OECD: More Resources Needed For Canada’s Protected Areas

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Stephen Hazell
Director of Conservation
and General Counsel

Nearly all of Canada’s protected areas report deficiencies in capacity and resources for site management and monitoring says a December 19, 2017 report on Canada’s environmental performance authored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“Many protected areas operate without up-to-date management plans. Most government organizations for protected areas report on programme-related performance measures, but few assess effectiveness.”

The OECD also concludes that the terrestrial area under protection in 2015 (10.6%) is the fourth lowest of the 35 OECD member countries. Under the UN Convention for Biological Diversity, Canada is committed to protect at least 17% of land and inland water by 2020 (one of the so-called Aichi targets).

The OECD also concludes that Canada “will need to considerably accelerate the pace of establishing protected areas or other effective area-based conservation measures to achieve this commitment”.

This is exactly what Nature Canada and the Green Budget Coalition have been saying.  Nature Canada and GBC are demanding a budget for nature from the federal government in February 2018 that allocates $1.4 billion over three years to establish new protected areas, to allow Canada to meet our Aichi target.

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