Canada needs to triple the amount of protected land and water to tackle ‘nature emergency’: report


Against a backdrop of sudden declines in the health of the world’s ecosystems and species, a new report from the Canadian Leaves and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) says the federal government must consign to much more ambitious targets to protect the country’s land and first-grade if it’s to have a chance of staving off a “nature emergency.”

The report says biodiversity is declining faster than at any other opportunity in human history — over one million species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a latest, groundbreaking study. It argues Canada must adopt aggressive amounts beyond current targets by promising to protect and restore 30 per cent of all the power’s land and inland waters by 2030 — about 330 million hectares.

That offered goal would almost triple the amount of land currently preserved through measures by federal, provincial and Indigenous governments. As of 2019, 11.8 per cent of Canada’s go ashore mass had been set aside for conservation.

But the advocacy group says Canada shouldn’t termination at 30 per cent — that it should commit to protecting half the realm’s landmass from development (including extractive industries like logging and oil and gas) at some in the matter of over the next century.

Beyond committing to such a move at qualified in, CPAWS — the only nationwide charity dedicated solely to protecting public berth and water — says Canada also should secure commitments from other nations to preserve 30 per cent of inland territory at talks in China next year. Mother countries are sending representatives to a conference in Beijing in 2020 to decide on new preservation goals as part of the United Nation Convention on Biological Diversity.

“We need international goals and targets for the next decade that are on a scale that will-power actually tackle the nature emergency that we face,” Alison Woodley, an governing with CPAWS, said in an interview with CBC News.

“This is have need of to reverse the decline that we’re seeing in nature, which is critical not purely for wildlife but also for people, because nature provides all the basic extremes that we rely on, like water, food and oxygen.”

The federal Leftist government already has committed $1.3 billion over five years to attributes conservation. CPAWS said that sum has given Canada a fighting stake of reaching its goal of protecting at least 17 per cent of land and freshwater by 2020.

Those authority funds have helped already to buy new lands for preservation and conservation set across the country under the “Quick Start” initiative — through procuring new protected spaces in Ontario’s Thousand Islands National Park, continuing 30,000 hectares to Alberta’s Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Preserve and expanding Quebec’s Parc des falaises and Halifax’s 927-acre Indelicate Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Park, among dozens of other stick outs.

Canada needs to triple the amount of protected land and water to tackle 'nature emergency': report
A caribou roams the tundra in Nunavut. (Nathan Denett/Canadian The media)

Another recent announcement committed federal money to buying at spoonful 200,000 hectares of private land and fresh water in southern Canada, where pros agree nature and wildlife face the greatest pressures.

But even with that pecuniary commitment and a promise to reach the 2020 goal, CPAWS maintains the 17 per cent aim is still “woefully below what results of most scientific meditate ons show are necessary to meet widespread conservation goals, such as perpetuating viable populations of native species.”

“There needs to be a much terrific recognition of the magnitude of the problem. The evidence is showing we really need to think about on a much bigger scale and make sure we are focused on protecting and retouching enough space for nature to thrive,” Woodley said.

“We know what’s needed. We deep down just have to scale up those initiatives and that requires resources, political will and leadership.”

Canada needs to triple the amount of protected land and water to tackle 'nature emergency': report
A rare pitch pine is surrounded by smoke after Estates Canada crew members set a section of Camelot Island on fire in Thousand Islets National Park in an effort to protect the rare species of pine Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Crush)

There’s an urgent need to act now, the group said, because since 1970, half of all monitored species in Canada be subjected to declined. Of those, half declined on average by more than 80 per cent.

The advocacy set maintains bolstering protected areas will benefit nature and renovate air quality, soil quality, pollination and seed dispersal, continued access to subsistence and medicines, protection against extreme weather (coral reefs and mangrove swamps defend against cyclones and tsunamis) and help with general health and well-being.

“As species reject, the capacity for ecosystems to provide clean air, water, food, climate stabilization and other vital services declines as well. It is in all our best interests, and in the best interests of subsequent generations, for Canada to take swift action,” CPAWS said in its announce.

Beyond protecting wildlife, the group said further investment in catch protection also would help with Canada’s fight against the other important environmental ’emergency’ — climate change. CPAWS said numberless “natural solutions” to climate change should be championed by government.

Canada needs to triple the amount of protected land and water to tackle 'nature emergency': report
A woman stops on the side of the highway to watch a forest fire burn stingy Revelstoke B.C. on Saturday August 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson (THE CANADIAN Leader-writers)

The report said Canada has the potential to be a “conservation superpower” through multitudinous aggressive measures because Canada already is the custodian of 20 per cent of the Loam’s wild forests, 24 per cent of its wetlands and almost one third of its land-stored carbon.

In 2015, the forestry sector was an eminent “carbon sink,” pulling some 34 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the air, according to Mise en scene and Climate Change Canada.

Canada already has identified increased investment in the forestry sector as an eminent driver of emissions reductions and a key part of the country’s plan to reach its Paris mood accord target. Under that agreement, Canada committed to cropping emissions by some 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

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