MONTRÉAL, Dec. 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada Together with the other 195 members, they have concluded negotiations at the 15.Th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montréal. After 13 days of negotiations in the largest conference ever for biodiversity conservation, Parties at COP15 in Montréal agreed on a historic global framework to safeguard nature and halt and reverse biodiversity loss, putting nature on a path to recovery by 2050.
Steven Guilbeault was Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada. He worked tirelessly with international colleagues. the Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework. Among Canada’s The main goals were to protect 30% of the lands and waters by 2030, respect the rights and roles Indigenous peoples and address the key drivers for biodiversity loss such as overexploitation and pollution. These elements were incorporated into the final Framework.
This will not only drive international ambitions, Canada Major new commitments and investment made during the course of COP15. This includes:
You can get up to $800 million To support up to four Indigenous-led conservation projects. These projects, once completed, could help protect another one million square kilometers.
The Government signed the Canada–Yukon Nature Agreement, the first agreement of its kind with any province or territory. This agreement will promote nature conservation and protection throughout the territory, and support Indigenous leadership in conservation.
$350 million In new and additional funding to assist developing countries in protecting the environment. Canada In a joint donor declaration, billions were raised from the international community for nature protection and restoration.
$255 Million To support projects that help developing countries to build a strong future. This includes fighting climate change, protecting the environment, and supporting resilient local economies. Most of this funding will go toward the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s Global Environment Facility—making Canada Its 7Th-largest donor country.
The Governments Canada And ManitobaTogether with the Seal River Watershed Alliance we will collaborate on a feasibility study for an Indigenous protected zone in the Seal River Watershed. This area is located in northern ManitobaThe Seal River Watershed is one the most important carbon sinks in the globe, and also one of the largest ecologically intact watersheds.
Next steps include the banning of single-use harmful plastics and new support for ocean restoration, conservation, research, and preservation. Canada, backed up $227.5 million In funding.
Countries must keep moving forward as they commit to ambitious actions. Both at home and abroad, Canada Will continue to lead our collective efforts to protect the environment and ensure a healthy future for all people.
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“In Montréal, we have risen to the challenge and united as one global community to address the crisis faced by nature. We have agreed to a bold path forward for the planet and given ourselves the tools to change the tide. This is an historic moment in nature’s history, and we have the only chance to save the things we love and cherish, before it is too late.
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Canada has a clear path to protecting 25 percent of its lands and oceans by 2025, and 30 percent of each—a land mass almost as large as the European Union—by 2030.
In the weeks preceding COP15, Canada Announced over $185 million In funding domestic conservation initiatives and important steps forward to protect species at risk.
The 15Th Conference of the Parties (COP15) Over 12,000 delegates came together to participate in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
The Canada Pavilion offered a varied and active program throughout the year COP15. It highlighted Canada’s leadership in biodiversity conservation, encouraged partnerships, and amplified Indigenous peoples, women and youth voices.
The Indigenous village, located at the Port of Montréal, showcased the vital role of Indigenous peoples as stewards of the land, and offered a gathering space for Indigenous participants at the conference.
The Public Action Zone, also located at the Port of Montréal, allowed the public to engage with leading global biodiversity conservation organizations, Indigenous and environmental organizations, youth, community and business leaders, academics, and artists, as well as COP15 delegates.
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SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
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