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% Protected

Canada’s 40 ecoregions retain substantial swaths of intact and healthy nature, placing many of its landscapes in the Nature Could Reach Half category. Still less than 10% of terrestrial and 1% of marine areas are formally protected in Canada, leaving most of its nature vulnerable to rapid degradation.

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Canada's Ecology

Canada’s vast stretches of intact wilderness offer many reasons for optimism in this ecologically and culturally diverse country. Encompassing dozens of ecoregions, including high arctic tundra and coastal rainforests, the adoption of Nature Needs Half values and planning in Canadian policy and society will have a far-reaching impact on millions of square kilometers of wildlands, and subsequently, the web of life that inhabits these areas.

Current Probability - 2023

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.

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Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society

Keeping at least half of Canada's public land and water wild — forever. We focus on protecting large, connected areas of Canada's wilderness.

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The Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Working in partnership with local people and communities, large landscape conservation connects working lands, urban areas, and wild lands into whole, healthy landscapes that allow nature to flourish.

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The WILD Foundation

Protecting wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, using the power of collaboration and collective impact.

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Harnessing the power of collaboration to overcome isolation and discouragement and inspire and sustain youth conservation projects.

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The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Banff National Park
Banff National Park

Northern Rockies Conifer Forests-Temperate Conifer Forests Canada’s oldest national park, Banff falls within the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlands corridor, the world’s leading large-landscape conservation initiative.

Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Mid-Canada Boreal Plains Forest-Boreal Forests/Taiga Protecting essential habitat for moose, lynx, bobcat, and wolves, Duck Mountain also falls within the historic range of grizzly bears and wolverines.

Torngat Mountains National Park

Torngat Mountain Tundra-Tundra Established in 2008, Torngat is home to wolves and polar bears. The name comes from the Intuktitut word meaning “place of spirits.”

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