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CLLC Contributes to Convention on Migratory Species

The Center’s president Gary Tabor gave a presentation in Bonn, Germany on November 12th to representatives of governments and observers at meetings of the global Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Discussions included how CMS can contribute to international action for ecological connectivity conservation, and Gary’s message highlighted the growing momentum around the world to deliver solutions. Participants were informed about the diversity of initiatives unfolding from local to international levels, and that urgent action can halt habitat fragmentation and species loss by strengthening commitments to maintain, enhance, and restore ecological connectivity.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group thank the CMS Secretariat for this gracious invitation. We look forward to increasing cooperation and partnerships across the globe to protect ecological connectivity as the unimpeded movement of species and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on Earth.

Learn more about the CMS here.

CLLC Participating in UN Environment Programme

On October 25th, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation was granted Accreditation as an NGO Observer to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP is the leading global environmental authority, coordinating activities across the United Nations system for environmentally-sound policies and practices, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. The Center looks forward to participating in UNEA through written statements, participation in meetings, and increased engagement with government delegations and other international NGOs in the coming years.
 
In addition to UNEP, the Center is a recently accredited NGO Observer to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Migratory Species, and actively participates in these bodies as an expert voice on ecological connectivity. Learn more about UNEP at www.unenvironment.org

Lessons Learned from America’s Last Great Investment in Infrastructure: The Value of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the Economy, Jobs, Roads and other Transportation Infrastructure

This review of the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 might inform the future use of public funds to improve and repair the nation’s highways, railways, seaports and airports as the U.S. Congress and the Trump Administration consider new transportation infrastructure legislation in 2019 and 2020.

S. 2302 America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA)

On July 30, 2019, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee unanimously voted (21-0) to advance a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill, S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. This summary compiles excerpts of the wildlife-related provisions of that bill, including Section 1125, which for the first time ever creates a $250 million wildlife crossing pilot program aimed at reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and improving habitat connectivity.

America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA) NEW! § 1125. Wildlife Crossing Safety

On July 30, 2019, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee unanimously voted (21-0) to advance a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill, S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. This excerpts Section 1125 of S. 2302, which for the first time ever includes an entire section on Wildlife Crossing Safety. In particular, Section 1125 creates a $250 million wildlife crossing pilot program and initiates other activities aimed at reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and improving habitat connectivity.

Inferring fine-scale spatial structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) population in the Carpathians prior to infrastructure development

This study uses genetic data to understand how landscape and environmental factors influence demographic connectedness in Europe’s largest brown bear population and to assist in mitigating planned infrastructure development in Romania. 

Montana Wildlife & Transportation Summit Final Report

The Center is pleased to announce the release of the Final Report from the Montana Wildlife and Transportation Summit. Alongside state agency, non-profit, and academic partners, The Center organized the Summit and produced the final report which aims to drive collaborative effort around wildlife and transpiration issues in Montana.

Where People and Wildlife Intersect: Prioritizing mitigation of road impacts on wildlife connectivity

Seeks to provide decision support in answering the crucial question of where to mitigate roads to yield the greatest positive impact for wildlife and people, creates an index of road risk to wildlife based on roadside carcass data, details specific roles that diverse stakeholders can play in the mitigation process, and highlight opportunities for each to engage in that process by working in partnership with transportation agencies.

Large Landscape Conservation: A Strategic Framework for Policy and Action

Convened by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at The University of Montana, the dialogue participants sought to synthesize what we know about large landscape conservation and to identify the most important needs as we move forward. They also generated and provide a link to a list of nearly 200 examples of large landscape conservation.

Yellowstone to Yukon: Canadian Conservation Efforts and Continental Landscape/ Biodiversity Strategy

A primer for those who view the Rocky Mountain region north of the Canada-US border as pristine and secure. Introduces the Yellowstone to Yukon initiative to an audience outside of the conservation community.

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