WWF-Canada’s new nation-wide Wildlife Protection Assessment identifies gaps in wildlife habitat protection while offering recommendations regarding how to protect areas that will benefit biodiversity while slowing climate change. Based on the assessment, the following five regions should be prioritized for protection:

  • The Territories
  • Okanagan
  • Grasslands
  • Southern Ontario and Quebec
  • Saint John Watershed

In order to protect areas resulting in a benefit to wildlife and slowing climate change, the assessment recommends:

  • Focus on habitat for at-risk or vulnerable species;
  • Extend protections to include lakes, rivers and wetlands;
  • Safeguard areas with high carbon storage potential to sow climate change while providing habitat;
  • Set restrictions within protected areas to maintain the integrity and value of the space.

For more information about the Wildlife Protection Assessment and to see the full report, click here.