Forest protection should be a high priority at COP15

By Rob Miller, Eco-Elders for Climate Action
National Observer
December 14, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

During Biodiversity Day at COP27, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault committed $855,000 to ensure non-profit environmental groups and Indigenous partners can participate at COP15, the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal. This funding levels the playing field as industries increasingly send their paid representatives to participate in the negotiations. Indigenous and environmental groups will fight for policy agreements that put an end to resource extraction projects that target ecosystems with the greatest biodiversity. For example, the forestry industry has a long history of pursuing old-growth forests in low-altitude valleys where thriving ecosystems are home to an abundance of life. Wildsight has recently launched a campaign against logging in B.C.’s inland temperate rainforest where habitat destruction will threaten caribou herds. To understand what is being lost in these remote regions, you simply need to visit Sumallo Grove and the Skagit River Trail in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

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