External Resource

The Mission of the WCS Canada BatCaver Program is to identify and study hibernation sites for bats in Western Canada, using the resources of Cavers and the public to expand our knowledge. This information is critical to protecting bat populations from threats such as the fungal-caused disease White-nose Syndrome (WNS), which is spreading across North America and will reach Western Canada within a few years.

Bat Caver website, photo by Bob Rutherford.
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Protected Planet

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Protected Planet is the most up to date and complete source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs), updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities.

The Importance of Being Permanent


The Importance of Being Permanent: Permanent Protected Areas as Natural Solutions for Climate Change

Current protected areas are projected to have very different species, ecosystems, and ecological functions under various climate change scenarios. Despite the potential for significant ecological transformation over time, permanent protected areas remain one of the most effective ways to conserve biodiversity in a changing climate. They are valuable natural assets that contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation while providing a range of additional environmental, social, and economic benefits. They protect a great deal of geophysical and biological diversity, and they are spaces for species and ecosystems to adapt in place. Permanence sustains the ability to continue to practice Indigenous ways of life, maintaining cultural resilience into the future. Maintaining current protected areas and creating new permanent protected areas remains critical to our adaptability as anthropogenic climate change progresses.

 Making the business case for permanent protected areas is an important step in the planning process. Complementary strategies have been proposed to meet the climate change challenge. Examples include focusing on potential climate refugia for new protected areas, adjusting protected area boundaries, and establishing temporal conservation measures to meet short-term life stage needs of species. These alternative strategies, however, cannot replace permanent protected areas. The importance of maintaining permanent protected areas must also be emphasized.

The Importance of Being Permanent Quick Facts Table contains summary information, quotations, and additional resources that underline the importance of permanence for various social and ecological priorities (e.g. biodiversity, research, ecosystem services, cultural practices, etc.) in the face of climate change. The table covers eight protected area topics and three key messages for use by those who wish to communicate the value of permanent protected areas as part of a natural solution to climate change adaptation. It was developed by members of the Canadian Parks Council Climate Change Working Group, a collaborative group consisting of members from Canada’s national, provincial, and territorial parks and protected areas agencies.

In a changing climate, permanent protected areas are more important than ever.

That’s because permanent protected areas conserve…

·         … geophysical diversity, protecting enduring landforms and abiotic components

·         … ecological integrity, protecting essential ecosystem functions and processes

·         … biological diversity, protecting representative ecosystems and species

·         … ecological resilience, protecting nature’s ability to withstand disturbance

·         … climate refugia, protecting spaces where changes will be more gradual

·         … living laboratories, protecting benchmarks for research

·         .. ecosystem services and natural infrastructure, protecting essential services for communities

·         … places that engage and inspire people, protecting human health, wellbeing, and connection to nature

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CCIUCN Webinar on Synthetic Biology (Recording)

At the 2016 World Conservation Congress IUCN Members adopted a Resolution to: “develop an IUCN policy to guide the Director General, Commissions, and Members on biodiversity and nature conservation in relation to synthetic biology.” To meet this challenge IUCN assembled a Task Force on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservationcharged with developing a technical assessment and policy recommendations. This webinar will discuss the results of that process, focusing on the draft principles. 

The webinar aimed to help Canadian IUCN members make an informed decision on the Synthetic Biology principles that they will be voting on at the 2020 World Conservation Congress and was open to anyone with an interest in the topic. 

Presenter:       Dr. Risa Smith, Member, IUCN Synthetic Biology Task Force, World Commission on Protected Areas 

Promoting Parks and Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change

Promoting Parks and Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change report provides a foundational communications guide for parks and protected area practitioners, and illustrates how parks and protected areas are natural solutions for climate change through nine key messages. The report includes topics such as potential communication barriers, best practices for climate change communication, and prospective audiences, as well as a selection of sample taglines and posters.


Parks for All/Des parcs pour tous

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