Indigenous conservation is key to protecting wilderness in Canada, report says

By Ivan Semeniuk
The Globe and Mail
September 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Indigenous-managed conservation areas are key to Canada’s pledge to designate nearly one third of its land and ocean waters for biodiversity protection by the end of this decade, according to a new report. The report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada stresses that protected areas should be “co-developed and implemented with Indigenous consent” as part of Canada’s reconciliation process. Its release coincides with efforts by a group of world leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to press their counterparts on biodiversity preservation ahead of international negotiations in Montreal later this year. …Canada is playing a pivotal role in the global discussion around conserving nature as the host of the next meeting of signatories to the UN Convention on Biodiversity. …Canada faces a significant task with its own commitments. …Above all, however, the report stresses that Indigenous protected and conserved areas, or IPCAs, should be given high priority for protected status. 

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