Data Center Description
Assembling and providing information on species and natural ecological communities of conservation concern in Atlantic Canada, in support of decision-making, research and education
The Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre (AC CDC) was incorporated in 1999 as a non-profit organization and granted registered charity status in 2000. We are based in Sackville, New Brunswick on the campus of Mount Allison University.
The AC CDC aims to be an authoritative and reliable source for comprehensive, accurate and objective information on Atlantic Canada's natural heritage, with principal focus on the species and ecological communities in our region that are globally, nationally or provincially rare in occurrence and, in some cases, endangered at one or more of these levels.
We pursue our mission with the financial support of our Sustaining members and numerous project-specific funding sources. A Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from government, corporate, academic and non-profit sectors, governs the Centre, with daily work facilitated by a staff comprising biologists, information managers and administrative personnel.
The AC CDC uses a methodology employed by approximately 90 conservation data centres (CDCs) in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The AC CDC, like all other Canadian CDCs, is a member of NatureServe, an international non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. NatureServe develops and provides (a) central science and technical support to all CDCs and (b) biodiversity information products and services spanning multiple nations, states and provinces in the Western Hemisphere.