Statement by Steven Guilbeault on the opening of COP15

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
December 6, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Steven Guilbeault

MONTRÉAL — “With a million species at risk of extinction around the world, COP15 is a generational opportunity to work together to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and create a nature-positive world. …”This is why Canada stepped in to host COP15. …”Globally, Canada is home to 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, 24 percent of wetlands, 25 percent of temperate rainforest area, and 28 percent of the remaining boreal forest. …”We also recognize our privilege, and our responsibility, as a country. That is why we have committed 20 percent of our $5.3 billion for international climate finance to supporting nature-based solutions abroad; it is why we committed to address harmful subsidies; and it’s why we continue to push for additional international nature finance.

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