Photo: Taylor Roades

Carbon Landscapes

A central aim of our work is to help Canada achieve its global commitment to protect and conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030. Critical to this effort is support for Indigenous-led conservation.

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
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 have a two-track funding strategy:

1. Research, Convening, and Outreach

1. Research, Convening, and Outreach

 

Under this track we are supporting activities focused on a federal, provincial, and/or territorial scale, rather than on-the-ground, locally-specific work.

Research: Producing timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new strategies, policies, and programs to achieve 30×30 and/or protect and conserve peatlands, grasslands, and old growth forests in Canada.

Convening: Bringing together community leaders, non-governmental organizations, academics, industry, and government representatives to better link, coordinate, and advance cross-sector efforts to achieve 30×30 and/or protect and conserve peatlands, grasslands, and old growth forests in Canada.

Outreach: Communications efforts that strengthen public awareness, understanding, and support for specific policy goals and actions to achieve 30×30 and/or efforts to protect and conserve peatlands, grasslands, and old growth forests in Canada.

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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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
Nature-Based Climate Solutions Summit
Indigenous-led conservation and carbon storage gathering in Guelph
Environment Program commits 100% to natural climate solutions
New series with The Narwhal on natural climate solutions
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Recent Grants

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
$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
$50,000
Term
12 months
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to continue reporting on nature-based climate solutions in Canada
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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$100,000
Term
24 months
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to help launch Public Voice Fund
2020—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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$10,000
Term
12 months
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to support time-sensitive mapping and travel expenses
2019
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
$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
$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
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
$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
$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
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