International Connectivity

Protecting and Connecting Landscapes in a Rapidly Developing World

As human development increases and continues to fragment landscapes, there is an urgent need to maintain and reconnect ecosystems to ensure that wildlife can move throughout landscapes amid the growing human footprint.

The International Connectivity Program works collaboratively with partners across the globe in key biodiversity areas to protect landscapes from fragmentation by implementing connectivity conservation policy and practice that lead to long-term conservation outcomes. We believe that protected areas are only protected when they are connected.

International Connectivity Conservation Network

Serving as the secretariat of the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) of the IUCN*, we help set goals and draft policy language to ensure connectivity is written into international conservation policies.

Two subgroups have been created under the CCSG to support specific expertise. The Transport Working Group (TWG) addresses the immediate threats of fragmentation by roads, railways, and canals to biodiversity. The Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) is furthering collaboration around science and management to keep marine and coastal environments connected.

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Outcome: Through its goal to promote the science and practice of connectivity conservation, the CCSG is developing new land use designations to make connectivity conservation more consistent and measurable globally.

 Learn More: Visit CCSG to learn more about CCSG and its subgroups. Visit our Resource Library for related resources. 

*The CCSG operates under the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

For more information about our work with the IUCN, contact Gary Tabor, Specialist Group Leader and President of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, or International Conservation Associate Aaron Laur.

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Connectivity Conservation Planning Study

In an effort to better understand the state of global connectivity the Center published a new study, “Thirty years of connectivity conservation planning: an assessment of factors influencing plan implementation.” This research paper presents the first systematic global assessment of connectivity planning used by a diversity of organizations and agencies, from plan inception to on-the-ground action.  Recommendations for future conservation action are included in the assessment.

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Outcome: Using 263 terrestrial connectivity conservation plans that cover six continents, the research determined which factors lead to successful conservation implementation such as crossing structures, ecological restoration, land purchases or easements, recognition of corridors through zoning or government designation, and public engagement.

For more information about the study, contact Gary Tabor, Specialist Group Leader and President of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, or International Conservation Associate Aaron Laur.

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