This grant will support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association to lay the groundwork towards a shared community conservation and stewardship plan that protects ecological integrity and promotes sustainable land use on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. They will collaborate with not-for-profits and governmental organizations involved in conservation efforts on the Bruce Peninsula to develop a strategic plan which will lead to more efficient preservation and protection of water resources and natural heritage systems.
With this funding, the Royal Botanical Gardens will develop a management plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Land, one of the six core natural areas within the Cootes to Escarpment Park System. Burlington Heights is an environmentally significant area and a National Historic Site.Read more
This project aims to engage Hamiltonians in on-going efforts to protect natural heritage, and potentially grow the Greenbelt. Environment Hamilton will work with municipal planning staff, local groups and residents to identify candidate lands and natural systems, and build a case of support for growing the Greenbelt. They will also work to clarify and overcome challenges to ‘Greenbelting’ lands in urban areas.
The David Suzuki Foundation will continue to build the case for protecting natural capital in and around the Greenbelt. They are partnering with the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health to promote the health benefits of near-urban nature, and to emphasize the connection between the Greenbelt and healthy communities. They will also undertake an analysis of municipal growth plans in the region to assess the degree to which local governments are adopting policy options to best protect their natural capital. This work will help equip and build a community of decision-makers and influencers that will support the non-market and health benefits of nature.
This funding supports a project to protect important natural and hydrological features in the region by engaging residents to participate in on-going planning processes to expand the Greenbelt in Halton and Peel Regions. Sierra Club will collaborate with community groups and municipal staff and councilors around the importance of protecting natural heritage, including its environmental, economic and health benefits.
Toronto’s ravines and parks are one of the city’s most distinct features, and play an important ecological role. Toronto Park People are providing support to help the city and the province overcome the challenge in growing the Greenbelt along the Humber and Don River Valleys, and engaging an excited public in designating Rouge Park as Canada’s first urban national Park.
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This funding will help increase public awareness of the Greenbelt and its economic, environmental and social benefits. Through a series of six articles over three years, key research regarding the Greenbelt and the values associated with it will be shared.
This funding supports the Rouge Park Alliance in hosting the 2012 Tour de Greenbelt - a fresh air festival on wheels. This annual family-friendly cycling event takes place in Ontario’s Greenbelt and for the first time, this year’s program will include hiking and running courses. Activities supported by this grant include managing participant registration, route development, partnership and sponsorship development, and coordinating event logistics.
This funding supports the creation of a Southern Ontario Green Spaces Map, a 540-square foot project which highlights all of the protected and green spaces in Ontario. The map shows who is looking after these green spaces and partners with other environmental and conservation organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Showcased at Toronto’s annual Green Living Show, the creation of this map has a value which extends far beyond an annual showcase. By teaching people the value of precious natural resources such as clean water, natural temperature control, wetlands, and forests, long-term support is generated for preserved green spaces across the province.