World Commission on Protected Areas

Connectivity Conservation

The IUCN WCPA 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.
Pronghorn antelope in western Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park pronghorn migration, this herd of 400 pronghorn form the longest land mammal migration in the USA.

 Gary Tabor
Specialist Group Leader

Dr Gary Tabor Photo: Joe Riis


Jodi Hilty
Specialist Group Deputy Leader
Jodi Hilty Photo: Jodi Hilty

2016-2020 Terms of Reference: IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group

Founded in 2016, the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) brings together 920+ volunteer members in 120+ countries. Our overall objective is to mainstream connectivity conservation as a more comprehensive, nature-based solution for protecting the movement of species, flow of natural processes, and interconnections of 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 and promoting IUCN ‘Guidelines for Conserving Connectivity through Ecological Networks and Corridor’ to facilitate the recognition, delineation, and management of designated ecological corridors linking ecological networks for conservation; and
  • 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.

Visit to find out more about CCSG, its activities, and how to become a member.

Great Eastern Ranges Corridor in Australia



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