In the field of environmental policy, a great number of acronyms are used, which can often make content complex and difficult to follow, particularly for those who are not immersed in this work on a regular basis. As a result, we provide here a list of acronyms for our readers’ benefit. However, as a matter of style, we will more often than not spell these references out in long form, followed thereafter in abbreviated form, in our articles.

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

CCUNESCO – Canadian Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

NEB – Niagara Escarpment Biosphere

NEBN – Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Network

OECMs – Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures

KBAs – Key Biodiversity Areas

TGNEICM – The Great Niagara Escarpment Indigenous Cultural Map

GIS – Geographic Information System

NEP – Niagara Escarpment Plan

NEC – Niagara Escarpment Commission

BR – Biosphere Reserve

NEF – Niagara Escarpment Foundation

CONE – Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment

EBC – Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy

PERL – Protecting Escarpment Rural Lands

TLC – Transition Leadership Committee

CBRA – Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature

CEM – Commission on Ecosystem Management

IPCAs – Indigenous Protected Conserved Areas

NbS – Nature-based Solutions

NCS – Nature Climate Solutions

SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals

ECCC – Environment and Climate Change Canada