Protected Areas and Climate Change in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities for Adaptation

Christopher J. Lemieux, Thomas J. Beechey, Daniel J. Scott, Paul A. Gray
Created: 10/01/2010 -


This publication, sponsored by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, reports on the results of the first national synthesis on the state of climate change adaptation in Canada’s expansive protected areas sector. The report covers five aspects:

  1. provides an overview of global and Canadian climate change issues and impacts and their implications for protected areas in Canada;
  2. summarizes the results of a national survey to report issues, needs and constraints facing protected areas agencies and organizations across Canada;
  3. reports case work on selected jurisdictional activities and initiatives in Canada, currently underway or planned, that are directly relevant to protected areas;
  4. offers provisional thinking on issues, mitigation and adaptation strategies regarding critical aspects of policy, planning and management for protected areas; and,
  5. provokes a call to action for protected areas agencies in Canada to develop a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation

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National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Design protected areas or lands to allow inland, altitudinal, or latitudinal movement
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Flow patterns
Habitat extent
Range shifts
Sea level rise
Species of concern
North America