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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

Parks and protected areas are far too complex for any single agency to succeed alone. Collaboration can build capacity to deliver programs or services, engage in better research or community engagement, or to drive creativity and innovation in response to challenges. 

Across Canada, many “Friends of…” groups or similar societies help parks and protected areas achieve specific goals or contribute to their general work. In other cases, national or international ENGOs (environmental non-governmental organization) such as the Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society build capacity and speak for the value of area-based conservation and connection to nature. There are also a significant number of ENGOs, such as the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association (CBRA), Nature Conservancy Canada, NCC) and Ducks Unlimited Canada that are also responsible for area-based conservation and are invaluable parts of the CPPCL network.

Parks and protected areas agencies are often responsible for supporting or advising these groups. Resources such as the Imagine Canada and the Sustainability Network are useful tools. The greatest success comes from both the land managers and the partner working respectfully as collaborators in a reciprocal relationship. 

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