Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference
Calgary, Alberta
February 21-24, 2023

Registration now open!

Pre-Conference Research Exercise on New and Traditional Conservation Tools

By: Dr. Jeremy Pittman, University of Waterloo, School of Planning, Environmental Change & Governance Group


This exercise will allow participants to develop desirable scenarios for the future of grassland conservation and discuss how new and existing conservation programs and tools (e.g., short- and long-term easements, stewardship agreements) could be best applied to reach the desired future. Participants will be asked to reflect on a few questions before the event and then delve deeper into the issues in small groups during the exercise.

1) Purpose: To gather participants' insights into the future of biodiversity and SAR conservation in Canada's grasslands and the specific policy/program tools, and combinations of tools, that may be beneficial.

2) Format: Participatory scenario exercise. Participants are asked to develop different scenarios of future conservation, some desirable and some not. The remainder of the discussion focuses on policy approaches to attain the desirable scenario(s) while avoiding the undesirable.

3) Outcome: Policy brief about the future of biodiversity and species-at-risk conservation in Canada's grasslands. Depending on size and interest of group, this could be co-authored with participants.

Information from this session will be used to inform Dr. Pittman’s research on advancing grassland conservation policy in Canada. More information about this research and how you can become involved will be available at the time of registration.


This session is for you if:

  • You work hands-on using conservation actions to benefit wildlife and habitat
  • You design policies that impact conservation activities


Cost:  free
Date:  2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Location: Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Carlton Room (please note this is change from the original room)


If you would like to register to partake in the research exercise, please click the following link:

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.