Gary Tabor is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana in the United States. He was appointed CCSG Chair in 2016 to further advance pioneering work led by Dr. Graeme Worboys ...
IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
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The Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group advances science, policy, and practice to protect ecological connectivity that is key to maintaining the integrity of protected areas, saving ...The Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group advances science, policy, and practice to protect ecological connectivity that is key to maintaining the integrity of protected areas, saving biodiversity, and increasing resilience to climate change.
Dr Gary TABOR
Gary Tabor is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana in the United States. He was appointed CCSG Chair in 2016 to further advance pioneering work led by Dr. Graeme Worboys. Gary has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation for over 35 years in Africa, Australia, Canada, South America, and the United States, including as the co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Patagonia’s Freedom to Roam wildlife corridor campaign, and the Network for Landscape Conservation.
Gary is the Founder and President of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC). The Center aims to conserve ecological connectivity around the world by uniting and empowering communities to build climate resilience by protecting and connecting ecosystems that sustain humans and wildlife. Gary is also a Professor of Conservation Practice at Cornell University. He serves on the Board of the Global Health Initiative at the University of Wisconsin and as an Adjunct Associate Professor, in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.
In addition to expanding the work of CCSG around the world, Gary has recently been making new contributions to the Connectivity Working Group under the “Canada Pathway to Target 1”, as well as the founding of the Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University. He enjoys skiing, swimming, and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Dr Jodi HILTY
Dr. Jodi Hilty is president and chief scientist of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, a joint US-Canada non-profit organization. Y2Y’s vision is an interconnected system of wild lands ...
Dr. Jodi Hilty is president and chief scientist of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, a joint US-Canada non-profit organization. Y2Y’s vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. A conservation biologist specializing in ecological corridor and large landscape research, she has over 25 years of experience managing large landscape conservation efforts. This work focuses on applying best available information to address complex conservation challenges through community-based and collaborative efforts. A co-editor or lead author on four books, her most recent release is 2019’s Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaption. She currently serves on the Board of the Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.
Founded in 2016, the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) brings together 1200+ members in 125+ countries representing 450+ institutions. Under the direction of the WCPA, CCSG’s goal is to facilitate global collaboration and action of individuals, communities, and institutions to maintain, enhance, and restore ecological connectivity across intact and fragmented terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.
We do this by:
- Sharing information and technical expertise to communicate the scientific concepts, policy innovations, and proven practices for achieving connectivity conservation;
- Delivering, promoting, and “ground testing” the IUCN ‘Guidelines for conserving connectivity through ecological networks and corridors’ to facilitate their recognition, delineation, and management;
- Supporting capacity-building and coordination to share strategies and resources across governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, and other fora to increase the uptake and implementation of connectivity conservation solutions; and
- Operating the following working groups:
CCSG presentation at CBD COP in Montreal
Asian Elephant Transport Working Group on linear infrastructure