The Greenbelt protects our natural environment and water resources from the impacts of urbanization and other major developments. Its landowners, including farmers that work over 50 per cent of the landscape, maintain and restore individual features like wetlands. The benefit of this restoration is flood control, water filtration, improving water quality and climate adaptation.
This project researches new opportunities that recognize the ecological goods and services landowners provide communities when they undertake stewardship on their lands. The research looks at how to more effectively compensate these stewardship activities and improve environmental outcomes for healthy wetlands in the Credit River watershed. The Region of Peel and the Peel Federation of Agriculture are leading partners in this research.
Greenbelt Alliance members work in communities across the landscape to protect the Greenbelt and embrace new opportunities to support its role in providing clean air, water and food to the region. A key partner in their efforts is the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt whose work is also supported through this funding.
The project also continues work to expand the boundaries of the Greenbelt to include many environmental features that cross its borders including natural heritage, water systems, and agricultural resources. The Alliance will assist with applications to grow the Greenbelt in Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton.
Carved out nearly 10,000 years ago, the Dundas Valley is one of the largest glacial re-entrant valleys (a valley that collects and funnels water) along the Niagara Escarpment. The Hamilton
Conservation Foundation's 50-Year Vision for the Valley outlines ways to sustain the ecology, agriculture and recreation activities of Hamilton's environmental "jewel" as urbanization concentrates along its borders.
This project enables the Conservation Foundation to work with the community to develop priorities for the next five years. Activities include producing a strategy for biodiversity, land securement, species at risk protection, developing strategies for outdoor education, and agricultural and recreational activities that maintain and enhance the Valley.
The "Tour de Greenbelt" is an exciting cycling adventure geared towards family and serious cyclists alike. In partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, this event will follow the framework of previous Tour de Greenbelt events, embracing the concept of “Ready, Set, Meander.” It encourages riders to connect with the Greenbelt and experience rural hospitality, savour fresh, local food, and explore Ontario's Greenbelt.
The “Beyond Imaginings” photo exhibition at Harbourfront Centre continues into 2012. Over the past year, this exhibition has brought a public focus to the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The show focuses on three areas of importance: natural beauty, working the land, and the people of the Greenbelt, presenting 72 stunning images, created by 8 Ontario photographers. They depict all that the Greenbelt offers—protected and restored natural environment, wildlife, agriculture, and recreation.
This is a sponsorship of the 11th Annual Halton Eco Festival. It is a one-day, environmental fair for sustainable living scheduled for April 9, 2011. Those expected to attend include 70 exhibitors and educational speakers. Exhibitors share information about home and garden, alternative healthcare, solar and geothermal energy and much more.
The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), a research not-for-profit organization, is examining whether existing water policies and practices contained in the Greenbelt Plan are adequately protecting water quality and quantity. The project brings together water experts in the region to form the Blue Green Group and identify significant issues of concern and ways to strengthen the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan to ensure safe and abundant water resources are available to millions of residents and businesses, now and for the future.
As the coordinating organization for the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (a coalition of groups committed to improving Ontarians' quality of life and protecting valuable agricultural and environmental lands), Environmental Defence is working to protect, enhance and grow the Greenbelt.The project aims to continue building and strengthening the voice of the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt and Ontario Greenbelt Alliance to ensure the effective implementation of the Greenbelt Act. Ensuring the permanency of the Greenbelt means securing a healthy environment and a reliable food source for many generations.
The project builds on the vision of the Cootes to Escarpment Park System that the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and partners developed in 2009.As a first step to achieving that vision, RBG is leading the implementation of a Land Securement Strategy to bring more lands, identified in the Park System Master Plan, into public hands and avoid further fragmentation of the ecologically rich and sensitive lands in the future.This vision has tremendous public support and a strong partnership with community leaders such as the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Halton Region, Hamilton and Halton Conservation Authorities, the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, and Hamilton Harbour Remediation Action Plan.