Scanning the Horizon – Emerging Issues for Parks and Protected Areas in Canada

The following is preliminary content for a session at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit, submitted by Dr. Sabine Dietz, Office of the Chief Ecosystem Scientist with Parks Canada.

Ce qui suit est le contenu préliminaire d’une session du Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021, soumis par le Dr. Sabine Dietz, Bureau du scientifique en chef des écosystèmes de Parcs Canada.


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Parks Canada is collaborating with the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) in conducting a Horizon Scan. Using the Horizon Scan methodology (e.g., see Sutherland 2020 to learn more), the scan is identifying emerging issues with the potential to affect ecosystems and ecosystem services in protected areas across Canada. The Scan will be completed by the end of February. The session will include a 15-min video about the completed process, as well as an interactive mini horizon scan.


Parcs Canada collabore avec le Collectif canadien pour l’innovation et le leadership dans les parcs (CPCIL) pour mener une analyse d’horizon. En utilisant la méthodologie de l’analyse d’horizon (par exemple, voir Sutherland 2020 pour en savoir plus), l’analyse identifie les nouveaux problèmes susceptibles d’affecter les écosystèmes et les services écosystémiques dans les zones protégées du Canada. L’analyse sera terminée d’ici la fin du mois de février. La session comprendra une vidéo de 15 minutes sur le processus achevé, ainsi qu’un mini-balayage interactif de l’horizon.


National Park Service Collaboration Handbook

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This handbook presents an overview of 10 core lessons for improved collaboration. These lessons encompass the lifespan of a collaborative effort, starting with internal capacity building practices, moving to forming new collaborations, and ending with sustaining collaborative initiatives. The lessons include stories, tools, and discussion points that can help park professionals incorporate the lessons into their work.

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The Value of Strategic Mentorship in Park and Recreation Agencies

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The purpose of this study was to identify the benefits of a systematic mentorship programme using a recreational agency as the case study. Demographic information was used to understand the current state of recreation agencies and this resulted in utilising a systematic mentoring process to address a lack diversity and inclusion in their membership agencies and communities, with the intended purpose of improving the effectiveness of park and recreation agencies. An example of a systematic mentorship programme is a 3-person cohort programme that facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience between each member of the cohort. The benefit of this mentorship approach is to engage in discussions to strategically address and provide recommendations related to diversity and inclusion.

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