The Challenge

The conservation challenge: loss of biological diversity

Burrowing Owl, Saskatchewan (photo by Don Dabbs)

Burrowing Owl, Saskatchewan (photo by Don Dabbs)

Loss of habitat is the number one threat to species globally, while the proliferation of invasive alien species is the second biggest threat. Land conservation directly addresses the top two threats. By first securing ecologically significant lands, then managing them well for the long term, conservationists can make a real and lasting impact on biodiversity.

The rate of development is outpacing the rate of conservation. North America’s biodiversity is facing escalating threats from a variety of environmental stressors, including settlement, development, the still unclear impacts of climate change and the deterioration of our freshwater ecosystems. We must act now if we’re going to protect the best remaining natural habitats and ecosystems across North America and the plants and animals that rely on them for survival.

To this end, the American Friends of Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc. (AFNCC) (formerly Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc.) raises funds to help protect areas of biological diversity in Canada for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of future generations.

Old Man on His Back, Saskatchewan (photo by John Dawes)

Old Man on His Back, Saskatchewan (photo by John Dawes)

AFNCC supports organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which share our goal of ensuring the long-term survival of all native species through the protection, management and, where appropriate, restoration of natural areas. These places must be protected if they are going to sustain the natural values that define them.

The approach that AFNCC supports is to identify key areas of biological diversity where there is an intersection of biological values, opportunity and threat, and to apply appropriate securement and stewardship tools to conserve them.

AFNCC currently supports work which focuses on southern Canada, where the human footprint is the most intense. This is where biodiversity is at its richest, and where the work is at its most urgent today.