About Conservation Data Centres

The first of NatureServe Canada's network of independent conservation data centres (CDCs) was established in 1988 through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and provincial governments. Each CDC represents a single province or territory, with the exception of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, which represents the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The CDCs conduct biological inventories to find and document populations of rare species, study and classify ecological communities, analyze critical conservation issues, provide customized information products and conservation services, and make their data widely available to the public via the Internet. Each CDC serves as a clearinghouse for reliable and current scientific information about plants, animals, and ecological communities within its respective jurisdiction.