Unique study pinpoints key places to stem biodiversity loss in Canada’s south

Toronto, Ontario, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has released the first comprehensive look at where nature in southern Canada needs to be protected in the face of habitat loss and climate change. The assessment looks into “crisis ecoregions,” and other high-priority natural spaces.The study, titled “Southern Canada’s crisis ecoregions: identifying the most significant and threatened places for biodiversity conservation,” has been published internationally in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.The nine crisis ecoregions identified represent less than five per cent of Canada. They are located in Canada’s most heavily settled landscapes, where 70 per cent of people live. Over 60 per cent of Canada’s species at risk are found in these ecoregions, which generally have few existing protected areas or remaining natural areas.The assessment analyzes factors in 77 ecoregions across southern Canada, such as endangered species and habitats, land use and wildlife corridors. The assessment maps out some of the most important areas within each ecoregion that must be conserved in order to protect species at risk, wildlife corridors and other important places for nature.Background information on each of the ecoregions and examples on why these areas are highlighted can be found below.
BACKGROUNDER
Andrew Holland
Nature Conservancy of Canada
506-260-0469
Andrew.Holland@natureconservancy.ca Sarah Hoida
Nature Conservancy of Canada
1 (438) 885-9157
Sarah.Hoida@natureconservancy.ca


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