Photo: Taylor Roades
Environment

Carbon Landscapes

Collectively, we have an opportunity to reimagine how conservation is done in this country. As Canada strives to achieve its global commitment to protect and conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030, a central focus of this effort must be support for Indigenous-led conservation.

Our approach is:
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Grounded in respect for Indigenous rights, culture, and traditions
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Prioritizing Indigenous-led conservation
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Informed by community knowledge and cutting-edge research
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Strengthened by philanthropic partnerships and cross-sector collaboration
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Agile by design

We focus on three landscapes rich in biodiversity and carbon:

Peatlands

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Photo: Mélina Guêné-Nanchen

Grasslands

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Photo: Branimir Gjetvaj

Old Growth Forests

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Photo: AJ Wattamaniuk

We have a two-track funding strategy:

1. Research, Convening, and Outreach

1. Research, Convening, and Outreach

 

We are funding research, convening, and outreach activities in support of: Indigenous-led conservation, efforts to protect and conserve peatlands, grasslands, and old growth forests, or strategies to achieve 30×30.

Funding is geared toward efforts at a federal, provincial, and/or territorial scale, rather than on-the-ground, locally-specific work. Examples of the type of work supported under this strategy include a mix of complementary and often combined activities, such as:

Research: Producing timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new strategies, policies, and programs.

Convening: Bringing together community leaders, non-governmental organizations, academics, industry, and government representatives to better link, coordinate, and advance cross-sector efforts.

Outreach: Communications efforts that strengthen public awareness, understanding, and support for specific policy goals or actions.

2. On-the-Ground Leadership

2. On-the-Ground Leadership

 

On-the-Ground Leadership: At present, our funding for on-the-ground leadership activities is largely focused on efforts to plan and establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in two major peatland regions: Hudson Bay Lowlands and the Mackenzie River Basin.

 

Carbon Landscapes Highlights

The Narwhal: Carbon Cache
A special series focusing on the role of Canada’s natural landscapes in the fight against climate change is produced by The Narwhal and funded by Metcalf Foundation.
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New study showcases the power of peatlands as a global climate solution
The Narwhal launches in Ontario with all-star bureau of journalists
Government of Canada commits $340 million to Indigenous-led conservation
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Landmark study underscores the importance of natural climate solutions for Canada
The Narwhal’s Carbon Cache series receives a swell of national recognition
Government of Canada announces $3.9 billion investment in Nature-Based Climate Solutions
Annual Green Budget Coalition recommendations feature nature-based climate solutions
New report on financing conservation in Canada
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Recent Grants

Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$375,000
Term
36 months
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in partnership with Katl’odeeche First Nation, Dehcho First Nations, Sambaa K’e First Nation, Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation, Jean Marie River First Nation, NWT Métis Nation, Deninu Kue...
2021—2023
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$150,000
Term
36 months
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in support of the Legal Foundations for Indigenous-led Conservation project to be delivered as part of the RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air, and Water) program
2021—2023
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$150,000
Term
36 months
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to support work with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), forestry companies, Indigenous communities, and partner ENGOs to secure protection of FSC candidate sites from logging and mineral...
2021—2023
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$225,000
Term
36 months
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to demonstrate the potential of Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) as a conservation tool for grasslands in the prairie provinces
2021—2023
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$172,775
Term
36 months
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to help plan and establish an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area in the Bistcho Lake region of Dene Tha’ territory
2021—2023
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$200,000
Term
24 months
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to support policy and science work at three scales – national, global, and in the Hudson Bay Lowlands – related to northern peatlands
2021—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN), to support trial preparations over the cumulative impacts of development on Treaty 6 territory
2021—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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to build public awareness and support for strengthened biodiversity legislation in BC
2021—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$275,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with BC Assembly of First Nations, to provide resources and support for First Nations in BC who are assessing the feasibility of a forest carbon project in their territory
2021—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$330,000
Term
36 months
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to support large-scale outreach, communications, and convening activities related to a landmark study of the mitigation potential of natural climate solutions in Canada
2020—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$225,000
Term
36 months
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in partnership with Mushkegowuk Council, to support Council staff as they work to advance Indigenous-led conservation efforts in the region
2020—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$30,000
Term
36 months
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to support communications about the carbon and biodiversity values of the Hudson Bay Lowlands
2020—2022
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$50,000
Term
12 months
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to continue reporting on nature-based climate solutions in Canada
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with EnviroEconomics, to identify federal subsidies that harm nature and propose revisions that align with efforts to achieve Canada’s protected areas targets
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$75,000
Term
12 months
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to quantify how old growth forest conservation efforts are compromised by expanded wood pellet production in Canada, with the primary focus on British Columbia
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$110,000
Term
12 months
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to kick-start a set of facilitated discussions and strategy sessions with an overarching goal of accelerating conservation progress in Canada
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$35,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Smart Prosperity Institute, to help launch a new National Nature Investment Hub to facilitate the growth of public and private investments in nature protection and...
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$28,589
Term
12 months
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to support convening and strategy work with partners working to advance terrestrial conservation in the Hudson Bay Lowlands
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$15,000
Term
12 months
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to support the Target 1 Funders Collaborative
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$50,000
Term
12 months
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for Rainforest Solutions Implementation Project, a MakeWay project, to continue work on old growth forests and to help develop a viable regenerative forestry carbon model and approach for...
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
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for Organizing for Change, a MakeWay project, to continue shared strategy work on old growth forests and protected areas in BC
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$50,000
Term
12 months
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to further develop and refine the carbon buffer forests concept, a proposed new approach to designating lands for restoration and protection
2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$60,000
Term
24 months
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to build the case for the federal government to establish a ‘Forest Carbon Economy Fund’ in Canada, with a goal to unlock significant financing for community-based forest stewardship in...
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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to support local organizing around nature-based climate solutions in communities across Canada
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$90,000
Term
24 months
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using advanced geospatial tools, including high resolution remote sensing data and machine learning algorithms, to produce a national carbon map that accurately identifies and quantifies...
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$80,000
Term
24 months
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to develop policy briefs with specific advice to the federal government on how to advance biodiversity aspects of nature-based climate solutions
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$70,000
Term
24 months
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to support The Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership staff and partners to create a number of capacity building tools to support Indigenous communities interested in advancing...
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$105,000
Term
24 months
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to continue to advance recommendations from the Logging Scars report and other related policy priorities
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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to help launch Public Voice Fund
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$30,000
Term
24 months
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to support a collaborative funding approach to northern terrestrial and marine conservation initiatives
2020—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$150,000
Term
36 months
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to support Nitaskiinan, a 3-year project to propose a new Indigenous Protected Area in the traditional homeland of Ininiwak (Cree People) from five First Nations in northeastern Manitoba....
2019—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$150,000
Term
36 months
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to help establish a network of new protected areas based on areas of importance to the Crees of Eeyou Istchee
2019—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$375,000
Term
36 months
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in collaboration with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, to build the case for a widespread transition to a lower-carbon agriculture in Canada, with a particular focus on upcoming reviews...
2019—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$150,000
Term
36 months
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to help establish an Indigenous Protected Area to conserve the Seal River watershed. This project is guided by an Agreement in Principle between Sayisi Dene First Nation, Northlands Dene...
2019—2021
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$15,000
Term
12 months
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to support the Target 1 Funders Collaborative
2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$55,000
Term
12 months
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to build the organizational capacity of Farmers for Climate Solutions, a recently launched coalition of farmers, farm organizations, and their partners who are working in common cause to...
2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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to help develop and establish an Indigenous Protected Area in the North French River watershed or kâhpânayâw sîpiy in Cree, meaning meandering river, located in the heart of Moose Cree...
2019—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$149,570
Term
24 months
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in collaboration with Compost Council of Canada, to produce a comprehensive report on the status of soil carbon sequestration efforts in Canada’s managed soils and a practical toolkit to...
2019—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$50,000
Term
24 months
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to organize a conservation finance conference in 2020 with a goal to showcase practical approaches to mainstreaming conservation finance in Canada
2019—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$100,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, to help establish an Indigenous Protected Area in the Fawn River Watershed
2019—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$75,000
Term
24 months
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to help ensure that new forest carbon accounting rules and related policies in Canada do not incentivize negative impacts on biodiversity or climate action
2019—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$225,000
Term
36 months
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in partnership with Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Dehcho First Nations, Sambaa K’e First Nation, Ka’agee Tu First Nation, Jean Marie River First...
2018—2020
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
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to support the Nature-Based Climate Solutions Summit, a two-day national gathering in Ottawa organized by a collection of Canada’s leading nature and conservation organizations. The...
2019
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$10,000
Term
12 months
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to support time-sensitive mapping and travel expenses
2019
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$47,500
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Smart Prosperity Institute and in collaboration with Nature United, to research successful and emerging conservation finance tools and assess their applicability in...
2019
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$200,000
Term
24 months
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in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Global Lands & Carbon Science Teams, to convene some of North America’s leading scientists, along with policy makers in government who...
2018—2019
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$40,000
Term
12 months
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in partnership with Poplar River First Nation, to assess the potential of a carbon management and benefits sharing agreement between the Government of Manitoba and Poplar River First...
2018
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
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to support planning, organizing, and delivering The Nature of Climate Change, national gathering of Canada’s major conservation organizations with a specific focus on widening and...
2018
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$66,000
Term
12 months
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led by Dr. Faisla Moola of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics to investigate how Indigenous-led, nature-based carbon sequestration efforts align with more universal...
2018
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$36,275
Term
12 months
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to synthesize the state of knowledge related to carbon values and valuation processes in unmanaged forests, with a focus on Ontario and Quebec, which contain significant peatlands and where...
2018
Initiative
Carbon Landscapes
Amount
$63,250
Term
12 months
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in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and led by Dr. Risa Smith, Co-Chair of IUCN’s Protected Areas Climate Change Specialist Group, this...
2018
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