By Joseph Mathieu

Canada’s landscapes, freshwater and wetlands are an important part of the world’s biodiversity and migratory patterns. They are considered part of planet Earth’s “natural heritage” and are protected as such.

And yet, the country’s globally important ecosystems are not immune to the realities of the Anthropocene. In Canada alone, there are over 700 species at risk of extinction.

To help conserve ecosystems across the country, Biology Prof. Joseph Bennett and his team are leading the development of evidenced-based, decision-support tools that help partner organizations prioritize resources. The project will receive $966,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, plus $483,000 cash and $853,500 in-kind from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)…continued…