[:en]The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is pleased to present you with the Consultation Draft Version 1: Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures in Canada: A Guidebook for Their Identification and for the Application of IUCN Protected Area Categories.
CCEA has developed this draft guidebook for Canada’s unique setting with the help of many practitioners and experts from Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial protected area and conservation agencies, international agencies, private land stewardship trusts, environmental non-government organizations, Indigenous communities and organizations, universities, and the scientific community. The guidebook is based on the foundation of international guidance, definitions, criteria, resolutions, and best practices developed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and further explained and interpreted for the Canadian context using the best science-based advice from the Canadian conservation community of practice. Work leading to this revised guidebook began in 2010 and has benefitted from the participation of almost 100 individuals from just under 40 institutions of Canada’s conservation community of practice.
This guidebook is intended to serve as the Canadian interpretation of IUCN’s 2008 Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories and 2018 draft Guidelines for Recognising and Reporting Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures, incorporating as well other supplementary IUCN guidance and recommendations.
The purpose of this review is to determine if the guidance and decision-support tools provided are understandable, clear and useful. I invite you to review this draft using the annexed template. Please submit your comments to CCEA: firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “CCEA Guidebook Feedback”, as soon as convenient, and not later than August 1, 2018.
Please note that while this draft document has been developed with the input of conservation practitioners and other experts from many organizations, the views expressed are those of CCEA, and do not necessarily of the views of organizations whose staff participated in its development.
On behalf of CCEA, I thank you in advance for your input and continued support and your contributions towards conserving Canada’s biodiversity and the wellbeing of our planet.