Large Landscape Conservation

Written by Norm Harris and Mike Borman

Landscape scale conservation is a concept that has arisen in response to both the challenges of climate change and a perceived excessive focus on site based conservation. Efforts are focused on large areas of recognized conservation value, sensitivity and/or threat which require a broad-based, multi-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral, multi-purpose (economic, social and environmental) approach with specific, measurable conservation objectives. These efforts enhance the conservation value of all lands, conserve key connections between landscapes, implement climate adaptation initiatives, and develop strategies to help nature remain resilient on a grand scale.   Major goals of this movement are advocating policies and strategies that champion ecological connectivity, advancing science that informs critical decision-making, and building communities of invested stakeholders around large landscape issues.

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