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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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2017 parks report: From Laggard to Leader? -

This report examines Canada's performance relative to other countries in protecting our land and freshwater, as well as progress made towards our international commitments. 

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.

Canadian Wilderness, Spring 2016 - Spring 2016

Nature: Part of the climate change solution

Canadian Wilderness, Fall 2015 - Fall 2015

Partnering for conservation: How indegnous peoples and CPAWS are working together to protect ancestral territories.

CPAWS Special Report: Commercial Development threatens Canada’s National parks - September 2015

There is a crisis in Canada’s national parks. A rash of commercial development projects have been approved in Banff and Jasper, and similar development pressures are now spilling over into other national parks as well.  CPAWS’ Special Report highlights the growing list of commercial developments that are close to final approval, or have already been completed in recent years.

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.

Canadian Wilderness, Fall 2014 - Fall 2014

Learn about Canada's parks on the world stage, as well as the latest conservation updates from across the country.

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

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