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Understanding Large-Landscape Conservation and IUCN Global Networks

Authors: Sanober Mirza*, , Jennifer Thomsen, University of Montana
Topics: Environment, Landscape
Keywords: large-landscape conservation, transboundary, conservation success, networks
Session Type: Paper
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Large-landscape and transboundary conservation are important fields that are redefining how we conserve ecosystems, wildlife, and resources. Large-landscape conservation is multijurisdictional, multipurpose, and multistakeholder and involves prioritizing ecological connectivity by working beyond traditional ecosystem boundaries. Transboundary conservation is a distinct form of large-landscape conservation that operates across political and spatial scales by involving two or more countries cooperating to protect a border resource or ecosystem (Andonova et al. 2009). These disciplines of conservation are gaining more momentum as global environmental change is necessitating more holistic and wide-reaching forms of conservation. However, there is little known about these fields and how they are currently being practiced. The objective of this study was to learn about trends related to large-landscape initiatives and the factors that influence success. Specifically, two International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Specialist Groups on Transboundary and Connectivity Conservation were surveyed to understand perspectives on ideas of success, local community involvement, challenges to conservation, and landscape-scale governance. The results of this study will increase our understanding of large-landscape conservation and inform best practices to increase success of these initiatives.

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