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CPAWS believes that conservation should be based on sound science. That's why CPAWS researchers and affiliates are staying on the cutting edge of conservation biology. Here are some of our recent reports.

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Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada: CPAWS Submission - 2017
Executive Summary: Protecting Canada’s National Parks - July 2016
Protecting Canada’s National Parks: A call for renewed commitment to nature conservation - July 2016

In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on Parks Canada to re-focus on its legal obligation to protect nature as the first priority for managing our national parks, and to immediately stop development in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? How Canada can achieve its international commitment - July 2015

This report assesses Canada’s progress towards our country’s commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and freshwater by 2020, and improve the quality of our parks and other protected areas. Achieving this 2020 target is an important step towards the much largerscale conservation action that’s needed to conserve Canada’s ecosystems in the long term.

Building a Culture of Conservation: State-of-Knowledge Report - October 2014

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

Losing Ground: Time to Embrace the True Value of Parks - July 2014

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.

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