Canada’s annual Parks Day takes place on July 19th, 2014. Since 2008 CPAWS has issued an annual report reviewing how well Canada has done over the past year in both creating new parks and protecting our existing parks for the benefit of current and future generations of Canadians. Over the years the review has ranged from celebrating significant progress on new parks to noting a slowdown in progress and highlighting
emerging problems. Unfortunately, for the third year in a row, while there were some good news stories, our overall conclusion is that Canada continues to lose ground in creating and protecting our cherished parks.
The ocean supports a tremendous diversity of life from coastal areas to the deep sea, and contains 99% of the space available for life on Earth. From plankton to whales, marine species live in a delicate balance that can easily be disturbed by human activities, and cause a domino effect on species half-way around the world.
This report is characterized as a state-of-knowledge (SOK) report that summarizes an extensive literature about park visitation and nature connectedness, and how they relate to the goal of building a culture of conservation. It does not purport to be an exhaustive summary of all that is available, but is focused on synthesizing some of the core concepts in order to identify key findings and gaps to help guide further research and evidence-based decision-making. All information is referenced to enable other researchers to further examine the key concepts in order to build a more comprehensive knowledge base. We are indebted to those who have written some of these more comprehensive reviews of literature or critical papers that are at the core of this topic (c.f.1–7). Presented at the World Parks Congress 2014
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