Gwaii HaanasOver 3000 species inhabit this global ecological treasure in Canada's Pacific Ocean. WWF congratulates the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada for the landmark move to designate Gwaii Haanas as a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Learn more...
Jewel of Cuba declared National ParkJardines de la Reina, one of the most outstanding jewels of the Caribbean islands has been officially declared as a National Park. A very popular area for diving and fly fishing, Jardines de la Reina is mostly untouched and boasts the largest and best preserved coral reef system of the entire insular Caribbean. It is home to crucial nesting sites for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle.
Often called the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Cuba is by far the most biologically rich and diverse island in the Caribbean. Since 1988, WWF has been supporting Cuban conservation and sustainable use projects, building on the trade, tourism, diplomatic and ecological connections linking Canada and Cuba.
The result has been numerous achievements, from Fidel Castro's signing of the Ramsar global wetlands treaty in 1999, to the 2008 ban on harvesting marine turtles, to the date? protection of Jardines de la Reina.
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Bowhead Whale Sanctuary to be Protected in NunavutAn extensive area off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, known as Niginganiq, has become Canada's newest proposed National Wildlife Area. This area contains critical habitat for threatened bowhead whales. The new protected area includes two deep offshore troughs that are rich in copepods, a main food source for the 18 metre-long, 70-tonne bowhead whale. It also includes a shallow shelf at the entrance to the bay that provides protection from predatory orca whales. Other species that call this area home, and will benefit from its protection include, polar bears, ringed seals, Arctic char, halibut, narwhal, Canada geese, snow geese and king eider. Read more.
Canada's Seventh Marine Protected Area: The Bowie SeamountAfter many years working with partners on conservation of Bowie Seamount as a Marine Protected Area (MPA), WWF-Canada celebrated the official designation of this MPA on April 17, 2008. This is an example of how collaboration between governments, First Nations, communities, resource users and environmental organizations can lead to significant conservation gains.
A network of MPAs on the Pacific Coast is a vital part of an integrated approach to caring for our oceans and building a sustainable future for our marine resources, and the communities that depend on them.
Seamounts are rich, marine treasures that are particularly vulnerable to over exploitation. Yet, seamounts are under represented in global sets of MPAs as most are outside territorial waters. Bowie Seamount, located 180 kms west of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the northeast Pacific, is one of the few seamounts in the world that is completely within a country's jurisdiction, giving Canada a unique opportunity to protect it.
Largest Land Withdrawal for Protection Ever in CanadaOver 10 million hectares of pristine wilderness in the Mackenzie River Basin have been protected from industrial development. This withdrawal of land and water from industrial activity, announced by the Government of Canada, was made at the request of local First Nations. This interim protection, for a period of four to five years, will allow local people to plan areas for permanent protection around Great Slave Lake and along a northern stretch of the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Read more.
Lake Superior ProtectedA historic agreement has been signed by the Governments of Canada and Ontario to establish the largest freshwater reserve in the world, on the largest lake in the world – Lake Superior. This will be Canada’s first National Marine Conservation Area, protecting 1 million hectares of pristine islands, rugged coast, and crystal-clear water. This protection is excellent news for the species that inhabit this area, such as peregrine falcons, loons, woodland caribou, trout and pickerel. Read more.
Nahanni National Park, Northwest TerritoriesWWF-Canada has worked closely with Aboriginal communities, and other conservation organizations, to help secure the expansion of Nahanni National Park, NWT – one of the country's most rugged, beautiful and remote national parks. The federal government has announced that it will add 5,400 square kilometres of land to the Park - a world heritage site - barring it from further development. This expanded park is part of a series of areas that First Nations are calling on to be protected before any further development occurs in the Mackenzie River Basin.
The White PelicanThe white pelican was taken off the endangered list with the help of our first corporate sponsor, Canada Life.
Shipping lanes movedShipping lanes in the Bay of Fundy were shifted away from endangered right whale feeding grounds, decreasing the risk of fatal collisions by 80 per cent. Never before were shipping lanes moved for conservation reasons.
Cuba & The Greater AntillesFor two decades, WWF-Canada helped conserve the coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and other key habitats that support Cuba's exuberant diversity of life.
We went from pilot projects to full-scale, regional initiatives that are greening Cuban tourism, promoting sustainable fishing practices, and building a network of marine protected areas. Find out how Cuba has helped the Hawksbill turtle.