Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation

Key Facts

Equator Prize Winner: 2020
Year of establishment: 2019 (after 40 years of advocacy)
Location: Canada
Ecosystem: Forests, wetlands and rivers

After 40 years of advocacy, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation achieved the vision of protecting their land and waters for future generations in 2019 by signing agreements with national and territorial governments to officially create Thaidene Nëné, a 26,000 square kilometer protected area between the Canadian boreal forest and the arctic tundra. This intact landscape features some of the cleanest freshwater in the world and provides habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, moose, wolverine and some of the last herds of barren-ground caribou. It is also a globally significant carbon sink. This indigenous-led conservation model is made possible through the use of an innovative conservation finance mechanism called the Thaidene Nëné Trust, which is critical to the long-term conservation and lasting stewardship of this protected area. The Trust and indigenous local leadership lay the groundwork for this model of effective co-management.

Contact Information

Tracey Williams
Representative

http://www.landoftheancestors.ca

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Equator Prize 2020

 

Global North

Biodiversity Conservation
Freshwater Management
Sustainable Forestry

Equator Prize 2020

 

Global North

Biodiversity Conservation
Freshwater Management
Sustainable Forestry

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Key Facts

Equator Prize Winner: 2020
Year of establishment: 2019 (after 40 years of advocacy)
Location: Canada
Ecosystem: Forests, wetlands and rivers

After 40 years of advocacy, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation achieved the vision of protecting their land and waters for future generations in 2019 by signing agreements with national and territorial governments to officially create Thaidene Nëné, a 26,000 square kilometer protected area between the Canadian boreal forest and the arctic tundra. This intact landscape features some of the cleanest freshwater in the world and provides habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, moose, wolverine and some of the last herds of barren-ground caribou. It is also a globally significant carbon sink. This indigenous-led conservation model is made possible through the use of an innovative conservation finance mechanism called the Thaidene Nëné Trust, which is critical to the long-term conservation and lasting stewardship of this protected area. The Trust and indigenous local leadership lay the groundwork for this model of effective co-management.

Contact Information

Tracey Williams
Representative
http://www.landoftheancestors.ca