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Freshwater Legacy Campaign



Our Freshwater Legacy project addresses the globally significant conservation issue of preserving freshwater habitat and reducing biodiversity loss through the following key activities:

This project will continue to protect critical habitats for a diversity of wildlife that depend on this freshwater legacy, including globally and nationally significant species at risk, and for future generations of Nova Scotians.

Why is it important?

Our freshwater legacy and the biodiversity it supports are at risk. Only 3% of the planet’s water is fresh water, and less than 1% of that is available for human use. These global issues are particularly relevant in Nova Scotia. While we are best known for our amazing coastline, Nova Scotia is also home to spectacular rivers, lakes and wetlands, upon which all Nova Scotians depend. These beautiful and wild landscapes provide refuge to some of Canada’s most unique and endangered species, and support a diversity of critical ecological services from drinking water supply to flood prevention. Yet these freshwater landscapes face unprecedented impacts, which result in habitat loss, one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. There is an urgent need to permanently protect important freshwater habitats, before it’s too late.

Goals and Objectives:

We have the power to do exactly what is needed to help preserve freshwater habitat – protect the land through which freshwater flows. The project goals are to conserve freshwater habitats and the species that depend on them through land conservation, by:

News and Achievements:

Thank you to our generous recent land donors:

Thank you to our generous freshwater funders:

Marguerite Hubbard Charitable Foundation
Lands and Legacies
Conservation Partnership
Nova Scotia Crown
Share Land Legacy Trust
David and Faye Sobey Foundation Frank Sobey
    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

The Echo Foundation Keurig Canada

Banrock Station

ExxonMobil Small Change Fund