Protected Areas indicators: data sources and methods, chapter 1


The Canada's protected areas indicator is part of the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) program, which provides data and information to track Canada's performance on key environmental sustainability issues. These indicators are also used to measure progress towards the goals and targets of the 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada.

Protected areas are lands and waters where use is limited for the purpose of conserving nature. Protection does not always isolate areas from use, including industrial activity and the harvest of biological resources. Nature conservation, however, must be the primary purpose.

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