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April 9, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA— NatureServe, an international biodiversity conservation organization, honors one of its Network Programs every year with the Network Collaboration and Mentoring Award. Achievements such as sharing an innovation with the Network, cooperating with another organization on a regional or Network-wide initiative, and mentoring another Network Program are considered. This year, British Columbia Conservation Data Centre (BC CDC) is recognized for their collaboration with Manitoba Conservation Data Centre, and NatureServe Canada, in assisting the Northwest Territory Conservation Data Centres (NWT CDC) through in-person and remote training on NatureServe methodology and Biotics.
This initiative supported staff time to ensure in-person and remote training to NWT CDC staff. Chris Friesen (Manitoba) provided initial mapping training to NWT CDC staff. Jacqueline Clare (Conservation Mapping Lead) and Lea Gelling (Zoologist) of the BC CDC travelled to Yellowknife, NWT to provide detailed in-person training. This was augmented by Leah Ramsay (Program Zoologist), from BC CDC, who provided webinar-based training on selected topics with a focus on mapping wide ranging species in Biotics. “NatureServe’s mission to provide quality science in support of conservation requires reliable information from multiple jurisdictions, as this subnational data informs global conservation statuses and provides vital on-the-ground knowledge of species and ecosystems in each jurisdiction,” notes Nicole Firlotte, Chair of NatureServe Board of Directors. “To provide this key information, new heritage programs need training to ensure their data processing and species assessment procedures are compatible with NatureServe’s methodology. The BC CDC took the opportunity to contribute valuable information on northern species and ecosystems to the NatureServe network. This information is especially relevant now as the impacts of climate change are often disproportionately severe at northern latitudes.”
Dr. Gregory Miller, Ph.D., President and CEO of NatureServe, states, “It is our honor to award the Network Collaboration and Mentoring Award to British Columbia Conservation Data Centre. This award celebrates their achievements, including providing capable staff to conduct in-person and remote NatureServe methodology training, which will help to ensure the data from this large area is gathered and processed in ways that can be easily integrated into national and global assessments. This partnership between national and subnational programs to provide heritage methodology training is unique within the NatureServe network. The novel combination of resources, both financial and in-kind from different programs, can serve as a model for future collaboration among network members.”
Eric Lofroth, Manager of BC CDC, says, “Providing and sharing information among network members is one way to strengthen our collective capacity and expertise. It is important that those member programs who have had the time and capacity to develop valuable expertise use that capacity to assist newer programs. In doing so, we all become a more effective network working together to inform conservation. This was an opportunity that BC was both fortunate to have and happy to participate in.“ The British Columbia Conservation Data Centre will be honored with the 2017 NatureServe Network Collaboration and Mentoring Award on April 11, 2017 at the Biodiversity without Boundaries Conference, taking place in Ottawa, Canada. For more information about the NatureServe Network Collaboration and Mentoring Award, visit the NatureServe Awards site.
About the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre
The British Columbia Conservation Data Centre (BC CDC) assists in the conservation of the province's biodiversity by collecting and sharing scientific data and information about wildlife and ecosystems in British Columbia. The CDC is a member of NatureServe, a global network of more than 80 Conservation Data Centres and equivalent programs sharing common methodologies for collecting and managing information, which allows them to pool data for conservation assessment and planning across geopolitical boundaries. The primary functions of the CDC are to compile a list of species and ecosystems that occur in British Columbia, assess conservation status ranks, map known locations (element occurrences,) and make data and information available in easily accessible formats to serve its wide-ranging client base. Learn more about data from the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre website.
NatureServe is a non-profit biodiversity conservation organization comprised of 86 Network Programs encompassing more than 800 biodiversity scientists who discover, innovate, and conserve over 70,000 species and 7,000 habitats that are at-risk of extinction in the Western Hemisphere. The NatureServe Network collects accurate, real-time data about imperiled species and entire ecosystems, transforms the data into knowledge products and visualizations, and provides meaning through expert analyses to guide decision-making, implement action, and enhance conservation outcomes. NatureServe steadily keeps its finger on the pulse of the planet, to ensure the preservation of species and natural communities whose futures depend on conservation action. Visit the NatureServe website.