British Columbia serves as an example of how carefully protected area planning can and should be applied. The province is a leader in both area-based targets and ecological representation. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Heritage Site and the Great Bear Rainforest – home to the Kermode Bear – are both well-represented within the province’s protected area network. However, there are still key zones – such as climate refuges and the Okanagan region – that should be prioritized to safeguard wildlife both now and in the future.
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