Authors: Sanober Mirza*, , Jennifer Thomsen, University of Montana
Topics: Landscape, Natural Resources
Keywords: large-landscape conservation, transboundary conservation, conservation networks, conservation success, global survey
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 38
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Large-landscape and transboundary conservation are emerging fields that are redefining how we conserve ecosystems, wildlife, and resources. Large-landscape conservation is multijurisdictional, multipurpose, and multi-stakeholder and involves prioritizing ecological connectivity by working beyond traditional ecosystem boundaries. Transboundary conservation is a distinct form of large-landscape conservation that involves two or more countries cooperating to protect a border resource or ecosystem. These fields of conservation are gaining more momentum as global environmental change is necessitating more holistic and wide-reaching forms of environmental protection. However, there is little known about how these fields are currently being practiced around the world. The objective of this study was to learn about trends related to large-landscape initiatives and the factors that influence success. 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. Findings suggest the fields must improve levels of local community inclusion and prioritize ideas of success that are more comprehensive and representative of changes in the paradigms of environmental conservation. The results of this study increase our understanding of large-landscape conservation and inform best practices to increase equity and success of these initiatives.