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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.

Reports

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. 

2016 UPDATE: Boreal Woodland Caribou Conservation in Canada - December 2016

Before October 2017, the federal government will need to report on the progress that has been made by all governments in implementing, and meeting the objectives of, the national boreal woodland caribou recovery strategy released in 2012 under the Species-at-risk Act (SARA). Earlier this year, CPAWS started a one-year clock, hoping to inspire governments to act before this first report. Looking across Canada today, it will be difficult to demonstrate that sufficient action has been taken to protect caribou.

CPAWS Annual Report 2015-2016 - 2016

Review highlights from the past year and out current financial standing.

CPAWS Annual Report 2014-2015 - 2015

Review the highlights from the past year and our current financial standing.

Executive Summary: Dare to be Deep, SeaStates Report on North America’s MPAs - June 2016
Dare to be Deep: SeaStates Report on North America’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - June 2016

In the first ever joint assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) find Canada, Mexico and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national targets to protect at least 10% of the continental ocean estate.*

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.

2015 UPDATE: Boreal Woodland Caribou Conservation in Canada - 2015

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has been conducting annual reviews of progress by federal, provincial and territorial governments to protect and recover Canada’s remaining boreal woodland caribou1 populations since 2013, the year after the Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population, in Canada2 was issued by the federal government under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

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.

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