Is Canada truly committed to protecting forests? Recent actions make it hard to know

By Michael Polanyi, Nature Canada
The Toronto Star
December 12, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Canada therefore has a key role to play in stemming the loss of primary and old-growth forests. But our federal government is sending conflicting messages about its commitment to act. On the one hand, it has committed to halt and reverse the loss of nature — including forests — by 2030, promised to protect 30 per cent of land and ocean by the same year, and invested significantly in Indigenous-led conservation and restoration initiatives. Canada also has also joined 144 countries at COP26 in committing to halt deforestation and land degradation by 2030. On the other hand, Canada has been actively fighting against actions by other countries to protect global forests. Last week, Canada’s ambassador to the European Union… urged them not to adopt a regulation that would prevent the import or export of timber and agricultural products linked to deforestation and forest degradation.

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