Common Ground: Empowering Nature-Based Climate Action in Forest-Dependent Communities of the Maritimes
A collaborative initiative between Community Forests International, The Ulnooweg Development Group, and The Nova Scotia Family Forest Network, the Common Ground project seeks to mobilize citizen climate action in the rural Maritime region on the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples.
Over 80,000 rural forest owners in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island collectively manage over 4.2 million hectares (40%) of Canada’s critically endangered Wabanaki-Acadian Forest. Together, we believe these citizen forest owners can achieve globally significant greenhouse gas reductions and locally significant climate adaptation outcomes. However, many family forest owners face several barriers to taking climate action with forests including access to knowledge, expert and community role models, and practical tools.
Drawing on both Indigenous Forest Knowledge and climate-smart forest management, we aim to build a community for climate-smart forestry, learning from key experts, and creating shared knowledge and storytelling.
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