Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Project

About KBAs and Indigenous Stewardship

Over the past two decades, a group of organizations has developed a list of criteria to identify Key Biodiversity Areas or KBAs. These places are important for the long-term health and well-being of animals, plants, waters, and the land.  

KBAs occur across all types of landscapes and seascapes, including on Indigenous Lands, and in many instances exist because of the stewardship and relationships First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit have with these species and places. Places like Haida Gwaii, Pelee Island, Ivvavik (also a national park), Walpole Island and the Okanagan Valley are already known to be remarkable for biodiversity, and there are Indigenous-led conservation efforts already occurring in all of these places. KBAs will also be identified in less well-known spots, and often on Indigenous land. In Canada and across the world, scientists are documenting that lands conserved by Indigenous Peoples have more biodiversity.  

The overall goal of the KBA project in Canada is to identify KBAs and map out priority areas that meet these scientific criteria to support biodiversity conservation. While KBAs don’t usually include a focus on Indigenous values, we believe there is likely to be overlaps in the areas identified as KBAs and areas that are important to Indigenous Peoples.

WCS-KBA Session Summary Report

March 13, 2024 at the Grey Eagle Resort in Calgary, AB

CIER, KBA Canada, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada is hosting an in-person Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) Workshop for Alberta and Saskatchewan First Nations at the Grey Eagle Resort in Calgary, AB on March 13th, 2024. Participants whose community, Nation, or organization overlap with KBA areas are invited to attend (please see interactive map of KBAs here). We can support travel and accommodations for people joining the workshop. 

Learn more about a new conservation planning tool called Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and hear from communities about how this tool can be used to support Indigenous-led conservation. The overall goals of the KBA project are to identify and map KBAs, apply traditional knowledge, and collaborate based on mutual values.  

We will have an introductory Nature Walk the afternoon before the event on March 12th, 2024. More details to come closer to the event. 

Limited seats are available, please RSVP in advance here.  

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