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YellowstonetoYukonConservationInitiative [email protected] 4036781137www.y2y.netCanada,USSize:500,000sqmile

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Participantsincoordinatingtheongoingtransboundarycooperation:

Overour20+yearsofexistencewehavepartneredwithmorethan300differententities,seeexamplesbelow.

NationalGovernment: Canada USA

LocalGovernment: Stateandprovinciallandandwildlifemanagementagencies Towngovernments(e.g.,Canmore)

Protectedareaadministration: USFishandWildlifeService USForestService AlbertaParks ParksCanada NationalParkService

InternationalNGOs: WildlifeConservationSociety

NationalNGOs: CanadianParksandWilderness DefendersofWildlife TheWildernessSociety

LocalNGOs: GreatYellowstoneCoalition AlbertaWildernessAssociation

Intergovernmentalorganizations: NAFTA CEC

Multi-NationalCorporations: Timbercompanies Miningcompanies

LocalSmallBusinesses: Yes,avarietyhavesponsoredourworkovertheyears

Community-basedOrganizations: RoadWatch BowValleyNaturalists

Objectives:ProtectandconnecthabitatfromYellowstonetoYukonsothatpeopleandnaturecanthrive.Valuesandimportance:

Natural-oneofthemostintactmountainecosystemsintheworld. Socialandculturalmountaincommunitieswithastrongfabricofindigenous

culturalpresenceandvalues.

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EconomicStrongeco-tourism,alonghistoryofenergyexportation. Politicalstablebutlotsofboundarieswithinandacrosscountries. Securityimportancestablearea.

Aspectsoftransboundarycooperation:Natureconservation;scienceresearchisatooltodirectpriorities

Stageintheprocess:20+yearsintoimplementationwithdemonstratedsuccesses;bottomupcollaborationswithlimitedtop-downformalstructureDateEstablished:1993OfficialProtectedAreaDesignation~21%oftheY2Yregionisnowinprotectedareas

CanadianNationalParksandReserves AlbertaWildernessAreas AlbertaWildernessParks AlbertaProvincialParks BCProvincialParks BCConservancies BCEcologicalReserves NWTParcelsofConservationInterest YukonTerritorialParks YukonWildernessPreserves YukonPeelRiverProtectedAreas USNationalParks USWilderness USNationalMonuments

TheCatalyst:Agroupofconservationistsrealizedthatprotectedareaswhilehugelyimportantwhereinsufficienttoprotectoneofthecontinentsmostintactecosystems.ThevisionhasandstillcontinuestocompelpeopletoengagetowardthevisionofaprotectedandconnectedY2Yregion.History

1. ThecollaborativevisiontoprotectandconnecthabitatacrossY2Ysothatpeopleandnaturewillthrive.Thepowerofacompellingvisioncannotbeunderestimated.

2. Leadershipthemajorleadersatthetimeallunitedaroundthevision.3. Scienceattheinitiationandcontinuestodaytodefinetheplacesthatarethe

biggestpriorities

4. CommunitygroupstointernationalNGOsworkingontangibleconservationissuesacrosstheregionusingasuiteoftoolscontinuestodrivetheinitiativeforward.

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Barriers,challenges,obstacles,orconstraints:1. FearofanewentitythatmightbefromtheUnitedNationsand/ormightbea

land-grabagency.Whilethisstillpopsupfromtimetotime,thesinglebestwaytoaddressthisisthroughactiveengagementofindividualsfromY2Yworkinginpartnershiponsharedpriorities.

2. Enormousandincreasinghumanpopulationssettlinginandaroundthesouthernpartoftheregionandutilizingsignificantamountsoflandthatwereeithernaturalorinlowintensityuseaswellasincreasingpressureonpubliclandsforrecreationthatcanhaveinadvertentimpacts.Y2Yandpartnersareworkinghardtodevelopanddisseminatetoolsandapproachestoaddresstheseissuesandmaintainmountaincommunityidentitiesthatemphasizeco-existencewithwildlifeandnature.

3. Enormousandincreasingpressurearoundnaturalresourceextractionparticularlyfurthernorthintheregionbutubiquitous.KeytoaddressingthisisreframingY2Yasaglobalgemandthatthebestandhighestgoodisconservationsuchthatfornaturalresourceextractiontoadvance,theyneedtorebutthis.

4. Climatechangefires,floods,fearcanallresultinpoliciesthatthreatenconservationgains.Planningforclimatechangeandresiliencyinnatureandincommunitiesisessential.

TheGovernanceandManagementStructures Cooperativerelationship:Whilewehavebindingcontractstomoveforward

specificwork,thebroaderpartnershipapproachofY2Ytomoveforwardasharedvisionisvoluntaryengagement.

Legalbasisforcooperation:n/a

Governancestructure:AsthepromoteroftheY2Yvisionthatencouragesand

facilitatescollaborations,Y2YCIisanon-profitorganizationinbothCanadaandtheUSandisgovernedbyboardsoneachsideoftheborder.Programandprojectlevelcollaborationsareworkedoutthroughbothformalandinformalmechanisms.

Cooperativemanagementarrangement:NotsurethisisapplicabletoY2Y.Y2Yis

anon-profitanddoesnotmanagelandsorwildlife.Results

Inthe20yearssincetheinceptionofthesharedvisionofY2YwasarticulatedtoconnectandprotecthabitatfromtheYellowstonetotheYukonsothatpeopleandnaturecanthrive;protectedareashaveincreasedfrom11to21percentintheregion,almostdoublingtheprotectedareas.

Intheregion,fewifanydesignatedroadwildlifecrossingstructuresexist.Todayarguablythemostprogresswildlifecrossingstructuresineachcountry(inBanffon

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theConfederatedSalishandKootenaiReservation)nowsitintheY2Yregionandmanyothercrossingstructureshavebeenbuiltorareintheplans.

VariouslargecarnivoresintheY2Yregionhaveincreasedinpopulations. Twocountriesagreetoplacecoaloff-limitsintheFlatheadwatershed. Y2Yhasinspiredotherlargelandscapeeffortsaroundtheworld. Andsomuchmore.

Whatsustainstheinitiativeisasimple,clearandpowerfulvision.LessonsLearned

Workingtogethercansynergizetheworkofmultiplegroupstonewlevels Bottomupandtopdownleversareultimatelyrequiredforlong-termsuccess Engagementofcommunitywithintheregionandmorebroadlyisessential

ForMoreInformation

Name Title Organization Email Phone

StephenLegault ProgramDirectorAlbertaandNWT

Y2YCI [email protected] 4036092666

CandaceBatycki ProgramdirectorBCandYukon

Y2YCI [email protected] 2503523830

KimTrotter ProgramDirectorUS

Y2YCI [email protected] 208709-1114

BillWeber Co-chairY2Y YaleUniversity [email protected]

2023029697

Majordocumentsandothergeneralinformationareavailableathttp://www.y2y.net