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World Conservation Congress call for large-scale landscape protection

At the October 2008 meetings of the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain, members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) overwhelmingly passed a resolution introduced by CPAWS and other organizations calling for the creation of large-scale systems of interconnected protected areas and connectivity zones worldwide to protect biodiversity and adapt to climate change.

“Support for this motion means that there will be increased attention to large-scale conservation planning worldwide in the coming years, and broad support from the international community for this collaborative effort” says CPAWS’ head of delegation at the event, Harvey Locke. In Canada, CPAWS has been working for many years to protect at least half of Canada’s wilderness in interconnected systems of protected areas. 

“We are pleased that this big thinking is becoming the global norm,” says Locke, a senior conservation advisor to CPAWS who gave a talk about large landscape conservation at the event.

CPAWS worked with colleagues from the World Commission on Protected Areas and other NGOs to ensure that this motion was brought forward, including the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society, The Wilderness Society Inc., East African Wildlife Society, Ecological Society of the Philippines,and the University of International Cooperation, and participated in the negotiations that helped to ensure its successful adoption. 

The motion that was passed specifically references the need for large scale conservation and connectivity in Canada’s boreal forest and the Yellowstone to Yukon region, two of CPAWS’ program priorities.

Earlier this year, CPAWS and Mountain Equipment Co-op launched, where citizens can undertake a range of actions in support of advancing our shared vision that Canada will protect at least half of our land and water.

View the full IUCN resolution.