Canada News Wire
Today (December 23, 2016), the Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, and the Honourable Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office, Shannon Phillips, reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to expanding its network of protected areas and protecting its biodiversity.
Canada committed that at least 17 per cent of land and inland water will be conserved by 2020, through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures.
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to fulfill that commitment and invitations to Indigenous groups have been extended to participate.
As part of this initiative, applications are now being accepted for a National Advisory Panel that will provide advice to governments on solutions for protecting biodiversity, including how best to measure progress.
It will be comprised of individuals reflecting a broad spectrum of perspectives including Indigenous groups, municipalities, non-profit and private sector organizations, youth and others.
Canadians are encouraged to get involved by submitting an expression of interest to be a member of the National Advisory Panel.
Successful applicants will be announced in February 2017.
Protected areas are vital to Canada’s ecosystems and play a fundamental role in safeguarding habitat for wildlife, mitigating the impacts of climate change and providing opportunities for tourism, recreation and connecting with nature.
“By working together with Indigenous groups, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders, we can meet the 17 per cent biodiversity land target for Canada by 2020.
“As we prepare to come together as a nation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, our government will build a natural legacy through a co-ordinated network of parks and conservation areas, so that Canada’s biodiversity will be protected for generations to come.
“I invite Canadians to apply to the National Advisory Panel and encourage people across our country to become engaged in protecting Canada’s wondrous natural spaces.”
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada.