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With the federal government’s commitment of protecting at least 10 per cent of our ocean and 17 per cent of our lands by 2020, we must seize this opportunity to work collaboratively to protect Canada’s iconic lands, waters, and the species which call them home. As a result, it’s been a busy few weeks! Take a look at some of the things in which we’ve been involved.
Ministerial Advisory Panel on
achieving Canada’s international
commitment to protect biodiversity announced

On Thursday, we welcomed the announcement of a National Advisory Panel to provide recommendations to governments on how Canada can achieve our commitment under the International Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17 per cent of our landscape by 2020. We are pleased to see a strong focus on indigenous perspectives embedded throughout this process to protect more land. We are particularly pleased to note four of the 12 panelists are connected with CPAWS. Read more online.

Cause for concern about Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s announcement about Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures

While we appreciate the efforts of Minister Dominic LeBlanc and his department regarding the announcement about the policy and sites regarding Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), we are concerned neither the policy nor the sites meet the test established by the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect biodiversity as a whole as long as other harmful activities are being allowed in these areas.