Species and Areas Under Protection: Challenges and Opportunities for the Canadian Northern Corridor


  • Steven Vamosi University of Calgary




The Canadian Northern Corridor (CNC) is a proposed multimodal transportation right-of- way, with accompanying infrastructure, that would run largely through northern Canada, with the goal of connecting all three coasts. Given the magnitude of the project, there are many implications for the lands and waterways, as well as for humans and other species in those areas, that the CNC will either intersect directly or affect indirectly through cascading effects.

This study used literature searches focused on the intersection of biodiversity, conservation research, government policies and engagement with Indigenous knowledge systems.
Given the diversity of topics and the amount of research available in some areas (e.g., entire reviews have been written solely focused on the ecological effects of roads), this study highlights, rather than comprehensively treats, potential biodiversity challenges associated with the CNC. Biodiversity is a term that refers to the diversity (variability or complexity)

of life, typically at one or more of the following levels: genes, species and ecosystem. Major development projects may: 1) reduce genetic diversity within species, 2) increase odds of species loss in the region, and 3) degrade the quality and extent of a variety of ecosystems.






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