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Protected and Conserved Areas

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Why we measure this

In support of the Prairie Resilience climate change strategy, Saskatchewan has committed to protecting 12 per cent of the province's terrestrial areas and inland waters – areas that represent our diverse natural ecosystems.

What is happening

What's happening

Protected areas are added to the provincial Protected and Conserved Areas Network each year. To date, 6,390,710 ha or 9.81 per cent of Saskatchewan's land and waters are contained within the network.

A range of approaches is used for conservation – from traditional tools such as parks and ecological reserves to working landscapes conserved through the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act and conservation agreements with ranchers.

A multi-ministry working group assesses and prioritizes areas for conservation by:

  • identifying appropriate tools for protection based on ecological value, land tenure, economic potential and cultural significance;
  • establishing a work plan to achieve provincial goals for biodiversity conservation; and
  • identifying actions and challenges associated with meeting provincial and national targets.

Saskatchewan protected and conserved areas network December 2020

Protected and conserved areas

Note: N/A indicates PCAs outside of the ecoregions listed, as Saskatchewan’s Ecoregion Boundary dataset excludes a small portion of Saskatchewan’s total area.

PCA designated area

Note: Individual Designated Area statistics do not account for overlap within the PCAN; therefore, hectare values should not be summed within this figure.

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