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Where are we now?

Where are we now?

We are progressing through Step 1 (Assess) of the Conservation Standards framework, and soon moving forward into Step 2 (Plan). This phase lays the groundwork for our initiative, where we have defined the purpose and scope, identified biodiversity targets, and developed indicators to gauge their health and threats.

Purpose Statement

Our purpose is to further conserve and celebrate coastal and marine biodiversity and foster the long-term well-being of communities and livelihoods for the next seven generations.

Pelagic and Anadromous Fish


Benthic Ecosystems

Whales and sea turtles

Marine Migratory Birds

Defining Targets

In consultation with subject-area experts, the planning team has identified five key biodiversity targets to develop conservation strategies. These targets represent the diverse ecological, social, and economic values intrinsic to our coastal and marine areas.

Current Health

A step in our process has been to define and measure important characteristics for each biodiversity target. We’ve derived relevant indicators to ascertain their current state of health. This ongoing assessment is being refined through collaborative efforts in planning team workshops, supplemented and verified by subject-area experts. 

Critical Threats

Through workshops and local community engagements, various pressures have been identified which affect each biodiversity target. These are being evaluated during planning team workshop pressure assessments. These assessments are dynamic and will be continuously updated to reflect new information and insights gained.

Project Scope

The project scope defines the geographical boundaries within which our efforts and strategies are concentrated. This scope is not just about mapping a physical area; it’s about recognizing a region rich in biodiversity, cultural heritage, and economic activity.

Our study area spans from Cape St. Francis to Placentia Bay and reaches 60 km offshore from the coastline. This expanse, chosen for its ecological significance and potential for effective conservation strategies, represents a diverse range of coastal and marine habitats and species. The area mapped serves as a focal point for our conservation planning, research, and activities.

Why here?

The selection of Southern and Eastern Avalon is rooted in its ecological, cultural, and economic importance. By focusing our conservation efforts here, we aim to create strategies that not only preserve the natural environment but also support and sustain the communities and livelihoods dependent on these resources. Our initiative is not only about conservation; it’s about creating a harmonious balance between nature and human activity, ensuring the wellbeing of both for generations to come.

Next Steps

As we forge ahead, our focus remains on refining our understanding of the health and critical threats faced by each biodiversity target. This will be an ongoing effort both during and outside planning team. Equally important is our commitment to incorporate community knowledge and perspectives through continuous engagement sessions. Our approach is participatory, ensuring that our conservation efforts are inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.