OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 6, 2021 / CNW / – Nature is threatened by climate change, but nature is also our best ally in the fight against it. Climatic and natural crises are inextricably linked. Climate change is altering the water cycle, leading to floods, droughts and forest fires. It is causing biodiversity loss at an unprecedented rate, with up to a million species currently threatened with extinction.
Nature conservation and restoration are fundamental to mitigating and adapting to climate change. Natural climate solutions help the Earth adapt, including removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. from Canada the boreal forest and the quagmire are home to one of the four largest carbon reservoirs on the planet. The government of Canada has made significant investments in nature and nature-based climate solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss, including setting an ambitious goal to protect 25 percent of our lands and oceans by 2025, while working towards 30 percent by 2030. As a member of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People and the Global Ocean Alliance, Canada sets the stage for building support for a 30 percent target internationally.
Building on efforts to date to protect and conserve nature, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $ 460 million over five years to protect and expand twenty-two of the from Canada national wildlife reserves. This funding, as part of enhanced natural heritage, will also allow the government to create ten new national parks and four new marine freshwater conservation areas, while working to acquire the land needed to expand and complement the parks. existing nationals. Expanding conserved and protected natural areas is one of the most important actions countries can take to curb the continued loss of biodiversity. Protected areas are essential to protect habitat for species at risk, and healthy ecosystems help nature and people adapt to climate change. These places not only preserve biodiversity, but they also protect ecosystem services, connect landscapes, store carbon, increase knowledge and understanding, and inspire people.
The key to restoring our balance with nature is close collaboration and partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Indigenous peoples have been stewards of the land, water and ice, and leaders in the conservation of ecosystems, since time immemorial. Canada supports Indigenous leadership in nature conservation with previously announced $ 340 million in funding for new and existing Indigenous Guardian initiatives, such as the development of Indigenous Guardian Networks and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (APCA ). These initiatives will build on the success of recent efforts, such as Thaidene Nëné in the Northwest Territories, and are critical in helping Canada achieve its land protection objectives.
In addition to protecting species and their habitat, protected and conserved areas serve as a safeguard against additional carbon releases that could derail from Canada progress in climate change mitigation. There is no safe climate if we do not protect the vast reservoirs of carbon rich in biodiversity in the great remaining forest regions of the world: the boreal forest, the Amazon, the Congolese and south-east Asia. Canada remains committed to tackling climate change and recognizes that nature conservation and protection is one of the best tools we have to mitigate its impacts.
“Canadians understand that in order to fight climate change, we must conserve nature. By creating ten new national parks, four new marine freshwater conservation areas, eleven national marine saltwater conservation areas and by expanding or creating twenty-two new national wildlife areas in Canada, we build resilient ecosystems and fight climate change. We are making significant progress towards our goal of protecting a quarter of our land and oceans by 2025 and reaching 30% by 2030. Together, we can build a carbon-neutral, nature-friendly future, cleaner and healthier for everyone.
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
In 2021, the government of Canada engaged $ 40.1 billion to the protection of nature, including one $ 20.3 billion over five years for from Canada Enhanced Nature Legacy, to continue to support nature conservation measures across the country, including Indigenous leadership in conservation.
To date, fifty-two indigenous communities across the country have received funding to establish IPCAs or undertake early planning and engagement work that may result in additional IPCAs.
Eight Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, five National Wildlife Areas, five National Parks and one National Marine Conservation Area are co-managed with the Inuit peoples of the Nunavut Settlement Area under an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.
There are currently fifty-five National Wildlife Areas across Canada, some of which are located in regions with relatively undisturbed ecosystems, containing habitats of national importance for animals or plants.
There are currently forty-seven national parks, five national marine conservation areas and one urban park that protect iconic landscapes representative of the diversity of the country’s natural terrestrial and marine regions, and which help protect the traditional lands of indigenous communities.
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