The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is a national leader in providing evidence-based guidance in the establishment and management of a comprehensive network of ecological areas to contribute to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and the social and ecological benefits it provides.  The CCEA brings together experts from across the country including federal, provincial, and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other experts to foster understanding of contemporary policy, planning and management problems affecting ecological areas and to promote synergies and coordination in the development of neutral, solutions-oriented guidance. 

This Strategic Framework, inclusive of a Mission Statement and measurable goals serves as a guide for the work of the CCEA and represents a transparent means upon which progress can be evaluated. The CCEA Board will use this framework in a flexible and adaptable manner to develop detailed annual work plans and associated outputs between 2020 and 2030.   

The work of the CCEA over the next 10 years will be important in efforts to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the 2019 Minister of Environment and Climate Change Mandate Letter.  The mandate letter places a strong emphasis on the widespread expansion of protected areas in Canada through the use of science and other forms of knowledge

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