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With the holiday season upon us, we'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Partners, funding supporters, community members, and readers for your continued support and for helping us keep nature in our future. 

From all of us at OCCP we wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season!

2019 marks the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program’s (OCCP) 11th year supporting collaboration for conservation. The OCCP model continues to be effective in building partnerships, sharing resources, and delivering on the Okanagan Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.

It is an exciting time for the OCCP. The Action Teams have undertaken research to protect water quality and environmental values for our large lakes, created outdoor educational programs in partnership with local teachers and school boards, and established local government land use policies to protect wildlife corridors and biodiversity. These projects are just a few of the important conservation initiatives underway, you can find out about all the projects OCCP has undertaken this year in our project report by clicking here.

Looking forward in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is imperative more than ever that the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP) partners build upon and create new partnerships to protect our natural environment. No single organization or government has the ability to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change alone as it will affect all aspects of our communities and livelihoods.

Through collaboration and multi-jurisdictional initiatives, the OCCP partners will continue to strengthen regional decision-making ensuring the health of our ecosystems is considered and the Okanagan remains an area rich in natural diversity.

Thank you to our partners for collaborating through the OCCP to realize a vision for healthy ecosystems and habitat networks that are valued and conserved by decision-makers and citizens alike. The programs and initiatives you are a part of help to support biodiversity conservation. We look forward to creating more conservation success stories in 2020!

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