Models of Success

QLF has worked regionally within communities in Atlantic Canada since 1961. In 1981, QLF’s focus expanded to also include international programs. Over its long organizational history, QLF has established expertise in regional and interregional conservation and stewardship. These environmental models have been shared worldwide through QLF’s Global Leadership Network.

Please explore the links below to read case studies that highlight QLF’s enduring successes and global impact.

International Stewardship Programs

  • QLF is now working on natural solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change through protected areas work at a global level, and is a recognized leader on issues of land stewardship, governance of protected areas, and nature/culture connections.

Best Practices Guide for Privately Protected Areas

  • QLF has been responding to a mandate to IUCN to further develop guidance on best practice in the establishment and management of privately protected areas (PPAs), building on the work and experience of national, regional and global networks and organizations.

Next Generation Conservation Leaders

  • QLF has fostered leadership development and community engagement among students since the organization’s founding in 1961. Today our Leadership Program continues to provide university undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience in community-based conservation, environmental education, and nonprofit program development.

Marine Bird Conservation in QLF’s Home Region

  • Since 1978, QLF has championed a community-based approach to marine bird conservation in Eastern Canada. Over time, the Marine Bird Conservation Program became recognized internationally as a model of community-based conservation, prompting projects in other regions of Canada and the world to adopt the same strategies.

Common and Roseate Terns Cross International Borders

  • QLF’s Sounds Conservancy Marine Program has provided support for marine conservation and stewardship along the Sounds and coastal waters of southern New England and New York, and has formed unique partnerships that cross international borders from Long Island Sound to Punta Rasa, Argentina and Bahia, Brazil, in a collaborative effort to protect the threatened Common Terns and endangered Roseate Terns.

Conservation and Stewardship in the Visegrád Countries

  • For over two decades, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation has conducted International Programs between practitioners in QLF’s home region and in the Visegrád Group of countries through mutual exchange focused on fostering stewardship and civic engagement. QLF’s International Programs in Central Europe began in Hungary in 1989 and continue to evolve today.

Consensus Building and Collaborative Conservation in the Middle East

  • Since its inception in 1992, QLF’s Middle East Exchange Program has convened community and conservation leaders who share a commitment to the environment to to work across geographic, political, and cultural borders to build consensus and civil society.