RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

Combining Research Findings with Traditional Indigenous Biodiversity Knowledge

The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Network, as a community-led grassroots organization, plans to use the next three to five years to first develop its research and evaluation network, acquire data on status of biological diversity, ecosystem services, climate change action, and conservation activities (including Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures and Key Biodiversity Areas) to be able to prepare the self-study for the 2024 periodic review by UNESCO.

This project, being guided by Plenty Canada, will combine research findings with traditional Indigenous biodiversity knowledge for application in The Great Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map. The process will identify the most urgent research and evaluation needs with all stakeholders for the next five to ten years, focusing on conservation, climate change action, and sustainable development within the buffer and transition zones of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere.

Partners include Brock University, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, McMaster University, Niagara College, Mohawk College, Indigenous-focused research agencies, and other not-for-profits.