STRONG SCIENCE TO SUPPORT ALBERTA’S PARKS PLANNING AND LEGISLATIONCategory: 2017, Completed, Grant, Land Use, Major Project
Parks and protected areas are the cornerstones of good conservation, as they are the best long-term solution to protecting biodiversity and endangered species, provide us with clean air and fresh water, mitigate against the impacts of climate change, and improve wellbeing by enabling us to recreate in and connect with nature. Unfortunately, Alberta’s existing protected areas network and governing legislation is insufficient to support any of the above.
It is an exciting time for conservation in Alberta — the government has repeatedly and publicly committed to achieving 17% protection of our landscapes by 2020, and to creating better parks legislation for the province. CPAWS is uniquely positioned to inform these initiatives. Working together, CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters will jointly drive a project which not only utilizes scientifically-sound and collaboratively-created conservation planning tools to inform the government’s park creation and management goals, but also use communications and education to bring awareness to the public, creating a generation of Albertans who are vocal about their support for parks.