Climate Day at Parliament Hill in Ottawa was intense, moving and energizing. Mara Kerry, Nature Canada’s Director of Conservation and I were very glad to be there. There was a strong sense of urgency, but also of hope: the event was organized by young people that want to make sure world leaders in Copenhagen set us in a new course: a 350 future. Dr. John Stone, one of the IPCCC’s scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping the world understand Climate Change, had a simple message: “We are running out of time.” A young leader from the Northwest Territories also had a simple message: “We have a right to be cold.” The Executive Director of Oxfam Canada reminded… read more →
On Blog Action Day, it’s important to remember nature’s role in climate change – both how it is affected and how it can help. Urgent action is needed for climate and biodiversity. Climate change and the alarming rate of biodiversity decline worldwide are the most important human-induced environmental challenges that society faces today. Policy must strive to address both of these closely inter-related challenges at the same time. Nature Canada supports the target of keeping the average rise in the Earth’s surface temperature to less than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels (before the late 18th Century). The highest priority for action needs to be the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (through less consumption of fossil fuels and higher efficiency in energy… read more →
Canadians are talking a lot about climate change these days in the lead up to the UNFCCC meetings in Copenhagen in December. These are of international importance and will set the global stage for future targets and actions to address a changing climate. Leading up to Copenhagen we must be sure to include one of our most important allies in the global warming battle: trees. Nature Canada and other conservation organizations believe that forests play a bigger role in our strategy to stop climate change. Their role in the regulation of climate is both important and unique – trees are victims of global warming, contributors to global warming, and a crucial part of the solution to global warming. Most of… read more →
In March 2009, Nature Canada began implementing a 2-year project to support women in 4 rural communities in Paraguay to produce organic vegetables, improve their health and strengthen their awareness of their democratic rights. Last week my colleague Mohamed Niang from our project partner Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde and I were in Paraguay to visit the project. Our local partners in this project are Fortaleser and our BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay. The project is funded mainly by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency. On Tuesday, we visited Isla Pucu and Caaguazu which lie approximately 2 and half hours west of Asuncion. We were greeted by a large group of women who are participating… read more →
Bird conservation is as much about people as it is about birds. Last week, BirdLife Partners from the Americas met in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the work we do with people that live in or near Important Bird Areas (IBAs). We call these very diverse partners “Local Conservation Groups” or “LCGs”. I shared Nature Canada’s experiences working with groups in IBAs across Canada, while my colleagues from Belize, Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay shared the experiences of their organizations: a youth-owned and operated radio station in Paraguay; primary education and agroforestry in a Haitian community; indigenous sustainable forest management in Chiapas, Mexico…It was an extremely interesting exchange in which we learned… read more →
Through its international program, Nature Canada works to promote biodiversity conservation for people and birds in the Americas. In Paraguay, we are working with our Canadian partner Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde and our local partners Guyra Paraguay and Fortaleser, to improve the livelihoods of women farmers and increase their awareness of biodiversity. The Canadian International Development Agency, our primary funder, has highlighted our project in a recent communique. Visit our website for more information about this project and our international program. Also, stay tuned for an update in October, as I return from a visit to our project partners and the women farmers we are working with in Paraguay. Photo: Vulnerable Pipile jacutinga by Jose Luis Cartes
Like many “Canadian birds” that go south, so do we. As a partner in BirdLife International, Nature Canada not only works to protect birds and their habitat in Canada; we also raise funds and share skills with our partners in the Americas. Recognizing the links between poverty and conservation, we aim to improve the livelihoods of people who live in areas that are important for birds and other biodivesity and to help them become better stewards of their environment. This spring we launched two new projects, one in the Caribbean and one in Paraguay. Check out our newly updated website to learn more about our approach, our past work, our partners, and our current projects!