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Provinces to blame for Canada’s broken international conservation promise

By Sandra Schwartz      

Canada didn’t fulfil its previous conservation vows to the world. To keep our new promises, we must look to the provinces and territories to step up and stop holding us back.

Quebec, alone among the provinces and territories with an A- grade in CPAWS’ recent report card on protected areas, was close to delivering on its promise to protect 17 per cent of its land by 2020, and has also committed to 30 per cent protection by 2030, writes Sandra Schwartz. Pixabay photograph by Mario Léveillé

This week, ministers from the federal, provincial, and territorial governments responsible for protecting nature will meet to address the nation’s urgent need for a new conservation plan. Canada has promised to protect one-quarter of its land and ocean within four years, and at least 30 per cent by the end of the decade. To get there, we can’t repeat the past. Canada didn’t fulfil its previous conservation vows to the world. To keep our new promises, we must look to the provinces and territories to step up and stop holding us back.

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