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Prince Edward Island

Only three per cent of Prince Edward Island is protected.

Approximately 88 per cent of Prince Edward Island is privately owned – a challenge when trying to create meaningful habitat protections. Interestingly, 90 per cent of physical habitats found on Prince Edward Island have a protected area, yet they are all considered inadequately protected. The entire province of Prince Edward Island is considered a priority for protection given that none of the physical habitats have achieved adequate representation. Protection measures could be established through protected areas on public lands or more likely through formal agreements on private lands.

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Regional Spotlight

Given the high proportion of private land ownership in PEI, other effective conservation measures – biodiversity-friendly agreements with land owners – can help protect wildlife habitat, in addition to habitat restoration and planting of native species.