How is New Brunswick doing? New Brunswick is behind the rest of the country, with only 4.7% protected, but the provincial government, private land owners, and Indigenous communities are working together to help New Brunswick meet Canada Target 1. We all know the broad benefit land conservation efforts can provide. New Brunswick’s beautiful wilderness has so much to offer in terms of ecosystem services including clean water, fresh air, healthy wildlife habitat, and ecotourism opportunities. By developing management plans that protect the landscape, we can achieve better biodiversity conservation which creates ripple effects including sustainable communities, economic development, and a sense of pride of place.
Land conservation can also help achieve Canada's goals for reconciliation with First Nation peoples by recognizing the importance of Indigenous governance and sustainable management of the resources that exist on their
The Indigenous Circle of Experts are playing a key role in the leadership of Pathway to Target 1 across the country. Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas are a form of Indigenous-led land and water protection that represent long-term commitment to conservation, and elevate Indigenous rights and responsibilities.
The UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve is working with local Indigenous and non-indigenous communities, regional agencies, and the provincial and federal government to support the Pathway to Target 1 goals and to help protect land and conserve biodiversity for generations to come.
Written by Ashlyn Brownell. To learn more about conservation in New Brunswick and Canada, explore conservation2020canada.ca and the Canadian Parks