MONTRÉAL – Conserving and restoring nature is vital to the health and well-being of Canadians, to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, and to mitigating and adapting to climate change. Canada’s network of protected and conserved areas plays a vital role in restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada is investing up to $90 million over three years to extend the Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP). This investment will secure an additional 180,000 hectares of ecologically-sensitive land and establish new protected and conserved areas across the country. This additional investment to the Natural Heritage Conservation Program will be managed through agreements with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Wildlife Habitat Canada, on behalf of local and regional land trusts across the country.
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