The Northwest Territories’ rich and wide-ranging habitats, from forests to wetlands to tundra, are home to iconic and Threatened species like the barren-ground caribou and wood bison. High levels of soil carbon storage and climate refuges makes the Northwest Territories an important region for nature-based solutions to climate change. Yet despite a few large protected areas, the majority of the physical habitats in the Northwest Territories are unprotected. In October 2018, Canada’s first Indigenous-led protected area was announced – the Edehzhie Protected Area. The Dehcho Dene First Nation has been a long-time advocate for the importance of protecting the region which has significantly improved the connectivity and shoreline coverage of the territories’ protected area network.
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