Conservation Area Connectivity

Wood Buffalo National Park


  • Within individual jurisdictions, establish buffer zones around WBNP through the establishment of adjacent protected and conserved areas.
  • Determine the ecological functional needs of the elements of OUV as they relate to conservation area connectivity.
  • Identify potential gaps in the maintenance of OUV that can guide future conservation planning and/or management.


  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of Northwest Territories
  • Parks Canada

Long-term biodiversity conservation requires that protected areas are incorporated into regional networks of protected and conserved areas integrated within landscape-scale land-use planning. The actions in this theme are focused on ensuring WBNP is supported by an ecologically connected landscape through the creation of effective buffer zones and supportive land-use planning. The actions are intended to advance the following outcomes:

  1. Improved connectivity for wildlife and supporting ecological processes.
  2. Increased ecological integrity and resiliency of WBNP’s OUV.
  3. Improved connectivity for the protection and exercise of Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  4. Strengthened relationships with Indigenous partners through respectful application of science-based and Indigenous Knowledge to conservation planning.

Early actions related to this theme include:

  • In 2018, the Government of Alberta announced the establishment of new Wildland Provincial Parks adjacent to WBNP that contribute to the conservation of more than 6.7 million hectares of boreal forest, providing significant buffers and landscape connectivity to WBNP and contributing to the largest contiguous protected boreal forest in the world.
  • In March 2019, the Government of Alberta announced the establishment of Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park, which protects an additional approximately 160,000 hectares of land immediately south of Wood Buffalo National Park, protecting the Peace-Athabasca watershed and increasing ecological integrity and habitat for species such as wood bison, one component of the site’s OUV. Kitaskino Nuwenëné means "our land" in both Cree and Dene languages.

For more information

Government of Alberta - Information on processes related to Alberta Parks, Regional Plans, and the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.

Government of the NWT - Information on Conservation Networks in NWT.

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