The California Biodiversity Network brings together key community leaders and environmental experts who are united to conserve California’s biodiversity. This growing network aims to be inclusive across 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 organizations and institutions prioritizing biodiversity protection, stewardship, education, and scientific inquiry.
The network will help to develop and implement actions, both governmental and non-governmental, under the four pillars of the California Biodiversity Collaborative. Our work will include providing key technical and societal expertise to decision-making around biodiversity and framing collective efforts where most needed. With an inclusive approach, this growing network aims to leverage the collective achievements of local, regional, and statewide efforts to realize a shared vision for a resilient and diverse California.
- Not just preserving, but improving ecosystems through rewilding, restoration, and regeneration
- Enhancing equity within the field of conservation and improving access to biodiversity resources
- Coordinating public education efforts and citizen science campaigns
- Achieving collective impact through collaborative conservation
- Integrating biodiversity conservation efforts across protected areas, working lands, tribal lands, and cities
Guiding Principles for Building a Successful Network
- We will optimize scarce resources by collaborating instead of competing and leverage our combined expertise and land base, connecting a network of people to a network of lands.
- We will amplify the role of science and strengthen the political will and resources available to protect and restore biodiversity by aligning our communications and actions.
- We will integrate and analyze long-term monitoring, collections, and experimental data as a shared resource to inform conservation and stewardship, and create a “one stop shop” for biodiversity expertise and spatial data.
- We will improve conservation outcomes, advance large landscape conservation strategies, and reverse biodiversity and habitat decline by bringing evidenced-based practices to “scale” for the State.
- We will share best practices across the network and build a pipeline for biodiversity leadership, ensure intergenerational succession of practitioners, and inform training and certification opportunities benefiting California’s diverse population.
- We will build bridges between public and private institutions and share
resources across jurisdictions to increase the impact of the initiative. Contact here.