California Biodiversity Network
The California Biodiversity Network brings together key environmental experts and community leaders who are united to conserve California’s globally renowned and highly threatened natural heritage. This inaugural network aims to grow quickly to be inclusive across all sectors, engaging environmental stewards, governmental and tribal representatives, scientists, and educators working at local, regional, and statewide scales. The network provides a collaborative forum for California’s diverse conservation organizations and scientific institutions prioritizing biodiversity protection, stewardship, environmental education, and scientific inquiry.
The network will support the development and implementation of conservation actions, both governmental and non-governmental, under the four goals of the California Biodiversity Collaborative. It will focus on providing key technical and societal expertise to inform decision-making around biodiversity and framing collective efforts where most needed. With a broadly inclusive approach, this network aims to leverage the collective achievements of local, regional, and statewide efforts to realize a shared vision for a resilient and diverse California. As a first step, we will seek out and engage diverse stakeholders—from Indigenous communities and private landowners to scientists and local governments—to discover and frame new and inclusive pathways toward a more sustainable future.
Guiding Principles for Building a Successful Network
- The State’s scarce resources will be maximized by collaborating instead of competing and by leveraging our combined expertise and land base, connecting a network of people to a network of lands and waters.
- The role of science will be optimized, and available political and material resources will be strengthened to protect and restore biodiversity by aligning our communications and actions.
- Long-term monitoring, museum collections and experimental data will be integrated and analyzed as a shared resource to inform conservation and land stewardship, creating a single point of access for biodiversity expertise and spatial data.
- Conservation outcomes will be improved, advancing large landscape conservation objectives, and reversing biodiversity and habitat declines by bringing evidenced-based conservation practices to scale for the State.
- Best practices will be shared across the network resulting in an equitable pipeline for biodiversity leadership, ensuring intergenerational succession of practitioners, and informing our citizenry about training and certification opportunities benefiting California’s diverse population.
- We will build bridges between public and private institutions, resulting in shared resources across jurisdictions that increase the impact of the California Biodiversity Collaborative.
The California Biodiversity Network welcomes additional partners; please contact us for more information on joining the group.
California Botanic Garden
California Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
California Landscape Stewardship Network
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Parks and Recreation
California Natural Resources Agency
California State University, Channel Islands
Defenders of Wildlife
East Bay Regional Park District
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
National Park Service
Point Blue Conservation Science
Santa Cruz Mountains Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
The Trust for Public Land
United States Air Force