North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Protected Areas Conservation

Purposeful international collaboration between North American land management agencies

About Us

The North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Protected Areas Conservation (NAPA Committee) fosters the exchange of ideas, experiences, best practices, and innovative solutions on shared conservation opportunities. NAPA comprises six of the largest North American land and resource management agencies, which together manage 15% of the continental landmass.

National Commission for Natural Protected Areas
Parks Canada
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US Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service

The North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Protected Areas Conservation

El Comité Intergubernamental de Cooperación para la Conservación de Áreas Protegidas de América del Norte

Le Comité intergouvernemental nord-américain de coopération pour la conservation des aires protégées

Partner / Socio / Partenaire:

United States Geological Survey



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Identifying Approaches And Opportunities To Enhance Connectivity

Analyses in two demonstration areas (the Great Plains and the Californias) will help identify approaches and opportunities to enhance connectivity between conservation areas in order to better conserve biodiversity and build environmental and social resilience in our rapidly changing world.

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Assessing Land-Base Conservation In North America

As a NAPA Committee Partner, the United States Geological Survey maintains a spatial database of North American conservation areas allowing to evaluate the extent to which various ecosystems are conserved across North America. This helps illustrate where and how trilateral cooperation can enhance shared conservation goals.

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Fostering Inclusivity and Respect

Stories shared by NAPA members agencies that illustrate a diversity of approaches to collaboration among Indigenous organizations and communities and federal managers to inclusively manage public lands. Collectively, they illustrate how we can create a better future, one in which we live with respect for nature and each other, and understand that all is inextricably linked.



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Fostering Inclusivity and Respect

Engagement With Indigenous Peoples in the Management and Presentation of Protected Areas in North America

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North American Temperate Grasslands

Continent-Scale Landscape Conservation Design for Temperate Grasslands of the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert

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Conservation in North America

An Analysis of Land-Based Conservation in Canada, Mexico, and the United States by NAPA Agencies

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Relevance: Wilderness & Protected Areas

Ensuring the Relevance of Wilderness and Protected Areas in a Changing World

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Valuing Ecosystem Services

Our Life Support, Resources of Wilderness & Protected Areas of North America

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Responding to Climate Change

North American Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change

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Marine Wilderness & Protected Areas

The Relevance of Marine Protected Areas in Protecting Critical Ecosystem Services and Supporting Sustainable Communities