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Economic Impact of Parks Canada

This report presents an account of the methodology used to derive the data used in the analysis, a summary of the spending by Parks Canada and its visitors within Canada (by program and jurisdiction), and two chapters describing the economic impacts associated with this spending. The analysis is presented separately for the results on a national level and for each of the provinces and territories.

Economic Benefits of Protected Areas

This report contains compelling evidence that the completion of a protected areas network in western Canada’s north would have significant economic and social benefits for northern communities. Due to abundant wilderness and intact watersheds, the report shows that communities in Canada’s north are well positioned to take advantage of economic and demographic trends that are placing increased value on regions with a healthy environment and access to natural attractions.

The State of the Birds (US)

Launched on the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Passenger Pigeon, State of the Birds 2014 is a timely reminder of how humankind’s impact on, and attitude to, the environment can be dramatically exposed through the fortunes of birds. The 2014 report, produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with a number of North American environmental organisations including the National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the US), is the fifth assessment of its kind and a powerful indicator of the current state of America’s bird populations and the habitats in which they live.

The State of Canada's Birds

The State of Canada's Birds 2012 report draws on 40 years of data to create the first-ever comprehensive picture of the current health of Canada's birds.
Produced by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada), whose members include Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada (BirdLife’s Partners in Canada), the report points to the strong influence of human activity on bird populations, both positive and negative, as well as the need for urgent action for bird conservation.

The USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Portal Data

The USAID Land Tenure and Resource Management (LTRM) Office leads the United States Government to realize international efforts—in accordance with the U.S. Government's Land Governance Policy—to clarify and strengthen the land tenure and property rights of all members of society—individuals, groups and legal entities, including those individuals and groups that are often marginalized. The LTRM Office helps ensure that land governance systems are effective, accessible, and responsive.

Guidance on Generating Content: Capturing and Creating Stories, Photos and Films (Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility)

The Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility (CCAF) incorporates six national projects and one global project. Each national project focuses on strengthening resilient approaches to agriculture and water management, with an emphasis on gender-sensitive approaches. These are located in: Cambodia, Cape Verde, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Sudan. The global component aims to promote south-south cooperation and enhance understanding about initiatives that address adaptation, especially the gender dimensions.

Financing Protected Areas In Mexico: Bringing Together Agendas

Financing Protected Areas is a challenge all countries are facing. Governments are under constant pressure to deliver benefits for the people, enhance actions for poverty alleviation and promote development. Therefore, in order to increase resources for Protected Areas it is key to bring together conservation and development objectives as well as other international and national key issues. Protected Areas provide all types of ecosystem services that are directly linked to social and economic benefits for society.

Incentivizing Fishermen And Designing Protected Areas For Fishery Benefits To Achieve Global Marine Biodiversity Protection Goals

Fishermen are more likely to support marine protected areas (MPAs) that are designed to promote fishery benefits, integrated with other fishery management measures, and monitored to demonstrate fishery results. By linking investments in MPAs and fisheries, fishermen are incentivized to support and push for marine protection. Three examples from California demonstrate the benefits of empowering fishermen in design and adaptive management of MPAs.

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