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Escarpment Corridor Alliance Partner Meeting: Building Alliances for Environmental Protection

In a recent gathering of like-minded organizations, the Escarpment Corridor Alliance (ECA) hosted a partner meeting on June 23. The primary objective was to foster collaboration and strengthen alliances among the participants, all of whom share a common goal of safeguarding the Niagara Escarpment in South Georgian Bay. Guided by ECA Board Member, David Scoon, the meeting brought together over twenty organizations dedicated to the preservation of the region’s vital ecosystems, including forests, fields, wetlands, and watersheds.

During the meeting, an important contribution was made by Robert Wong from RMCG Research. Wong set the stage with a results presentation of the Escarpment Community Survey, a recent initiative that provided invaluable insights into the perceptions and concerns of the local community regarding the preservation of the Niagara Escarpment. This presentation served as a catalyst for discussions and played a significant role in shaping the collaborative efforts of the organizations moving forward.

Key Takeaways

  1. Thinking bigger is helpful. Working together and presenting a common front makes us all stronger….the voice of the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts; 
  2. Different forms of coordination and resource sharing need to be encouraged. Common calendars and shared service models are examples of these activities;
  3. The ECA is in a unique position to help drive this partnership model forward and in so doing create opportunities to add incremental support to the valuable work of each individual partner organization.

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