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“Diversity means many links, many different approaches to the same problem. So a diverse community is a resilient community. A diverse community is one that can adapt to changing situations."

Capra, Fritjof. The web of life: A new scientific understanding of living systems

Healthy, intact ecosystems and processes are essential for human wellbeing and survival. The conservation of biodiversity is the foundation of all parks and protected areas, even those with a more recreational focus. And the mandate to conserve biodiversity reaches beyond the boundaries of any single place. Just as species, water, wind, and sunlight move across a land- or sea-scape, parks and protected areas can impact conservation work in adjoining lands by promoting connectivity and landscape-level initiatives.

Similarly, this resource page will serve more as a gateway to the important work of practitioners and scholars working in biodiversity and connectivity far beyond CPPCL. The 2022 15th Convention of the Parties (COP15) and the preceding Pathway to Canada’s Target One have set ambitious and urgent Canadian targets for conserving biodiversity. Biodiversity initiatives are further informed by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and countless research leaders and practitioners. Finally, Indigenous-led conservation has emerged in recent years to guide our shared efforts: The Indigenous Circle of Experts Report: We Rise Together is a generous gift of knowledge and an uplifting vision for reconnecting people to the land ethically and sustainably.

Conserving biodiversity in and beyond parks and protected areas will not succeed without allies such as the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Canadian Wildlife Service, the World Commission on Protected Areas, Canadian Biosphere Reserves AssociationCanadian Council on Ecological Areas, the Nature Conservancy of CanadaIndigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI), Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS)regional and municipal parks (CPRA), and a growing network of private conservation areas.

CPPCL puts so much importance on biodiversity that conservation is the anchor of our knowledge framework and our leadership feather.

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