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Is it time for Canada and the world to create carbon parks?

By Dan Kraus      

By incorporating carbon storage and climate change adaptation into protected areas, we can accelerate the conservation of our lands and waters, and reduce climate uncertainty for our children.

In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park was set up to protect forested headwaters from settlement and land clearing. Carbon parks would protect some of the world’s last areas of true forest wilderness and important wildlife habitats, writes Dan Kraus. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Parks and protected areas have been established across Canada to conserve many things we value. Banff National Park was originally established in 1885 to protect hot springs and breathtaking scenery for tourists. In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park was set up to protect forested headwaters from settlement and land clearing.

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