Scientists have been advocating for greater global biodiversity protection for many years, commenting on how large scale protected areas commitments could help mitigate not only the current extinction crisis but also complement the Paris Agreement on climate change, helping to conserve species, avoid catastrophic climate change, and secure essential ecosystem services that all people depend on. In an April 2019 Science article, scientists presented an updated Global Deal for Nature that included land, freshwater and marine ecosystems and called for protecting at least 30 percent of lands by 2030, with an additional 20 percent of land protected as “climate stabilization areas.”
In response to the following UN Convention on Biodiversity call for expanded global protected areas, Canada has committed to a two-stage expansion of our protected areas system. The federal budget will invest $3.2 billion, over five years, to establish new terrestrial and marine protected areas across Canada, including in Nova Scotia. There has never been a bigger investment for nature protection, so it is a milestone worth celebrating.
While more funding will be needed to ensure Canada meets its commitment to protecting 25% of land and ocean by 2025 and 30% by 2030, Budget 2021 has charted a clear path for action on species loss and climate change. Nature Nova Scotia supports these ambitious goals and encourages all Nova Scotians to take up the call to action. Over 2022-2023, we are sharing educational snapshots about Nova Scotia’s protected areas system, why protected areas are so important, and how you can get involved in the processes in place to create new protected areas. Help us Make Room For Nature by getting informed and engaging your local or national representative.
Start with these pieces from the 2021 State of Nature Report, where we profiled the creation of new protected areas and shed light on concerning misinformation being spread by industry lobby groups:
Learn more about the 25% by 2025 and 30% by 2030 goals and how we can help Canada get there by visiting our friends at Nature Canada