Habitat Loss & Fragmentation is a National and Global Crisis
At a national level, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019, introduced in both houses of Congress May 2019, could become the most significant step toward wildlife conservation for the U.S. in decades. If passed, it will establish a National Wildlife Corridors System on federal public lands and provide funding to maintain corridors on nonfederal lands. Learn More
Since 2007, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) has developed policies (07-01 and 2019-08) to protect wildlife migration corridors and crucial habitats by launching a multi-state effort to identify crucial habitats and corridors critical to regional biodiversity; and to call on federal agencies to support locally developed initiatives to conserve migration corridors and habitat through consultation and funding. The WGA, in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), created the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool to aid planning between development and wildlife conservation interests. Learn More
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES has 130 member governments) released its’ most comprehensive global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services ever completed. Over 145 expert authors and 50 countries contributed to a systematic review of ~15,000 scientific and government sources. Learn More
The report details unprecedented global declines in biodiversity (~1 million species within decades). It names five direct drivers of change, of which change in land use and sea use are the most significant (75% of the terrestrial environment has been "severely altered" by human use).
Within the state of Arizona, wildlife experts have collaborated on identification of important areas to conserve as wildlife corridors for well over a decade. You can learn more about these plans here.