Connecting and protecting natural habitats across the world's lands, rivers and oceans are essential to the survival of nature in the 21st century. The Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) have teamed up to advance a set of ambitious global targets for connectivity and protected area conservation. In a world facing unprecedented environmental challenges that include cumulative human impacts, habitat fragmentation, and climate change, now is the time for bold action to conserve intact nature and secures essential connectivity that sustains nature's ecological processes.
Working in alignment with IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), CLLC will support collaborative, network-building initiatives within the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) that brings together conservation practitioners from around the world to share knowledge, develop standards, and catalyze action for the creation and protection of effective ecological connectivity so species can move around landscapes and seascapes to maintain their life histories and adapt to climate change.
In parallel, Y2Y will host and support collaborative efforts within the newly constituted WCPABeyond Aichi Task Force "led by Y2Y's co-founder Harvey Locke" to inform protected area and connectivity conservation discussions within the strategic planning process of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Beyond the Aichi Task Force and the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group will hold global consultations to prepare a set of widely supported written technical reports that moves beyond the current Aichi Targets that call for 17% of land and 10% of the oceans to be protected and creates a new conservation standard for advancing the implementation of connectivity conservation.
A bold conservation agenda for nature requires a bold community of public and political collective action. This initiative helps support and connect conservation capacity around the globe to achieve these ambitious ends.