Working with Newfoundland and Labrador to halt biodiversity loss
Canada News Wire
ST. JOHN’S, NL, April 6, 2022
ST. JOHN’S, NL, April 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Conserving and restoring nature is key to tackling climate change; protect biodiversity and species at risk; and maintaining a strong and sustainable economy. Biodiversity, globally and in Canada, is declining at a rate unprecedented in human history. We all depend on nature to provide us with food, clean water, breathable air and a livable climate.
Today, Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are committed to accelerating the creation of new protected areas in the province. Recognizing the importance of biodiversity and nature conservation efforts that can support broader environmental goals and resilience to climate change, the two governments have agreed to work together to:
Establish an Eagle River watershed protected area, in consultation with Indigenous communities, by 2025;
Negotiate a memorandum of understanding by the end of 2022 to assess the feasibility of a national marine conservation area for the South Coast Fjords and consider the creation of an adjacent national park in the Burgeo Region; and
Agree to advance marine conservation opportunities on the Labrador coast in partnership with Labrador Indigenous communities.
The two governments have also agreed to investigate the identification of other national marine conservation areas, national wildlife areas, national parks and marine conservation areas led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador. This work builds on the collaborative efforts between governments and on the legacy and benefits that the four existing national parks bring to the provincial economy. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador supports these important efforts to increase protected areas and reduce biodiversity loss.
Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador also agreed to advance negotiations on a nature accord that will focus on advancing a number of nature-related issues, including the protection of habitat for species at risk and birds migrants.
The government of Canada has made significant investments to support nature and nature-based climate solutions. This includes a commitment to protect 25% of land and oceans by 2025 while working towards 30% by 2030. These investments will help reduce the country’s overall net greenhouse gas emissions to help Canada achieve its 2030 Paris Agreement and 2050 net zero targets. In 2019, the government of Canada also announced a new protection standard for new federal marine protected areas in which oil and gas exploration and development, mining, dumping and bottom trawling will be prohibited.
By working together, climate change can be fought and biodiversity loss halted. The future depends on our action now.
“By working closely with provinces, Indigenous peoples and communities, we are succeeding in protecting nature, halting biodiversity loss and fighting climate change. On land, since we formed government, we have protected a habitat equal to nearly half the size of Manitoba. Of Canadian marine areas, we have gone from 1% to 14% protected areas. Today’s announcement is concrete action by both levels of government on these goals that are important to us all. »
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Our government is keeping its promise to protect from Canada oceans. Today’s commitment between the federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador is a watershed moment for nature protection in the province. In these proposed protected areas, we will conserve the ecosystems of many important species so they can thrive, while setting the stage for a significant contribution to the amount of marine protected areas from coast to coast in Canada.”
– The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Biodiversity is disappearing. Newfoundland and Labrador needs us to act. Our fjords, bays, rivers and ocean – we owe it to the lands and seas that have fed, clothed and housed us, and to the Indigenous peoples with whom we share stewardship, to act and protect our province. “
– The Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl and from Canada Minister of Labor
“This is a great day for the province, as it shows the value of collaboration for conservation. With this collaborative agreement between the federal and provincial governments, I am very pleased to see this commitment to the protection of our natural spaces. I encourage groups to raise your voice in support of this pivotal moment for conservation in the province. »
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“Our government is committed to taking bold action to fight climate change and protect priceless natural resources through Newfoundland and Labrador, from land to sea. Working closely with our Indigenous and federal partners, we look forward to continuing such important steps to ensure a bright and sustainable future for generations to come. »
– The Honorable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Extend protected areas in Newfoundland and Labrador is an important step towards the shared goals of both governments to fight climate change and reach net zero by 2050. Our province is well aware of the importance of preserving the biodiversity of our oceans, forests and lands. and we appreciate the continued work with our federal partners to ensure that actions like this are taken. »
– The Honorable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Nature-based climate solutions help preserve the adaptive potential of the land, reduce the risk of natural disasters and build community resilience. Oceans, forests, wetlands, grasslands and agricultural lands absorb and store large amounts of carbon (CO2), keep the air and water clean, and provide habitat for wildlife. Nature-based climate solutions are also helping to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, increase the resilience of nature-based economic sectors such as agriculture, and create green jobs in communities across the country.
In 2021, the government of Canada engaged $4.1 billion to the protection of nature, by reserving a supplement $2.3 billion over five years for from Canada Enhanced Nature Legacy to continue supporting nature conservation actions across the country, including Indigenous leadership in conservation. It also includes almost $1 billion over five years to protect the health of the oceans.
In 2019, the government of Canada also announced a protection standard for new federal marine protected areas in which oil and gas exploration and development, mining, dumping and bottom trawling will be prohibited. This protection standard was announced in response to standards from the National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Advisory Group, which used guidance developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to develop its recommendations.
To date, fifty-two Indigenous communities across the country have received funding to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) or to undertake early planning and engagement work that may result in the establishment of additional IPCAs .
There are currently fifty-five National Wildlife Areas across Canadasome located in regions that include relatively intact ecosystems, containing habitats of national importance for animals or plants.
There are currently forty-seven national parks, five national marine conservation areas and one national urban park. These precious places represent the best Canada has to offer and tell stories about who we are, including the stories, cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
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