Canada’s network of protected areas provide a natural solution for climate change by conserving biodiversity, protecting ecosystem services, connecting landscapes, capturing and storing carbon, building knowledge and understanding and inspiring people.

By protecting our lands and oceans, we help fight and mitigate the effects of climate change. Lands and oceans act as carbon sinks, absorbing emissions that would otherwise heat our planet. They provide refuge and migration routes for native animal species. Protected areas tend to be more resilient to climate change.

Mapping the carbon landscape
Parks Canada’s Carbon Atlas will help us better understand the role of our protected areas in capturing and releasing carbon.
Stream capture in the Saint Elias Mountains
Climate change has left a dramatic signature on the landscape of Kluane National Park and Reserve.
The secret life of Canada’s northernmost lake
Research on “biofilms” shows the extent of change in the Arctic.
"Blue Carbon"on the West Coast
Parks Canada is studying the capacity of eelgrass and salt marshes to absorb carbon.
British Columbia
A map of the changing North
How will climate change affect northern parks like Tuktut Nogait?
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island's fragile sand dunes
"The waves and wind actually change this environment constantly. "
Prince Edward Island
Climate change in Fathom Five National Marine Park
"Our fire history is changing, our species composition – tree species composition are changing."
Adapting to climate change: Forillon National Park
Forillon National Park is tackling coastal erosion that has been aggravated by climate change.
Eight things you should know about natural solutions to climate change
Eight ways our protected areas serve as natural solutions to climate change.

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