Of Kangaroos and Caribou

October 3, 2013 | Jeff Wells

Canada and Australia have some of the largest untouched landscapes left on Earth.
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As the map above shows (click for larger version), Canada and Australia have some of the largest expanses of intact and undisturbed wilderness left on the planet. They are also leading the way on some very innovating approaches to conservation, with indigenous peoples and communities at the forefront in both instances.

Our very own Dr. Jeff Wells recently published a comparative look into both nations and what is allowing them to succeed in protecting large portions of these pristine landscapes. Check out his latest in National Geographic. Here's an excerpt:

At first glance, Australia and Canada could not be more different. Separated by more than 7,500 miles (12,000 km), one country known for its hot, dry lands and kangaroos and the other for its cold, wet forests and caribou.

But at a symposium at the International Congress for Conservation Biology last July, which I co-chaired with my colleague Barry Traill, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ conservation work in Australia, presenters explored some interesting similarities and new ideas in conservation approaches between Australia’s Outback region and Canada’s Boreal Forest region.

And here's the link to the full article:

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