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 be engaging with stakeholders to prepare a report identifying priority research needs and information gaps that can support the implementation of California’s commitment to “30 by 30.”
Guiding Principles for Building a Successful Network
- Build pathways for collaboration between the State’s efforts and the knowledge and resources in the academic, non-profit, private sector and California tribal communities, especially in the contexts of science, citizen science, and stewardship.
- Ensure that there is equitable access to nature for all residents of California
- Respect indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and land stewardship
- Maximize, to the extent possible, resources via institutional collaboration instead of competition.
- Leverage our combined expertise, skills, existing partnerships, and land base.
- Align and optimize multiple efforts underway to protect and restore biodiversity.
- Integrate and analyze data relevant to conservation and land stewardship and set priorities for translating data to meet decision-makers’ needs.
- Advance large landscape conservation strategies.
- Share best practices and collaboration opportunities.
- Support an equitable and inter-generational pipeline for biodiversity leadership.
- Work Collaboratively through the CBN to advance biodiversity conservation
The California Biodiversity Network welcomes additional partners; please contact us for more information on joining the group.
Acjachemen Tongva Land Conservancy
All Things Green PR
California Botanic Garden
California Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Parks and Recreation
California Institute for Biodiversity
California Landscape Conservation Partnership
California Landscape Stewardship Network
California Natural Resources Agency
California State University, Channel Islands
Conservation Biology Institute
Defenders of Wildlife
East Bay Regional Park District
Endemic Environmental Services
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
National Park Service
Native American Land Conservancy
Natural Resources Defense Council
Oakland Museum of California
Oswit Land Trust
Point Blue Conservation Science
Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, Pitzer College
San Diego Natural History Museum
Santa Cruz Mountains Conservancy
Sonoma Land Trust
Sustainability at Pitzer College
The Nature Conservancy
The Tree Pledge
The Trust for Public Land
United States Air Force