To be the authoritative source for accessible, current and reliable information on the distribution and abundance of Canada's indigenous biological diversity. We are committed to:
? high quality science; ? high quality service; ? objectivity; ? universal access and education; ? our Canadian and international network; ? the conservation of biological diversity.
What is NatureServe?
NatureServe Canada advances the goals of the Conservation Data Centres (CDC), Natural Heritage Information Centres (NHIC), Natural Heritage Programs and associated organizations whose mission is to provide information on the distribution, abundance, and conservation needs of rare species and natural communities to governments, industries, researchers, NGOs, and individuals.
NatureServe Canada enables its members to operate as a network by sharing technologies, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience, and by facilitating the development of multi-jurisdictional information products and services.
NatureServe Canada, formerly known as the Association for Biodiversity Information (or ABI-Canada), was incorporated in 1994 as a private nonprofit association. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected from among the directors of the Conservation Data Centres, Natural Heritage Information Centres and Natural Heritage Programs.
Who makes up the Canadian Section? Our members include six provincial CDC/NHIC programs and one regional CDC program. We are the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre, the Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre, the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, the Manitoba Conservation Data Centre, the Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre,the Quebec Natural Heritage Data Centre, and the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre.
To support and strengthen member Conservation Data Centres across Canada, and to assist with the creation of new Canadian programs. ? To increase the awareness of Canadians on the nature and extent of Canada's rich indigenous biological diversity.
To serve the Canadian public by gathering, interpreting and distributing standardized information on the conservation status of wild species and communities.
To build dynamic, accurate, and comprehensive national, international and ecoregional databases on the distribution, character, and conservation status of indigenous species and natural communities in Canada and North America.
To build relationships with organizations, agencies and individuals who will best use the data.
To operate NatureServe Canada as a not-for-profit, financially independent Canadian corporation; and to ensure the continuity and financial stability of NatureServe Canada as a permanent program by establishing working relationships with other organizations which recognize the value of, and have a need for, better information on Canadian and hemispheric indigenous biological diversity.