Historically, in government policy and environment sector activity, climate and biodiversity issues have largely been addressed separately from one another. So when Metcalf launched our Carbon Landscapes funding stream in 2017, one of our explicit goals was to strengthen the connections between these two tracks.
To this end, in April, forty environment sector leaders from across Canada convened in Toronto for The Nature and Climate Change gathering. This Metcalf-funded event was the first of its kind in Canada. It provided a much-needed space for leaders to discuss the ways in which climate and biodiversity work could be better integrated to help stem biodiversity loss, advance natural climate solutions, and sustain livelihoods. From this gathering, a number of working groups were established to guide and coordinate cross-sector efforts going forward.