Calls

Are you stressed at work? Getting migraines from extended screen time? Easily-distracted? The Doctor called and prescribed a solid dose of Nature. All ages are allowed an unlimited subscription to this prescription.

The side effects of laughter spread through the World Conservation Congress audience watching Nature Rx video. Caroline learned of many other great ways to increase our dosage of Nature.

Sunshine and Bright Minds

“To connect to this land, we have to know this land and love this land. In the same way we understand that to connect to each other, we have to know each other and love each other.”

Read how this struck home with CCIUCN Youth Ambassador Elise at the Pre-Congress Young Professionals workshop on Big Island.

IUCN Electronic vote on Motions – Results

As a result of the revised motions process, all motions were discussed online prior to the World Conservation Congress and the Motions Working Group submitted 85 motions to an electronic vote before the Congress.

The voting results have now been collated and are available on the Union Portal now.

For those who do not have access to the Union Portal, a pdf summary document is posted here.

#NatureForAll World Conservation Congress Opportunities

#NatureForAll (#NFA) will be launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Hawai’i September 2-10, 2016. There are many ways in which #NFA ambassadors, partners, and WCC attendees can participate in building the #NFA movement.

In the lead-up to the WCC #NFA is reaching out to existing and new partners, with a focus on building a coalition of organizations and individuals who share the #NFA vision.You can be a part of:

  • #NatureForAll’s Social media presence: Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and help broaden #NFA’s reach by hashtagging #NatureForAll.
  • For Me, Nature is…: Contribute social media posts of photos that show your feelings in nature. Watch and share this video for more information.
  • #NatureForAll Greenhouse: Be a Mentor or Supporter to one of three finalists of the #NFA Greenhouse, an accelerator that has sought out projects from around the world that are connecting people to nature. Contact Crista Valentino at for more information.
  • Social Media Influencers: Reach out to emerging social media influencers in your network with strong YouTube audiences to ask them do a short piece on their interaction with nature. Contact Tomasz Wiercioch at for more information.

During the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress the #NFA pavilion will be a central gathering place and focal point for the #NFA journey and for celebrating, catalysing, and showcasing global efforts to connect people to nature. You can be a part of: ·

  • The #NFA launch event: On September 2 at 11:00 AM and in other engaging, interactive sessions throughout the pavilion programme. Check out our pavilion program and the #NFA journey here.
  • Plays for Nature (Nature Playbook): Contribute video submissions that capture stories and actions about connecting with nature (Nature Plays).Contact Tomasz Wiercioch at for more information.
  • NatureRX Video: contribute to the filming of a new creative video that will be part of this comedic viral video series.
  • Building the Choir: Be a part of a video, podcast, and performance of a ‘connecting people to nature’ song being written at WCC. Contact Tomasz Wiercioch at for more information.
  • The Studio Photo Booth: Use the #NFA pavilion photo booth and share photos and videos via social media.
  • Airbrush Tattoos: Get a tattoo and participate in accompanying social media contest.
  • #NatureForAll Fireside Chats: collectively develop strategies and commitments to grow the #NatureForAll movement – from 8:30 to 10:30 September 3-6 at the #NFA pavilion. Build momentum and scale up action so that Partners and projects from around the world will be promoted and shared as a foundation for learning from each other and scaling up action. You can: benefit from cross-promotion by co-branding new or existing projects or programs with #NatureForAll. Share your experiences and lessons by requesting a form for a #NFA case study and collaborate with other #NatureForAll partners to scale up existing programs that connect new audiences with nature, or develop new ones. Check here for partnership and brand guidelines.


Welcome Youth Ambassadors

The Canadian Committee of IUCN (CCIUCN) is pleased welcome Samantha McBeth, Caroline Merner and Elise Pullar as our Youth Ambassadors for 2016/2017.

Samantha, Caroline and Elise competed with 111 other young people for these volunteer roles. They will be working with the CCIUCN to help our ongoing initiative to help connect youth to nature.

Their first tasks will revolve around the IUCN World Conservation Congress this September. If you are in Honolulu expect to see them at the Canadian Delegate Reception on September 2 and at the #NatureForAll pavilion among other places.

Meet Samantha, Caroline and Elise here and please follow them on the CCIUCN Youth Blog: