As nature talks unfold, here’s what ’30 by 30′ conservation could mean in Canada

By Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press in The Chronicle Journal
December 9, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Trudeau was unequivocal when asked if Canada was going to meet its goal to protect one-quarter of all Canadian land and oceans by 2025. “I am happy to say that we are going to meet our ’25 by 25′ target,” Trudeau said. That goal is just the interim stop on the way to conserving 30 per cent by 2030 — the marquee target Canada is pushing for during the COP15 biodiversity conference. But what does the conservation of land or waterways actually mean? …Most of the criteria are centred on how the sites are managed and protected. One allows for resource extraction, hunting, recreation and tourism as long as these are both compatible with and supportive of the conservation goals outlined for the area. In many cases, industrial activities and resource extraction are not allowed in protected areas. But that’s not always true in Canada. …In some provincial parks, mining and logging are allowed.

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